Louis, I presently have enough space on my c:\ drive (where xp pro is installed) to load win 7. Will following this procedure create a new partition with a new letter, or just a new folder for win 7, and still be part of the xp pro partition? When I remove the xp pro, I want to continue booting from my c:\drive. esmo
Sorry, I know you're asking Louis, but if I understand you correctly, there is a good chance that installing windows 7 to "c drive" will completely wipe out your windows xp and all your files and programs. You can't install windows 7 "on top of" windows xp and have them still both work side by side in the same directory structure on the same "C" drive. And I don't think the win7 installer will give you an option to partition your drive (ala partition magic or gparted or whatever people do) so that xp can stay on in it's own partition and win7 in a new partition. It will probably just ask you if you want to completely delete what's on C drive and replace it with win7.
I suggested installing win7 to a new hard drive, but if you really want to do it on the same hard drive, the first thing you will need to do is figure out how to partition the drive without harming the existing XP partition. So you'd make C drive smaller, and then create a 2nd partition on the same drive. I don't know how or if that can be done because I've never tried to do it. And if you do find out how, be careful because I bet some day when you format the XP partition, you'll lose the windows 7 master boot record and no longer be able to boot to win7. There are apparently ways to deal with that, but I'm not knowledgeable about them.