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Have to reinstall XP to install Win7

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October 24, 2011 12:32:22 AM

I made a big mistake it appears. I was upgrading my computer, so wanted to include an new hard drive to replace my 8 year old XP OS drive and install Win7. I put in a new 750GB drive and installed Win7 fresh. I assumed at some point I would be able to put in my XP disk to verify that this was an upgrade, but that is not the case. According to Microsoft this can't be done, all my work on installing programs onto the new drive were wasted as I have to first install XP than reinstall Win7. I am not sure how to do this. XP will not install over a newer version of windows. The OS drive (C:)  can not be formated to blank status, so I am at a loss on how to get 7 off the new drive so I can put XP on the new drive so I can put 7 back on the new drive. Thanks for any tips or help!

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October 24, 2011 12:33:10 AM

every time I post here it seems to double post, sorry about that, not sure why it does it.
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October 24, 2011 12:54:34 AM

You cannot do an upgrade install 7 on top of XP. Whether you have XP already installed or not, you will end up with a fresh install of 7 and you will have to reinstall your programs.
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October 24, 2011 1:14:51 AM

Cadder is correct.
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October 24, 2011 1:22:39 AM

When booting off of the xp disk you will be able to remove the partition and reformat durring your install.
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