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    Win 7 install not recognizing unallocated disk space

    I am attempting to upgrade from Vista to Win 7 the 'safe way' by using the dual boot approach advised in the Win 7 Guide, Vol. 1. I followed all the prep steps including imaging and shrinking the main (C:\) partition by about 100 Gb to provide this much 'unallocated space' for the Win 7 install to create the second OS. However, when I fun the boot from installation disv, the 'unallocated space' option does not show up as expected. Does this unallocated space need to be named as a partition for the process to work?

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    Hi,

    Welcome to the Lounge,

    Yes, you need to create a partition for that unallocated space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heydoug View Post
    Does this unallocated space need to be named as a partition for the process to work?
    Doug,
    Hello.... Fire up your "Disk Management" and it should show the "Unallocated Space"... "Right Click" on it and Format it NTFS ...When completed, Assign a drive letter to it (Right Click again and choose from Drop Down) "X" out,... then launch Windows Explorer Right Click on the new Partition and rename it I call mine Windows 7 \ 64 , whatever you choose ...Run your "7" install and point it to the new partition... After you finished (with "7" install) post back if you have any questions. Regards Fred
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    Once you format the unallocated space, pop in your Win 7 DVD and choose to install it in the now formated space.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    Hi Doug,

    Personally, I don't see any advantage in dual booting Vista & Win7. W7 can do everything V can do, only better. Save all your stuff and do a clean install. It will work a lot better.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us!

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