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Dual Boot Windows Vista and 7

Q: Dual Boot Windows Vista and 7

I have a laptop and a 1 terabyte external hard drive. I have Vista installed on my laptop but it isn't running the fastest because of all the stuff i have on it. I was wondering if I could dual boot windows 7 off of my external hard drive. If so could someone tell me how or post a link!

Preferred Solution: Dual Boot Windows Vista and 7

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A: Dual Boot Windows Vista and 7

Officially, Windows 7/Vista can not be installed to an external drive but can be installed from one. There may be some hacks that enable it, or workarounds. I think I heard of something a while ago.

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

A:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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Hey guys, I've been looking through the forum and found some similar posts, but wanted to make sure that I understand everything before actually proceeding. I have a HP HDX 16t which came with Vista Home Premium 64 bit. I used the Windows 7 Upgrade Disk to do a clean install of Win7 on a new partition (I only have one hard drive). I would now like to remove Vista completely. I am attaching a pic of what my Disk Management shows. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Removing Vista from Dual-Boot System Vista + Windows 7

This great new tutorial from Barefootkid will show you with pictures exactly how to accomplish this using the best partitioning tool for Win7: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Use Option One in the tutorial and substitute your Vista partition for the 100mb boot partition he refers to there.

Read the Note as once you delete Vista partition then Resize Win7 into its disk space and mark Win7 active, you'll need to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Win7 and start it up.

Back up your files and a system image externally as Resizing operations can fail although we have not had one fail in a couple hundred of these operations we have helped with here.

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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I installed Windows 7 on a partitioned harddrive with vista on the other half.

After the installation i have my boot menu with:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Windows vista still works but when i try and load windows 7 i get a boot error message:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling a number of times, trying the 32 and 64 bit version, and setting the partition to active... with zero results. Ive been googling my problem for days and haven't found a single thing that has been useful. Please help me out if you have heard of this problem happening or have any idea why it is happening.
Please get back to me.

the funk

A:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

if that doesn't help, maybe you will need to rebuild the BCD. Use the bootrec command.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista/7

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
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A:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

fdisk /mbr

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.

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Hi everyone! I have heard that there are many driver problems in Windows Vista. A friend of mine has a laptop with Vista Home Premium and it can not read CDs and DVDs! The laptop is bought last week! I have Windows XP SP2 and I am thinking about getting it transformed into ..."Vista", but I fear possible CPU problems. It is not a good idea, is it? But there is another choice: dual-boot XP and Vista. So, I made this poll for you to help me, if you want. Which choice is better? Thanks!

A:Windows Vista, Vista Emulator Or Dual Boot?

That would depend entirely on your system...For example how much RAM do you have installed? What type of processor do you have? How new is your system (older systems don't handle Vista well)? Whether you are able to get compatible drivers for all of your printers and other goodies that will work for both Vista and XP (if going to try Dual-Boot). There are a lot of things to consider.

Myself, I'll just stay with XP...I kinda' like it....

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I've been dual booting between vista and linux for a while, but not really using linux at all, so I recently installed windows xp x64 on the linux disk for some program that was giving me grief in vista.

And now I can't boot into vista, upon booting it says "Error Loading Operating System". I've tried startup repair on the vista disc, fixmbr using the recovery console on the XP disc and resetting the BIOS values.

I can't get it to work does anyone have any ideas?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz)
Vista x86 SP1 on 500 GB SATA disk
Windows XP x64 SP2 on 120 GB IDE disk
Mobo: ASUS P5k-E (WiFi AP)
ATI HD3650

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Windows Dual Boot, Vista disk won't boot

read up on this http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_v...step_guide.htm

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Hi all. I am having some problems I am hoping I may be able to get some advice on. I have a new laptop that came with Windows Vista. Model is Toshiba Satellite #A205-S7464. I have been trying to load it with Windows XP because Windows Vista kind of sucks for my computing needs. I am pretty sure a format and clean install will wreck my warranty, hence the dual boot. So far, I have been able to partition and install XP SP-2 to a partition. I've booted into XP fine but my Vista partition is not available. I think that the partition table or MBR has been corrupted.
So to repair this, what I did was boot up from the Vista recovery DVD and run the 'startup repair' option to reload the bootloader for Vista and thus, enable dual booting. When I rebooted I got a black screen saying 'Invalid Partition Table' or something to this effect. I tried repairing the MBR and so on and so forth from the console on the recovery DVD but this proved to be pretty much totally fruitless. So I went through and did an install of Windows XP once again, to my other drive partition I had created. So I am basically where I started. I need to know if somebody knows how I can repair the drives MBR or partition table to make it readable under Windows to at least pull my important files off of, or to boot into. Any ideas would be enormously appreciated. Attached I will include a visual of what's up with my hard drive situation.

Thank you, Jacob

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A:Repair boot loader and MBR Windows XP and Windows Vista dual boot


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I am trying to dual boot with 2 different hard drives and 2 different systems. One is Vista x64 and the other is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. After installing the hard drive with Windows 7 which came from a different computer, I used EasyBCD to configure the boot order. Windows vista still works, but when I want to switch to Windows 7 I get:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

After some search I have found this old thread from this same forum. Here is the link: dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

The Op seems to have similar problem as me. I just don't get all the follow up instructions in the thread dealing with bootrec since I haven't encountered it before (I think...). Any thoughts?

A:Dual boot windows vista and windows 7 boot error winload.exe

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this is not desireable, then set Win7 HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, install easyBCD to Win7 to add XP.

Before doing this delete any EasyBCD listing for the other HD you've already made in Edit OS Menu tab.

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So here is my problem. I have Windows Vista installed on my computer. There are some programs that I want that only run with Windows XP, so I am trying to install it so I can dual boot with both operating systems. I created the second partition under Disk Management with 200 GB of free space to install Windows XP on, then I restarted my computer and put in my Windows XP install disk. It goes to the blue screen and starts booting things (on the bottom), but then I get to a page that reads this:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. to quit Setup, Press F3.

That is my problem. I read a lot about dual booting operating systems, and have read about something with it not being able to read SATA (?). I'm not too savvy when it comes to things like this but I do realize that this is under the BIOS. I went to the BIOS by pressing the [delete] button as my computer was booting up, and then proceeded to the Advanced tab. Under the Advanced tab I saw that there was a place that referred to SATA but didn't find out how to do anything useful with it. I read that I need to disable SATA Native Mode or something like that, but it's nowhere to be found.

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A:Windows Vista + XP dual boot

I know exactly why this isn't working and you should should forget about dual boot, at least for now that is. Sounds like Vista is set to Recognize AHCI where as you need to Load A driver in order for XP to Load correctly.There is a much easier way for you to do this. Use Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Box (much easier) What this does is allows you to allocate system resources to a Guest operating system inside Windows Vista, that way you don't have to mess arround with Dual booting.Don't get me wrong, dual booting has it's advatages, but I think you would have less Head aches using Virtual PC or Virtual Box.Learn about Virtual PC 2007 herehttp://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...pc/default.mspxand Virtual Box Here:http://www.virtualbox.org/You'll have to load XP by Mounting the Optical Disc, which is explained on both websites, and you can easily set XP to use IDE as it's interface whichwill make life easier for you.Good Luck

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Ok so my origional operating system was windows 2000? So i partitioned the drive and made room for vista. Installed on that partition and now i dont have an option to boot into 2000. Theres no option to boot into 2000. Any ideas, i tried EasyBCD but i kept getting NTLDR errors?

A:Windows vista dual boot?

Originally Posted by Kidfork

Ok so my origional operating system was windows 2000? So i partitioned the drive and made room for vista. Installed on that partition and now i dont have an option to boot into 2000. Theres no option to boot into 2000. Any ideas, i tried EasyBCD but i kept getting NTLDR errors?

recover windows 2000 with the install cd and that will get your OS back, now you will have a problem with booting to vista, you need to then put your vista dvd in and fix your booting sequence from there, works like a charm

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I was wondering if it's possible to run windows 7 along with Vista (64bit). My current computer has 4 drives setup in a RAID configuration and i am wanting to add a new drive which I could run Windows 7 on.


A:Dual boot windows 7 with Vista?

Yes, you can dual boot Vista and Windows 7 following this tutorial http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/5166-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-vista.html
I don't know how to set it up in a RAID config tho'

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I got an issue were i have to install windows 7.

Currently i have an Dell inspiron 1721 laptop with windows vista.

Problem is there is a lot of data on my machine and i dont want to format and fresh install i would like to dual boot is there a way to do this?
How would you guys suggest i do this without messing up my windows vista

What programs do i need what steps do i need to take.

I need step by step instruction due to i have never done this before thanks

Specs are :

amd athlon 64 dual core 1.9 ghz

3 gig ram

220gig drive with 118 free on hard drive

Win vista 32 bit.
Can i put windows 7 64 or do i need win 7 32 my cpu is 64 bit i believe.
Thank you for all of your help and suggestions

Edit: ps the dvd player dosen,t work but i have a usb external one will this cause any trouble?

A:I need to dual boot windows 7 with vista

Follow these illustrated steps to shrink C in Disk Management, boot Win7 installer to install there, which will configure a Dual Boot menu. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

I'd first run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to get a heads-up on any issues ahead. With 3gb RAM I would run 32 bit for best performance - 4gb is my cut off.

The drivers are in the installer or quickly updated via optional Windows Updates - put your wireless/ethernet driver on a stick just in case so you can get online to Update. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Dell Support downloads webpage for your computer model. Or from Device Manager>Device>Update Driver>Browse to the Vista partition's Windows/System 32 folder which will pick up a missing driver.

Next, I'd simply link the Vista User folders to their related Windows 7 library using this method: Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. When you open any library - Docs, Pics, Music, Video, etc. - the files will be there just like if they were on the same partition, but you save space by accessing them on the Vista HD.

If you want us to take a quick look at your configuration to make sure there are no possible pitfalls, then post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings: Screen Shots
Screenshot with Paint

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I made my dell desktop a dual boot it has Windows XP and Windows Vista. What my problem is I installed a wireless card and when I boot into windows xp it will not detect it. It works when I am booted into vista I can get on the net just not with Windows xp. What could be causing this problem.

Thanks for any help

A:Windows XP Vista Dual Boot

Verify that all network drivers are installed.
To open device manager: start > run > devmgmt.msc

If there are any !, ?, or X
in the list then you need to update/reinstall the drivers or enable the device.

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C:\ = Windows Vista

I created a W:\ partition, which is 30GB, and is the place for me to install Windows 7.

I boot via USB stick. Goes fine, I select partition etc. Then I reboot, and then it finishes the last stuff, and then reboots again, where it prepares the computer for the first time, running Windows 7.

Goes well, I come to the screen where it says: "Welcome", but a few seconds later it says: "Shutting down." - and reboots, and then comes to a screen where it says "Verifying DMI pool data..." and doesn't do anything more. Just sits there.
No choice to select the Vista even. Just goes straight to that message.

Now, I've tried to install it again, and booted into Vista, and still need to go into Windows 7, where it gotta finish the installation, but the same thing happens. I'm sure. I tried 3 times.

Any solution, anybody?

By the way, computer specials:

Need more information? Please say so.

Exactly what I did:

Made partition on 30GB and assigned the letter W:\.
Transferred the Windows 7, to my USB stick, and made it bootable.
Rebooted the computer, and booted from the USB stick.
Came to the Windows 7 install screen.
Installed the Windows 7 on partition W:\.
It rebooted automaticly, and then went to where I can choose wether to go on Vista or Windows 7(There was 2 Windows 7 listed, but went same place).
I chose Windows 7.
It made the final installment.
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I am attempting to partition my hard drive so I can dual boot Vista and Windows 7. Ive tried to partition my hd once before and it said it couldn't be formatted completely, after about 96% complete..So now I don't know what to do..On my C: drive it says I have 217.83gb NTSF..It says healthy (system, boot, page file, active, primary partition) it also has a Recovery side which is (E:) 15.00gb healthy (primary partition) then it has 55mb (healthy, EISA configuration)..how much should I shrink the volume for Windows 7?? All I did the first time was shrink what it had in the 'how much do you want to shrink box..Which I knew was more than 40gb that Windows 7 can run on comfortably, so I was told..I don't know what I did wrong but obviously it was something..Can anybody help me?? Thanks in Advance.. WH

A:Want to Dual Boot Vista with Windows 7

Partition Wizard is a free partition utility that could help you, get the Home Edition.http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

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My mom's computer came with vista and I installed windows 7 as a dual boot. It worked well for a year. The other day all I did was unplug the printer and now all of a sudden her computer wont connect to the wifi but every other computer will.

also when I boot up it only says windows 7, vista has disappeared I ran the vista disk and installed again and it says I have 4 partitions but only windows 7 shows up on boot.

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I've been getting BSoD on a very regular basis - the problem seems to occur whenever the PC is left unattended for longer than 30 mins. The PC boots very slowly and only after clicking F12 (on opening screen) to take me to boot menu. I have installed Uniblue Power Suite to clear errors, speed up the processes and assess state of drivers. Two drivers are supposedly out of date, but their replacement will not update successfully These are (1) Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controllers and (2) ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics.
RegWorks tells me I have numerous errors, but I am still waiting answers from them.
The attachment gives full details as requested, but typing in "Perfmon/report" gave zero results.
Can you help

A:Dual Boot Vista - Windows 7

Start with a hard drive test with SeaTools:
Log Name: System
Source: disk
Date: 2011-10-18T10:10:33.022
Event ID: 7
Task: N/A
Level: Error
Opcode: N/A
Keyword: Classic
User: N/A
User Name: N/A
Computer: Gordon-PC
The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block.[/code]Also, open a command prompt and run:
chkdsk /r
Download the latest driver package from ATI's site and install it: support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

You might also run driver verifier: http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ed-473665.html

Finally, run the three Prime95 tests: Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums

...Summary of the dumps:


Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Wed Oct 19 14:08:54.327 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:15:34.703
Probably caused by : pci.sys
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x9F_3_atikmdag_IMAGE_pci.sys
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 18 12:49:48.839 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:43:53.246
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for atikmdag.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atikmdag.sys
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I have set up Windows 7 to dual boot with my Vista, but can not find a way for W7 to access "My Documents" which are on Vista.
Ideally I want both operating systems to be able to access, edit, and add to "My Documents" and personal files.
Can anyone please help ?

Regards, Bill.

A:Dual Boot Vista / Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by BillRob

I have set up Windows 7 to dual boot with my Vista, but can not find a way for W7 to access "My Documents" which are on Vista.
Ideally I want both operating systems to be able to access, edit, and add to "My Documents" and personal files.
Can anyone please help ?

Regards, Bill.

Hi and welcome

When you attempt to acesss the docs from win 7 what error messages do you get?

Ken J

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I originally have Windows Vista Home Premium installed to my C: Drive, i had shrunk that volume to install Windows 7 Ultimate, i have installed this, so i can now Dual-Boot, but when i wish run League of Legends (A Game) I made it run in Windows XP Service pack 2, but says i need Adobe Air, of which is in my C: Drive. Windows 7 Is in the A: Drive, and D: Drive is my Recovery Drive.

Thank You, Your Replies May Really Help.

A:Dual-Boot (Windows 7 + Vista) HELP!

I don't know that particular game.

It appears to be asking you to install Adobe Air in Windows 7.

You may already have the Adobe Air installed in Vista - you presumably need to install it in Windows7.

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Hi. I'm currently running Vista Ultimate 64 and wish to add Windows 7 Ultimate (clean install) and have dual-boot capability. Does it make a difference if I create a new partition on my current HD (250GB/140GB free) or if I add a second HD and put 7 on it? Is one method better than the other?


A:Dual Boot Vista and Windows 7

hey , ive had no experience with two separate harddrives with two seperate os'es (one on each) but i can tell you in my opinion , creating a partition an using that for another os works well , like i said i cant vouch for two harddrives

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If I install Windows 7 alongside Windows Vista would I have to reinstall everything and move everything over to Windows 7?
I don't even want Vista but my mom won't let me get rid of it.
So if I dual boot with Windows 7, can I just mount the Vista partition and run all of my programs or do I have to reinstall them?

A:I want to dual boot Vista and Windows 7?

most programs will have to be reinstall. one thing, make sure the win7 you installed is a full retail version, you would not be eligible for any other since you are keeping vista.

Any programs you reinstall would have to be either uninstall from vista and then install or you will have to purchase a second copy. Be sure to read their eula or license to find out for sure on each individual program.

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Hello, I just installed Windows Vista on C: and I have an empty I: drive but it says HP I:, I tried to reformatted it and it was successful then I restarted my computer and I get the black screen that shows up Windows XP AND Windows Vista.

How do I get rid of the XP dual boot menu and just go directly straight on with Vista?

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little problem well big
just happened five minutes ago i just uninstalled linux and loaded the MBR from Linux back to XP and deleted all the partitions required for that. I needed to install a piece of software that only works in XP so i created two partitions from my Vista partition for the XP

installed XP booted from cd bla bla installed without any errors BUT
i cant get into Vista anymore i checked the system boot settings and it only says XP and its deleted Vista is there a way of me getting that back.
any help cant you edit the boot settings etc?

thanks for reading

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I have an HP quad core machine with OEM Vista Home Premium 32-bit installed. It has never been connected to the internet (only my home network) since I have only used it for video editing and a few other particular tasks that do not require internet access. My thinking was that by keeping it "virgin" I would maintain fast boot times and that out-of-the-box snappiness. Set it up with several specific types of software, remove everything that isn't important (like AV software), and only install things via USB when necessary. For three years I've succeeded and the box is as fast as the day I set it up. It sits sequestered in its tower still wearing its chastity belt, oblivious to the evils of the outside world.

Unfortunately my main online machine (Vista 64-bit) just suffered the indignity of a failed motherboard. It's not worth repairing. Luckily the hard drive is intact. Here is my plan of action. I'd like to know if it makes sense, if it's doable, and, if so, the best way to go about it.

I'd like to set up a dual boot system. A year ago I purchased a full Windows 7 installation using the student discount available at the time. My virgin machine is capable of handling W7 64-bit, so I'd like to install that (have already downloaded the ISO and burned it to a dvd). What I want to do is throw in an entirely new hard drive and install W7 64-bit on it. I would then leave the Vista 32-bit existing installation intact and untouched. I would end up with three SATA driv... Read more

A:How to dual boot Windows 7 64-bit with existing Vista 32-bit, and ?s

could we get some info on the hardware involved? Cpu, ram, etc?

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I have an Acer Aspire 5349 Laptop. It came preloaded with Win7 Home Premium x64. I got adventurous and dual-booted with a Vista Ultimate x64 installation on the same hard drive, with 2 partitions. It all works flawlessly, but my experimenting is over, i'm bored, and need my hard drive space back, and want to delete the Vista Partition.

Basically, from Win7, using Disk Management, can i simply delete the partition from the G: (vista) Drive, delete the volume, and then Extend my win7 partition back onto the unallocated space, or do I need to use a third-party software?

Also, will i need to do anything as far as repairing the Windows 7 boot? I know that Vista and 7 share a boot file, so if I delete the Vista partition, will the Win7 boot automatically fix itself, or will i be unable to start up?

Thanks in advance,

A:Windows 7 and Vista Dual Boot Removal

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If you want to do things properly please check this tutorial: Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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I have no sound on my Windows Vista and XP Dual Boot PC.

I have tried to install the drivers for the sound but it comes up with an error.


A:No Sound On Dual Boot With Windows Vista

Please post what the error says in it's entirety

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Does anyone know if this is possible. I already had a look around in brinks tutorials and came up empty. Thansk everyone.

A:Dual boot original Vista with Windows 7?

Hello Ben,

Yes. You would just need to have Vista installed first, then do a clean install of Windows 7 on another hard drive or partion.

Hope this helps,

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I am satisfied as of now with Vista and I would like to remove my XP dual boot.

So to clarify I would like to keep Vista as my main OS, while deleting the other OS, XP of my other hard drive.

I want to make sure I do this correctly and have seen many ways to "do it" however I have read many that have led to some problems, so I thought I would come here, where I have and immense amount of trust with this community.

XP was installed first followed by Vista.

Vista Specs:
64 bit Vista Ultimate, Service Pack 2

Any help is always appreciated.

A:Windows Vista - Dual Boot Removal Help

Anyone have any ideas about the proper way to do this with out causing any harm to the other OS?

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Evening All.

First post here, but as with most members Google led me here because I'm having some PC issues so I thought I'd get some advice here if no-one minds.

I have a Dell Vostro PC - it has 2 SATA HDDs and a DVD Drive. The original default OS was Vista Home Premium. Recently I wanted to try out Windows 7 Ultimate so I decided to set up a secondary partition on my primary HDD to install Win 7 there to test before taking the plunge with a full upgrade. This worked fine - I created the partition in Vista, defined it as the Y drive and successfully installed Windows 7 there no issue. All was well and I could dual boot both, although I have to say I mainly used the Vista install with the occasional Win 7 test.

However, in the last 24 hours things have gone very wrong and now neither installation works. Strangely nothing has been installed or changed on the machine yesterday to trigger this.

If I attempt to boot into Vista I get a Winload.exe error with error code 0xc0000428 telling me that winload.exe is missing or corrupt. Last night, I managed to get past this error once and into safe mode to perform a virus check, but since then it constantly cycles with the same error when booting or attempting to access advanced boot options.

If I attempt to boot into Windows 7, I get a bar saying Windows files loading and then the machine reboots without loading further. Same again if I try to access Advanced Boot Options for Windows 7.

Things I've tried so far are:

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A:Windows Vista and 7 Dual Boot Issues

According to a quick google search here's what you should do:

Boot to your Vista Recovery CD

A) Run a repair installation

B) Go to the Command Prompt section and run the following commands:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
winload.exe is missing or corrupt (no it's not!)

For future reference, System Restore and Repair Installations will fix most system related problems.

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Have a Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, and just got a full install Vista Home Basic CD. Would like to keep W7, and also install Vista for a dual boot on the same hard drive.

Found the following guidance:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

The following is noted, though: Whatever OS you install last will be the OS listed first in the Windows Boot Manager screen at startup.

Is there a way to have Windows 7 listed first?

Thanks for your help!

A:Installing Vista after Windows Seven for Dual Boot

You can try installing EasyBCD 2.02 to Win7, delete the Vista entry, then Add it again. EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies. But no guarantees.

It doesn't really matter if you set the default OS at Computer>Properties>Advanced>Startup, with about a 5 second timeout since you'll probably already know if you want to boot the other OS and be ready.

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My Dell Studion PC computer orginally came with Vista installed. I created an additional partition and installed Windows 7 Home Premium (32bit) on the new partition and until very recently I was able to boot into either OS. I have the Windows 7 as the default but now when I select the Vista OS from the boot menu the computer fails to boot into Vista and reboots. It then gives me a repair option but nothing happens when I select this option - the only working boot option is Windows 7.

How can I repair the Vista installation without upsetting the dual boot menu (and my ability to boot into Windows 7 which is my primary OS)? I have both the original Vista recovery CD from Dell and the Windows 7 installation DVD (full version).

A:Dual Boot Vista and Windows 7 Failure

I would suggest as a start you boot into win7 and run chkdsk /f on the vista partition to make sure of file and disk integrity

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I have Vista on a separate disk from Windows 7. Windows 7 is on one of my partitions on the disk. I tried to format the disk with vista by going in to My Computer, and right clicking on the disk and formating it like that, but it says that Windows was unable to complete the format. I unchecked quick format and put the allocation to default instead of 4096 bytes.
I'm doing it this way because when I go to disk management, it keeps loading, but nothing is shown. I have had it open for a long time now, and still nothing is showing. All it says is "Loading disk configuration." When I close Disk Management and open it again, it stays at "Connection to Virtual Disk Service."
Virtual Disk Service is set to start manually, and it is started.
Is there any other way I can format the disk, or do I have to do it this way. I still want Disk Management to work though.

EDIT:I did some searching and I found out what the allocation unit size is. Is it better for me to decrease the allocation unit size if I'm using the disk as a backup?

A:Removing Vista in a Dual Boot with Windows 7

Download and burn free Partition Wizard bootable CD, boot it, select 1 for screen res, rightclick Win7, Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Now rightclick Vista to Delete, OK., Apply all steps.

Set Win7 as first HD to boot (after DVD) in BIOS setup.

Next boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7.

If Disk Management will still not open, run sfc /scannow as Admin. If this fails, then run a Repair Install

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I have an electronic organizer that will only run up through Windows XP, and that will back up my contacts only up through Outlook 2002. I have been told that I need to dual-boot my Compaq Presario SR5710Y that came with Windows Vista pre-installed. I have already purchased Windows XP in preparation of this, and after successfully doing this, purchase Office XP (version 2002) for the same reason. I would like to find the best, most user friendly way to do this. Help!

A:Solved: Dual boot in Windows Vista

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Firstly, thanks for all the tutorials - made life relatively straightforward.

Starting point - Windows Vista 32 bit PC and Windows 7 64 bit PC.

Bought an upgrade and downloaded Windows 8 Pro on the 64 bit machine.
Saved the install media to a .iso
Burned a DVD.

Now over to the 32 bit Vista PC.
Bought a shiny new 1TB drive and replaced the old 160GB drive which contained Vista.

Did a clean install of W8 Pro and after a refresh it accepted the product key.

So far so good
[although I have had a minor problem trying to install a 32 bit application which ran O.K. on W7 64 bit but complained it couldn't find libcairo-2.dll in W8 64 bit.]

Anyway, now to go for multiple boots

Installed Ububtu 12.04 64 bit, which give me the grub2 boot manager.
This installed O.K. and I tried booting bot W8 and Ubuntu and this worked fine.

O.K. - try using grub2 to boot Vista.

Re-fitted the 160 GB drive.
Used Parted Magic CD to set up a new NTFS partition on the end of the disc then invoked Clonezilla to clone the partition from the old drive to new.
Fired up Ubuntu and ran update-grub and now I can see the Vista partition.
However when I tried to boot Vista the system just hung with a blank black screen and a flashing cursor top left.

Further reading suggests that I was over optimistic (it is a long time since I dual booted Windows systems) and that I can't do it the way because to dual boot Windows you need one master Windows system which holds the booting details for all Windows systems ... Read more

A:Windows 8 Upgrade - trying to dual boot with Vista 32 bit

You can do a clean install, but you need to delete the Windows Vista install.


Originally Posted by Microsoft

What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

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What I wanted

Right here is my situation. I have been running Windows Vista 64 for about 3 years off of 2 HDD's in RAID0 and I just got a 60GB SSD which I wanted to install Windows 7 on it and still be able to dual boot my Vista 64 from my RAIDED drives. And then shrink the partition on my RAIDED drives to roughly 50% and create a new partition on them for my Windows 7 install to also be able to use to install programs and files. Which I was told elsewhere is totally possible.

Windows 7 Install

When installing Windows 7 on my SSD I couldn't get it to install with the SATA MODE in the BIOS set to RAID, it would say "cannot install to this disc, check if its enabled in BIOS". So I had to set it to AHCI MODE, which worked, so I unplugged every drive in my system and installed Windows 7 on the SSD like this.


So the problem is when I plug my RAIDED drives back in they will only boot when the MODE in the BIOS is set to RAID but then the Windows 7 on the SSD doesn't boot as that only boots when the MODE is set to AHCI. In my BIOS the SSD is only visible in AHCI MODE, my RAID drives are visible in both MODES but as Intel_Array in RAID MODE and as 2 seperate drives in AHCI mode.

So I am in a bit of a pickle and not sure what to do... I don't mind have to change the SATA MODE settings in the BIOS to dual boot back and forth, but will I be able to shrink and re-partition the RAID drive so Windows 7 can use them? With the MODE set to AHCI I can boot to Windows 7 ... Read more

A:Dual boot Windows 7 & Vista on SSD and 2x HDD's in RAID0

I would copy my files out of the RAID to import to Win7, then when you're finished with Vista un-RAID it's HD's to use for storage, User folders, backup image, etc. There isn't any reason to keep Vista.

User Folders - Change Default Location
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Okay so I set up a new partition on my hard drive to boot Windows 7 from, so that I could have both Vista and Win7 on my laptop. However, is there a way that Windows 7 can use all of the programs and files I already have in my Vista partition? I can manually go over and start them..... but they aren't on my "Programs" list in Windows 7 or the start menu or anything... is there any way to automatically integrate all my files/programs with both my operating systems? I don't think I should have to download two instances of google chrome or firefox....... you know? Any insight would be appreciated.... I am new to dual booting. This is is the first OS i have ever installed myself.

A:Windows Vista and Seven dual boot...... programs?

hi tommy, welcome to the forums!

i'm afraid you will have to install your software onto your new windows 7 partition.

you can still access your files; but, to use your programs on your new OS, you've got to install them...

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I have a four year old eMachines that has expired and isn't worth repairing. I would like to use the OEM Windows XP Home restore disc from this computer to dual-boot my Vista machine (HP Pavilion a1730n). Is this:

1. possible?
2. ethical?

I want to do this because I can't use many of my programs on the Vista machine. If I can dual-boot the eMachines restore disc I can use Windows Home until vendors catch up with Vista.

I don't know anything about dual-booting; is there a site where I get full instructions, including partitioning?

Can it be done without re-loading Vista?

A:Dual-boot OEM Windows XP Home and Vista?

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OK, I have Vista and Windows 7 installed on two different partitions...

I want to get rid of Vista, and was told to remove the boatloader...

So I'm using "VistaBootPRO", and it presents me with two options...

Which one do I choose?

Sorry if I posted this in the wrong sub-forum...I wasn't sure where to post this.

A:Vista / Windows 7 - Dual boot - Bootloader?

Here is an artical on removing Vista from a dual boot system John Barnett's Windows Vista Support: Remove Windows Vista from A Dual Boot System Hope this will help.In the artical it refers to going back to a previous version of windows after the loader is deleted, but I don't see why it wouldn't allow a newer version OS install. Fabe

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I am trying to remove Windows 7 from my system. For humor's sake, I am having too many compatibility issues with Windows 7; so, for the sake of disk space, I am removing Windows 7. I am currently set with dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Vista Ultimate on two separate hard drives. Windows 7 is installed on C: and Vista is on D:. I am comfortable with losing all the data on the C: drive; however, after some research, I have some concerns.

I noticed that there is a system folder named "Boot" on C:/, that doesn't exist on D:/. This concerns me, I'm thinking the D: drive would not boot the system by simply formatting C: and switching the cables. Could I simply copy the "Boot" folder to D:/? I realize that there would be some boot manager editing required; however, I don't know what changes to make. Though I am comfortable with making those changes, if I knew which changes to make. I have used the bcdedit command previously, but simply re-typed what was already written.

Could anyone help me with this, I do not want to turn a 'congested' system into a 'non-working' system? I am running a Lenovo ThinkCentre M52 8113-Y7U with a Pentium 4 631. It is an OEM build. Vista is running sp1, though I am unsure about 7. I could find out, if necessary. I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks.

A:Removing Windows 7 from dual-boot 7/Vista

After you delete your W/7 partition, boot off of the Vista DVD and choose Repair Your Computer. This will do bootcfg for you and editing out the W/7 from the boot file.

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I currently have Vista home premium installed on a partitioned SATA hard drive.
I want to install Windows 7 H.P. on a new SATA hard drive that I want to partition as well.
Until I have a chance to move my files & programs across to the new HD and for the added security of knowing I have an existing bootable HD, I want to be able to boot off either the old Vista HD or W7 on the new HD.
In order to have an easy W7 install it's been suggested that I disconnect the old & connect up the new HD before booting from the W7 installation CD. After W7 has been installed I would then connect the old HD as well for the next reboot. Is this good advice? (With SATA HDs I understand there is no master/slave configuration to be set up.)
Will I be able to dual boot either during the POST/BIOS procedure, or can I install a utility like EasyBCD on the new HD (or both HDs?).
Does EasyBCD then ask you at startup time to specify which OS you want to boot from?
I'm a somewhat unclear on a few things so would appreciate any advice.

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Like an idiot, I clicked "Run As Administrator" when I meant to click "Scan For Virus" on a .exe file from a NewsGroup download in Windows 7. I have Vista on first Partition, which does not appear to be infected, but iexplor520.exe is in the root directory of the Vista installation. I restored both partitions from full backups taken the day before the accident, but the OBFUSCATOR and VIRUT infections keep getting detected by Microsoft Security Essentials every few minutes on the Windows 7 partition even after the restore, and numerous DLLs keep failing. Should I Format before restoring, and if so, how? I am sending this from the Vista side, where I am running a CA Anti-Virus scan, which hasn't found anything yet - not even the iexplor520.exe.

A:Virus on Windows 7 Side of Dual Boot with Vista

There is a good chance that the MBR is infected
The safest would be to wipe the drive and start over

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I have attached the screen shot from Disk Manager which shows how I installed Windows 7 on a machine that origianally ran Vista.

After I used Windows 7 I have not used Vista for over a year so I moved the Windows 7 to the start of the HDD using Partition wizard and some instructions on the web.

I now want to delete all the vista files and stop the dual boot getting the PC to go straight in to Windows 7.

Grateful for any help - searching the web showed dual boot but with 7 as the secondary OS and not the primary.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3327 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 509906 MB, Free - 305018 MB; D: Total - 205479 MB, Free - 183636 MB; E: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 300404 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5Q-PRO
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Many thanks

A:Solved: Removing Vista From Windows 7 dual boot

Click the Start orb - type run into the search box - type msconfig in the run box - Boot tab - you can set the Windows 7 to be default and delete any other entries.

I don't know where the Vista is, but note that your Master Boot Record is in that partition Windows has labeled "E" in your first screen shot. If you are going to delete or format that partition you should make the Windows 7 partition be the 'System" one and use your installation DVD to repair the MBR.

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I have a Vista x64/Win7 x64 dual boot setup with Vista as the original OS. I'd now like to get rid of Vista and expand Win7's partition into Vista's old space. I have read up on this and have found lots of advice, some simple and some complicated. For example:

Simple: Remove Windows Vista From Dual Boot System

Complicated: complicated: Dual Boot - Delete a OS

Could anyone point me to the best tutorial on this (bearing in mind that I have 64-bit OSs). Many thanks!


A:How to properly remove Vista from dual boot with Windows 7?

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
so we can give you the steps with certainty.

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