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Info for dual booting Vista and 7

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I currently have Windows Vista Ultimate with SP2 installed on my system. I've wanted to install Windows 7 for some time now, but did not feel like setting aside a whole day to install it and all my applications.

Due to a suggestion from an article on PCWorld ( http://www.pcworld.c...ws_7slowly.html ), I've decided create a second partition on my hard drive and install Windows 7 on that, allowing for a dual boot system. This will give me the ability to slowly install Windows 7 on my system, while still having a workable Vista system. I could then install all my applications and settings at my leisure.

I have three questions, though:

1. Which OS will be the default boot-up OS if I dual boot this way? Will it be Vista (which was installed first) or Windows 7 (which is the new install)? If it is Windows 7, how would I make Vista the default boot?

2. Once I get the Windows 7 environment and its applications set up to my satisfaction, how would I go about removing Vista from the boot list and making Windows 7 the only (and as a result, the default) boot OS?

3. I have no third party partitioning application. I will be creating the partition before installing Windows 7 by using the partitioning tool built into Vista (under Computer Management). Will Windows 7's Computer Management then allow me to recombine the two partitions back into one?

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