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Upgrade on new hadr drive

  • HD
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
October 22, 2009 2:03:34 AM

I am upgrading my system with a new mb, proc, ram and hd. Do I have to install xp on the new hd, or can I use the original xp cd during installation? Do I have to format the drive first, or can I do it when installing win 7?

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a b $ Windows 7
October 22, 2009 12:33:37 PM

If you have Win7 already, just install it right away. No need to load XP.

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a b $ Windows 7
October 22, 2009 1:48:51 PM

you did not specify if win 7 is upgrade version, or full version (can be a OEM copy).

If it is the full version, no you do not need to have XP installed.

If it is the upgrade version - it requires the operating system being upgraded to be installed. With vista they did away with just using the CD/DVD for verification that you qualify for the upgrade. Vista had a "work-around" and I do not know if that will be available with Win 7. PS will find out when my copy of win 7 upgrade arrives.
October 23, 2009 1:53:40 AM

I guess that this means that in order to install Win 7 on a new HD you would have to install XP on it first and then upgrade to Win 7?
Thats stinks, since I just picked up a new HD just to install Win 7 on.
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