Dual Booting Windows 10 with Windows 7
As we are already aware that Windows 10 has been launched on 29th of July 2015 and is available to Upgrade from windows 7 but many of us are in confusion or Dilemma whether to upgrade or not. Will my software work or not. Many students have their custom software from the college to use it on their System. To Solve this issue We can instead of Upgrading the windows, Dual boot the windows.
Dual Booting means You would be having two operating System to choose from whenever you turn on your system.
Dual Booting Is very commonly used term for software developers,Engineers and Geeks Who do experiments on software or simply for developing Cross Platform Application .
Dual Booting is not limited to windows itself you can dual with Windows and Ubuntu or Ubuntu and Fedora (Another free open source Linux OS).
Lets Start the Dual Boot Procedure from Windows 7.
Before Starting the procedure I would like to mention that we are going to use USB drive for the procedure.
Go to Microsoft Website and Download the Media creation tool or you can search Google for Getting the ISO Directly
once you have the ISO you have to burn it to the USB drive.
For Burning to USB drive We suggest you use Refus.
Steps for Using Refus.
Now, In the device section select the USB Drive which You want to use.
In partition and Other Setting Leave Blank they would come automatically as soon as you select the ISO File.
after selecting the Drive Click on the CD drive icon which is Shown Next to Free Dos in the above Image.
Select the Downloaded windows ISO.
after Doing above things Start button will be active Click on it and Process of Image burning to USB will be started.
Step 2) After the USB is Ready let’s get ready for Further steps
Make sure you have at-least 20Gb free in any Drive on which Windows Needs to be installed
Reboot the System.
Step 3)Go to Bios Settings by Pressing the Delete button or F1 or FN+F1 Depending on the Manufacturer the key combination may differ please refer you user manual or simply google for getting the Key combination for entering into Bios.
Also please make a note of it that your system must support the USB booting(Your user manual or manufacturer website may have Details on it) Mostly All New and Recent systems have this Facility available.
Again the Screen May differ depending upon the Manufacturer of the system.
Some have Bios Feature whereas in some there’s a Direct Tab of Boot.
Just select the Boot tab or as in our case we would select the Advanced Bios Features.
As you can see the Boot Priorities please do the Sequence priority as in Yours.
i.e First Boot Device – USB-HDD.
Second Boot Device – Hard Disk.
Third Boot Device – CD ROM.
Press F10 for Saving the Changes and Reboot the System.
In case you Don’t get How to get to the Bios and do changes,
Some systems allow Directly booting from USB.
For Doing so,
Start the system and Press F10. A Screen will come in that select USB-HDD and Continue with the Below Procedure.
Upon Restarting after a minute or so you would be asked to
Press any key to boot from USB….
Press any key and Windows will start loading. You will see something like this on your system.
After loading has Finished you will see the windows Installation Dialogue
Click on Install.
Please Enter the CD-key which you might have from Windows 7 or You can purchase one from Microsoft’s official Site.
Accept the License Terms and Conditions.
Click on Custom Install Windows Only (Advanced)
Select the Drive in which you want to install windows,
Please keep in mind you need at-least 20GB Free to install windows and it is advisable to install on Empty Hard drive partition.
After the above steps are done
You’ll now be able to choose between Windows 10 and Windows 7 or 8 when you boot your computer. To switch between them, restart your computer and select your desired version of Windows in the boot menu.
Click the “Change defaults or choose other options” link on this screen to change the options. From here, you can choose the Windows operating system you want to boot by default and control how long the operating system selection will appear before it automatically boots that default version of Windows.
Both versions of Windows use the NTFS file system, so you can easily access your files from whichever version of Windows you’re using. You’ll see your other Windows drive appear with its own drive letter in File Explorer or Windows Explorer. You can right-click a drive and select Rename to give it a more descriptive label, like “Windows 10″ or “Windows 7.”
Happy Dual Booting
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