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recover win7 drive use after install Win10 on 2 drive dual boot sys?

Question: recover win7 drive use after install Win10 on 2 drive dual boot sys?

If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

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If this question has been addressed elsewhere, please direct me there.

I have a duel hard drive, dual boot system. Before upgrading to Win10, I purchased a Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive. I cloned my Win7 HHD drive to the SSD. I then deleted different items on each of the drives based on what I was going to use the drive for. (Games and General Purpose computing) Next, I updated the general purpose HHD to Win10, intending to dual boot Win7 SSD for games.

After upgrading the HHD drive to Win10, I discovered that the Windows 7 OS installed on my SSD was declared invalid by Microsoft and would not boot. I called Microsoft and was told I needed my win7 install key. I recently moved and cannot find my win7 installation disk.

I have Belarc installed on both drives. Is there any way to recover the CD key from the windows 7 drive even though it will not boot?

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Here's the situation. I have a 17" laptop with two Win 7 drives set up with dual boot. One is a 128gb SSD with all my work software. (AutoCad, Rhino, etc) The other is a new 256 SSD with only the Win7 OS installed. Both use the same laptop Product key.

I would like to update the new 256 SSD to Win 10 and over time transition my software to that drive. However, while I'm doing that, I'll need the other Win7 system drive to work with.

My question is, If I update the 256 SSD to Windows 10, doesn't that activation use my current Win 7 key to register? And if so, does the activated Win 10 deactivate or invalidate my Windows 7 OS Key on the other drive?

Answer:Will update Win7>Win10 deactivate second Win7 drive in a Dual boot?

Nobody seems to want to answer you mate as what you are doing is not legal.

Now then on a practical level I don't think you will have any problems because of the fact that you can reinstall your original OS with your original product key anytime you like, however I have not tested this.

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On one of my desktop computers running Windows 10 Pro, I added a SSD drive. Then, I cloned the OS partition on to the SSD drive, which ran perfectly.

But on another desktop, I dual boot Windows 7 Home and Windows 10 Home on an older SATA hard drive. And I've now added a 240 GB SSD drive.

The existing boot drive has 3 partitions for booting -- the Windows 7 (C, Windows 10 (D and the 100 MB System Reserved partition.

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ? Anything I need to be careful about ?

Thanks for any assistance on this. Cheers.

Answer:Changing dual boot Win7 & Win10 from SATA to SSD drive

esgee said:

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ?



Yep, that's all you have to do.

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On one of my desktop computers running Windows 10 Pro, I added a SSD drive. Then, I cloned the OS partition on to the SSD drive, which ran perfectly.

But on another desktop, I dual boot Windows 7 Home and Windows 10 Home on an older SATA hard drive. And I've now added a 240 GB SSD drive.

The existing boot drive has 3 partitions for booting -- the Windows 7 (C, Windows 10 (D and the 100 MB System Reserved partition.

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ? Anything I need to be careful about ?

Thanks for any assistance on this. Cheers.

Answer:Changing dual boot Win7 & Win10 from SATA to SSD drive

esgee said:

How does one go about changing OS's to the SSD drive ?

Do I simply clone all three portions to separate partitions on the new drive, and make this drive the boot drive ?



Yep, that's all you have to do.

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I'm planning to install Windows 7 and Windows 10 dual-boot on my laptop. I have deleted all partition and now my HDD is all unallocated. Now I wonder which OS should I install first. As you know, System reserved of Windows 10 is about 300MB and Windows 7 is just 100 MB, so I don't know how Win 10 uses that partition if I install Win 7 first. I also see on tenforums the thread about Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows 7, with Win 7 first. So which is better, Win 10 first or Win 7 first?I also post this thread on sevenforums Which OS should I install first dual boot Win10/Win7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
sorry if it's duplicated, just want to get more advice.

Answer:Which OS should I install first dual boot Win10/Win7

ntd252 said:

I'm planning to install Windows 7 and Windows 10 dual-boot on my laptop. I have deleted all partition and now my HDD is all unallocated. Now I wonder which OS should I install first. As you know, System reserved of Windows 10 is about 300MB and Windows 7 is just 100 MB, so I don't know how Win 10 uses that partition if I install Win 7 first. I also see on tenforums the thread about Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows 7, with Win 7 first. So which is better, Win 10 first or Win 7 first?I also post this thread on sevenforums Which OS should I install first dual boot Win10/Win7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
sorry if it's duplicated, just want to get more advice.



Hi there. I started dual booting when on 7 then loaded 8 previews, which went well. Then onto 8.1 duel booting with 10 Insider previews that also went well.

I think the first thing to consider and ask is it a UEFI system?

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I have a Dell desktop Core i5 PC about 3-4 years old with 2 SATA drives and 2 DVD RW drives. I had the boot drive (a Samsung EVO850 250Gb SSD) partitioned into two drives, C 150Gb and D about 85Gb. The other HD is a Seagate 2TB which is partitioned into 4 drives, E, 700Gb, F, 600Gb, G, 500Gb, H, 100Gb (sizes approx.). This configuration has been working well for about 2 years, since the time I installed the original SSD.

Recently, the SSD failed and had to be replaced by Samsung. (Their SSDs have a lifetime warranty.) While waiting for the replacement SSD to arrive, I put in a mechanical 320Gb SATA HD, installed Windows 10 Pro (the same OS I had on the failed SSD). Install went fine, but on the first reboot to the desktop, I discovered that the system did NOT detect the 2nd HD, the 2Tb Seagate.

I removed the 2Tb and used a dock to connect it to by wife?s desktop, and her PC detected the drive.

However, after putting it back into my PC and restarting, the system DID detect the 2nd HD, and I was able to access the files on all the partitions. On every restart since, I had no problem accessing the drive and all files.

Fast forward about a week. Replacement SSD arrived. Rather than start all over again, I tried to clone the C and D drives from the 320Gb temporary drive, and had the new SSD connected to a USB port via a dock. The cloning operation needed to reboot to actually begin copying to the new SSD, but I was unsuccessful because the system did not detect the SSD in... Read more

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I have a Dell workstation (xeon mpu) with dual 1 TB HDDs... Win 7 pro is installed on one drive, and the other is blank, newly formated...
I want to be able to boot off either drive... the win 7 HDD, or off the Win 10 HDD. I realize I may have to deal with BIOS boot sequence for now, and later change both drives to Win 10 pro...

When I boot from DVD with Win 10 Pro OEM version, It cannot find either drive... the box is blank... it will see external USB HDDs, but not my SAS drives...

What am I missing?

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My pc specs * asus z97-p motherboard * intel i7 4790 cpu * bequiet 630w psu * 8gig corsair vengeance ram * samsung 850evo 250gig ssd (win 7pro 64bit drive) * sandisk ultra II ssd 128gig ssd (win 10 drive) * 2x crucial 500gig bx100 ssd (data drives)

i recently rebuilt this into a new case and it had been working fine. Mainly using the win 7 os but more recently using the win 10 os more and more. The way it has been working is that win7 is the default boot and I have to hit the delete key on startup to select win10 to boot from.

today I was on win 10 but needed to reboot to 7. Upon doing so I hit this message:

Secure Boot Violation The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers.

It then gave me the option to boot to win10 as it is the next boot option on the list. Win 10 is now giving me the blue screen "memory management error" although I have been able to get into win10 after some more rebooting.

I ran SFC scanner and it told me that there were some problems that it cannot fix.

Everything is unplugged apart from mouse, keyboard hdmi to screen and ethernet cable. Unplugging the win10 drive from the mobo and switching the win7 drive to another port has not helped.

Has my ssd failed? has win 10 done an update that has caused this problem? It did update today, in fact the first error message I got was after win10 shut down, and when I booted into it again it installed some updates before launching.
thanks for any help!

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My pc specs * asus z97-p motherboard * intel i7 4790 cpu * bequiet 630w psu * 8gig corsair vengeance ram * samsung 850evo 250gig ssd (win 7pro 64bit drive) * sandisk ultra II ssd 128gig ssd (win 10 drive) * 2x crucial 500gig bx100 ssd (data drives)

i recently rebuilt this into a new case and it had been working fine. Mainly using the win 7 os but more recently using the win 10 os more and more. The way it has been working is that win7 is the default boot and I have to hit the delete key on startup to select win10 to boot from.

today I was on win 10 but needed to reboot to 7. Upon doing so I hit this message:

Secure Boot Violation The system found unauthorized changes on the firmware, operating system or UEFI drivers.

It then gave me the option to boot to win10 as it is the next boot option on the list. Win 10 is now giving me the blue screen "memory management error" although I have been able to get into win10 after some more rebooting.

I ran SFC scanner and it told me that there were some problems that it cannot fix.

Everything is unplugged apart from mouse, keyboard hdmi to screen and ethernet cable. Unplugging the win10 drive from the mobo and switching the win7 drive to another port has not helped.

Has my ssd failed? has win 10 done an update that has caused this problem? It did update today, in fact the first error message I got was after win10 shut down, and when I booted into it again it installed some updates before launching.
thanks for any help!

Answer:dual boot win7/win10 wont boot to win7 anymore +BSOD "memory managemen

Hi @vinvanda.

As far as I can understand from your post that you had W7 and W10 as dual boot in two different disks.

From the uploaded data we could not find a hint of the BSOD that you said (it is not recorded anywhere, probably because it happened during boot); but some other statements are supported by the data.





Windows failed fast startup with error status 0xC00000D4.



Now, it is STATUS_NOT_SAME_DEVICE; reads as .... "The destination file of a rename request is located on a different device than the source of the rename request".

Now I am making a guess. It it is wrong, please rectify and state the proper situation.
You name the Windows 7 Disk as "system" and the Windows 10 disk as "Win 10". You also said that windows 7 is the default boot. So I am guessing that the boot files are in the the windows 7 disk.

The board is set as Legacy BIOS. So Fast Boot is not possible here; and if Fast Startup is enabled, windows7 needs to disk check in every startup. It is desirable to keep fast startup disabled on a computer with W7.

Now Coming to the "Secure Boot Violation". Windows 7 does not support it at all. And, it is the Firmware Validation Process of UEFI; whereas your system is set to Legacy. I think here lies the issue.





BIOS Mode Legacy



Disable UEFI and Secure boot> Hopefully Windows 7 will boot back.

If it does not, remove the windows 10 disk... Read more

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My win7 was set up with 2 separate users - the disc drive was split into two areas so each user's data was kept separate, almost like two different drives. While I was away from the office the last few weeks, Microsoft has somehow automatically updated the program to Windows 10 and lost all the data on one side of the drive. I do have data backups to a flash drive, so I'm hopeful I can get years of business records back. What will this involve? Can I split the drive again? If not, can I go back to win 7 or do I buy a second machine. Can I transfer all data to Mac machine and be rid of Microsoft?

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Hi folks.

I have searched through the various threads that deal with this topic but have not seen anything that deals with this specifically.

I have a custom built computer I put together last year. I installed Win7 32bit at the time because I didn't want to bite the bullet and reinstall everything. That time has now arrived.

My computer has:

i7 Core 960 2.67GHz
8GB Ram
1TB HDD (Win7 32bit installed)
600GB HDD

I purchased an OEM DVD of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and an Intel 180GB SSD drive.

I want to install the SSD drive on the computer and install Win7 64bit OS as a DUAL BOOT. This way I will be able to choose to migrate my applications at my own pace. As I install a 64bit version of my Photoshop CS6 for example, I will delete it in the 32bit OS once I have all my settings, brushes etc. moved over.

Should I ?

1. Install the SSD and get it recognized by the BIOS and the 32bit OS.
2. Boot from the DVD of the 64bit OS and choose the SSD as the location of the installation.
3. Reboot the computer after installation complete

and at that point I should get the dual boot screen?

The above is how I understand the process based on some tutorials I've seen for dual booting XP and Vista. Does this work for Win7 32 and Win7 64?

Answer:Dual Boot Win7 32bit and Win7 64bit on a second SSD drive

Easy - install the SSD and disconnect all the HDDs. Then install Win7 on the SSD and make the SSD second in the boot sequence (first should be the CD/DVD reader). Then reconnect the HDDs.

When you want to boot from your 32bit system, temporarily change the boot sequence (usually via F12 at power-on).

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Hello all...

My goal is to run a Win7/Win7 dual boot system with one installation for day to day operations (MAIN) and then second installation strictly for gaming (GAMER).

I have successfully installed Win7 twice. During clean install i created 30GB partition (C: ) and put MAIN there. No problems. I loaded that up and from within Disk Management created a second partition on the same physical drive and named it (D: ).

I booted from the Win7 install DVD and then installed GAMER to the (D: ) partition. No problems. I am able to boot into each installation (MAIN and GAMER) from the boot manager without any troubles.

When I boot into the MAIN installation, the system path/partition is (C: ) and the os files for the second installation, GAMER, can be seen on (D: ) just fine.

However, when i boot into the GAMER installation, its system path is also (C: ) and the partition for MAIN somehow got renamed to (G: )

I would like it so that when I boot into MAIN (which was installed to C: ), that partition stays named (C: ) and when i boot into GAMER (which was installed to D: ), that partition stays named (D: ). Eventhough both installations see themselves as (C: ) when i boot into them, it does not seem to cause any problems.

So how should I do my second Win7 installation to a partition named (D: ) and force it to keep that name when i boot into it?

Thanks,
Jeff

Answer:Win7/Win7 Dual Boot drive letter trouble

Hello Jeff

So you have two Window7 installs on two different partitions??

Did you have any USB devices plugged in?

Can you boot into Windows at all?

Could you Post a screen shot of Disk Management?

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hi,

I was prompted a while ago to update to Windows 10, but haven't had a reason to until recently, there's a game (Killer Instinct) which is Windows 10 only so I decided now's the time.

When I was prompted for the update originally, I followed a guide on this forum for turning the update file into a bootable iSO, I though this would let me install windows 10 on another partition so I could dual boot, but when I tried it asked me for my product key and didn't accept my original Windows 7 key.

I'm currently running windows 7 from a 120gb SSD, now partitioned in 2 equal half's. I was wondering if its possible for me to clone my existing Windows 7 drive to the 2nd partition, then do the Windows 10 update on either the clone or original drive for a dual boot setup. Is this possible ?

Thanks in advance

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hi,

I was prompted a while ago to update to Windows 10, but haven't had a reason to until recently, there's a game (Killer Instinct) which is Windows 10 only so I decided now's the time.

When I was prompted for the update originally, I followed a guide on this forum for turning the update file into a bootable iSO, I though this would let me install windows 10 on another partition so I could dual boot, but when I tried it asked me for my product key and didn't accept my original Windows 7 key.

I'm currently running windows 7 from a 120gb SSD, now partitioned in 2 equal half's. I was wondering if its possible for me to clone my existing Windows 7 drive to the 2nd partition, then do the Windows 10 update on either the clone or original drive for a dual boot setup. Is this possible ?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Can I clone my Windows 7 drive, update to Win10, dual boot & use both?

Not within the terms of your windows 7 or Windows 10 licenses - one or the other, not both.
Check that your PC can upgrade to Windows 10 by trying this:

Upgrade Assistant: FAQ - Windows Help

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I started with WIn10 64bit and then Win7 64bit. This installs the Win7 boot loader and can be an issue but I ended up with the same error after installing Win7 first, just got the Win10 GUI boot loader.

Either way Win10 works but when I select Win7 I get an error saying the winload.efi digital signature couldn't be verified.
 

Answer:Dual Boot Win10 and 7 Winload.efi error, single GPT drive

On the same GPT partition?
 

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A couple of months ago I began the process of upgrading from XP/Pro to Win 7/Pro x64. It's been a 'rocky road' but I'm 'almost there now.'

I started with the intention of running two 120 Gb SSDs in RAID1 as home for my OS and program files. At every turn I encountered the mantra "RAID is not a backup." Eventually I came to understand why.

In the process I tried a clean install on one SSD and it failed. I studied harder, asked a lot of questions, and successfully installed on the other.

This morning I finally physically rearranged the drives on my machine and discovered that if I included the SSD with the failed installation I could not boot. I hit a blue screen that informed me that Windows had encountered a situation dangerous to my system and that it was shutting down (rebooting, really) so I shut down and disconnected the drive.

How do I recover that drive (reformat it) if I can't boot when it is attached to one of the ports on my motherboard?

thanks,

baumgrenze

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Answer:Recover a Solid State Drive For Use After a Failed Win7 Install Attemp

Can you boot from a Windows installation disc and get to the first screen where it asks you to choose a language?

If you can get that far, you should be able to then run Diskpart and wipe and reformat the suspect SSD.

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Hi,

I have a dual boot set up - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an SSD drive and Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive. I would like to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and keep the Windows 7 OS in tact.

Is this possible? Can I just go through the upgrade process from Windows 8.1? Any possible gotchas I should be aware of?

I've seen a few threads discussing Unbuntu or Linux as a second partition but didn't see one for this situation. Apologies if I missed a similar thread.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Answer:Upgrade dual boot Win7/Win8 to Win10 (keep Win7)?

upsidedownjim said:

Hi,

I have a dual boot set up - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an SSD drive and Windows 8.1 on a second hard drive. I would like to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 and keep the Windows 7 OS in tact.

Is this possible? Can I just go through the upgrade process from Windows 8.1? Any possible gotchas I should be aware of?

I've seen a few threads discussing Unbuntu or Linux as a second partition but didn't see one for this situation. Apologies if I missed a similar thread.

Thanks for any help you can provide!



Hey Jim, welcome to tenforums.com!

You should be okay to upgrade within W8, I don't foresee any problems. You could/should make backups just in case.

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I did a dual install with win10 and win7 - after installation of win10 went and ran win7 and nearly all my executable icons had a security shield on them. I wanted to keep my win7 install with all my stuff on - just me.
Why did win10 do this and how do I remove them?
Have googled for 3 or 4 days now and some say this and some say that but nothing that but nothing appears to work - just don' like them.
UAC as been on and off dozens of times - no luck and reboots evermore etc.
They are on separate disks so win10 had no right to touch my win7 of 5yrs old.
It seems ok but one never knows I just want rid.
All the best
Denis B

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I've got two HD's, Win7 already installed and i want to install WinXP to dual-boot. I've got data on the second 1 TB HD, and plan on installing XP on that, however I don't want to erase everything on it if i install XP and i have a feeling that will be the case. Thoughts?

Answer:Win7/dual-boot. Not erase active drive

ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP OF YOUR DATA BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS!!!it should work with XP - remember to boot from the XP CD and during instalation select in format options "Leave the current file system intact (no changes)"if you don't get this option best not to go further...

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I have an SSD drive with 2 partitions on it. 1st partition has Win 7 on it as drive letter C. 2nd Partition has Win 8 on it as Drive letter W. At 1 point in time if I booted to Win 8 the drive letter would dynamically change from drive letter W to Drive letter C and make Win 7 drive letter W. The revers was true if I booted to Win 7. Something has changed somewhere, where this dynamic drive letter changing is no longer working. When I boot to Win 8 the drive letter remains to be drive letter W & Win 7 is still drive C. This is causing problems when I'm booted to Win 8 with regard to installing & using apps while in Win 8 since the C drive is really the Win 7 system drive.

How can I fix this to get back the dynamic flip flopping of drive C? I confess to being somewhat ignorant when dealing with this particular area of things.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Jim

Answer:Dual boot Win7/Win 8 - Drive letter issues

How about posting a snip of your disk management.

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I have set up a dual boot- Win7 pro & XP ultimate, both on separate SSD's, all OK. I also have two 3TB HDD's set up under windows 7 RAID, all OK. In XP under drive management the RAID drives show up twice, once as 775GB unused drives with no drive letter allocated and also as 2.7GB RAID drives with status 'failed', drives marked as 'missing'. Is there a way I can get the RAID drive accessible under XP?
Thanks

Answer:Win7 RAID drive access from dual boot XP?

Anyone ?

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I am a computer technician and I work out of my home.

I probably have a half-dozen computers. A few are running Windows 7 Home Premium, one has been set up to dual boot to Windows 7 Pro or Windows XP Pro and one has Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro (another dual boot system).

I recently took my Dell OptiPlex 380 PC that was running Windows 7 Pro, with a 500 GB hard drive and UPDATED it to Windows 10. The update took less than an hour and everything is running fine.

By updating to Windows 10 Pro means I can no longer use Windows 7 Pro, right? Wrong!

After UPDATING to Windows 10 Pro, I simply reduced the size of my 500 GB hard drive by 200 GB and made a new partition which I named WIN7PRO. Then I booted to my Windows 7 Pro DVD and installed the OS onto the 200 GB partition. Since I had been running Windows 7 Pro on this system, and have a Product Key sticker on the top of the case, I was able to activate Windows by simply entering the Product Key.

When I rebooted the PC, I was given the option of using Windows 10 Pro or Windows 7 Pro (with Windows 10 Pro as the default OS, which means if I did nothing it would boot into Windows 10 Pro).

Everything works just fine with both Operating Systems.

Here's by beef with Microsoft on this issue:

Why should we have to UPGRADE to Windows 10 and lose our already installed Windows 7, which is supported by Microsoft until January 14, 2020?

Windows 10 is supported until October 14, 2025, the End of Extended Support Date.

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Answer:Dual boot Win10 with Win7 or Win 8.1 you already have on your PC

No Offense but you do understand Microsoft is giving a FREE Windows 10 by upgrading, right ? How they like to allow it is all up to them . No one said you can't buy windows 10 and do as you said . But, if you want a free windows 10 ? You can by upgrading from a prior windows 7, 8 and 8.1 OS don't you think you should at least abide to their agreement ? Also, since you used your windows 7 copy twice, once to upgrade to 10 not update but upgrade to 10 legally you can't use the 7 disk and install it again on a different or even on the same hard drive, which is what you just did by installing it on a partition drive .

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I upgraded to win 10 on my pc
bt I discovered my gaming is too slow,
so I want to install win 7 through a
system image I created on my second
pc( the same type and specs but
different username and o.s since I
upgraded my main pc from win7 to
win10) onto the new partition I
created on the pc ( for the win7
installation). The external hd I used
to create the image was western
digital hd bt its not showing in the
'select usb drive' when trying to
restore the image.
Edit:: I actually want to dual boot
win10 and win7

Answer:how to dual boot win10 and win7

I upgraded to win 10 on my pc
bt I discovered my gaming is too slow,
so I want to install win 7 through a
system image I created on my second
pc( the same type and specs but
different username and o.s since I
upgraded my main pc from win7 to
win10) onto the new partition I
created on the pc ( for the win7
installation). The external hd I used
to create the image was western
digital hd bt its not showing in the
'select usb drive' when trying to
restore the image. I used windows backup to create the system image.

Edit:: I actually want to dual boot
win10 and win7

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Reloaded factory software on Dell XPS laptop Win7. Created additional partition for Win10. Installed Win10 iso from boot to the separate partition. Previously labeled C drive as Win7 and D drive as Win10. Default boot is Win7. Works fine. On the boot screen I choose Win10. Works fine. . Under Win7 boot shows c as win7 and d as win10. When I look at file explorer in Win10 it shows C drive as Win10 and D drive as Win7. What can I do to stop this from happening?

Answer:Dual Boot Win7/Win10

That's the way it works......The OS doesn't know if there is another OS Installed until it's booted up. When it does boot up....the OS of choice is the primary OS and therefore selected as C.....and any other is given a drive letter that's up next, whatever that letter may be.

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I used the ISO (64bit) burnt to DVD, changed boot order to install and installed to a new 250GB HDD, setup was about 15 mins and the dual boot works great, Windows 10 installed fine and Windows 7 has not been affected and runs as normal

Answer:Dual Boot Win7 & Win10

Great to here Steph!!
Jeff

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simply, will have legal activated copies of each on the same PC in different drives.
Right now, I have win 10, but I will have win7 on another drive.

Answer:how can I dual boot win10 with win7

Here's what i would do:
Disconnect the drive with Windows10.Install Win 7 to the other drive. This will create the neccessary partitions to boot Windows 7 by itself.Reconnect the drive containing Windows 10 and boot up.Note that the C: drive of Windows 7 is now changed to another letter. For example E: DriveOpen Admin command prompt and type: bcdboot E:\WindowsReboot. You'll have a dual boot menu to boot from.

NOTE: You could also install Win 7 without disconnecting Windows 10 but IMO, this is cleaner to have Win 7 with its own boot manager in case you want to separate 7 & 10 and boot by themself.

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Reloaded factory software on Dell XPS laptop Win7. Created additional partition for Win10. Installed Win10 iso from boot to the separate partition. Previously labeled C drive as Win7 and D drive as Win10. Default boot is Win7. Works fine. On the boot screen I choose Win10. Works fine. . Under Win7 boot shows c as win7 and d as win10. When I look at file explorer in Win10 it shows C drive as Win10 and D drive as Win7. What can I do to stop this from happening?

Answer:Dual Boot Win7/Win10

That's the way it works......The OS doesn't know if there is another OS Installed until it's booted up. When it does boot up....the OS of choice is the primary OS and therefore selected as C.....and any other is given a drive letter that's up next, whatever that letter may be.

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I am a computer technician and I work out of my home.

I probably have a half-dozen computers. A few are running Windows 7 Home Premium, one has been set up to dual boot to Windows 7 Pro or Windows XP Pro and one has Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro (another dual boot system).

I recently took my Dell OptiPlex 380 PC that was running Windows 7 Pro, with a 500 GB hard drive and UPDATED it to Windows 10. The update took less than an hour and everything is running fine.

By updating to Windows 10 Pro means I can no longer use Windows 7 Pro, right? Wrong!

After UPDATING to Windows 10 Pro, I simply reduced the size of my 500 GB hard drive by 200 GB and made a new partition which I named WIN7PRO. Then I booted to my Windows 7 Pro DVD and installed the OS onto the 200 GB partition. Since I had been running Windows 7 Pro on this system, and have a Product Key sticker on the top of the case, I was able to activate Windows by simply entering the Product Key.

When I rebooted the PC, I was given the option of using Windows 10 Pro or Windows 7 Pro (with Windows 10 Pro as the default OS, which means if I did nothing it would boot into Windows 10 Pro).

Everything works just fine with both Operating Systems.

Here's by beef with Microsoft on this issue:

Why should we have to UPGRADE to Windows 10 and lose our already installed Windows 7, which is supported by Microsoft until January 14, 2020?

Windows 10 is supported until October 14, 2025, the End of Extended Support Date.

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Answer:Dual boot Win10 with Win7 or Win 8.1 you already have on your PC

No Offense but you do understand Microsoft is giving a FREE Windows 10 by upgrading, right ? How they like to allow it is all up to them . No one said you can't buy windows 10 and do as you said . But, if you want a free windows 10 ? You can by upgrading from a prior windows 7, 8 and 8.1 OS don't you think you should at least abide to their agreement ? Also, since you used your windows 7 copy twice, once to upgrade to 10 not update but upgrade to 10 legally you can't use the 7 disk and install it again on a different or even on the same hard drive, which is what you just did by installing it on a partition drive .

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I have an SSD drive in my pc which is running Win7 Pro64. I have a second SSD on which I restored a system backup of my first drive using Paragon. With the first drive unplugged, I upgraded the second SSD drive to Win10. So now I have two SSDs, one with 7 and one with 10. I have them both connected and am booting using the OS selector in the bios. I worked with Win10 for a few days, only to have the internet drop out. I could find no solution, so I booted back to Win7. During the boot it ran disk checks on all of my 3 internal HDDs as well as the two SSDs. When it booted into Win7, there was no internet and once again I could find no solution. I physically disconnected the Win10 SSD and hard booted the system three or four times before the internet would come back on. At this point I'm quite reluctant to re-connect the Win10 SSD either in a dual boot or stand alone format. I have read that many people are dual booting between these two OS, so what could be my problem?

Thanks for any insight.
 

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Help

I can't boot into my xp drive from my Dual boot system. Primary and default boot is Win7 Secondary boot is WinXP. Both OS's are on separate drives. When I try to boot into the XP drive My error msg says:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file."

So far to this this I have reinstalled a Norton Ghost image of Windows 7. No Joy. I also tried to fix the boot sector from Windows 7 by using the repair function when installing the operating system. No Joy.

Evidently there are some other commands could use from the command prompt? Would they help. I have been using Windows since 1998 but I never learned the boot sector very well and am lost when trying to fix it.
 

Answer:Cannot boot into XP drive in Win7/XP Dual Boot System.

Install EasyBCD free version in Windows 7 and use it to add XP to the boot menu.

https://neosmart.net/Download/Register/1
 

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I have a dual-boot setup on a Dell XPS 8900 that I've had since Feb/March. The dual boot setup has been working fine, with zero issues since then, then this week I just booted into Win7 a couple days ago and it ran chkdsk automatically, erased some files, restarted, and booted into Win7 fine. I used my OS with no issues and shutdown. But this morning I tried to boot into Win7 and my system can't find the operating system.

I bought the computer from Dell with Win10 installed on their standard 1TB HDD and added a WDC 2TB HDD and installed Win7 in Legacy. I can still boot into Win10 with no problem in UEFI, and while using the OS I can see my other Win7 HDD, all the files are still there and I can access them. My system can even detect Win7 in UEFI mode and will begin to boot to that OS (but of course, freezes at the logo screen because Win7 won't run on UEFI). The BIOS detects both HDD's and diagnostics says that everything's fine with both, but when I try to boot into Win7 in Legacy mode I get a no boot device error.

I've run the Windows7 install CD to try to run diagnostics and repair startup files, but all the diagnostics, including chkdsk, come back with zero issues, except 0x01f and 0x495 which only says that something was changed, but nothing specific...

I can't tell if the problem is with my startup files, MBR, or BIOS...

I've already backed up my Win7 HDD, but I'd rather not have to reinstall Windows cuz all my gaming stuff is on that HDD...

Can anyone help?

Answer:Dual-Boot Win7/Win10 on seprt HDD's - Both HDD's detected, 7 wont boot

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Dual booting with all hdd's connected can be problematic
I personally use one of these to simplify the task after many mishaps dual booting on the same disk.... I never found a better/ more reliable way other than this,
Amazon.com: Vantec 2.5-Inch Dual Bay Trayless SATA III - 6G Mobile Rack (MRK-225S6-BK): Computers & Accessories

Installing each os you'd want to remove the other disk completely so each os would have it's own boot loader.
Even though 10 can access win-7 I would not do it this will often trigger check disk to run in win-7.
Not to mention Fast start in win-10 will trigger it too
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

So yes disable fast start in win-10 is a must do.
Also for good measure disable fast or quick start in your bios too.
I would not share data disks either.

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Hello everyone, I have a Dell Optiplex 760 SFF that has both win 7 and win 10 installed on a 1TB hard drive in the following partition order:
500 mb system reserve, 100gb win 7, 750gb data, 80gb win 10
I've also disabled the metro bootloader, as it wastes times when booting to win 7.

Whenever I reboot to Win 7 after booting into Win 10 before, the system requires a chkdsk of the Win 10 and data partition. I looked around the forums here and the win 10 forums, and have disabled fast boot in Win 10 as mentioned throughout, but it still results in chkdsk being required.

I've tried to do this on other computers such as an MSI laptops with Win7, with similar results.

Is there something else I need to do so that Win 7 doesn't do disk check?

Thanks for all the help in advance.

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I am going to buy a new Win8 PC and will want to dual boot it with Win7.

Since I already have all my Win7 files and applications on a separate hard drive, can I simply physically add that drive back into the new PC and have Win8 recognize that there is a second OS and create the dual boot?

I know I can install Win7 as a dual boot but would like to avoid having to re-install all of my applications etc since they are all self-contained on their own drive.

Is there an easy way to get the Win8 PC to recognize and set up a dual boot simply by adding the old drive to the new system?

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Dual boot win 8 by adding a Win7 hard drive?

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OK I have a Dual Boot XP / Win7 Pro desktop that my family uses. A few years ago, I got a legal copy of Windows 7 Pro, and I installed it on a second hard drive. The intent was to get my family off of the WinXP OS eventually. This computer has been dual booting fine for about 3 years.

The second Hard drive is from a Raid array that was decommissioned at work. Last year, I got concerned that the first hard drive hard drive was 5+ years old, and the second drive was also pretty old. I bought a fast Barracuda 1TB drive, and I moved the WinXP OS to a 500GB partion on new drive. Unfortunately, the 1000GB was 20 megabytes to small to move the Win7 install.

My wife was concerned that even Chrome is dropping support for XP. I found out that Windows7 can resize a partition, so I recently made the XP Partition smaller. Now I was able to use EASEUS to move the Windows & installation off the WD drive, and into the second partition on the new drive.

At this point everything works.

So after copying the Win7 partition to the new drive, I booted into Win7 on the old drive. Drive administrator sees all three partitions:

Drive 0:
Part 1: XP_C_DRIVE (drive letter D: )
Part 2: W7_C_DRIVE (drive letter G: )
Drive 1:
Part 1: OLD_W7_C_DRIVE* (drive letter C: ) Note Drive label re-named, so I would not get confused).
I tried 3 different tools to add a third entry in the boot menu, pointing to the second partition of Drive 0. The plan was, once I was satis... Read more

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I searched for my specific issue but haven't been able to find it.

I've a dual-boot setup with XP Home SP3 and Win7 Pro 32bit on one hard drive, data on the others, and two DVD writers.

After Win7 was installed, the XP partition received the letter D:

This screwed up my optical drive letter assignments.

Shown in the pic is Disk Management in Win7. (In XP, the Win7 partition shows up as I:, which causes no problems)

When I went to change the XP partition letter to X:, so that I could reassign my opticals to the standard D: and E: letters, I got the message shown in the box.

My question is, is it possible to reassign the XP partition's letter, so that I can get D: and E: back as optical drive letter assignements? Will reassigning the XP partition a letter other than D: screw up booting Win7?

Answer:Dual boot Win7 & XP, XP partition drive letter reassignment?

I certainly wouldn't advocate trying to change system drive letters.

I think, quite honestly, your best solution is to allocate new drive letters to your optical drives.

I would suggest K and L so that the two optical drives are unaffected by whichever system you boot into.

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hi, I am new on this forum, but not new with windows or OS setup.

I was running win 7 (64bit) pleasantly but decided to install Win10, did all the needed stuff for getting dual boot setup.

Win10 booted fine, when selected from dual boot menu, but I have many issues on win10, Lenovo laptop is begging for mercy on win10 for many things, my android phone gets disconnected every few seconds
if I use youtube, laptop becomes sluggish.
USB3 will not install, which worked in win7 earlier.

Fed up with win10, even after disabling driver signature, making sure every driver is correct which I am installing, but
this laptop hates win 10 as of now.

Now if I choose to run win7, lappy reboots and thats a LOOP.
my win7 installation is shown in Drive letter E:
while windows 10 is shown in C:

What would be the safest way of Re-installating win 7 on E: without loosing the following
the crappy win 10 of c:/
dual mode option on win 7 +10

What I want is to run win7 setup which has SP1 integrated and still be able to boot in win10 if I needed later

I have activation keys for both provided by my office which is based on volume licensing.

Many thanks for your time

Answer:Dual Boot on Win7 after issues with win10

First, I would recommend turning off Fast Startup in Windows 10:
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Then from the power icon in Windows 10, select Restart. The fast startup "hibernation" file has been known to cause problems for some people attempting to boot back into Windows 7.

If that doesn't work, and you have data files you need to save from Windows 7, make sure to back them up. I would recommend making an image with Macrium Reflect Free. If you can't get Reflect Free to install and run on your laptop, if you have another computer you can install it and make a rescue disc/USB, boot the laptop from the rescue disc/USB and that will allow you to make a backup image.

If Windows 7 won't boot with fast startup disabled in Windows 10, you will have to clean install Windows 7 over the Windows 7 you have now. Boot from the Windows 7 install media. Click the Install Now button. Choose Custom Install option. Select the partition that contains Windows 7. You can format that partition to wipe the previous Windows 7 installation - or you can just select it and install to it and it will copy the current Windows 7 files to windows.old. What you do not want to do is delete that partition. Point the Windows 7 to install to the partition for Windows 7 and just install to it. This will keep your dual boot with Windows 10 and not affect the Windows 10 operating system partition.

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Dear all,

I hope I have not missed a thread with a similar problem:
I had Win10 installed on drive C: with the boot loader on drive D: (where I previously had my old Win10 installation). I wanted to add Win7 to my PC and formated drive D: - I totally forgot that I had the boot loader on that disk... Now I have Win7 on drive D: and drive C: is unchanged but I can not boot into Win10. I tried all the bootrec /fixmbr stuff, but found that my drive C: is not a MBR but a GPT...
Is there a way to access my Win10 installation without reinstalling the whole thing?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Win10+Win7 dual boot issue

What drive letter is your Windows 10 partition getting in Windows 7? Let's say it is D:\. Open an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt in Windows 7. In the elevated command prompt Window run:

BCDBOOT D:\Windows /d /addlast

The path in red will be to the Windows folder on the Windows 10 drive letter.

Then reboot the computer.

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Hi all,
I am sure that this has been asked a thousand times but I am new here so please bear with me.
Th problem I have is that I loaded Win 10 on a separate HDD went to dual boot. The computer stared then it carried out a scan disk and happily deleted all the files needed to boot to win 10. I used the method of disconnecting my Win7 while installing Win10 onto the separate HDD however when I reconnected my Win7 disk and booted the computer carried out a scan disk as I said. Can someone help me please as I would like to load Win10 and then run it for a while and get used to it before moving completely over to it.
Regards
Chris

Answer:Dual boot Win7 and Win10 on seperate HDD's

Welcome to the forum. For duel boot you have to install the old o/s first as it wont undersatnd the new boot files from newer o/s. The simplest way is to use free virtual box Oracle VM VirtualBox and run it as a virtual pc as it doesnt effect paritions or boot files

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hi, I am new on this forum, but not new with windows or OS setup.

I was running win 7 (64bit) pleasantly but decided to install Win10, did all the needed stuff for getting dual boot setup.

Win10 booted fine, when selected from dual boot menu, but I have many issues on win10, Lenovo laptop is begging for mercy on win10 for many things, my android phone gets disconnected every few seconds
if I use youtube, laptop becomes sluggish.
USB3 will not install, which worked in win7 earlier.

Fed up with win10, even after disabling driver signature, making sure every driver is correct which I am installing, but
this laptop hates win 10 as of now.

Now if I choose to run win7, lappy reboots and thats a LOOP.
my win7 installation is shown in Drive letter E:
while windows 10 is shown in C:

What would be the safest way of Re-installating win 7 on E: without loosing the following
the crappy win 10 of c:/
dual mode option on win 7 +10

What I want is to run win7 setup which has SP1 integrated and still be able to boot in win10 if I needed later

I have activation keys for both provided by my office which is based on volume licensing.

Many thanks for your time

Answer:Dual Boot on Win7 after issues with win10

First, I would recommend turning off Fast Startup in Windows 10:
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Then from the power icon in Windows 10, select Restart. The fast startup "hibernation" file has been known to cause problems for some people attempting to boot back into Windows 7.

If that doesn't work, and you have data files you need to save from Windows 7, make sure to back them up. I would recommend making an image with Macrium Reflect Free. If you can't get Reflect Free to install and run on your laptop, if you have another computer you can install it and make a rescue disc/USB, boot the laptop from the rescue disc/USB and that will allow you to make a backup image.

If Windows 7 won't boot with fast startup disabled in Windows 10, you will have to clean install Windows 7 over the Windows 7 you have now. Boot from the Windows 7 install media. Click the Install Now button. Choose Custom Install option. Select the partition that contains Windows 7. You can format that partition to wipe the previous Windows 7 installation - or you can just select it and install to it and it will copy the current Windows 7 files to windows.old. What you do not want to do is delete that partition. Point the Windows 7 to install to the partition for Windows 7 and just install to it. This will keep your dual boot with Windows 10 and not affect the Windows 10 operating system partition.

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My hard disk has 5 partitions: C, D, E, F and G.
Windows 7 is installed on the first partition (C:).
I decided to dual boot and installed Windows 10 on
partition D: to get to know this new OS.
In Windows 7's 'Windows Explorer' Win7 is on C: and Windows 10 is on D:.
But in Window's 10 'File Explorer' names changed.
D: became C:, E: became D:, F: became E: and
C: became G:. (The sizes and contents of the partitions
remain the same).
I used to dual boot Windows 2000 and Windows XP
but there was no change in the names of the partitions.
Is it possible for the names of the partitions in Windows 10
to be the same as in Windows 7?

Answer:Win7 & Win10 Dual Boot Problem

The OS will always be on the C drive.
If you want the drive letters to be the same in both win7 and 10 apart from the OS you will need to go into disk management and change the drive letters.
After changing the drive letters you would have
Win 10: win 10 on C, win 7 on D and the other drives letters as before.
Win 7: win 7 on C, win 10 on D and the other drives letters as before.

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Just wondering if this can be done or would I be opening a can of worms.

I recently did the Win7 to Win10 upgrade. All is fine. The Win7 was OEM and I have the 4 OEM disks that came with the PC. Is it possible now to reinstall Win7 on a new partition on my C drive, using the OEM disks so that I would have a dual boot set up?

Answer:Dual Boot Win7 after the Win10 Upgrade

It's easy to dual boot with Windows 7, but not with the OEM disk set because they will want to wipe the hard drive and start over. Also, you only have 1 license for Windows. Dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 10 requires 2 licenses for Windows. What you would have to do, after you purchase a second license for Windows, is restore the computer to factory Windows 7 with the OEM disks. Shrink the Windows 7 partition to allow room for Windows 10. Do a clean install of Windows 10 to the space you created for it.

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Dear all,

I hope I have not missed a thread with a similar problem:
I had Win10 installed on drive C: with the boot loader on drive D: (where I previously had my old Win10 installation). I wanted to add Win7 to my PC and formated drive D: - I totally forgot that I had the boot loader on that disk... Now I have Win7 on drive D: and drive C: is unchanged but I can not boot into Win10. I tried all the bootrec /fixmbr stuff, but found that my drive C: is not a MBR but a GPT...
Is there a way to access my Win10 installation without reinstalling the whole thing?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Win10+Win7 dual boot issue

What drive letter is your Windows 10 partition getting in Windows 7? Let's say it is D:\. Open an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt in Windows 7. In the elevated command prompt Window run:

BCDBOOT D:\Windows /d /addlast

The path in red will be to the Windows folder on the Windows 10 drive letter.

Then reboot the computer.

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I upgraded to free win10 with clean installed but old software don't work. So I created dual boot win7 clean installed and put all old software back.

On another PC with win7 and all similar old software I tested to upgrade to win10 and to my surprise all working fine.

Now back to the first PC I want to:

- Upgrade AGAIN win7 to win10.
- When done: are there 2 win10 choices in dual boot?
- If so I want to merge the win10 (clean installed without any old software) into Upgraded Win10: is it possible?
 

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Hi,
This is my first question on this forum. The drives on my PC are currently configured the following way:

Disk 1 (600 GB)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (500 Go)
Disk 2 (1 TB)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

So, when I start the PC, I can choose to boot from C: (System: normal usage) or from D: (Music). When I boot from D:(Music), it is to use my music production environement, on a lean system (no internet, no A/V).

I just bought a new 1TB drive to replace my 600 GB drive (#1 above). What I would like now is to configure the new disk that way:

Disk 1 (1 TB) (New drive)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (Win7, bootable) (100 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (100 GB) (unchanged)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (800 Go) (unchanged)
Disk 2 (1 TB) (Unchanged)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

I am willing to reinstall everything on the C: partition, but I would like to avoid to do it for the D: partition as I want to keep it the way it is now. A simple mirror copy would be ok I think. Same for the E: partition (Samples).

My question: How do I proceed in order to still have a dual boot (this time a Win7/XP instead of XP/XP), without reinstalling XP and softwares on my D: partition?

I hope my request makes sense!

Thanks in advance and have a nice day,
Marc

Answer:Going from XP/XP dual boot to Win7/XP dual boot on a new drive

Boot the Win7 installer to Clean Install Windows 7 with only the new HDD plugged in, from Steps 7 and 8 create and format your Win7 partition leaving space for XP left unformatted for later recovery using a backup image.

From Win7 use a reliable flexible imaging program like the Acronis premium app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, or free Macrium - Image your system. You should be able to clone or image over the XP partition from its HD while attached, to the new HDD Unallocated Space. Do not tell the app to mark XP partition Active or to copy Track0 MBR.

Once XP is imaged onto the new HDD, from Win7 add XP using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required). If this fails confirm Win7 is still Partition Marked Active to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will add XP to Boot Menu, or if needed to restart Win7 for some reason.

Let us know how this goes.

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 that came with Win 7. Before I did the Win 10 upgrade, I ran a drive image of the drive where the OS and the drive where several of the data folders were relocated. I?ve kept those images. After the upgrade, I decided to do a clean install of Win10 and install a larger capacity SSD and another spinner at the same time giving me 2 SSDs and 2 spinners. I decided not to keep the Win7 installation so I wiped the old SSD but kept it installed in the system. Now I would like to restore the original Win 7 image to that original SSD. This is because there are a few older video games that will only play in Win7 because of the Securerom issue with Win10.

My first question is since I am restoring an image, I assume that there will be no dual boot menu created, how can I create one where I will have the GUI menu with Win 10 as the first selection?

Second, when I restore the image of the Win7 OS, I will also need to restore the image of another drive (a spinner) that held the redirected Documents, Downloads, Music, Photos, and Video folders from the Win7 installation. I can foresee that the Win7 installation will not know where to find these folder. If so then is there a way that I can let the Win7 OS know where to find these redirected folders since the disk layout will be different? Since I have done the same redirection with Win10, it is possible that the redirection in both Win10 and Win7 might be pointing to the same spinner. Any thoughts on how ... Read more

Answer:How to do dual boot, Win10 & Win7, with a restored image of one OS?

I cannot help you with the redirected folders. Once you restore the Windows 7 OS partition (you do not have to restore any system reserved or recovery partitions with it, just the OS partition), reboot Windows 10. If Windows 10 does not assign it a drive letter, go into Windows 10 disk management and assign it a drive letter. Since you've got a lot of drives and partitions already, let's assume it gets assigned drive letter J:.

Right click on start icon, select Command Prompt (Admin). In the command prompt window run:

bcdboot J:\Windows /d /addlast
exit

The path in red will be to the Winodws folder of the restored Windows 7 partition. Change the drive letter to whatever it gets. This drive letter has no affect when you boot into Windows 7. Then you can run msconfig (which is system configuration).
Select the boot tab, and you can adjust the boot menu timeout and the order the Windows installations appear.

I would also turn off Windows 10 fast startup as it tends to interfere with dual booting Windows 7:
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

Once you boot into Windows 7, it will give itself C: drive. You will probably have to go into disk management and re-arrange your other drive letters. This will not affect the drive letter assignments when booted into Windows 10. I don't know how it will handle the redirected data folders to begin with.

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As the title says, I'm trying to dual boot the two OSes, no luck.

Upgrading my Win7 partition to 10 resulted in so many crashes and WTFery that I am amazed the recovery to going back to win7 works. Literally, it crashed on the login screen and ate my primary account/profile but kept my wife's, and also crashed just trying to load the desktop. So I undid that upgrade out of necessity.

I'm using my free install to do a separate install of Win10. I'm using it on a flash drive. Win10 freaks out because the SSD isn't for GPT, which, if I am understanding correctly, means it's a UEFI thing. My SSD is formatted for MBR, so that means it's done the old way, and Windows 10 won't install because of that.

So I made a Win7 backup image, wiped the SSD clean, tried again and Win10 doesn't see the drive. Bit of a headscratcher there for me. I redo the drive for GPT, even format it, and it still doesn't see it. Commence arm flailing and a colorful array of words. I've done the settings for UEFI on my board, I've done the Legacy+UEFI, I've done just about every combination I can think of to make this happen and it isn't.

Is all this headache coming from me not installing Win10 from the DVD drive on a burned ISO? Because that is the only thing I have not tried yet and I'm not about to waste money on a stack of burnable DVD's just to find out that doesn't work either.

FYI yes I have a key. It l... Read more

Answer:What am I doing wrong? Trying to dual boot Win7 and Win10 with no luck.

Well, the biggest immediate issue is you're not supposed to use the Windows 7 key or installation anymore if you're using the Windows 7 Product Key to get the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 in the first place. Now, that's probably not why this is happening (your issues) but even so, technically once you serve up that Windows 7 Product Key to get Windows 10 that Windows 7 license is invalidated after 30 days but as stated in other posts in other threads Microsoft basically doesn't give a shit at this point. That might change, however, in the near or long term future where they could technically lock things down and refuse to provide any updates whatsoever (and I mean absolutely nothing) for users with Windows 7 installations that are still used actively after they took advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10.

I'm not saying you can't do this, I'm just saying you (and we, and me, also) aren't supposed to. It's up to you to do things the way you want, obviously.

It's their OS, not yours/mine, they can do whatever they want with it and there's nothing the end user can really say or do about it especially if they're breaking the licensing terms which is exactly what that would be doing. You get use of one OS or the other, but not both is the general idea at work here, and definitely not at the same time.

Having said that, GPT just means it allows for partitions larger than 2TB iirc (I don't use GPT with Win... Read more

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I've been an insider since FEB. Last ISO I installed was 10074. Since updating to 10240/rtm things have gotten buggy, apps don't function, can't update etc.

I want to install the latest ISO on the 10240 oartition, but when I try I get, "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks."

The solution is to adjust those boot parameters in the BIOS, make everything legacy/MBR, so I've read. Problem is, the bios is locked down, it's a HP Envy laptop. The BIOS supports both MBR and GPT, however, GPT is the default, and legacy boot options only kick in when GPT is not supported. There is no way to change this. So, I have MBR for recovery and Win 7 partitions, and selecting any partition installing Win 10 gives me this error.

Is there a work around?

(I can not reset because of the inaccessible boot device bug, maybe related, besides I need the ability to reformat that partition being an insider)

It's really frustrating as up until build 1074, this was not an issue.

Answer:Dual boot win7/win10 MBR/UEFI problem, cannot reinstall Win 10 ISO

I'm thinking reinstall build 10074, and then try to update, but this does not really help going forward. Is there a a non destructive way to make my Win 7 partition GPT?

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I have win10 installed and running and I?d like to create a dual boot by restoring an image that I made of my old win7 system immediately before upgrade to win10 and then doing a clean install on a new SSD. I realize that I will need to buy a win7 key and I plan to use an OEM version that I will purchase from MicroCenter but before I do I?d like to know if I understand the process correctly.

1. Disconnect the SSD where win10 is installed and then restore the image of win 7 to the m2 SSD where it was originally installed, but do not boot from it yet. This now has H as a drive letter.

2. Reconnect the win10 SSD and let it boot up and then open a commend prompt (admin) and enter:

3. Bcdboot H:\Windows /d/addlast

4. Adjust the timeout with msconfig.

5. Update the license for the win7 using the new OEM key.

Do I have it right?

Answer:Dual boot, exist win10 + win7 from image on different drives

There is no need to disconnect the primary (first) SSD, and you only need to restore the OS partition only to the second SSD. You don't need any of the other partitions that might have been imaged.

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I have a dual boot system in the following configuration:

HDD-0 = Win7 OS, HDD-1 = Win7 OS, WinXP OS. I have successfully booted into each of these operating systems - and the Win7 OS on HDD-1 is an exact clone of the primary OS on HDD-0.

I just upgraded the Win7 OS on HDD-0 to Windows 10 using the "Get Windows 10" process. I now get the new blue Boot Manger screen with all three OS's listed and I can successfully boot into Windows 10 and Windows XP. But I cannot boot into the Win7 OS on HDD-1 (which I could before the Windows 10 upgrade). How the upgrade even knew about the other copy of Windows 7, since it was not active and lives on another HDD is beyond me.

One strange thing - if I do a cold startup (power on) I get the new Boot Manger screen. But if I do a Restart from Windows 10, I get the old, black & white boot manger screen - and it does list all three OS's correctly, too.

The error message I get when trying to open (boot) the Windows 7 OS is: "LogonUI.exc - Entry point not found. RtlReleasePath could not be located in the ntdll.dll" And, like others, I now get the black screen with "Windows 7, Build 7601 This copy of Windows is not genuine (but it was yesterday before the Windows 10 upgrade on the other HDD).

And like others, I can start the Crtl+Alt+Del to get the screen with users, Task Manger, etc. And, I can run all my applications by manually starting them in a New Task and browsing to the exe f... Read more

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I'd like to apologise in advance as this is probably completely newb to many of you.

On the newegg page at the bottom of the review tab dated 8/25/2015 12:06:28 PM, Anonymous author stated:






Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if other OEM's have this feature, but the UEFI BIOS allows you to exclusively enable your boot drive, so you can have multiple drives with distinct OS's, and when you choose to boot one, the others are auto-disabled.



My Windows 10 boot SSD is GPT format while my Windows 7 boot SSD is MBR format with System reserved partition so IDK if this is even possible for dual booting?

I don't get where the the settings on "exclusively enable and auto disable" are and how to apply them...

Can anyone show screenshots of the settings to enable safe dual booting?

Regards,
David

Answer:Win10(GPT) / Win7(MBR) dual boot BIOS settings (Gigabyte Z170m-D3H)

Would I be on the right path in thinking 2-4 of the manual (BIOS Features) is what this guy meant?






Fast BootEnables or disables Fast Boot to shorten the OS boot process. Ultra Fast provides the fastest bootup speed. (Default: Disabled)
SATA Support
>>All Sata Devices All SATA devices are functional in the operating system and during the POST. (Default)
>>Last Boot HDD Only Except for the previous boot drive, all SATA devices are disabled before the OS boot process completes.

This item is configurable only when Fast Boot is set to Enabled or Ultra Fast.



Wouldn't this create a palava when trying to choose which OS to boot given Fast boot disables accessing BIOS with the Del key after posting?
/confused

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Hi - I am thinking about transitioning from Win7 to Win10.

I have been running Win7x64 for a very long time on my main PC. I have done a lot of installs over the years along with low level customizations. To me, it probably would be best to do a clean install of Win10 on a separate SSD and start from scratch rather than "upgrading" a clone of my Win7 drive. I have no idea what sort of latent instabilities would occur if I did a Win10 upgrade.

I want to have both systems easily available over the months as I make my transition. There is also a possibility that I may scrap the Win10 installation and stick with Win7, since I am not a fan of the Win10 interface right now.

If all goes well, though, I will eventually pull out the Win7 drive and stick with Win10.

So, I want both drives to be bootable - If I pull out the Win7 drive, I want to be able to boot my Win10 drive. I also want to be able to boot the Win7 drive if I scrap the Win10 drive.

Will EasyBCD will let me do this? I was planning on pulling my Win7 drive out temporarily, and then installing Win10 fresh on the new SSD. After that, I was going to reinstall my Win7 drive and configure EasyBCD to run off the Win7 drive.

Will this work? Is there anything special that I would need to do for the Win10 installation or EasyBCD installation?

Thanks,

AzJazz

Answer:EasyBCD Dual Boot management for Win10 and Win7 on separate drives

You don't even have to use EasyBCD. Once you get Windows 7 installed and booting on it's own drive (you have that now), and have Windows 10 installed and booting on it's own drive (by installing it with the Windows 7 drive disconnected), reconnect both drives and boot from whichever one you want to. The other Windows partition that you are not booted into should get a drive letter. If it doesn't, go into disk management and assign it a drive letter. Let's say it get drive F:\

Open a command prompt with administrator privileges and run:

bcdboot F:\Windows /d /addlast

Change the drive letter F: to match what you need to. That will set up the dual booting on the current drive you are booting from. You can run msconfig and look at the boot tab to adjust your timeout.

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I intend to install Windows 7 on a desktop thro external DVD Drive connected thro USB port.I am not able to boot thro this external drive as there is no BIOS Support option for selecting Boot thro USB . How to proceed ?Thanksfromk s manjunatha

Answer:Boot to external DVD drive to install Win7

watch the bios messages as it boots it should give the option to hit an F key to choose boot, although if there is no option in the bios to set boot order then your machine may just be too old. a bios update may help..i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Earlier today, I thought that I wanted to run a the Repair Install (as per that tutorial) to a non-booting Windows 7 (64 bit) installation on a physical drive (my SSD) which is different than the drive to which I can currently boot. That is, I can currently boot to an older installation of Windows 7 on one partition, but the Windows 7 installation (my main one) is on my SSD drive and it will not boot. The boot process ends at the blinking cursor after the BIOS messages. I was hoping that the Repair Install would give the option of repairing the Windows 7 installation on the SSD, but it seems that it will only repair Windows 7 on the partition from which I have booted.

A little background in case it's useful: I installed Windows 7 (upgrade from Vista in 2011) on the PC's original HD and then ghosted to a new SSD and made that my boot drive. I kept the old drive (with a functioning Win7 installation) in the system as a backup. All was well for the past couple years until a recent graphics card swap. (I will note that I had successfully swapped these same cards several times without boot issues in the last few days. They are both Radeon cards, so I didn't have to re-install drivers or anything.) But, now Windows on my SSD (my main drive) will not boot - I just see the blinking cursor after the BIOS screens. (I don't know if the boot issue was even related to the graphics card issue, it just happened after one of the swaps.) There are no error messages. So, I used the... Read more

Answer:Working backup Win7 boot drive, need to fix main Win7 boot drive

Did you run the SSD's drive diagnostics or Partition Wizard Partition surface test to see if it will scan it?

Try running SFC /SCANNOW Run in Command Prompt at Boot from the Repair CD to see if it can repair System files enough to start it, or to enable Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to start it after confirming System Reserved or C partition is Partition Marked Active. If one fails, try moving it to the other. Unplug the other drives first.

If you want to continue trying to repair it, everything else that can be done is compiled in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start. Infection can't be ruled out until it is scanned from boot disk provided, and sometimes WIn7 will not repair if it is infected.

At some point you might want to do a booted reinstall with all other HD's unplugged, deleting all partitions first. But I'd want to know the drive is sound first via diagnostics and using tech support if under warranty to pave the way for RMA.

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I recently installed Vista on my laptop along with XP. Within XP my local hard drive (partition) letter is "C" and my Vista partition has the letter "V" . With in Vista my main partition has the drive letter "C" and my XP partition is "D". How can I make each partition drive letter the same for both OS.
 

Answer:Drive letters after dual boot install

If you have other programs installed on the XP partition, reassigning drive letters can make those programs difficult to access.
Vista always wants the C; partition, wherever it sits.
Basically, the easiest way is to reinstall both xp, and Vista, with Vista being the first one you put on, then XP, then drive letters will be correct.
If you have any external hard drives, be sure to connect after installing both systems, so as to keep drive letters in order.
I use HyperOs, and have both, but I renamed any extra partitions so that I know which contains what programs - I have copies in a backup on the C drive, and, at present six partitions over two hard drives, and by keeping the correct order, I can use the second hatd drive to boot from (disconnecting the first hard drive) - so giving me a G partition to boot from on the second hard drive - its easy to live with.
You can use
VistaBootPro, but I have not used it - look up the archives at majorgeeks, as several have used/tried that way.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/VistaBootPRO_d5625.html
 

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I have Windows 7 RC1, and am trying to install XP on a separate drive but am getting the following error:

"Setup could not load the keyboard layout file KBDUS.DLL.
Setup cannot continue. Power down or reboot your computer now."

I restart and am able to go back to Windows 7...Any ideas on how to get around this??

Answer:Trying to install XP on a separate drive for dual boot

Interesting...I removed the power off one of my hard drives. I had 20 partitions and I think that's what was messing with the install. I got XP installed and it works. I then installed Easy BCD but it gave an error of not being able to detect a vista install. If I don't hit F8 when I boot the system, it goes straight into Windows 7, which is fine. Do I need to create a boot menu using EasyBCD or do I just go into the F8 menu?

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Hi all

Please bear with me I'm new at this and a little unsure as to exactly what I'm doing.

A few months ago I was having trouble with an incredibly slow system running Vista 32 bit. I run some RAM hungry programs so decided I'd try a Win 7 64 bit system, and if it was stable I would then look to increase my RAM beyond 3GB (Apparently my motherboard will take 8GB of RAM)

A screen shot of my basic system info is here...
I obviously now want to stay with Win 7 64bit and format the Vista drive for the storage space but have no idea how to make my Win 7 drive the system drive and then format the old Vista drive.

I hope I've given enough info, and my request makes sense.

I'd be really grateful of a fairly straight forward "how to". I'm reasonably savvy and can follow instruction but certainly no expert.

Many thanks in advance

Chris

Answer:Cant format old system drive after dual boot install

Mark the Windows 7 HD Drive ACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Active
Than
Physically disconnect the old HD.
Make the Windows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.


Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times



When Windows is booting OK, Reconnect the other two HD, as Disk1.




Mark the Windows Vista HD Drive INACTIVE
Partition - Mark as Inactive

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I purchased a ssd for my Acpire E15-575G to run a second (Ubuntu) operating system.I installed the operating system on the second (SSD) drive.Windows doesn't recognize the Ubuntu disk (no problem) but neither does the UEFI/bios.How can I get the system to come up and ask if I want to boot Ubuntu?

Answer:install ssd for dual boot win10

  1. Make sure you have the latest BIOS2. Go in to BIOS settings and create a supervisor password (this will reveal the advanced secure boot settings)3.  Add Grub to the trusted secure boot settings. You can search my posts in the forum if you need more help, but those three steps should do it.  If that doesn't work, then I'm out of ideas.  Normally you would put Windows and Ubuntu on the same disk for dual boot.

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My first hard drive on my computer has Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in a dual-boot configuration. I recently upgraded Ubuntu from 10.04 to 12.04 LTS. I want to do a clean re-install of my Windows 7 and I would like some information as to the best way to go about doing this. I don't want to mess with Ubuntu, considering I just installed and configured it like I want it. Windows 7 is over a year old and I wanted to start with a fresh clean install. Out of the 320 GB hard drive, Ubuntu is installed on 50 GB(sda2) and the rest is for Windows 7(sda1). Just looking for the best method to go about doing this. Any ideas would be appreciated. ThanksOS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64bitCPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online

Answer:Clean Win7 re-install in dual-boot Win7 & Ubuntu system

This might help:http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubun...--Andrew LeonardBL Technical ServicesIT Support Maryland

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Hello all,

I have a vaio laptop with a dual boot win7/vista setup. I simply want to format the whole drive back to one large c:\drive, then reinstall windows 7. I have heard horror stories of people saying their boot manager becomes corrupted. or goes missing. I enclose a snapshot of my hard drive config. I would appreciate any advice on this matter.

Thanks

Answer:A fresh win7 install over a win7/vista dual boot system ?

is it the only HDD in the laptop (i used to think 1 was the max but i've been encountering people with two recently)? If so, (and if you want to wipe the hard drive completely (don't forget to deactivate any programs, such as iTunes)) just put the install disc in, boot into it (without booting into windows), choose the install option that isn't 'upgrade' (i think it's 'custom' offhand). when it takes you to the partition manager, click 'advanced' on the bottom bit and delete and format all partitions until you have just one big empty disk.
If that doesn't work or if you think it might not, just boot into a Puppy Linux live cd, open up gparted and select the 'new partition table' tool.

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I want to reformat my hard drive and do a clean installation of Windows 7 64 bit Pro. It currently has a dual boot setup with Windows XP/Ubuntu. I have two questions: I plan on installing this hard drive into a different computer. Do I do the reformat it while it is still installed in the old computer or should I reformat it in the new? How should it be done? Since it has a dual boot setup in the boot sector, what kind of reformat should I do to be sure there are no problems with the clean installation?

Answer:How do I reformat a dual boot drive in preparation for a clean install

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

I would get it setup in the other machine, then begin.

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Personally, I just use the partition wizard boot cd.

http://partitionwizard.com/partition...otable-cd.html

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Hi, I've installed W10 in my laptop in a dual boot configuration with W7 successfully. I used this tutorial https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...ndows-8-a.html I'm setting up to do the same thing in my desktop and have a couple questions about drive letter designation after doing it. I created a 30G partition on the C drive of my desktop for the W10 install.

My laptop has one drive, the OS "C" drive, I created a another partition for W10, after installing W10 using the USB ISO "boot from USB" instruction when I'm in W10 it shows as the C drive, and the W7 partition is inactive D drive. Just the opposite when I'm in W7, it shows as the active C partition and W10 is the inactive D partition.

On my desktop I have the 120G C drive for W7, a 500G D drive for backups, a fixed CD-ROM E drive, and a virtual CD-ROM F drive. I've made a 30G partition on the C drive to install W10 on for the dual boot. The question is when the auto backup runs (I have it backup & image every Sunday at 7:00pm) it backs up the C drive to the D drive. Will the W10 dual boot install change my backup drive letter to something other than D, or will the non OS physical drives keep the same drive letter? I will have to remember to be in W7 for it to be the C drive when it backs up, but my concern was if the dual boot was going to change my backup drive to something other than D. That would affect the backup.

I've attached disk mgmt. below, FYI the G drive is the USB with the W10 IS... Read more

Answer:Fixed drive letter designations after Dual Boot install

I installed W10 on the 30G partition I created on my C drive, while in W10 it shows as the C, W7 shows as D, backup drive shows as F.

Booted into W7, C is W7, D is the backup drive, F is the W10 install, so my question was answered.

Summary: While booted into W7 the C and D drives are the same as they were before W10 dual boot install. While booted into W10, W10 becomes the C drive, W7 is D and the backup is F. Fixed CD-ROM drive E didn't change, virtual CD-ROM is now G

Disk management below while booted into W7, F is W10.

Attachment 21783

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Hey Gang,

Can anybody point me to the instructions about how to install XP Pro to a single Win98 hard drive - to make it dual boot, like Win 2k?

I've been looking all around the internet and the only thing I've found is an XP dual boot on a 2nd hard drive.

Does XP have that capability?

Thanks,
HULK
 

Answer:How Do I install a Dual Boot XP to a Single Win98 Hard Drive

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OK, maybe this was really stupid. I had a 32GB flash drive formatted with the Win10 media upgrade image on it (bootable). I was going to use it to upgrade another system but in the meantime I wanted to copy some programs between two systems. I inserted the flash drive into my previously installed Windows 10 laptop which was running flawlessly for 5 weeks and setup using the D: user profile setup (autorun move of profiles to D post install step).

So now after I inserted the flash drive it appeared like my current windows 10 system was trying to reinstall windows 10 again, I didn't realize anything would happen simply by plugging in the flash drive. So I aborted the "getting windows ready" but now I can login to the system but have an error dialog:

C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again. If the location is on a network, make sure you're connected to the network or Internet, and them try again. If the location still can't be found, it might be moved or deleted.

So when I open explorer and look in C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile I do not see a Desktop folder. I am guessing the install got to a certain point before I halted it and now some system files are gone. Damn I am so fuming over this, I assumed the flash drive insert would prompt before any action and I was just going to copy a couple of files to do an instal... Read more

Answer:Inserted win10 boot USB flash drive to working Win10 system - problems

Hi Scott and welcome to Tenforums.

Are you able to do a System Restore? Or, was that not turned on?

If not, perhaps a repair install might do the trick:
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

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So my computer currently has Windows Vista Ultimate X64 installed on a 120GB drive. I also have a 500GB RAID 1 setup that I keep my work on. I have a piece of software that won't work with Vista X64, so I need to install my old OEM XP Pro copy. I bought a 1TB drive on which to do this.

My question is, how do I go about installing XP Pro as a dual boot without disturbing my Vista install or my RAID setup.
 

Answer:Installing XP dual boot on seperate drive without disturbing existing Vista install

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Bought a new computer with windows 10 installed, but my work from home job requires windows 7. I don't want to get rid of windows 10, as I will need it for other things, so I'm trying to install windows 7 onto a separate partition so that I can dual boot between the two. I downloaded a legit copy of windows 7 ISO and used Rufus 2.8 to make a boot disk out of a 16gig flash drive and I changed the boot order in my bios to read from removable drives first, but when I reboot, nothing happens, it just boots up windows 10. If I try to run the setup from the flash drive in windows 10, it starts but then says I need 692 MB of memory on the boot disk, even though the flash drive has 12 gigs free after putting the ISO file on it, and gives error 0x80070490. Is there any way I can get this to work?

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Bought a new computer with windows 10 installed, but my work from home job requires windows 7. I don't want to get rid of windows 10, as I will need it for other things, so I'm trying to install windows 7 onto a separate partition so that I can dual boot between the two. I downloaded a legit copy of windows 7 ISO and used Rufus 2.8 to make a boot disk out of a 16gig flash drive and I changed the boot order in my bios to read from removable drives first, but when I reboot, nothing happens, it just boots up windows 10. If I try to run the setup from the flash drive in windows 10, it starts but then says I need 692 MB of memory on the boot disk, even though the flash drive has 12 gigs free after putting the ISO file on it, and gives error 0x80070490. Is there any way I can get this to work?

Answer:Running Win10 want to install 7 on seperate partition for Dual boot

Probably need to disable secure boot in bios.

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Hello, i currently run Windows 7 from a C: primary partition.
I would like to install Windows 10 on my D: drive (defined in a logical/extended partition).

But i would like the drive letters to remain the same under both OS's (so under Win10, %windir% would be D:\Windows). Is this possible, specially given that the existing windows7 installation is 32 bits but i want to install windows10 64 bits.

Long ago i had such a dual-boot between XP and Win7 and running setup.exe from XP (rather than booting from DVD) achieved exactly what I described. The extra complication this time is the move from 32 to 64 bits so I suppose i will not be able to launch the 64-bits setup.exe from a system running win7 32 bits ?
 

Answer:Install Win10 64bits to dual boot withWin7 32bits

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Hello, I have a dual boot Win 10 Pro/Win 10 Pro system. However, everytime I switch OS, I have to re-pair my Bluetooth mouse with that OS again. I have tried many methods online specifically for Win 7,8 /Linux dual boot, however it doesn't work with Windows 10.

Does anyone know any trick to make both OS recognize my Bluetooth mouse without re-pairing every single time? My bluetooth card is internal (Intel Wireless AC-3165 with BT).

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Hello, I have a dual boot Win 10 Pro/Win 10 Pro system. However, everytime I switch OS, I have to re-pair my Bluetooth mouse with that OS again. I have tried many methods online specifically for Win 7,8 /Linux dual boot, however it doesn't work with Windows 10.

Does anyone know any trick to make both OS recognize my Bluetooth mouse without re-pairing every single time? My bluetooth card is internal (Intel Wireless AC-3165 with BT).

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Post WIndows 10 upgrade - all is well except my DVD drive, HP DVD-RAM GH40, is not detected by the OS now. The secondary ROM drive is noted and functioning.Each, though, is accounted for in the BIOS but Device Manager is helpless. It doesn't know it's there and new hardware searches can't find it.How can I get it back online?

Answer:Win7 to Win10 Upgrade - DVD drive now missing

Hi: See if one of the resolution steps below resolve the problem.  Try each one as applicable. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/314060  

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I have a Dell inspiron 580 i3 64 bit and may order a Del xps 8900, both are desktops. I would like to know if I can take the hard drive out of the 580 and put it in the xps then use it as a D drive and still get win7 from that drive? Would then like to switch to win10 when needed? Probably a stupid question but asking anyway. Hey, thanks for any help you can offer. Hollyrock2

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My desktop is an older eMachine 1360G with Acer motherboard with 8 GB ram. I had upgraded it from 7 to 10 in July with the 500GB hard drive that was in the machine at that time. I had downloaded Win10 to a thumb drive and used it to do the upgrade. Then the drive died and it sat at a tech's worktable for a couple of weeks. When I got it back it had a new 1TB drive in it, but with the Win7 that originally came with the machine. I still have the thumb drive with the Win10 install on it.
So my question is - Can I use that thumb drive to do the free upgrade or am I frozen out of free Win10?

Answer:Can still use Win10 thumb drive to upgrade from Win7 after July 29?

Might want to chat online with a MS rep and see what your options are.

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Dell Inspiron 5423 Laptop originally had Win7 (factory setup) and last year took the option to upgrade to Win10. All that was successful, but now the hard drive crashed and I have no recovery media. The only product key I have is the original key from the Win7 sticker on bottom of the laptop.

First question:

If I install a new HD, will the old Win7 key work with the site below that allows me to download the Win10 installation media ISO? The site below states that I need a "Win10 License" and I assume that means I need the key that goes with this computer.
Download Windows 10
Create Windows 10 installation media
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/windows10
Second question:
If I was successful at installing Win10, it looks like some, but not all of the important Win10 drivers are available for DL from Dell (see link below). However, at least 1 important driver (Ethernet driver) is not available for Win10, but if I change the OS at link below to Win7 there is one for Win7. Would that work with Win10?

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us.../servicetag/5885nt1/drivers/advanced?os=wt64a
This is such a nightmare because I don't want to wind up spending time & money on a new HD and installing Win10 only to find that certain things like the Ethernet connection will not work due to lack of driver support for Win10 by Dell.

I'm also wondering what are other people's experiences with computers that were upgraded from Win7 to Win10 via ... Read more

Answer:Win7 upgraded to Win10, now the Hard Drive failed!

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although there are tons of threads about this, i cant find any with my specific problem. i have macrium reflect free. i wanted to CLONE my C drive to D, then switch the bios to boot from D, but the program says cannot clone when windows is running, restart from bootable or run from boot option, (in other words, f8 on startup). not those exact words but thats what it basically says. i donot have a bootable disk and there is no macrium option in the f8 boot options. so i decided to do an image. my question is will it still work? can i just simply extract the C drive image onto D, then switch the boot sequence in bios to D and im done? experiance tells me that its not that simple. cdrive is only 250 g, 90% full, D drive is 1.5 tb, about 12% full. trying to avoid a full win reinstall and days of updating and software reinstallations.

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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I have a dual boot, win7 and Xpsp3. I have Eaz*fix demo. I'm considering buying it. However I've noticed that it doesn't revert the XP drive.

I'm wondering if I installed it correctly. I can't find any instructions anywhere for a dual boot. I also contacted Horizon Data Systems and they haven't responded to my email

Can anyone help me out?
 

Answer:How Do I Install Eaz*Fix as a dual boot on XP & Win7?

Exactly what are you trying to do?

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Hi guys,

BACKGROUND: First off, we are not idiots! But W7 has made us feel like we are! Our teenage daughter got an HP/Compaq Presario for Christmas with Windows 7. It crashed and Windows refused to boot in any mode.

We went through the system restore which kept failing. Safemode would not boot. Nothing we tried would bring Windows up.

In the end, we went through some options for recovery; it gave us an option to back-up data (35GB!!) - so we clicked 'cancel' meaning to cancel the whole restore operation. However, this is not what it meant! It canceled the back-up part and carried on with the restore; repartitioning the drive and reinstalling Windows!

We are now able to get into Windows, like it was on day one.

The question is - can we recover the data after the re-partition?

I have looked at some recovery software, and they all say not to install on the DRIVE the data is to be recovered from. Looking at the laptop drive, it is partitioned into C and D drives;

C drive has Windows install (with empty My Documents etc)
D drive (RECOVERY) has 2GB free of 15GB.

So what are our options here?

Can I install a recovery software like Minitool onto the D Drive to look at recovering data files from C?

Should I return it to the shop (Tesco) to recover the data as it is less than 2 months into use?

At the moment the laptop is ready to use but we are not using it in case there is a chance of recovering the data (we can loose all the media files f... Read more

Answer:Recover Data from Win7 reinstall/repartioned drive

You can rarely recover anything after changing partitions. Basically, what happens if any data was overwritten during the reinstall then it is lost. This is why only certain data is recovereable. Try a free data recovery utility. However, it is most likely wiped out.:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads38.html
 

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Hey guys, it was just that the blue screen came up while I was on Windows 7, and afterwards, the computer would not boot Windows, gives a blue screen.
But my Ubuntu as a 2nd operating system installed on the same drive works fine. I opened GParted Partition Editor and I have a 596 GB single "unallocated" partition.

I'm pretty sure the files are still in there because it successfully reads and loads Windows system files in Safe Mode, but does not boot them, blue screen again. And my personal files in Ubuntu are still there.

The Win 7 installation USB doesn't install because the hard drive does not appear. So how do I recover my hard drive into its drive C and drive D partitions? I can risk formatting drive C where Windows 7 is in. But I want to recover drive D at all costs.

The System Recovery Options are accessible (ie windows command prompt), but I do not have a restore point.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Recover unallocated win7 hard drive from Ubuntu

Okay got it solved after 4 hours of work. I used GParted Live, as a bootable USB.
In its terminal window, ran the following:

sudo -s
fdisk -l

to monitor hard drive status. After that I ran:

testdisk

which has its own UI you can move around with up down arrows and Enter button to play around your HDD. After that I ran:

fdisk -l

to monitor hard drive status once again to see if it worked. I recommend GParted bootable version rather than the desktop version when a virus screws up your HDD to its entirety.

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In the past few days, win10 seems to have serious issues with that win7 drive plugged into the sata port?
So much so that I wiped the win10 partitions and did fresh install. Prior to the fresh install win10 refused to boot to the desktop if that other win7 drive was plugged in, error was driver stauts filure, we need to collect data type error, over and over or it refused to boot at all.

So I fresh install win10, things seem good, it is activated linked to my ms account. I shut down, plugged in other drive, bios set to boot win10 drive, win10 screen comes up, it shuts down, reboots again, shuts, down, then 3rd boot, it says is installing updates at 100% and pc is very quiet right now, for 20 minutes.

Is this even going to work?

Answer:will win10 accept a separate hard drive with bootable win7 on it?

ok it finally came up so it can. subsequent boots are normal speed.

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In the past few days, win10 seems to have serious issues with that win7 drive plugged into the sata port?
So much so that I wiped the win10 partitions and did fresh install. Prior to the fresh install win10 refused to boot to the desktop if that other win7 drive was plugged in, error was driver stauts filure, we need to collect data type error, over and over or it refused to boot at all.

So I fresh install win10, things seem good, it is activated linked to my ms account. I shut down, plugged in other drive, bios set to boot win10 drive, win10 screen comes up, it shuts down, reboots again, shuts, down, then 3rd boot, it says is installing updates at 100% and pc is very quiet right now, for 20 minutes.

Is this even going to work?

Answer:will win10 accept a separate hard drive with bootable win7 on it?

ok it finally came up so it can. subsequent boots are normal speed.

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Hi.
Wondering if anyone can tell me if there is a way to verify that my Win7 PC has digital entitlement for Win10.
I have cloned my hard drive onto another hard drive, as the original is making noises, and it might be time to end its life.
I upgraded to Win10 on the original hard drive, then rolled it back to Win7. That meant that i could upgrade to Win10 again at a later time.
Then I cloned the hard drive.
I can see that Win7 is activated on the new HDD, but i want to know if it has the digital entitlement to upgrade to Win10, or whether that would have been lost in the cloning process (or whether the change in hardware will prevent an upgrade - which I doubt).
Thanks.
 

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At present, I am dual-booting Win XP Home SP3 and Win 7 Pro 32-bit.
XP is in the 50GB partition in the beginning, Win 7 is in the second 100GB partition.
I had partitioned the drives when I was using XP, so that's why there's no 100MB System Reserved partition.

Because I'm getting a new motherboard, I'm pretty sure that I need to start from scratch. I'd like to install Win 7 in the 50GB partition and use the 100GB partition for data storage, doing away with the boot manager. I will most likely install XP on another hard drive at a future date and boot via hard drive selection in my BIOS boot options. After a full year of use, my Win7 install only uses 25GB of space, so 50GB is more than enough. And if I did need more room, I can use EaseUS Partition Manager at some point.

Would all I have to do is erase the data in each partition, and then install Win 7 in the 50GB partition? It surely can't be that simple!

I haven't seen any specific guidelines on how to do what I need. Would someone be so kind as to point me where I need to go? I'd appreciate it.

Answer:Getting rid of dual boot and fresh install of Win7

Here ya go.

Clean Install Windows 7

50 gigs is not enough, make your C partition at least 100 gigs.

In fact. just use the entire 149 GBs for C.

Unplug all the other hard drives when you do the install.

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Hi All,

I've searched around the internet (and these forums) for this query but haven't had any luck in finding a solution.

My system is currently configured with Windows 7 Pro and Win XP Pro, in a dual boot configuration. They are on separate partitions on a single SSD.

I bought Windows 8 a while back but haven't installed it yet, as I need to keep my dual boot configuration (need XP). I'd ideally like to install 8 over 7 (am happy doing a complete wipe of 7, but an upgrade would be cool too).

I used EasyBCD to make my current dual boot configuration with Win7/XP, however it's been years since I did the install so don't really recall what steps I took (however I'm sure I could find them somewhere).

My question is, what steps would I need to take to install 8 over 7 and keep the dual boot w/ XP? I think I'd just need to completely wipe 7 (my media / documents / etc. are on separate hds), and install 8 on that newly blank partition. Then I would use EasyBCD to configure the boot menu to recognize the existing XP installation and restore the dual boot setup.

Would I be correct in my thinking here? Any potential hassles that I'll run into?

Thanks much,
-Dirk

Answer:Have Win7/XP Dual boot, want to install Win8 over 7

Welcome to EightForums.

If your Windows 7 install is on Partition 1 & Win XP is on Partition 2, if you wipe the Windows 7 partition, the Win XP boot files will also be wiped.

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Hey guys , this is my first post here .
I've been running win7 x64 for some time now . Now , i needed to install XP 32bit for some programs to run.
I had 3 partitions (C,D,E) on windows 7 which were nearly full(except C which was the boot drive) . So using the Disk Management tool of Win7 , i shrunk one of the partitions which created some unallocated space . Now i created a new partition in that unallocated space and named it K. It is in this drive that i wanted to install XP.

So, when i try installing XP on that partition , it just wont happen. XP recognises it as Unpartitioned space . I tried to select the 'Delete Partition' option to no avail. Im kinda stuck here and any help would be appreciated . Thanks

Answer:Unable to install XP on win7 (for dual boot)

You can consider this failure a blessing in disguise.
Installing an old OS on new hardware is problematic at best and almost impossible at worst. And that goes double for laptops. The initial problem is that XP does not natively support SATA hard drives which your computer is likely using. Thiis can usually be solved.

Another problem is availability of device drivers. The XP CD will not have drivers for new hardware as it did not exist when the disk was produced. You may or may not be able to obtain them from the manufacturer.

There are usually better options than dual booting with an old OS.

1. Try compatibility more. This is accessible from the programs properties dialog in Windows Explorer.

2. XP mode if is is available for youe edition of Windows 7.

3. Install a virtual machine such as VirtualBox or VirtualPC. You can then install XP under that.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
or
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
OR
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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What happens if I clean install Win7 (OES) on a hard drive and then reinstall a hard drive with the stock Dell upgraded to Win10 from Win 8.1?
My systemell 3847, 16gb ram, Nvidia Graphics card

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Ubuntu 14.04
Processor: AMD A6-5400K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 5527 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7540D, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 932093 MB, Free - 876573 MB; D: Total - 20262 MB, Free - 2494 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, 2AE0
Antivirus: None

Does anybody know where I can get an ISO of 7 that will work and also any advice on overcoming the typical missing drivers errors that keep popping up and stopping the install. Specifically missing firmware drivers for the BIOS and the DVD/CD rewriter.
 

Answer:Solved: Trying to install Win7 as a dual boot with Ubuntu

If you have a qualifying XP or Vista I found Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade (2 copies left). The "full" retail version is no longer sold as far as I know.

I don't know if the motherboard manufacturer provides Windows 7 drivers.
 

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I posted this problem a few months ago and followed the suggestions of the people who responded but the problem still existed. Again I'd like to thank all those who tried to help. I've only recently gotten around to attempting this install again but unfortunately I'm still having the same problem. I'm usually pretty good at troubleshooting and resolving my own computer problems but this one really has me stumped.

I installed an OEM version of Windows 8 on a formatted, Active Primary partition on an external HDD. After approx 3 minutes into windows my screen went black. I had to hold down the power button to exit. Trying to boot back into Windows8 from the boot menu, Windows attempted to start with the circle going around, but again a few seconds later, black.

These are some of the solutions I have tried but to no avail:
...Tried a different partition on the same physical external HDD. (Note: previously I had created an additional partition on my computer's C: and installed.) Black.
...Updated Video Drivers
...Checked if the drive was activated (SLMGR.VBS /DLV, then /ATO (Activated)
...Did first, a "Refresh then a Reset (both took me into windows but a short time later, black)
...While Black I tried a Ctrl, Alt, Del attempting to get to the task manager, which did not work, thinking I could try an inline install from the DVD.
...Booted into Win8 Safe Mode (F8 from Win8 boot option).... this was ok. It kept me in Windows.

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Answer:Windows8 Goes To Black After Install - Dual Boot Win7/8

And you tried everything everyone suggested? The OS WAS properly activated?

The "Black Screen of Death" was the very first Windows 8 glitch I ever saw, in my case it was a cracked activation causing it. Two Different Computers. If this is happening on a properly activated computer, it's anyone';s guess what is causing this.

I typed in "Black Screen of Death": into Google, and found references to it all the way back into Windows XP.

I'll do that again right now and see if there is something I messed. My Solution was always to run an In-Place Install of Windows 8.

Read through this post at Tom's Hardware, several different solutions were offered, maybe one of them will work.

Windows 8 black screen with pointer after log in - Configuration - Windows 8

There is one solution where you get into a CMD prompt and add a new user, it's down toward the bottom:






Alright I think I've got it.

Enter this in the command shell, one line at a time. Then reboot, do a hard reset by unplugging it and pulling out the battery, waiting 30 seconds and turning it back on. From there, follow the steps in the first post to get into the recovery mode again. This time, make sure you select the account we're about to create.

net user /add useraccountname

net localgroup administrators useraccountname /add

net share concfg*C:\\/grant:useraccountname,full

net user useraccountname *

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Hi everybody!
I have just discovered that I cannot do an Upgrade from Vista HP to Win 7 Pro and that I will have to do a Custom or clean install. That will be OK and doesn't cause any problems.

I have XP on one HDD and Vista on another with dual boot. However I want to replace Vista HP with Win 7 Pro 32 bit, ( I intend to go 64 bit later on).

What I would like to know is, will Win 7 replace Vista on the boot sequence (MBR?), so that on booting the PC I have the option of selecting either XP or Win 7, or will I be presented with a boot menu of XP, Vista and Win7, albeit that Vista is no longer installed? If the latter, will this cause any problems in selecting the OS that I want to launch i.e the MBR looking for a now non existing Vista and would there be a way to remove reference to Vista?

Thanks

Answer:Custom Install Win7 on XP Pro/Vista HP dual boot

Win7 being the most recent OS will correctly configure the boot menu when it is run last as you are doing.

I suggest you boot into the Win7 installer, choose Custom install and use Advanced tools to Delete the Vista partition, create a new one there, and format then install.

This is the cleanest possible install, and even from boot it will see the previous qualifying OS's to allow installer to accept the Upgrade key and activate later when online.

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Dear all,
I have installed Window 7 in two partitions (on two SSDs), both using UEFI
The first installation is working properly (bootable, got the 100Mb and 128MB partitions etc.)
After I installed the second partition, I saw the boot menu displaying two entries.
But when I hit to boot on the second partition, nothing happened.

I attached a listing of EasyBCD for your reference.

Can anybody tell me what's wrong and how can I correct it?

TOny

Answer:Two partition of Win7 install but dual boot can only reach one of them

Does EasyBCD support UEFI ?
Which version ?

You can correct very easy the second non working loader entry using Visual BCD Editor.

Just change the path from
\windows\system32\winload.exe
to
\windows\system32\winload.efi

You can later add recovery to second entry using steps outlined in help for "Dual-boot Repair" utility

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