Neil asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 1 month ago

Can I boot an hdd with windows 7 without altering the original windows 10 environment?

My PC has an internal hdd with Windows 10. I have Windows 7 installed in my external hdd. Can I boot the hdd without altering the original windows environment?

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Favourite answer

    It depends.  Every installation of windows is highly customized to match a particular configuration.  You say you have Windows 7, but what computer was that windows 7 on?  Was it on the same computer that boots Windows 10 now?  Did you not make ANY hardware changes or upgrades to the windows 10 computer, compared to when it was running windows 7?

    In general, it would be highly unlikely for a windows 10 computer to boot perfectly off of a windows 7 external drive.  This is because if you HAVE a windows 7 external drive, then you've probably changed hardware (or the whole computer) a few times since you were running windows 7.

    Having said that, it won't harm anything to try to boot the external drive with windows 7.  It will either work, or it won't...but it won't alter windows 10.

  • iqbal
    Lv 4
    1 week ago

    No, Windows can be installed in C drive only...therefore only one Windows can boot.

    You can install Virtual Box software. Then make a virtual computer in it. Finally install Windows 7 on virtual computer.

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you installed win7 to the external HDD using that computer, you should be able to boot it.

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  • 1 month ago

    If they're on different hard drives, and are both complete installs, then yes you can.

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