How to Set up a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and 7

Before we move on to the actual process, it is important that we lay down the system requirements for these two operating systems.

Windows 7:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of RAM for a 32-bit Windows 7 or 2 GB RAM for a 64-bit Windows 7
  • 16 GB disk space should be available or 20 GB for a 64-bit Windows 7
  • DVD-R/W Drive
  • Internet access to activate Windows 7 once installed.

Windows Vista Home Basic:

  • 1 GHz processor – 32 or 64 bit
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 20GB hard disk with at least 15GB available for Windows Vista
  • 32 MB memory along with DIrextX9 support

Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate.

  • 1 GHz processor – 32 or 64 bit
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 40 GB hard disk with 15 GB for Vista
  • 128 MB memory with DirextX9 support
  • DVD Rom

Now we start off by talking about the process. Just note one thing, this tutorial is helpful if you are installing the second OS on a separate hard drive.

1. Insert the DVD of the second OS. Restart the computer after the insert. Either way, you will need to create a partition. Look at the respective screenshots below to see where you will end up.


When the second OS has been installed, you will now need to make a choice. This choice is related to selecting what OS you want to start your computer with. This screen will come up when you start your computer up. You will have a choice of which Windows to start off with. It will look something like this.



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