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    Default Windows 7, Dual Boot with Vista??

    I have downloaded the public beta for Windows 7 and burned the ISO to a DVD.
    Does anyone know if it can be dual booted with Vista?
    I have two identical internal HDs and I would like to install it on the "spare" or 2nd HD. If it is feasible to dual boot those two OS's, what steps are necessary? How do I do it in other words? I'd prefer if possible, to hear from someone who has actually done it.
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    Check this out.

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    Thanks I was just dropping back in to say I have found the info I think I need (famous last words!). Amazing what a change in terminology will do when Googling also.
    But I now have a couple of different questions.
    1. I was considering using my Vista recovery discs to alleviate several small problems. If I install the Windows 7 beta as a dual boot with Vista (Windows 7 on the 2nd HD "E" for me) and then elect to use the recovery discs or files from the recovery partition, will that cause a boot or selection problem afterward?
    2. Is the Windows 7 key included in the ISO or should I have been given the key as a separate file? I did download the Windows 7 mp3 update fix.
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    It shouldn't cause a problem, but I'd be inclined to reinstall Vista first, then Win7. That should alleviate any problems with the boot manager when Win7 is uninstalled at the end of the test period.

    You need to download a key, but the sites are pretty well swamped at the moment. If you aren't in the first 2.5million, you won't get one.

    This may help.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks I went to that site, and several others but I have not found anything that seems to point toward a key download link.
    Edited: The Windows 7 download page I found (in the FAQS) says I will be given a key when I download the ISO. If so, I have not found it.
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    The instructions are in grey text under the first paragraph.

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    Got it, I think?? Geez what a convoluted process.
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    I have Windows 7 beta installed on 2nd HD, dual booted with Vista. No problem encountered with the installation. Installation took about 30 minutes (I did not actually time it). It did seem to hang in one place (at the "Completing Installation" point), but it eventually moved on and did complete. Just slow during that section of the installation I suppose. It boots fairly quickly. It includes IE 8 beta and that is slow to start and seems to just stop responding frequently. Takes several minutes for the IE 8 to close down and then I have to restart it again. I may see if Firefox 3 will install. Windows 7 recognized and has all my devices installed except for "SM Bus Controller" which has the yellow exclamation mark. I think that is linked to audio but I'm not sure. The audio is working, so I could be wrong. I Googled and find that it may have something to do with a chipset driver.
    I'm quitting for the day, I have to check on the Giants and see if they're winning. My Titans went to heck-in-a-handcart yesterday!
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    alwrmcusn,

    arraknid has no clue about the Giants or Titans, he is in france over there I think they play football on bikes but I'm not a 100% about that, he may add or clarify.

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    football on bikes
    I think you just invented a new sport, though to be honest, real or otherwise, I would have absolutely no interest in it at all. I leave the sport thing to others.

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