In a recent newsletter, subscriber Clif wrote that he was going to install Windows 7 in a dual-boot configuration. I wrote some tips for him to make that installation a little easier.
After he did his installation, Clif wrote back to report on how it went:
I’ve got Win7 running now. Setting up the partitions after your advice was no problem. As usual, the problems come at me from a direction I hadn’t foreseen.
I thought I had a good ISO file from Microsoft. I burnt a DVD. It would boot, but it would stall with the statement that it needed me to load CD/DVD drivers. After a bit of research, I found that my ISO file did not match the published MD5 checksums.
This was bad. After all, the time to get the downloads from Microsoft had passed. I was forced to find a bit-torrent download but I finally ended up with a good copy. Even though it was downloaded from an illegitimate source, I do have a legitimate activation key to use it until June of next year.
Even then, a copy burned from the new ISO would not boot. I finally decided to try mounting the ISO file as a virtual drive while running XP. That actually worked very nicely and the install allowed me to choose a new partition for Win7’s new home.
I’ve had it running for a couple of days now and it’s becoming my primary OS.
Thanks for your help.
I responded to Clif with a warning that was specifically about the Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate version:
Be aware that you can not upgrade from Win7 RC to the real Win7.
You’ll have to do a full install on the actual Win7 or install as an upgrade over Vista (most gurus recommend against upgrading over a previous copy, but some people just want to do that…)
Clif wrote back to voice his appreciation:
Thanks for the warning Terry. I wasn’t aware I’d have to install a clean copy again. I do keep backups and reinstalling a new Win7 copy won’t be a problem in the future. I’ve had enough hard drive crashes over the years to learn a hard lesson or two.
BTW, I wasn’t impressed with CloneZilla backup program. It’s far too geeky for even me. It’s all command line and very complex. I’ll probably use Macrium Reflect next time.
Oh, I also mentioned that I needed to get checksums on the ISO to verify it. I found a nice freebie for that which places this function in your file (right click) context menus. It works very well.
Flyingbit Hash Calculator
Thanks for the mention and link in your email newsletter.