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Xp, Vista and Windows 7 triple boot?

By kgash ·
I currently have Vista on Drive C and XP on Drive D in a dual-boot configuration. I would like to now install Windows 7 and have my choice of any one of the 3 systems to go to at boot time. If I put the Windows 7 on a second partition on the D drive (with XP) how would I configure the BCD?
Ken Gash

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Xp, Vista and Windows 7 triple boot?

by PoppaTab In reply to Xp, Vista and Windows 7 t ...


If you have a partition ready to go, then install and be sure you know where and what in terms of knowing the partition info. If you need to shrink a volume using the Vista BCD, be very careful and note the free space before you go making any changes. By being careful use the Vista back up to back up everything. You can conceivably shrink if you have loads of free space. Win 7 when installed without a new partition will leave your XP where you left it and call it windows old. With that many flavors of Windows running, you are inviting some OS interaction. Mostly in the area of which OS will take ownership and delete restore points, etc. I much prefer one OS per drive, but that is a personal preference. With any number of partitions on a disk, you can put as many OS on as the computer will address. At home I had XP, 7, and Ubuntu running on a machine with no problems other than the Win OS's fighting over restore points. Search Greg Shultz here on TR for some very good tutorials or simply search win 7.

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Xp, Vista and Windows 7 triple boot?

by kgash In reply to Xp, Vista and Windows 7 t ...

Thanks for the detailed answer to my query. As soon as I get my copy of Windows 7, I'll backup, partition and install.

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