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Windows 10 on WIN 7 System?


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#1 august22

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 08:11 AM

MY computer has win 7 installed on it and i also have a 1TB external drive. My question is :Can i install win 10 on the external

hard drive without affecting the win 7 hard drive?



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Posted 08 December 2014 - 09:28 AM

You can use it as Virtual machine. I think no other way is possible but don't take this as final answer maybe someone else will know better.


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Posted 08 December 2014 - 10:40 AM

You should also be able to install it to the external drive during setup. I have done this before.



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Posted 08 December 2014 - 10:50 AM

If you instal Win 10 on the external drive, the Bios on your system has to have the feature of being able to boot from an external drive.  If it doesn't then an alternative would be to backup the internal drive with Macrium Reflect Free then instal Win 10 on the internal.  You will be able to restore the Win 7 backup if you decide to remove Win 10.



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Posted 08 December 2014 - 10:54 AM

Windows setup will still install the bootloader to the internal drive, however you m ight run into some problems booting the computer with the external drive detached.



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 02:51 PM

MY computer has win 7 installed on it and i also have a 1TB external drive. My question is :Can i install win 10 on the external

hard drive without affecting the win 7 hard drive?

 

Whatever you decide on doing, my advice would be to perform a full disk image of the drive containing Windows 7. The Windows Technical Preview will overwrite your bootloader during install and upon upgrading. So far, I've had three upgrades from the original, 

 

I learned this on my main PC, and will never install this Preview OS on it again, at least not until the final one is released. 

 

Currently I'm running the Windows Technical Preview via VirtualBox. That way, no harm is done to my other OS's. 

 

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Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 


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Posted 09 December 2014 - 03:46 PM

 

MY computer has win 7 installed on it and i also have a 1TB external drive. My question is :Can i install win 10 on the external

hard drive without affecting the win 7 hard drive?

 

Whatever you decide on doing, my advice would be to perform a full disk image of the drive containing Windows 7. The Windows Technical Preview will overwrite your bootloader during install and upon upgrading. So far, I've had three upgrades from the original, 

 

I learned this on my main PC, and will never install this Preview OS on it again, at least not until the final one is released. 

 

Currently I'm running the Windows Technical Preview via VirtualBox. That way, no harm is done to my other OS's. 

 

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Very true. I wouldn't recommend running the Tech Preview on a mission critical machine. It is still beta, after all. However, it is easy enough to get back your WIndows 7 bootloader. Just boot from your installation media, and select Repair, and then follow the steps for boot recovery.



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Posted 22 December 2014 - 07:31 PM

I am currently running both Win 7 and Win 10 on my system but they boot from different drives neither of which are external.  When I installed Win 10 I unplugged the Win 7 boot drive just to be sure it didn't get corrupted.  I also keep my data on a different drive/partition other than my boot drives and I am sharing data with both Win 7 and Win10 without any problems so far.  If your computer is capable of booting from an external drive there is no reason Win 10 shouldn't boot from an external drive.

 

I have kept my data on a separate drive/partition from my boot drive ever since windows 3.1, it just makes it so much easier when windows gets corrupted to install an image backup of the current operating system and not have to worry about backing up and reinstalling data files. Also it makes the image backup considerably smaller.  In about 15 minutes I am back up and going without the need to install a couple hundred updates or all the data which installing both can take days and there is always the chance of losing something.

 

I find it to be much easier and quicker to install a backup image than to trouble shoot a corrupted windows operating system.






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