Originally Posted by Tommy Boy
So the 64-bit W7 beta expires in July now? Honestly I never thought about dual booting, thanks for the suggestion. What would I use for a boot manager?
The latest I ran into is that you may be seeing an Release Candidate made public in May. That will be good until June 2010! and simply be a better option once out. The expiration date would be for both 32bit and 64bit there.
"Microsoft accidentally confirms Windows 7 RC coming in May" http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2369
"Windows 7 RC download page goes up early, coming in May (Updated)" http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/new...ing-in-may.ars
Now before getting too far side tracked looking at the apparent good news there
the 7 BCD is practically identical to the one you see in Vista where you can actually edit either one to see the other added into it. You wouldn't need any Grub loader or other 3rd party with the BCD editor included in both.
The preferred option however is the free EasyBCD tool you likely know of already where you can add 7 into Vista's boot options as well as seeing the reverse. If you signed up and downloaded the 7000 build originally you can boot right from the disk to see a clean install on the second drive there or elect to shrink the Vista primary. The preferred is using the second drive if available.
I would'nt wipe Vista but simply opt to shrink that primary down about 25-30gb if you have the drive space. The 7000 build will simply install to the second while keeping the Vista boot loader active if you run the installer from Vista and not booting from the 7 disk you burn.