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Windows 7: If i install Win(xp) on a new PC will it erase all from Hard or just C

19 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 ultimate 64
If i install Win(xp) on a new PC will it erase all from Hard or just C

partition? I know the partition i install windows is erased but the other partitions?

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19 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


It is far better to use a virtual freeware like XP Mode, Virtual Box, VMWare or VMPlayer to run XP at this late date.

But if necessary use these steps to Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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19 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

It will only do to those other partitions what you tell it to do. If you want to be 100% sure, disconnect other drives and only leave the primary drive connected that will be C.

But yes, I agree with gregrocker. New hardware is designed for newer OSes. XP runs like a champ when virtualized.
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19 Jul 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Chances are that you will not find XP drivers for your new hardware. So do yourself a favor and make an image of your installation ( the C partition and the system partition) before you start mucking around with it. Then at least you have a fallback.

Regarding the impact on partitions - it depends. If you designate a seperate partition for XP, you get a double boot scenario and it will not imapact any other partition except the system partition where your XP BCD will be added.

Here is a tutorial that will explain how to do it the right way: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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