Partitions and Window 7 Install

I am running Windows XP. I want to create a partition, back up my files, and then install Windows 7 64 bit. Since I created the additional partition in XP under 32 bit, will I be able to access the files in the new partition I created and transfer them to my C drive in Windows 7 (such as pictures, music, etc)? Basically, I don't want to have to back up everything on a DVD before I upgrade. Thanks for the help!
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  1. Yes, you can copy the files over afterward... but you may have to take ownership of them first. If you copy them from XP to Win 7 though... that might not be an issue.
  2. What do you mean by ownership?
  3. When trying to copy files into Windows 7 from your XP computer (Documents, Pictures, etc) you may get an "Access Denied" error or something similar. This is because you are copying files from your XP user account to Windows 7. If the account isn't password protected, then you might not have an issue. If it is, then Windows 7 should prompt you that you'll need to take ownership of the files, so that your new Windows 7 user account can access them. However, booting into XP and copying the files to your Windows 7 partition may make that unnecessary.
  4. If you are going to use both XP and W7 on the same computer, make the folders you use shared folders that you can use them in both OS's.
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