Will Win7 Recovery DVD work if I do all this?

E machne / Et 1831-01
April 1, 2010 at 20:49:55
Specs: Win7 Home Primium, 3GB

This is my brand new PC and I have Recovery disks. I will make this Hard drive into 2 partitions to install XP pro to the first partition and Win7 Ultimate to the 2nd partition...But in future if i want to reinstall the Recovery disks to bring back the PC as It was, Is it Ok to do that? If so, do I need to delete all 2 partitions before I reinstall the Recovery disks? Thank you in advance for your advise.

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#1
April 2, 2010 at 00:56:24
I am sorry but this question seems meaningless to me. Even if you have to delete the two partitions, it takes at most a minute to do so for a person knowledgeable enough to install a dual-boot system, creating partitions. Also why do you think manufacturers give recovery disks ? To hang them on the wall as decorations ? Please read the documentation that should have come with your e-machine.

Best Regards

SuatCINI


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#2
April 2, 2010 at 06:34:30
Any time you change the hard drive disk geometry by adding or removing partitions, your eMachine Windows 7 recovery DVD will no longer work. The only thing you can do with it is use it as a coaster on your coffee table.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#3
April 2, 2010 at 21:25:25
You failed to explain why you would install windows 7 ultimate and then want to go back to home premium. Maybe that would help us understand. To many, the logic would say replace the home premium with the ultimate and add the XP after. When you no longer needed the XP, just delete the partition, fix the booting, and enlarge the first one or create a partition separate for files. If you have ultimate, why return to home premium? and why put the XP first when the first is already windows 7 and the upgrade would be far simpler?

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#4
April 3, 2010 at 09:47:22
Even if you replace HDD, you can reinstall the OS out of the Recovery Disks either given by the OEM or created by the user. The only thing that is important, if I am not mistaken, is that the HDD should be the same size or larger.

Regards

SuatCINI


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#5
April 3, 2010 at 21:32:21

I want to drop W7 home premium (64bit) to install XP (32bit) and Win7 Ultimate because I have some programs did not work with Win7 home. Those progs worked fine with XP before' Thank you all for your advise

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#6
April 3, 2010 at 21:50:01

Dear Suatcini

1)- It's the same HD, I plan to format it and install XP & Win7 Ult.

2)- Using Recovey disks to go back Win7 home question is Just in case question, I don't think I'll do that. Thanks


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#7
April 3, 2010 at 23:23:09
Dear Jimmyme,

Firstly, you can use the same HDD or a new one to re-install the OS with the Recovery Disks provided that the M/B is the same or a replacement one from the same manufacturer.

Secondly, please visit MS Win 7 compatibility page to check your programs. It is no good from now on to use an OS that is quite old and for which support is being dropped. Besides, your OS is ultimate. You can use XP in the virtual machine provided free by MS. You do not need hardware virtualization that was the requirement for XP virtual machine when it was released.

Regards

EDIT: I do not know if eMachine is different from a normal PC or notebook. Therefore, use info at your own risk.

SuatCINI


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#8
April 4, 2010 at 07:16:49
As above, Ultimate running virtual XP should be all you need and installing as an upgrade will preserve any personalization you have already made. If you decide to make the dual boot anyway, a second hard drive will only cost you about $45.00 +/- $5.00 or so and will be the best path for you (easier install, less trouble than partitioning, and less risk for your data). Eventually you will be abandoning XP, but by then you just might have the need for the extra room, or you can use it as a back up destination, or as an external drive. ((consider also finding out about updated compatible versions of your software))

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