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Windows 7: Replacing XP with Windows 7 using new hard drive.

18 Feb 2015   #1
Stumann

Windows Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Replacing XP with Windows 7 using new hard drive.

I have a custom built desktop running XP-Pro 32 bit. I would like to replace my hard drive and load Window 7 Home Premium 32 bit on it. If I decide I don't like the way thing are working, can I just put my old hard drive back in and expect it to work like nothing happened, or will Windows 7 change something on the motherboard that will cause an issue?


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18 Feb 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Sure, you could just stash the XP hard drive in the closet.

Or you could make an image of it and then re-use the drive.
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18 Feb 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows 7 does not change anything on the motherboard.

Your old drive will work just fine.

Believe me, you won`t go back to XP :)
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18 Feb 2015   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

The same tips here for Clean Reinstall Windows 7 will assure you get and keep a perfect install.
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18 Feb 2015   #5
Stumann

Windows Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I'd glad to hear it will work. I'm having some difficulty, however. I got another hard drive, unformatted. I formatted it with XP (the long format). I tried to load Win7 and I got the message "Setup was unable to create a new system partition...". I went back into XP and made sure it was Basic, not Dynamic. I created a single partition of the entire drive, still the same message. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? Does it need to be formatted on Win7?
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18 Feb 2015   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Possibly, the XP formatting is a bit different. Try deleting all partitions during Steps 7/8 of Clean Install Windows 7 which are the illustrated steps for actual install operation.

This is all discussed including possible partition schemes that work best in Clean Reinstall Windows 7. By studying that tutorial first, you'll be up to speed on what we've learned works best in six years here during which this became the top tech forums in history.

If you have further problem you can Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.

You don't have a UEFI BIOS, correct?
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18 Feb 2015   #7
Stumann

Windows Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Only BIOS.
Yes, I will study the Clean Install instructions and let you how that goes. Thank you one and all for your help.
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19 Feb 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You should have gotten a window asking you to initialize the new drive, it`s probably setup as GPT and needs to converted to MBR.

Convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk

There was no reason to use the XP disc on it at all.
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19 Feb 2015   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If no UEFI then you don't need GPT formatting, only MBR.

Deleting all partitions during the booted Clean Install Windows 7 with only the target drive plugged in should suffice.

If not Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums.
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20 Feb 2015   #10
Stumann

Windows Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I'm getting closer!!! I had to go into BIOS and change SATA controller from IDE to ACHI. Windows 7 is now loaded on my new hard drive. I had to change SATA controller back to IDE to get XP to load, but now Win 7 loads while it's still set to IDE, so all is well. Now, how do I hook up both hard drives so I don't have to keep unplugging one and plugging in the other? I'm scared to plug them both in at the same time, ("crossing the streams").
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