Vista a;ready installed and want to dual boot with Windows 7

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  1. Airbrushkid

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    I have Vista 64 installed and already have a formatted partition. I want to do dual boot. So I installed Windows 7 64 on the formatted partition. When I boot the pc it loads Vista. It does not give a option to choose Windows 7. What is wrong?
     
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    Go to msconfig.exe, select the boot tab, and see if Windows 7 is listed. If so, you can change the timeout settings which will give you more time to select your OS. If it isn't there, then your bootloader hasn't been updated. And I'm sorry to say, I can't really help you in this situation as I've never had to deal with it.
     
  3. Airbrushkid

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    Thank you. It's not there.
     
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    It sounds like you had something go wrong in terms of the boot loader. I always have to ask this, out of curiosity...but why waste time and space, and over-complicate the system by dual-booting? Those two OSes are nearly identical in terms of compatibility, and if you need older OSes, you could just simplify and run them in VMs.
     
  7. Airbrushkid

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    Waste space. When you have like 6 tb space is not a problem. And why ask why? It's because I want to. Why do you eat, play game, drive a car, drink a beer?


     
  8. DeaconFrost

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    You want to, yes, but it's causing an issue with your system's stability. The anology is lacking because two of those are done due to necessity. 99% of the people on here and other Windows 7 forums who are struggling with a dual boot system don't need to do it, and are completely unaware of better alternatives. I wasn't aware that you knew everything about everything, and how that qualified you to be a dick towards someone offering a simpler, better alternative. I'll take the assumption leap and say that you don't or haven't worked in the IT support field, or else you'd know that sometimes the better solution, isn't the one a person is hoping for.

    So, that being said, drop the kiddie attitude, and if you choose to over-complicate your system and deal with issues, then so be it. Don't cop the 'tude with someone offering an alternative solution. I'd hate to be your doctor or mechanic. Dual-booting is a dead tech, thanks to the hardware and software support we have for VMs.
     
  9. Airbrushkid

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    First off I'm more likely a lot older then you. So I don't play the kiddie games. And you asked about wasting space. I answered. I don't have a stability problem with the system.

    I've always had a dual boot setup. I've even had a triple boot setup at one time. Dead tech I don't think so. But hey can you VM Windows 7 64 in Vista?



     
  10. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    and why dual boot vista and 7 may I ask?
     
  11. Airbrushkid

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    Well I already have Vista installed and it runs smooth. But I like to try Windows 7 but don't want dump Vista until I try 7.



     
  12. DeaconFrost

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    Yes, absolutely, and it runs very well. So well, that yes, dual-booting is a dead tech. If you are already satisfied with the speed and performance of Vista, you'll only be more satisified with Windows 7. I can completely understand wanting to give it a shot first, but like I said before, why over-complicate things, and mess with boot-loaders, when you can just fire it up in a VM? When you decide to go only with Windows 7, or decide to stick with Vista for some reason, the "undo or rollback" procedure is simple.
    For the record, it has little to do with physical age. Instead of copping an attitude before, you could have simply asked your question about running it virtual. Like I said before, many people who still insist on dual-booting, just aren't aware of how easy a VM setup is, and how well it can run.
     
  13. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    If you are happy with vista, there's little reason to upgrade to 7. But if you already payed for it you might as well use it as your main OS.