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    Following instructions from Windows Secrets, a couple of years back,
    I setup dual boot systems using VISTA & XP. Now that
    Win-7 is out I’d like to overwrite the VISTA portion of
    the configuration with out loosing the XP portion.

    My current setup has Vista on the C: drive, XP on the E:
    drive and my data (My Documents/Documents) on the
    G: drive (This data is shared by both OSes including the
    Outlook PST file. I’m using Office 2003 Pro on the XP
    partition and Office 2007 Pro on the Vista partition.

    When one of the OSes is booted the drive for the other
    one is hidden via a registry entry so there isn’t a problem
    with the swap files.

    What I, and I’m sure other dual booters, would like to know,
    is can I install Win-7 with out loosing the XP installation and
    will the boot menu show both Win-7 and XP after the installation.

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    [quote name='RetiredGeek' post='799525' date='23-Oct-2009 08:48'][/quote]
    Are you using a boot manager program to manage the dual booting? If so, which one?

    How is the drive being hidden? Did you do that hiding?

    The reason I ask is that I have a triple boot system using Vista Boot Pro, with XP, Vista and the Win 7 RC which I will be wiping clean and replacing in a couple of days. I have no hidden drive when any of these OSs is running and I can't see that I would need to.

    Just fishing for a bit more info...

    (PS Is there a reason you use a large type font? If it's a visual need matter then please don't take offense.)

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    [quote name='RetiredGeek' post='799525' date='23-Oct-2009 07:48']Following instructions from Windows Secrets, a couple of years back,
    I setup dual boot systems using VISTA & XP. Now that
    Win-7 is out I'd like to overwrite the VISTA portion of
    the configuration with out loosing the XP portion.

    My current setup has Vista on the C: drive, XP on the E:
    drive and my data (My Documents/Documents) on the
    G: drive (This data is shared by both OSes including the
    Outlook PST file. I'm using Office 2003 Pro on the XP
    partition and Office 2007 Pro on the Vista partition.

    When one of the OSes is booted the drive for the other
    one is hidden via a registry entry so there isn't a problem
    with the swap files.

    What I, and I'm sure other dual booters, would like to know,
    is can I install Win-7 with out loosing the XP installation and
    will the boot menu show both Win-7 and XP after the installation.

    Thanks,
    [/quote]

    See Triple boot XP, Vista, and Windows 7... - Windows 7 Forums. There are details in that thread to make sure your boot menu shows all three OSes.

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    Joe,

    Thanks for the reply, however I want to deep 6 Vista and replace it with W-7. I guess what the forum is saying is that
    I'll have to use BCD Edit to get Vista to show up on the boot menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigaldoc View Post
    Are you using a boot manager program to manage the dual booting? If so, which one?

    How is the drive being hidden? Did you do that hiding?

    The reason I ask is that I have a triple boot system using Vista Boot Pro, with XP, Vista and the Win 7 RC which I will be wiping clean and replacing in a couple of days. I have no hidden drive when any of these OSs is running and I can't see that I would need to.

    Just fishing for a bit more info...

    (PS Is there a reason you use a large type font? If it's a visual need matter then please don't take offense.)
    I am using the boot loader that ships with windows Vista. As for the hiding of the drives it is accomplished with a Registry Hack, i.e. to hide the C: drive (Vista) when booting XP (on E
    Key: HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices\Offline
    Value: \DosDevices\C:
    Type: REG_DWORD
    Value: 1



    I didn't think the font was all that big I do it for ease of reading though. It's not necessary just easier on the eyes. Bruce
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    Ok, I got this done so I thought I'd share the process with you all.

    First, I booted into the VISTA partition.
    Next I started an "IN PLACE" upgrade {not the best move but easier if it works!}
    Results: Excellent with only a few minor tweaks needed.

    Tweaks:
    1. 1. The upgrade lost the registry entry I used to hide the XP partition (see above) so I had to reapply it - success.
      2. The upgrade changed my boot menu so that
      1. A. The description for the XP partition said Eariler Windows Version vs XP PRO and
        B. Windows 7 was now the default OS vs XP (this is for my Wife who shares the machine).
        Both of these were easily changed with the following BCDEdit commands:
        1. bcdedit /set {ntldr} Description "Windows XP Pro"
          bcdedit /default {ntldr}
          bcdedit /timeout 45 (this one was for me to allow more time to select Win 7 if I'm not paying full attention at boot.)


    All in all kudos to MS on this one the upgrade was basically flawless...

    Bruce
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Ok, I got this done so I thought I'd share the process with you all.

    First, I booted into the VISTA partition.
    Next I started an "IN PLACE" upgrade {not the best move but easier if it works!}
    Results: Excellent with only a few minor tweaks needed.

    Tweaks:
    1. 1. The upgrade lost the registry entry I used to hide the XP partition (see above) so I had to reapply it - success.
      2. The upgrade changed my boot menu so that
      • A. The description for the XP partition said Eariler Windows Version vs XP PRO and
        B. Windows 7 was now the default OS vs XP (this is for my Wife who shares the machine).
        Both of these were easily changed with the following BCDEdit commands:
        • bcdedit /set {ntldr} Description "Windows XP Pro"
          bcdedit /default {ntldr}
          bcdedit /timeout 45 (this one was for me to allow more time to select Win 7 if I'm not paying full attention at boot.)


    All in all cudos to MS on this one the upgrade was basically flawless...

    Bruce
    Congratulations!!! It is nice to see good news. Thanks for posting your success.

    Joe
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