How do I install Windows Vista on a separate partition?

by on April 15, 2010

Q: I have windows 7 on my pc and I want to put vista on a separate partition. How do I do that without loosing all my data and files?


2 Responses to “How do I install Windows Vista on a separate partition?”
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    Before doing anything I would recommend backing up all of your files to an external hard drive or DVD. Once you have a complete backup you should follow this article. http://www.askageek.com/2007/11/06/creating-a-dual-boot-for-windows-vista-and-windows-xp/ Replace XP with your Windows 7 install. Make sure that when you install your first OS that you only take up half of the hard drive in that partition. The rest of the partition will be used for the second OS. Let me know if you need any further help.
    Thanks,

    Josh

     
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    I’d suggest against doing a dual boot only because:

    1. Keep in mind that getting Rid of a dual boot is a huge pain in the neck, Vista won’t truly be separate. See my article for more details on this: http://www.askageek.com/2010/03/31/will-two-oses-work-on-the-same-computer-if-they-are-on-different-hard-drives/