I know you are posting in a "forum", which forwards your bare-naked posts to
Microsoft's public news server, where Tom and I are reading them. But the
"forum" does not bother to forward the context, so would you please quote
the prior context in each message.
You did not answer Tom's question directly. I GUESS you mean that you
booted from the Win7 DVD to run Win7 Setup. Setup SHOULD have asked you
which partition you wanted to use for Win7. It then would have created the
\Windows folder on that partition and installed the bulk of Win7 there. It
would also have updated the startup files on the System Partition - which
already held the startup files for Vista - to create the dual-boot menu.
So the question is: Why didn't Setup behave as expected?
I've never used Acronis and I got confused with your adventure tale about
it. You SHOULD have just used Vista's Disk Management to shrink your
original partition. Then you could have either created your new partition
with Disk Management before installing Win7, or let Win7 Setup create and
format it as part of the Win7 installation.
Both Vista and Win7 will respect your existing drive letters if you install
from a Windows desktop, such as by running Win7 Setup while booted into
Vista. But if you run Setup by booting from the DVD, then Setup does not
know the letters assigned by the previous OS, so it starts from scratch. It
assigns C: to its on "boot volume" (see KB 314470 for the definition of
"boot volume" - which is NOT what most users expect). And then it assigns
D: to the "system volume", which Vista probably calls C:.
Win7 adds a new wrinkle by creating a small system partition with no drive
letter in some cases, but I don't now if that would have happened in your
case. Does Disk Management reveal such a partition on your computer?
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64
"MasterAlex" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I originally just had the 250GB HDD as vista. Then I put win7 on the
> new 60 GB partition. so no, i did not install 7 from within vista