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Windows 7: Netbook dual boot with download version of Windows 7?

21 Feb 2010   #1
jw888

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Netbook dual boot with download version of Windows 7?

Hi everyone

I have a netbook running XP which has 3 partitions on the hard drive (XP on C:, data on D: and HDD recovery partition) and because of this, I've been thinking of dual booting it with Win 7. Obviously because its a netbook there isn't a disc drive so I have to install it through a download version.

So before I go ahead, I want to make sure if theres any extra steps I have to take in installing Win 7 on one of the partitions. I want to install it on the D: but has some files on it belonging to XP and I read somewhere that one drive needs to be empty so if I move those files over from D: to C:, everything would work accordingly?

Any help or tips would be appreciated.

Thanks


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22 Feb 2010   #2
gregrocker
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Yes, move the files over then run Win7 from XP.

You should consider getting a 4gb flash stick to write the Win7 installer to, or a 1 gb to write the Repair CD ISO to. You really need an installer or at the very least a repair stick in case Win7 becomes unbootable.

Be sure to also make your Recovery Disks because it is possible the Recov Partition will be disabled by the installation of Win7.

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