Dual boot Windows® Vista and Windows® 7
Problems and solutions to Dual Boot Vista and Windows 7
If you have decided to run both Windows® Vista and Windows® 7 together on your computer you must follow some steps to take the advantages of the performances and stability provided by them. For this option you need to install Windows® Vista first.
Dual Boot Vista and Windows ® 7 problems and tips are discussed below.
- Minimum required specifications for installing both Vista and Windows® 7
- Problems while installing
Minimum required specifications for installing both Vista and Windows® 7
For a dual-boot Vista® and Windows ® 7 the computer must have a 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor with a minimum of 1 GB of system memory. The free space on the hard disk must be of 16 GB at least. Moreover it is necessary to have support for DirectX 9 graphics with a minimum 128 MB memory. The computer must have DVD-R/W Drive, access to Internet so that Beta version and updates can be downloaded.
Problems while installing
One of the weird problems that appear when you use the both operating system on the same computer is the look and feel of Windows® Vista boot when the Windows® 7 operating system is loaded.
This error can be generated by a series of factors that affected the Bootcfg.exe. A simple solution that helps you set Windows®7 to display the original boot-screen is to use a BCDedit command line.
Before you install Winows®7 you must keep in mind a few important factors.
Firs of all check the hardware requirements. Then back up your Vista if you want to update from Vista operating system because you will be able to come back to Vista without problems. Then you must back up all the important files and data. It is important to take the advantage of Bookmarks option in the computer browser to obtain a bookmark. I It is important to download Password Exporter for Firefox in order to backup all saved passwords.
If you have numerous programs installed it is recommended to make a list with the installing applications. The next step is to backup the custom settings as well.
To prevent the loss of downloaded files keep the Download folder in another safe place apart from the ‘C’ drive.
Even if the recommended free space is of 16GB you must have at least 30 GB free space to avoid remaining without free space in a short time. The files on the desktop must be moved in a safe location.