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    Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    You may have seen <!profile=BATcher>BATcher<!/profile>'s <post:=751,821>post 751,821</post:> in Scuttlebutt about the impending first public beta of Microsoft Windows 7. Not only do Scut posts expire but the thread was immediately hijacked, so I now post a little tidbit or two here.

    The public beta of Windows 7, scheduled for yesterday (January 9) is being held up at Microsoft while they gear up their servers for the high volume of expected/known traffic. The two links I checked on and off yesterday still have delay messages on them:

    Welcome to Windows 7
    Windows 7 Beta Customer Preview

    Meanwhile, since I plan to give the beta a spin, AND I already dual boot XP and Vista on my machine, managed by Vista Boot Pro, I went to their site to see if it's going to be possible. There is a confirming message there but as yet I see no instructions in their web site or forum. So I'll be visiting again whenever I'm able to download the MS beta.

    Dual Boot Windows 7
    <hr>If you're looking for information about the boot manager for Windows 7 aka 'Win7' or 'Win 7', and how to dual (or more) boot between Windows 7, Windows Vista, and/or Windows XP - well then you've come to the right place. And as we make new information available about the process of booting between these operating systems, we'll make sure you can find it all here on VistaBootPro.Org

    VistaBootPRO works with all existing releases of next-generation 'Windows 7' <hr>

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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    At MSFT Download Center in the following link you will find "release documents" for the Windows 7 Beta. They may be updated, so as they say "... check this location for updated versions periodically."

    Download details: Release Documents for this Beta Release of Windows 7

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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    I'm not sure if the 2.5 million downloads have been reached or not, but the MS download page seems to still be active so I don't know...

    This afternoon, to paraphrase the old cable guy, I "got-r-done" and installed Windows 7 without any hitches. I must say that this is the slickest MS install I've encountered through all these years. It took less than 45 minutes and that included, at two user input points, a trip to the kitchen for another beer and a trip to the bathroom. So, it was a very smooth install. I booted with the DVD and left it in the drive during the few reboots to see what happened. It was "smart" enough to continue the installation from where it left off. AND, each time I noticed the initial boot screen DID have my Vista and XP installations, along with Win 7. The installer smartly and correctly selected Win 7 each time until I was completed.

    At the end of the installation, it went to the internet for a couple of Windows updates (imagine that!) and then "warned" me that I don't yet have an AV program installed. It allowed me to search the internet for my choice and I found and downloaded Avast without any problems. The only "glitch" I see so far is that, while in Win 7, it doesn't SEE my Win XP MCE drive in "My Computer" or Windows Explorer, but I'm sure there must be a setting I have to fix to correct that. During the boot, the selection screen shows, in addition to Win 7 and Vista, a "Legacy OS" so I feel there must be something I can change to see that hard drive from inside Win 7.

    Now here's the nice part. When I rebooted and went back to that "Legacy OS" and looked at Vista Boot Pro, it already knows about the new Windows 7 installation. I've changed the labels for each of the three operating systems as you can see in this attachment, rearranged their order and when I get through with this post, I plan to boot back to Win 7 and continue my exploration.
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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    Al,
    So you are saying you now TRIPLE BOOT?
    The WIN 7 prog did it for you?
    Custom install, I suppose?
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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    Yep, that's the name of that game, Bob. The only thing I had to do in Boot Pro is change the names and the priority order.

    I DID use the "custom Install" selection in Win 7 to select the partition on which to install.

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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    Let me at it!
    That's a BIG download! Getting it as we speak. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    I think you have just convinced me to give Windows 7 a whirl in a dual boot environment!!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I downloaded the beta version a couple of hours ago and was mulling over the installation.

    Cheers, Bob
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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    According to Windows 7 Team Blog - The Windows Blog Microsoft has removed the limit for the next two weeks.

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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    Yes, give it a try, I have it on my test machine (Sony RS612P with XP) and is running just fine.
    I did upgrade the machine to 2 Gig's of RAM on Friday.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows 7 & Vista Boot Pro

    Well, how about that?
    I'm TRIPLE booting now. Checked all XP,Vista and now Win7 and all seem to be running fine.
    First impression of Seven was: Vista revisited. Then as I moused around in there, I did notice some differences.
    I'll need a little more time to form a more in depth opinion but So far, So good! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>
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