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Windows 7: How to install RTM over RC/XP dual-boot?


19 Oct 2009   #1

Windows XP Pro 32-bit
 
 
How to install RTM over RC/XP dual-boot?

I have Win XP 32-bit set up in a dual boot with a Win 7 RC. How would I go about installing the RTM over the RC and keep the dual-boot setup?

I assume that I can say, "please wipe out the Win 7 RC that is already there", correct?


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19 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

How to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release)

However keep in mind that you can use the activated RC to launch a WIndows 7 Upgrade, as MS has announced. You might want to go that route because with the RTM your only option is to insert a retail Ultimate key, which can also be done.
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19 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 HP, Windows 7 HP, Windows 7 Ult
 
 

Here's a link that includes changing the registry to accept any version:

Icrontic Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to any retail version

This doesn't really answer your initial question of whether the dual boot will remain in effect - that is a function of which OS was installed first. If you installed XP first, the dual boot info should be in that partition, and it may all work out. I've not tried it, so I can't say what an upgrade will do to the boot record.
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19 Oct 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

I have replaced or done upgrade Repair install on Windows 7 in a dual boot with XP many times and it works fine as long as it is last installed.
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20 Oct 2009   #5

Windows XP Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote:
it works fine as long as it is last installed.
By "it" I assume you mean Windows 7?
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20 Oct 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by desertjedi View Post
Quote:
it works fine as long as it is last installed.
By "it" I assume you mean Windows 7?
yes.
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23 Oct 2009   #7

Windows XP Pro 32-bit
 
 

This turned out to be a no-brainer. No special expertise was needed. Simply choose "Custom" and let 'er rip.
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