Can I have XP & Windows 7 on same PC?

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
January 8, 2010 at 19:23:31
Specs: Windows XP/7, 2GB RAM.
Heyo.
Well, I need some help/advice.
I want to install Windows7 Ultimate 64 bit on a seprate partition of my hard drive.
I have used EASEUS Partition manager to split my hard drive in half. (232gb each partition)
I have Windows XP Media Center 32 bit on what will be my main partition, what I am on now.

My friend (who knows more about things OS wise) says that I need to reformat my hard drive all together, and partition it in half via windows CD.
Is this true? Or can I install the Windows 7 CD on the patition without having to reformat?

Halp?
Also, I am not worried about people going though my computer and changing OS files though partitions. (I think I said that right?)
My computer is private, only me and my girlfriend use it, and neither of us are dumb enough to screw up system files.


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#1
January 8, 2010 at 20:11:05
If Win 7 works like previous versions & you already have your HDD partitioned, all you have to do is this:

- boot into XP
- pop in the Win 7 disc & wait for it to spin up
- when you see a popup that says "upgrade (recommended)", select "Advanced" instead, then direct Win 7 to install onto the 2nd partiton.

The rest will proceed just like a normal Windows installation. The dual boot menu will be setup automatically.


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#2
January 23, 2010 at 03:48:24
Hello... I would like a take from a slightly different perspective.
I have XP Pro 32 Bit on one hard drive and would like to add a
second hard drive, boot up in the original Win XP on the old
hard drive and insert Win 7 disk and choose Advanced and
will it allow me to then install "7" on the second fresh clean
internal hard drive? THEN I would make this my primary in the
BIOS..... and I would sometime in the near future move
everything to the new huge hard drive, format the old and then
use the old drive as a storage/backup. Both are SATA if that
is a needed tidbit. THANKS

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#3
January 23, 2010 at 04:59:15
My friend (who knows more about things OS wise) says that I need to reformat my hard drive all together, and partition it in half via windows CD.
Is this true? Or can I install the Windows 7 CD on the patition without having to reformat?

I would ignore what you friend is telling you in future. He doesn't know what he is talking about. All you need to install a second OS, any OS in fact including Linux if you so desire, is some free space to put it on.

As Jam say, all you need do is install Windows in the free space and a boot manager will be set up automatically.

Even if you did reformat you would end up in the situation as you are now, with two partitions and Windows XP on one and nothing on the other. Whether you created the partition with Windows XP or some third party partition manager makes little difference.

Stuart


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#4
January 23, 2010 at 05:42:44
Hello... I would like a take from a slightly different perspective.
I have XP Pro 32 Bit on one hard drive and would like to add a
second hard drive, boot up in the original Win XP on the old
hard drive and insert Win 7 disk and choose Advanced and
will it allow me to then install "7" on the second fresh clean
internal hard drive? THEN I would make this my primary in the
BIOS..... and I would sometime in the near future move
everything to the new huge hard drive, format the old and then
use the old drive as a storage/backup. Both are SATA if that
is a needed tidbit. THANKS

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#5
January 23, 2010 at 08:28:23
Frozen2Dream,
Does your computer have a 64 Bit processor on it?
If not you will need to install Windows7 Ultimate 32 bit.
You have listed Windows XP Media Center 32 bit as already
being installed on the Computer, which leads me to believe that is done not.

Hardwicks Computing Helps


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