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Windows 7: Partition / disk for dual XP/ 7

11 May 2011   #1

Win XP Home SP3 / Win7 Ultimate dual boot
Partition / disk for dual XP/ 7

I am currently running XP and want to retain it as a dual boot when I install Win7 (still phobic about leaving XP behind )

I currently have Disk 0 partitioned into C: (40 Gb) and F: (40 Gb)

XP is installed on F.

Disk management calls the c: partition a system partition (It once had 2000 installed on) and f: a boot partition.

My intention is to delete everything from c: and put Windows 7 on that.

Does that sound the right / sensible way to do it, and should it be straightforward if I follow the dual boot Win7 / XP guide from this site?

Any advice appreciated.

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11 May 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Bobthebass, welcome to Seven Forums!

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.

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11 May 2011   #3

Win XP Home SP3 / Win7 Ultimate dual boot

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11 May 2011   #4


Boot the WIn7 installer to Custom install to C, using Drive Options to format the partition first as shown in these illustrated steps: Clean Install Windows 7

Since Win7 will overwrite the XP boot files which were placed on C during XP install, after WIn7 install you will need to install EasyBCD 2.02 to add XP on the Add OS tab: Accept offered XP boot files, let it autocomplete the XP drive letter, Save and restart to Dual Boot Menu. EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies
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12 May 2011   #5

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Would be worth removing Disk 1, when installing Windows 7 & replace when finshed.
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