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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 in a partition

04 Nov 2009   #1

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Installing Windows 7 in a partition

I have one more Win 7 license to install from my retail "Family Pack."

I have created an 80GB partition on drive 0, which contains the drive C partition and Windows XP. Will this upgrade license allow me to install Windows 7 in the new partition and keep XP in the other?

In short, a duel boot choice on booting the system?


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04 Nov 2009   #2
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According to the EULA, you need to stop using the qualifying OS when upgrading to Win7. That said, many are using the dual boot method you are considering, but then bailing out quickly which requires some major surgery if you want to save your Win7 installation and move it over onto the deleted XP space.

Consider plugging in a second HDD and installing Win7 there with XP drive unplugged. You can then plug the XP drive in and boot to it by using the BIOS shortcut key to make XP boot first. You can also access your files from either as a data drive.

And it is much easier to back out of XP later by just unplugging the drive, or converting it to a data drive.
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