Upgrading to Windows 7

  xania 01 Aug 11

I've decided to take the plunge and upgrade from XP Pro to Windows 7 Home Premium. However, not altogether - I still want access to XP for those little niggles (like no drivers available) so -

  1. should I simply install Windows 7 in a new partition (my partitions are split over 2 drives so I CAN set it up as the primary partition on drive 2)
  2. as 1 but install 7 as a second primary partition on disk 1
  3. should I move XP to the primary partition on drive 2 and install Windows 7 as the primary partition on drive 1
  4. as 3 but move XP to a second primary partition on disk 1.

I'm assuming that Windows 7 will set up the options screen on boot-up in the same way that XP does?

Incidentially, I have noticed that my PC works perfectly well with an operating system (XP or even 98) in a secondary logical partition, so does this parimary partition issue matter in any case?

NB I don't want to have to reinstall XP but can easily move it using one of my partition managers

  c4rm0 01 Aug 11

XP on the first partition then create a secondary parition and install w7 onto that.

I would also look into VHD's so you would not even need to parition the drive you create a Vdisk via Diskpart which sits on your Disk then attach it and format it and install W7 onto the VHD

  xania 02 Aug 11

Thank you for this. VHD is not part of my plan for the present - I think I'll wait until the price drops a bit more.

  xania 06 Aug 11

Forgot to ask. Should the w7 partition be a second primary on the HDD, a primary on the second HDD, or doesn't it matter?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 06 Aug 11

Read here on how to Dual boot windows 7 with your existing XP

  john bunyan 06 Aug 11

About 18 months ago I ran a dual boot system with XP and W7 Ultimate. I soon ditched XP and have had no problems since.

  xania 15 Aug 11


I suspect I will be doing the same, but I do know I have some hardware where no W7 drivers are available so I want the best of both worlds for the present.

  xania 15 Aug 11

Fruit Bat /\0/\

Thank you very much for finding this. I will read and follow.


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