Dual boot setup on Windows ®7
What are the points to remember for a setup of Windows 7 in a dual boot?
Dual booting is the process of installing two operating systems on a computer. Thus you can use either of the operating system installed on your computer. But you can use only one operating system at a time. The booting of each operating system happens from its own hard drives or disk partitions. Windows 7 is the latest operating system introduced by Microsoft and it includes many new and improved features when compared to Windows XP. If you want to get the features of Windows 7 on your system installed with the Windows XP, you need to rely on dual boot setup. For this purpose you do not need to buy a new system, instead you can dual boot your existing PC. Thus you may enjoy the advantages of both operating systems on a single machine.
Following points may give users an idea about the ways to set up Windows 7 in dual boot configuration:
- Ways to set up Windows 7
- System requirements
- Points to keep in mind
Ways to set up Windows 7
Before the installation of Windows 7 on your system, you need to create new partition on the hard disk to hold the operating system. You need to download some third party software for partitioning your hard drive in Windows XP. After the partitioning of the hard drive, you can install Windows 7 on the new partition by following some simple steps. You need to insert the Windows 7 disk on the disk drive and then reboot your system. After booting from DVD you need to follow instructions provided by the installation wizard. When you are choosing the installation type, you need to select 'Custom' and then choose the partition you want to set up. The installer does its work after selecting the partition. You would be prompted to set up your account, enter your license key, and set up Windows 7.
For the installation of Windows 7 on your system it needs to have 32 or 64-bit 1GHz or faster processors. The size of the RAM needed for the installation of Windows 7 is 1GB or 2GB. The storage space on the hard disk should be 16GB. The system needs to have a DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. It is important to have Internet connection on your System.
The users need to create backup of their current system and all data files before setting up Windows 7 in dual boot. You need to install each operating system on a separate volume. You need to resize your current operating system to create enough space in the partition for installing Windows 7. The system needs to meet minimum system requirements.
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