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Windows 7: Upgrading to 7 Professional on a multiboot

16 Mar 2010   #11
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, it should work.


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16 Mar 2010   #12
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

I'm sorry but I'm not sure what I'm looking for on the disk management window. I did notice that the S: drive is only 1.46 GB, which should mean that it is not the XP partition correct?
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16 Mar 2010   #13
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Correct.

Don't worry about EasyBCD at this point. If everything goes the way it should, you won't even need to use it.
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16 Mar 2010   #14
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

Ok, and (hopefully) the last question, I was looking at a tutorial (Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista) and it said to perform a clean install if you wanted to install on a specific partition, but I wanted to upgrade so that all my files transferred. Will that be a problem or will I have to clean install in order to get it to install on the specific partition? (in this case E:\)
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16 Mar 2010   #15
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well you cannot upgrade directly from XP to 7. In theory, you could upgrade from XP to Vista, then from Vista to 7, but it is not recommended. You'd be better off just doing a clean install.

If you install on the XP partition without formatting, you data will be saved automatically in a folder called Windows.old, in the root directory of C.
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16 Mar 2010   #16
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

Well currently I use Vista as my main OS and would be installing from Vista, I just wanted to delete XP as I have no need for it anymore. Does the fact that XP is installed mean I cannot perform an upgrade from Vista Business to 7 Professional?
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16 Mar 2010   #17
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you are performing an upgrade, it will be installed on top of your Vista partition. You will not be able to install to the XP partition unless you do a clean install: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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16 Mar 2010   #18
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

Ok, so if I decide to perform a clean install as opposed to an upgrade, I would be able to keep Vista as a multiboot option, correct?

And also, if I formatted the partition E: (I don't need anything on that particular drive) and installed 7 on E:, the other drives (C:, G would stay the same and retain all of my files, correct?
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16 Mar 2010   #19
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yep, everything is correct.
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16 Mar 2010   #20
himynameisminh

Vista
 
 

Thank you very much for all your help! I'll format the partition now and get started on the installation then
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