Install Win 7 over corrupted XP - Go or no go

Microsoft Windows 7 professional
April 2, 2010 at 14:40:02
Specs: Windows Vista, 512
I was wondering if I can install a new OS(Windows 7) over a corrupted windows XP. I wanted to copy the corrupted file thats is missing but I cannot find the installation cd for windows XP which i currently have. The windows system 32 is corrupted.

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April 2, 2010 at 15:12:42
Get a Linux Mint 8 cd (there are many live cd's that work) and boot your computer with the CD. Put in a usb flash or usb external hard drive. or access a share on the network or burn files to cd/dvd. Then we may be able to repair your system.

I have used W7 dvd to boot to tools and then opened xp's explorer. It may not work on all situations. Mint 8 is pretty good and you should be able to use it.

I'd get the data off first before I played with it too much.

See also barts's PE and UBCD4win and Vista PE too.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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April 3, 2010 at 15:19:20
Installing Windows 7 on an XP drive requires a clean install, booting with the W7 DVD select custom install and point it to the XP drive and continue instalation. All the XP files and instalation will be moved to a Windows.old folder that can later be deleted.

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April 3, 2010 at 18:21:13
If you saved all you need, and do not care about anything that is left, you can choose custom and then format to start with a cleaner drive.

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May 7, 2010 at 17:17:47
well I found out Windows 7 requires 1 GB to operate and I only have 512 I'll have to install a second module dunno about the other requirements I haven't checked yet.

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May 7, 2010 at 18:33:54
Normally I would say to use Windows 7 compatibility checker, but if your system is not active, you will not be able to do that. If you system was purchased basically as it is, from a major manufacturer, you should be able to look up that info on their website, or contact them with that question. If that is not possible, you will need to identify each component and check each one for compatibility and the availability of windows 7 drivers. Primarily, the motherboard is the main problem, if drivers are not available, you are in trouble. If only one component is a problem, evaluate the cost of replacing it. If too costly, purchase a new copy of XP install disk.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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