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can i install W7 on my 2nd HDD & keep vista.


sype

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Can i install windows 7 on my second hard drive and leave Vista intact on my first hard drive. Then pick which drive to boot from as the pc boots up?
Also can i install the 64bit version of windows7 when the vista im using is 32bit?

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setecio

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Interestingly this site click here seems to imply that all you have to do is install windows 7 on a different partition and then the install of windows 7 creates a boot menu automatically.

Is this correct ?

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setecio

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I use GRUB click here for booting between XP and various Linux distros on the same drive.

Does anyone know if this will work with a multiboot setup of XP, Vista and win 7 ?

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Colin

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No special software is needed. I have Vista & W7 on two separate drives. I can press F12 when the BIOS is loading and it shows each hard drive and I can then select which one to boot from. I prefer this as I don't want to get prompted each time I start up/reboot if I'm not changing OS's.

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Pine Man

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Good news - only (windows) 7 weeks to go:-))

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Spark6

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I bit the bullet, formatted drive D: and re-installed 7 with C: connected and running Vista. Needless to say, I ensured I had an Acronis backup of Vista beforehand.

I now have a choice, via the EasyBCD boot manager, of Vista or 7 RC. Looking forward to my pre-booked copy of 7 later this year and feeling more confident about it.

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sonyboy

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Hi Spark6...Have checked the link I posted and it works fine when I access it from the Forum "live link" ?
Try googling "plop.at" or go to...................plop.at/en/bootmanager.html..Good Luck !

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Spark6

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I'm obviously doing something stupidly wrong trying to dual boot the XP Pro and 7 RC with EasyBCD because I failed dismally.
I have now removed the 7 RC drive and installed it in my second machine running Vista. Computer shows Vista on C: and 7 RC on D:. Downloaded and installed EasyBCD on C: but I still do not have a dual-boot facility.
Any advice out there?

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Spark6

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Unfortunately your link takes me to redirecting.com which fails to open. Thanks for the try!

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sonyboy

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Acronis is one of the best...but not free I'm afraid....This is the only "free" Manager that looked anything like decent..
it's a very simple basic interface ..I've heard it does the job...and it may be what you are looking for..click here

Have a look at the details on the site and see what you think..I'm sure you already know that Boot Sector changes can leave you unable to access your O/S if you make a mistake..so approach it carefully and take your time.:)

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Spark6

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XP Pro on Sata 1, 7 RC on Sata 3, I need a free reliable boot manager. Any recommendations?

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