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July 25, 2009 6:13:57 AM

Hey everyone, I had a question about dual-booting Windows 7 with XP but instead of using one Hard drive, would i be able to leave my existing XP install on "C" and then install Windows 7 Beta onto drive "D"? I was curious because I didnt know if the dual boot would work properly or not, as in would a boot menu come up on startup to select the OS to boot to?

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July 25, 2009 6:25:49 AM

You can do a dual boot with the OS on separate drives. You simply select the proper drive prior to formatting. You will see this when it detects the hard drives installed on your system.

Edit: I was thinking of Vista for some reason. From what I understand, you can choose to upgrade or do a fresh install of windows. I cant remember what the menu looks like as I used Beta once but that was a while back...

Cheers =)
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July 25, 2009 6:33:54 AM

so will the "d" drive need to be formatted? because i store all of my downloads on "d". And will i be able to access the files on both drives while in xp or 7?
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July 25, 2009 6:44:15 AM

D will need to be preformatted if it has data on it. You can also partition the drive before you try to install win7. Just be sure you know what partition is which because you can easily overwrite the data on the wrong partition if you choose the wrong one.

I suggest you move the data to another drive and have it cleared. There should be an option to create a partion in win7 during the installation as well.

Someone else correct me if Im wrong about this with win7 as I said above I dont remember much about the menus when I installed the beta.
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July 25, 2009 7:23:45 AM

would i be able to leave my existing XP install on "C" and then install Windows 7 Beta onto drive "D"
Unless you are an advanced user who can manually edit boot.ini file, you'll have to install the newer OS (win7 in this case) and then install the older one (XP) by inserting its disc within win7 (and not by booting into it) to make both OSs recognizable.
And you don't need to format D: to install 7RC or vista, any files related to an old win install will automatically moved to a folder called windows.old, if you have enough space for the new install that is. However I do recommend backing up your important data prior to the new install, just in case anything went bad !! :kaola: 
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July 25, 2009 4:37:25 PM

so will both drives be accessable in either os? And does anyone know how i would edit the boot.ini to make it work because id rather not install it if i had to go through the trouble of unistalling/reinstalling xp and 7.
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July 25, 2009 11:27:27 PM

asandhu said:
so will both drives be accessable in either os? And does anyone know how i would edit the boot.ini to make it work because id rather not install it if i had to go through the trouble of unistalling/reinstalling xp and 7.

First off, I think you mean that you want to install the Windows 7 Release Candidate, not Beta. The beta expires in one week, while the Release Candidate expires June 1, 2010. Supposing that, here's the rest.
I have Win7 RC and XP Home dual-booted right now. Both drives are accessible in both operating systems. However, I have to use Admin privileges to access my XP folders from within Win7. XP gives unlimited access to all Win7 folders.
Not sure where avatar_raq got his information. I ran Win7 setup from within XP to install it on my second partition. When I boot now, I get a choice of Windows 7 or "Older Version of Windows". If I don't use the arrow keys to select one and press Enter to confirm my choice, it will automatically boot Win7 after 30 seconds. So in the end, you should be fine installing Win7 to your D drive if you run setup from within XP. I was!
(Hint: To run setup from within XP, use 7-zip to extract the contents of the ISO file you downloaded.)
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July 25, 2009 11:46:26 PM

While I didn't install from an existing OS like Bolbi, (I booted in with the W7 dvd) it obviously works.
avatar_raq got it backwards, always install the oldest OS first.
Do not follow his advice as you will need to use a boot manager to fix the boot problem.
As you already have XP installed, all you need to do is install W7 and the boot menu will be made for you by Windows.
Just understand that whichever OS system you boot to will become drive C:
Take note of Bolbi's comments re accessing XP files.
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July 25, 2009 11:50:31 PM

Yea, i tried earlier today, and i am successfully running Windows 7 RC as i type, thanks for the input guys.
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July 26, 2009 12:55:56 AM

Jonmor68 said:
While I didn't install from an existing OS like Bolbi, (I booted in with the W7 dvd) it obviously works.
avatar_raq got it backwards, always install the oldest OS first.
Do not follow his advice as you will need to use a boot manager to fix the boot problem.
As you already have XP installed, all you need to do is install W7 and the boot menu will be made for you by Windows.
Just understand that whichever OS system you boot to will become drive C:
Take note of Bolbi's comments re accessing XP files.

Thanks for backing me up! You said that "whichever OS system you boot to will become drive C:". Is that only when the two partitions are on two separate hard drives? I installed both on the same drive, and even when I am in Win7, it's partition is still listed as D:.
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July 26, 2009 12:57:04 AM

asandhu said:
Yea, i tried earlier today, and i am successfully running Windows 7 RC as i type, thanks for the input guys.

Congratulations! Glad to help. Personally, I think that Win7 is better than any of its predecessors; I hope you like it.
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July 27, 2009 10:52:07 PM

Asandhu,

Yes, you could leave your XP hard drive pre-existing and install Win 7 on to another hard drive. For further support with this process, Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 RC Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5 . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams.

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team
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