Windows 10: Dual Boot Install Windows 7 on Windows 10

  1.    04 Nov 2015 #1

    Dual Boot Install Windows 7 on Windows 10


    Hi All,

    I already have Windows 10 Home x64 on my notebook. I had upgraded from Windows 8.1.

    I have never had Windows 7 on this system. I want to dual boot install Windows 7 on a partition so that I can play some games that are not compatible with Windows 10.

    I know Microsoft recommends installing the older system first. Is there a way to install Windows 7 once Windows 10 is already on the computer?

    Thanks.
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  2.    04 Nov 2015 #2

    Welcome to TenForums
    I would say the best way would be with a VM. I would think that installing 7 after 10 would mess with your boot loader. I have not tried that scenario. Good luck to you.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    04 Nov 2015 #3

    Folen Angel said: View Post
    I know Microsoft recommends installing the older system first. Is there a way to install Windows 7 once Windows 10 is already on the computer?

    Thanks.
    You can install Windows 7 on an empty, extra partition just fine. I would recommend formatting the partition as NTFS from Windows 10 first, then point the Windows 7 to the empty formatted partition for where to install to. I've done it just exactly that way myself. What you do NOT want to do is point the Windows 7 to just an unallocated empty space on the hard drive, that will create it's own boot partition and not add itself to the existing boot menu.

    After you get Windows 7 installed, you can use EasyBCD to tweak your boot sequence the way you want (set the default OS, choose how long to wait for the choice, rename the entries in the boot menu, etc.)
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    04 Nov 2015 #4

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    You can install Windows 7 on an empty, extra partition just fine. I would recommend formatting the partition as NTFS from Windows 10 first, then point the Windows 7 to the empty formatted partition for where to install to. I've done it just exactly that way myself. What you do NOT want to do is point the Windows 7 to just an unallocated empty space on the hard drive, that will create it's own boot partition and not add itself to the existing boot menu.

    After you get Windows 7 installed, you can use EasyBCD to tweak your boot sequence the way you want (set the default OS, choose how long to wait for the choice, rename the entries in the boot menu, etc.)
    Thanks, will try that and report back
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    04 Nov 2015 #5

    Charlie said: View Post
    Welcome to TenForums
    I would say the best way would be with a VM. I would think that installing 7 after 10 would mess with your boot loader. I have not tried that scenario. Good luck to you.
    Thanks for the welcome and idea
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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