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  1. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 16
    windows 8.1
       25 Mar 2015 #1

    Installing W10 on a SSD drive (duel boot with W7)


    Hi, just want to check can I duel boot W10 & W7 on a SSD drive.
    Thanks
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  3. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,289
    Win 10 Pro x64
       25 Mar 2015 #3

    maxal said: View Post
    Hi, just want to check can I duel boot W10 & W7 on a SSD drive.
    Thanks
    You can but make sure to have an image backup of your 7 (or at least know where to find your recovery media for 7 just in case) and your important data. Play it safe.
    If you know nothing about restoring back ot fixing boot issues, I suggest not to do it (or do it on virtual machines). But if you think you know enough, then have fun!
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 839
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       25 Mar 2015 #4

    You should first use the Backup feature in Win7 to make a Win7 Repair CD. Using that, you will be able to restore your Win7 boot loader files after you later remove Win10.
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  5. Joined : Nov 2013
    Houston
    Posts : 1,394
    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       25 Mar 2015 #5

    Great advice so far

    Installing is risking on the same drive as another os especially one you might need or rely on,
    It's best to use a vm or on it's own drive for sure as these builds are pretty buggy and even Microsoft does not recommend doing it on a machine you rely on for everyday work...
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-faq
    Download and install the preview only if you
    • Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.
    • Don’t mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.
    • Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.
    • Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.
    • Aren't installing it on your everyday computer.


    We're not kidding about the expert thing. So if you think BIOS is a new plant-based fuel, Tech Preview may not be right for you.
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  6. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 16
    windows 8.1
       26 Mar 2015 #6

    Update: All went well made my backups as advised and install went smoothly I am now duel booting W7 & W10

    Thanks
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  7. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       26 Mar 2015 #7

    Good to hear and welcome to the forums.
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  8. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 804
    10 Pro Preview x64
       26 Mar 2015 #8

    maxal said: View Post
    Update: All went well made my backups as advised and install went smoothly I am now duel booting W7 & W10

    Thanks
    They do tend to "duel" and fight for the boot programs. Check you can boot into both successfully to make sure as others have had issues dual booting with that. One OS or the other may try to take over...
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,289
    Win 10 Pro x64
       26 Mar 2015 #9

    adamf said: View Post
    They do tend to "duel" and fight for the boot programs. Check you can boot into both successfully to make sure as others have had issues dual booting with that. One OS or the other may try to take over...
    10 always takes over after every upgrade or even after dual boot installation. Even when 7 and 10 are on separate drives, 10 takes over when booting up on the drive that has 7. I encountered that issue on one of the build upgrade and I forgot to switch off/pull out the other drives on my PC.
    But it's an easy boot fix.
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  10. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 16
    windows 8.1
       30 Mar 2015 #10

    Just an update, All was going well until today when I turned on my computer instead of seeing the blue dual boot screen I get a gray dark screen with the option of booting windows 7 or windows 10 booting up works just fine.
    Is this a bug and is there a fix for it
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