Windows 7 and Vista

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by paddy67, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. paddy67

    paddy67 MDL Novice

    Jan 18, 2009
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    Hi,

    I'm running with this :
    - HDD 1 = Vista with oem bios emulator (vistaloader)
    - HDD 2 = Only data

    I would like to install Seven on HDD 2 and keep Vista on HDD1. I will do like that :

    - unplug HDD1
    - install Seven on HDD2
    - replug HDD1
    - choose on boot between HDD1 (Vista) and HDD2 (Seven) (F8 on my motherboard Asus p5b-e plus)

    My questions are :

    1-Will Seven's install will kill the vistaloader ?
    2-Will Seven's install will kill Vista activation ?
    3-If yes what should I do to activate Vista again ?

    Thanks
     
  2. throbber

    throbber MDL Addicted

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    1.....don't think it would

    2.....same as 1

    3.....just re-run the loader

    sorry i duel boot so i can't be more specific
     
  3. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    Just install Windows 7 on the other hard drive, if the install doesn't detect Vista then you will have to edit your bootloader. It will also make both hard drives bootable which IMO is a waste of time. Just insert the 7 disk, choose the other HD and it will put both entries in the bootloader of the first hard drive.
     
  4. paddy67

    paddy67 MDL Novice

    Jan 18, 2009
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    I did what I said :

    - unplug HDD1
    - install Seven on HDD2
    - replug HDD1

    Now I can choose between HDD1 (Vista) and HDD2 (Seven) (hit F8 at start on my motherboard Asus p5b-e plus)
     
  5. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    Why do it that way? Why not just do what I said it is a hell of a lot easier and doesn't require unplugging hardware or using your BIOS boot selection menu. You made it A LOT harder on yourself than you needed to.
     
  6. bchat

    bchat MDL Smart Azz

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    I was always taught NOT to unplug HDs. I don't know why, I just don't do it. I have Vista Ultimate on C:\ and have done many Win 7 instalsl from that OS. I have VistabootPro on that drive to edit the bootup. No muss, no fuss, no issues.
     
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  7. jupier2k

    jupier2k MDL Member

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    my set up quite similar to yours HD 1 - vista HD 2 - Win 7 beta

    Somehow I think I use the startup recovery option in win 7 to manage the startup.

    several days later Vista partition required activation again.

    yes some how win 7 start up recovery mess up the boot loader !

    perhaps I should use the vista start up recovery ?