Wish to dual boot Win 10 & Win 7 on my HP laptop! Help!

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  1. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    I have a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop which has Windows 7 Home Premium installed. I wish to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro with dual boot Windows 7 ultimate. Also I wish to keep the HP software utilities which allow me to switch the two graphic cards my laptop has; Intel HD graphic card and ATI Radeon graphic card. Is this possible? If so kindly inform me how. If not possible kindly inform me any other way. Best regards:worthy:
     
  2. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    Is your HD partitioned into two drives; C and D? If so, you would need to run the Windows 10 upgrade on the Windows 7 drive that you want to upgrade. Then whether those old HP drivers and utilities will still work is a question. You could look on the HP web site to see if they have posted drivers for your laptop that are for Windows 10. Many vendors didn't go back that far, Windows 7. Good luck.!
     
  3. T-S

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    #5 T-S, Jan 23, 2016
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    Shrink your main partition. Clone the first partition to the empty space, using Paragon, acronis, easus, whaterver.

    Add the second partition to the boot menu with easybcd (if not done automagically by the partition utility).

    Check that both of your win7 installations are booting properly.

    Upgrade one of the two to win10 (I suggest the second one).

    Afaik a friend of mine had a lot of headaches with those HP VGAs, especially with older W10 builds, but I think he succeeded to have a working setup. (not sure if with a fully working switchable graphics, but his machine is working nicely now)

    Anyway, in case of failure, just boot with w7, delete the second partition, enlarge the first, and your PC will be the same as it was before the whole process.
     
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  4. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    Thanks T-S for your valuable reply. But as I mentioned my laptop has Win 7 Home Premium and to get Win 10 Pro I should have Win 7 Ultimate installed on my laptop. Is there a solution to that?:pray:
     
  5. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Can should ALWAYS have full system image before doing anything at all!
     
  6. Bat.1

    Bat.1 MDL Addicted

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    Before doing what T-S posted upgrade Your HP to Ultimate using a Windows Anytime Upgrade Key.
     
  7. Exactly and also save the (full) BIOS
     
  8. rpo

    rpo MDL Addicted

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    I you don't want to deal with partitions, just use a virtual disk (VHD).
     
  9. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    Can you give some more info? Where to get the key and is it available for free?:worthy:
     
  10. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    Just add one step upgrade the second win7 to win7 pro or ultimate before upgrading it to win 10
     
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    Pl download Windows Loader v2.2.2 by Daz from here: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/58464-Windows-Loader-DownloadIn

    In the folder you will find Key.ini file. open it and you will find your Ultimate key. the same is also work with upgrade to Ultimate. after upgrade use this loader to activate if needed.
     
  12. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    No need to insert the key.

    Just skip the request. Then the daz loader will insert the right one for you.
     
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  13. Bat.1

    Bat.1 MDL Addicted

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    #15 Bat.1, Jan 24, 2016
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    Sorry I should have posted I sent Him the 22TKD key by PM along with the instructions and a link to a "shared" copy of Casper to Clone the drive :biggrin:

    Edit: Did forget to mention to be sure to Verify the Ultimate copy before upgrading to Win 10
     
  14. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    In my experience that step isn't needed as well
     
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  16. winmaniac

    winmaniac MDL Novice

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    Thanks to every one here, I have successfully upgraded from Win 7 Home to Win 7 Ultimate. :clap: Now please help so I could successfully clone Win 7 Ultimate and make another partition and upgrade to Win 10 Pro before 29th July.:worthy: