Quote: Originally Posted by kktk
hmmm logically both answers seem to make sense---although I am leaning towards the link referenced in the last note---mainly because there are detailed instructions for me to follow
Logically speaking---why(or how) are the 2 solutions mentioned above different from one another?
Either way will work, both have risks.
The 100MB "System Reserved" partition used as a boot partition was introduced with Vista (it was 200MB then, I think). Windows 7 was designed to use the separate boot partition, however you can get along without it. One advantage is your boor code is protected in a separate "System" partition. Otherwise your boot code goes to the first "Active" partition, in your case, into your new "Primary" "Active" partition that you would have to create (or convert from a logical partition).
To turn your current XP partition into the "System Reserved" you would use the Disk Management Utility in Windows 7. You would delete the XP partition, create a 100MB partition in its place (and leave the empty space for the moment) and mark the new partition "Active". The Windows 7 install DVD will run its "Startup Repair" for you and complete the process of making your new boot partition work (we sometimes have to repeat the process 3 times to complete all the repairs). Then you would need a third party utility like the free Partition Wizard to extend first your "Extended Partition" into the empty space left by XP, then the Windows 7 partition into the empty space. The risk here is that moving the data in a partition like this can, on rare occasions, corrupt the data. For example if there was a power outage and your computer shuts down in the middle of the move. So with either choice, backup, backup, backup!