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Dual boot with existing installs?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by apocReg, 8 Apr 2010.

  1. apocReg


    Joined: 7 Apr 2010

    Posts: 26

    Location: Cambs Uk

    Hey guys,

    I have fully working installs of both Vista and Win7 on two hard drives.

    At the moment i just plug in whichever SATA cable i need but it would be good to not have to do that.

    Is there a way of dual booting these without reinstalling one of them?

  2. SiriusB


    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

    If you want a Boot Option menu when you boot your computer try EasyBCD

    If you do not want a Boot Option menu, you could just change the HDD boot order in the BIOS. I used to do this when one OS was rarely used. I just use VMs these days :D
  3. this_is_gav


    Joined: 17 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,788

    Location: Northumberland

    Most half-decent motherboards now allow you to select the device to boot from without having to go into the BIOS to change the order. It will tell you during the boot process, but it's normally F12, F2 or Escape.
  4. kristain


    Joined: 17 Mar 2010

    Posts: 50

    RE: Dual boot

    If you are running a previous version of Windows and want to partition your hard disk without reformatting it with dual boot, You have to use disk partitioning software. It's possible to repartition your hard disk by using the Shrink feature in Disk Management.