Dual boot Windows® Vista and Windows® 7 Ultimate
Microsoft Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. It has been widely appreciated by the users since its launch on October 22. However, there are users who don't want to completely rely on it. For example, Windows Vista users like to dual boot Windows 7 along with their current operating system.Â This article lists the steps taken to install Windows 7 Ultimate with existing Windows Vista in a multi-boot environment.
Points to be considered before creating a multi-boot environment.
- You need a hard drive with separate partition for each Windows version that you wish to load.
- If the single drive does not have separate partitions already configured, you may need to recreate or repartition your hard disk.
- Or you could add an additional hard disk in the system.
- Make sure the partition is formatted with the NTFS file system.
- To avoid major configuration problems, especially between older boot managers and newer boot managers, you should always install operating systems from old to new edition.
Let's begin the installation process:
You can start setup from within the running Windows Vista operating system.
STEP 1. Insert the Windows 7 installation disk into DVD drive on Windows Vista computer.
STEP 2. Once you put Windows 7 media into DVD drive autorun should execute automatically.
STEP 3. Setup will start copying some of the essential temporary files and then present you with the Get important updates for installation options.
STEP 4. After downloading updates from Internet, computer will reboot.
STEP 5. Once the system gets a back up from rebooting, you'll see the Please read the license terms screen; you have to accept the license terms to proceed further.
STEP 6. Next, you need to select Custom (advanced) to perform a clean installation or to set up the system in a dual or multi-boot configurations.
STEP 7. Now, locate the partition where you want to install Windows 7.
STEP 8. Windows will begin copying the system files and then begin expanding them. At some point in the Expanding files sequence the process will stop and the system will reboot before continuing.
STEP 9. After a reboot it will finish expanding all of the files and it'll restart again and install all of the files needed before it formally restarts one final time for the final configuration post setup of the Windows 7 operating system.
STEP 10. After a successful installation, you will see Windows Boot Manager at start up which allows you to choose which Windows you want to use.
STEP 11. Congratulations! You've successfully multi-booted your system. However, there are few things you need to do like choosing country or region, entering product key etc.
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