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Installing Win7


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#1 benny269

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 05:57 PM

Hi

I'm interested in setting up Windows 7 on my Acer Aspire 6920G-6A3G25Bn laptop. I think my laptop has a configuration that can handle it. At factory settings, it came with a 200Gb hard drive that is partitioned into 2 even 100Gb parts. One came with the Vista installation and the other is currently blank. Would it be a good idea to do this? I want to be able to have a full and complete working installation but still be able to use my Vista partition and be able to format and remove Win7 completely when the Beta is no longer usable and be able to come back to my current setup. Is this a reasonable idea? Anything I'm missing?

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 06:29 PM

In theory this should work for you. But. if you're just experimenting with it, I'd suggest installing Microsoft's free Virtual PC 2007 and installing the beta in there (I did it with the M3 build with no problems). That way you can play with it as much as you want - and the stuff will be right there inside of Vista for you to access (and you can store the virtual machine on the extra partition so it doesn't take up the space on your primary partition).

As with any OS install, make sure you check to see if all the drivers are installed and operating correctly.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:05 AM

I see. So what would be the benefits of doing such a thing - I'm guessing it limits the amount of damage it can do if anything goes wrong? Also does this place any limitations on it or will I be able to use it fully and complete as much as I would should I install it to the spare partition?

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:43 AM

I installed Win7 in a virtual machine (virtualbox) and I think the only limitation I've found was that you can only have Aero Basic (you don't get transparent title bars and stuff)

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 11:07 AM

It does run a tad slower in a VB.

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