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March 3, 2010 2:09:58 AM

hello, i want to install windows 7 on my computer currently running xp. i have 3 partitions, c, d, and e. xp is on c, and i want windows 7 on partition e. i also want all my xp data to go on windows 7, as if it was an upgrade install. is there a way to do this? if so, please show me thanks.

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March 3, 2010 2:55:34 AM

if need dual boot with xp then just move your data's from e: drive & do an fresh install of win 7 in e: drive, that enough for dual boot, why your are going for upgrade..
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March 3, 2010 3:28:28 AM

i want all my current data on partition c, to go on partition e with windows 7
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March 3, 2010 4:07:27 AM

Dual boot is better on a separate HD vs another partition on same drive. The windows xp is load on the outer portion of the hard drive which is the quickest. E would be closer to the inner part of the HD which is the slowest. Get another HD, disconnect all other drives, do clean install of win7, after is done then reconnect all drive. Two drive with it's own boot sequence. If you want to load win7, go to bios and set to that drive.
Do the same to load winXP. All data stay intact. When win7 loaded, the XP os partition just becomes another drive and all files and folders can be accessible like normal. The major problem when DUAL boot on same drive: Boot sequence is one that partition. If you decide later you want to get rid of XP. The boot sequence gets corrupt and you will lose both OS. When you do have another HD; the reason you disconnect the other drive during win7 install is to prevent windows from sharing the boot sequence. That will prevent the boot sequence from being deleted when you get rid of XP. GL
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March 6, 2010 7:43:32 PM

i see, but how would i go about dualbooting from same hard drive still? i really want to either upgrade from xp to windows 7 while keeping all my files, or dulabooting on same hard drive.
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March 7, 2010 1:48:14 AM
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March 7, 2010 8:48:38 AM

Best answer selected by allenmelon.
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March 7, 2010 8:49:03 AM

wow, that was easier than i thought...
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March 7, 2010 6:04:33 PM

Yep :) 

Thanks for the vote
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