Running more than one operating system on one PC is no stranger to many users. And now more and more users want to dual boot Windows 7 and 10, as both of them are good-to-use. This article shows you how to dual boot Windows 7 and 10.
Although Window 10 now is the most popular Windows operating system, there are a small part of people who just want to dual boot Windows 7 with Windows 10 rather than upgrade as Windows 7 operating system is excellent as well.See:Should I Upgrade To Windows 10 – How to Decide Considering this situation, in this post, I will show users detailed steps to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Tip:Before you follow the steps as below to make Windows 7 Windows 10 dual boot, you’d better backup important files as sometimes accidental mistake could cause data loss.
Create a Partition for Windows 10 Installation
Note:Some users may ask dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 which to install first. Windows When installing Windows 7 and Windows 10 on the same disk, you need to install Windows 7 first. That’s because Windows operating system is backward compatible. The boot.ini file of Windows 10 will overwrite that of Windows 7, which helps to boot both Windows 10 and Windows 7 successfully.
You can use Windows 7 Disk Management to create a partition for Windows 10 installation. Right-click Computer icon on the desktop and choose Manage. Then select Disk Management from the left side to get the main interface of Windows 7 Disk Management.
You can shrink a partition to create a new partition for Windows 10 installation. However, there are some users reported that Disk Management is not so convenient for users to resize partition. So I will recommend you to use a third-party partition manager, which can resize partition in a more flexible way.
Here are detailed steps.
Step 1. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, install and launch it.
Step 2. Select the partition you want to resize, and choose Move/Resize from the left action panel.
Step 3. You can lengthen or shorten the blue handle to extend or shrink the partition. You may also input the partition size directly. To move the partition, just drag the whole partition handle towards unallocated space or manually define unallocated space before or after the partition. Then click OK to continue.
Step 4. Right-click the unallocated space and choose Create.
Step 5. Here you can set partition label and other parameters for the new partition. To install Windows 10, the file system of the partition must be NTFS file system. Then click OK.
Step 6. Click Apply on the upper left corner, then new partition is created for Windows 10 installation.
Now the preparations are completed, and the next step is to install Windows 10 to this location.
Step 2. Insert the Windows10 installation media USB drive or DVD/CD disc on your computer and boot from it.
Step 3. Select your language preferences, and click on Next button to continue.
Step 4. Click on Install now to install Windows 10.
Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup configurations.
Step 6. Let it install. The Windows 10 installation process will start and your PC will reboot.
After successful installation, you can either boot Windows 7 or start Windows 10, which just depends on your own demands. Some users said that they have Windows 10 installed but still want to dual boot Windows 7 and 10. Under this situation, you can click here to see how to dual boot Windows 7 with Windows 10 already installed.