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Windows 7: wipe and reinstall xp / keep windows 7


05 Nov 2009   #1

Windows XP x86 / Windows 7 x64
 
 
wipe and reinstall xp / keep windows 7

I have an XP / Windows 7 dual boot setup

I'd like to wipe/reinstall XP but I don't want to mess with the Windows 7 boot. Can I just use my XP CD to reinstall XP? Will the Windows 7 bootmanager stay intact?

If not, what do I do?

Thanks

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05 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Installing XP will ruin the boot to 7, yes.

What you can do is install XP, then run a startup repair.
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05 Nov 2009   #3
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You may need to pass the active flag back to Windows 7 before repairing the bootloader with Windows 7 startup repair.

You should be able to do this in Disk Management of your reinstalled XP (or a 3rd party partition manager): Mark Windows 7 partition active, then boot into the Windows 7 installer repair console and run Startup repair three times as there will be multiple issues to fix.
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05 Nov 2009   #4

Windows XP x86 / Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks guys ... I finally got Windows 7 setup how I like it and don't want to lose it! I'll repair my Windows 7 setup after I reinstall XP.

On an almost completely different topic, how does one refer to Windows 7 in forums or searches on the net? When searching for Windows XP or Vista threads, all I had to do was type in "XP" or "Vista" and then the problem or description of the problem.

How is one supposed to search with "7"
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05 Nov 2009   #5

7600.20510 x86
 
 

"Windows 7" is how I do, with quotes.
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05 Nov 2009   #6

Windows XP x86 / Windows 7 x64
 
 

good idea ... this board actually changes anything that looks like "Windows 7" into WINDOWS 7! Google, however, doesn't.
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