Solved new hard drive installation

August 15, 2013 at 05:05:03
Specs: Windows xp
installing new hard disk and want to duel boot with xp and windows 7. have xp home edition and win 7 upgrade disk. can i install xp and then upgrade using win 7 on one partition and reinstall xp on 2nd partition. hard disk 160gb. yuor advice please

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August 15, 2013 at 10:00:26
If you have keys for both versions you don't need to install WinXP on the partition that will ultimately hold Windows 7. DO NOT register WinXP at this time.

I suggest you install Windows XP on the first partition. Then while in WinXP you insert your Windows 7 upgrade disk. Be sure to choose custom install or advanced options. Choose to install on the second partition. You may or may not be asked to provide proof of a qualifying version of Windows for the upgrade. If you are asked, all that is needed is to insert the WinXP CD as proof. Then you can install Windows 7 without having installed XP on that partition.

See the link below for help with qualifying products.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...



#1
August 15, 2013 at 05:18:00
"win 7 upgrade disk"
Do you have a product number for W7?

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#2
August 15, 2013 at 05:48:01
Hi geoffbradley,

As rightly asked by "Johnw", let us know if you have product key for Windows 7 and Xp.

You can upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Refer to the link mentioned below:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/...

For dual boot, the link mentioned below will help with the instructions:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#3
August 15, 2013 at 09:53:24
Why bother with XP at all? It's support life ends in less than a year. The Win7 upgrade disk can be used to do a clean install of Win7 if you know the trick, no pre-installation of XP is required. I suggest you partition & format in advance using the HDD manufacturer's software, not the Windows disk, this will prevent the hidden 100MB system partition from being created. Once you've done that, just boot off the Win7 Upgrade disk & do a custom install, but you may have to do it twice. The 2nd install will be Win7 over Win7, in effect, you will be upgrading.

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August 15, 2013 at 10:00:26
✔ Best Answer
If you have keys for both versions you don't need to install WinXP on the partition that will ultimately hold Windows 7. DO NOT register WinXP at this time.

I suggest you install Windows XP on the first partition. Then while in WinXP you insert your Windows 7 upgrade disk. Be sure to choose custom install or advanced options. Choose to install on the second partition. You may or may not be asked to provide proof of a qualifying version of Windows for the upgrade. If you are asked, all that is needed is to insert the WinXP CD as proof. Then you can install Windows 7 without having installed XP on that partition.

See the link below for help with qualifying products.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...


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August 16, 2013 at 03:25:43
to all who ansered my request for advice, thank-you and yes i have product key to both. geoff

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