How to Dual Boot Windows 7By Partho, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Do you want to dual boot windows 7 with any OS? Here is the guide.
With Windows 7 beta on block you must be craving to try it out. Well, at the same time you are not ready to give up your old OS, say XP, Vista or Linux. The one and only panacea to your problem is dual boot. This way you will be able to explore the frills of Windows 7 even without loosing your old OS. But before you start with the dual boot don’t forget to back up all your important data. Here are different dual boot options for enjoying Windows 7 with XP, Vista, Ubuntu, OSX .
1. How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP
First create an installation disc of Windows 7 beta. Now to create a new partition on your hard drive follow the steps for XP
To partition your hard drive in XP
Step 1: You can use the GParted live CD
Step 2: Resize the current OS drive to free up enough space for Windows 7 partition
Step 3: Create a new partition in the free space
Step 4: Now apply the changes
Step 5: Insert the Windows 7 installation CD and follow the Installation Wizard
2. How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with Vista
To partition your drive for Vista follow the steps below
Step 1. Launch the Computer Management tool from the Control panel
Step 2. Click on Disk Management under the Storage heading in the sidebar and begin the partition. Free up at least 16 GB of disk space for Windows 7.
Step 3: Install the Windows 7 in the new partition
Note: If you can’t see the Vista go into disk management from inside win7 and assign your vista partition a drive letter.
3. Dual Boot Windows 7 with Ubuntu 8.10
Now, if you are a Ubuntu user who is looking to explore Windows 7
Step 1: Get a copy of Windows7
Step 2: Partition your disk with gparted live cd
Step 3: Install Windows7
Step 4: Re-install Grub, by booting from the ubuntu live cd and go to the terminal and type this
“grub> find /boot/grub/stage1″
That should return your Ubuntu partition in the form of (hdX,Y), use that:
grub> root (hdX,Y)
grub> setup (hd0)
Step 5: Edit Grub to List Windows 7. In the terminal type this
“sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst”
After a large text file opens leave a line and write this
title windows 7 beta (Loader)
4. How to dual booting the wind - OSX and Windows 7
To install Windows 7 to the Wind you can do what follows
Step 1: Partition the Drive
To do this boot from the Wind compatible OSX USB stick or DVD used to install OSX. Partition the drive with Disk Utility.
Step 2: Install OSX
After the partition, quit the Disk Utility and install OSX.
Step 3: Install the Windows 7
Get the copy of Windows 7. Pick the intended drive for Win7 and reformat it as NTFS. Now, install it into your selected drive. Don’t forget to run the update twice.
Step 4: Set the Windows 7 partition as Active Partition. Open the command prompt and type the following commands
DISKPART> list disk
DISKPART> select disk 0
DISKPART> list partition
DISKPART> select partition 1
Off the main menu and select repair (first choice). After its done, reboot.
Step 5. Download and install EasyBCD
Step 6. Restart the computer
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