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Can windows XP viruses affect windows 7?

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Last response: in Windows 7
September 5, 2010 10:18:39 PM

Built a new computer and want to throw my old harddrive into the case. With this new computer i bought a new harddrive and installed windows 7. What I am wondering is if my old harddrive has windows XP and a virus on it (not sure that it does id just rather be safe than sorry) will it affect windows 7 at all? I know for certain that it does have XP on it, more then likely only has been updated to sp2.

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September 5, 2010 11:21:10 PM

Not if your win 7 system has a reputable active antivirus/ malware software...

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September 5, 2010 11:21:54 PM

Most viruses that affect Windows XP will not infect Windows 7 providing UAC is not turned off. Of course as time passes this is becoming less and less true.
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September 5, 2010 11:24:21 PM

I have norton 360 and I havent intentionally turned UAC off (whatever that is :p ). So hopefully I will be alright. Thanks for the help fellas.
September 5, 2010 11:24:56 PM

Best answer selected by cksmith.
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September 6, 2010 12:14:52 AM

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