Dual boot windows 10 and Windows 7 from one Hard Disk on your Laptop

Last updated on July 30th, 2017 at 02:37 pm

Are you ready to have dual boot windows on your laptop or PC ? If yes, then just follow our instructions mentioned in this Article.

Before you begin I recommend you do a full backup of your data.

If you are looking to dual boot windows 10 and Windows 7 from one Hard Disk,  then this article is for you. You can create this dual-boot system from pretty much any version of Windows. I am going to explain in this article how easy it is to dual boot both these operating systems, you will get a menu where you can choose to boot into Windows 7 or Windows 10 everytime you start your PC.

Why does one need a dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 ?

While there could be various reason why one could be interested in having a dual booth option. The most common reason is to have backup OS just incase your primary operating system crashes or gets corrupted. Another  reason is to test the new OS and see if it is good enough to go for a full upgrade.

I only have one partition . Can I still install one more OS ?

Yes. definitely. Windows 7 has a built in function called as “Shrink”, which allows you to reduce your partition size and create more partitions. If you are running windows XP, then you have to rely upon third party partition manager.

Now assuming that you have more than one partition in your Hard Disk drive, you can either boot from removable media or just copy the installation files from Windows 10 to your Hard disk.

If you are using the boot from CD/USB HDD, then make sure you have configured the Bios Boot Priority accordingly. Run the setup and and make sure you choose “Custom Install” and not the Upgrade option.  Another thing you must keep in mind while installing dual boot OS , is never choose the same partition for both the OS. For example,if you have Windows 7 on your drive volume C, then you could install Windows 10 on Drive D,E..etc.

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After the OS installation is successfully completed, during boot you will see a screen during that allows you to choose which OS you want to load. If nothing is chosen, it will load the default OS. Windows also allows you to configure your default OS.


One Reply to “Dual boot windows 10 and Windows 7 from one Hard Disk on your Laptop”

  1. I have OEM windows 10 installed on my laptop , can I still install another lower OS like windows 7 or 8 without messing with factory shipped OS ?

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