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#1 esmo


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

I presently have xp sp3 installed on my c:\drive. No problems. I want to install win 7 in addition tp xp on an existing second hdd (D:\) which is currently in use for storage only, and is not bootable. I do not now have enough room on my c:\ disc to add win 7, (although I can probably enlarge the c:\ to accommodate win 7 also if this would be a better solution.) How do I do this so I can boot from either hdd. When I learn enough to be comfortable with win 7, I will probably want to remove the xp without affecting the win 7 installation. Is this doable? Thanks, Esmo

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#2 Allan


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

1) First thing you want to do is find out if your hardware supports W7. Then you need to make sure there are drivers available for W\7

2) Given a choice, you don't want to install both OS's on the same drive - so that's fine. As long as you intend to kill your OS installation at some point, just play around with Windows 7 and if you decide you like it you can uninstall it from the second drive and reformat C: drive at some point down the road and then install it there.

3) When you install the second OS it will install it's own boot loader / manager that will give you a choice of which OS to load at boot.

Edited by Allan, 26 December 2012 - 05:04 PM.

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