Some help with Dual-booting Vista and Windows 7?

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  1. Jibe

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    I got everything working, but in the middle of the windows 7 install it has to restart. Then it comes to a dual-boot screen that has windows setup and vista. If I click Vista it tells me that the instillation didn't work. If I click Windows Setup, then will it overwrite the Vista even though I told it to install to a separate drive in the beginning. Can someone who has some experience with this help me? Thank you so much in advance!
     
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    I really want to get this working so could someone PLEASE help! It is just a little part of it I don't know how to do.
     
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    That is not what I mean. I know how to install, partition, etc. I just don't know what to do after the first restart when I have to choose between Windows Setup or Windows Vista Home. I'm afraid that if I say Windows Setup it will overwrite my Vista, and I don't want to run primarily on a beta (although I have heard it is just about as stable as Vista).
     
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    When i setup windows 7 for a dual boot, i just let the computer run when i restarted, instead of selecting an option i just left it alone and let the computer do it's job, if you've installed it on a seperate partition, I don't see any reason for the installation process to touch your vista partition.
     
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    I created a partition the other day on an old PC running XP, firstly I couldn't install by starting the pc and selecting the drive it error'd for whatever reason maybe because it was a DVD.
    Anyway after I had it installed I just left it when it wanted to restart, you get 20 odd seconds to select which OS you want on startup but just leave it be.
     
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    If you selected a different partition to install Windows 7 on, then it won't touch your Vista partition.
     
  8. Jibe

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    Thank you everybody! I got it working dual-boot. I was wondering if there is any way to either run the programs I installed on Vista or a way to increase the size of my Windows 7 partition?
     
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    you usually have to use a 3rd party partitioner or a LiveCD to resize partitions, unless you have a 3rd partition that is a storage drive?
     
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    Technically I have one drive with multiple partitions. I used the built in Vista partition manager to create the partition. I have tried to de-locate 10mb from the C partition and re-locate it to the W partition (just to test), but it won't let me expand the volume, only shrink it. What 3rd party program (free please) would you recommend to expand my W partition and I shrink my C with the Vista drive manager (or I guess it could just re-locate the hard drive space)?
     
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