There's something I want to try. There's this old laptop running WinXP.
I've searched the web and some people have had problems with Windows 7 in this particular model, and some people haven't, so I wanna try it myself.
* There's a single hard drive.
* There are 2 partitions. One for WinXP (C:\) and one for personal data (D:\). This last partition is, of course, backed up in an external drive.
I know about the dual boot installation, but I want to do something else I have already tried, using different versions of Windows 7, not WinXP.
I want to:
1- Shrink D:
2- Create new partition in unformatted space
3- Hide C:
4- Install Windows 7 in new partition
5- Set Windows 7 partition as active
6- That's all.
Then, try Windows 7 and if it doesn't work smooth just delete it or hide the Windows 7 partition and set the XP one as active. All of this done with partitioning software (Partition Magic 8).
I'm not interested in the "dual boot" screen where I have to select the OS. I don't mind booting the PC with Partition Magic and hiding one OS partition and setting the other one as active.
I did check this guide: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
But I don't believe that's exactly what I want to do.
My question is: will something be messed up or should it work OK?
Thanks in advance.