N/APosted on - 06/24/2011
I would like to install double-Seven, the first on a partition or disk, the second on another partition or another drive and be able to choose what I want Seven boot at startup. So I keep a standard for use Seven, Seven and a very clean for my work.
This is technically feasible, and how?
Is it possible to choose on which disk or partition I want to boot (dual boot). Is it possible to have two Seven?
It's Windows 7 two versions
Thanks a lot.
Dual boot with both Windows 7
To answer your question about the possibility of having 2 Windows 7 operating systems on your PC, it’s a YES. A native dual-boot environment using Windows 7 and/or another Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP is possible. All you need is a disc partition application and your Windows 7 installer disc.
For a fresh install of both operating systems, you will need to wipe out your existing partition, and create room for 2 partitions. This can be done using your Windows 7 setup disc. Boot the Windows 7 setup disc, and when it gets to the part where it asks you which partition to install windows, select “New” to create additional partitions. You can also choose to delete your other partitions and merge them, before assigning the new drive spaces to your 2 new partitions. When you have created the new partitions, select one of the 2 partitions where you will be installing your 1st Windows 7 operating system. Allow the installer to commence and complete. Restart to view your 1st Windows 7 install.
Put in your Windows 7 setup disc again, boot from the CD, and start another installation. Now choose the 2nd partition you created as the space you want your other Windows 7 on. Let the installation complete and restart.
You should notice a boot selection screen on startup giving you a choice of which operating system to start and use. In your case, it should show 2 Windows 7 entries as choices.
Now if you have an existing install and would not want to mess up your current Windows 7, adding the 2nd Windows 7 is a breeze. Using any disc partition application like “Partition Magic” or “Gparted”, resize your current partition to make room for another one. Assign the drive letter and space. The resizing process takes a bit longer, especially for large drive sizes, so make sure not to interrupt the task while it is running, or run the risk of data corruption. When the resizing has been completed, it’s time to run the Windows 7 installer anew, picking the 2nd partition you just created as your installer destination. Complete the process same as in a clean install, and restart to finish and view your 2nd Windows 7 as an added choice at startup.
Dual boot with both Windows 7
As George mentioned in the previous comment that its definitely possible to have 2 Windows 7 OS installed and running.
However, I would like to suggest another option wherein you install only keep one Windows 7 installed and use it for your work. Additionally, you should install Windows Virtual PC and create a virtual machine for Windows 7 and use this virtual machine for standard use. Virtual PC is free and extremely easy to use, its simple to create virtual machines and manage them.
Using a VM reduces the risk of virus infection propagating in case Windows 7 VM for standard use gets affected. I think this strategy would be better than having 2 separate Windows 7 in same hard disk.