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Windows XP is on the C drive.

want to install Windows 7 on d drive,

  • will it erase Windows XP?
  • will it cry to be on C drive?


  • it will happily accept Windows XP on c drive?
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Back up important data to an external drive before you install W7, just to be safe. – Moab Jan 18 '11 at 13:54
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Yes this is possible - no it won't erase XP.

1) Boot from your Windows 7 installation disc.

2) Click install now.

3) Select drive D (make sure it's the right one - look at the size if you aren't sure)

4) Finish installing.

5) Restart to see a boot selection screen. You have the choice to boot to Windows 7 or to 'An earlier version of Windows' i.e. XP.

Good luck!

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I'd also recommend giving "speaking" names to partitions, such as "XP" for C: and "Seven" for D:. This makes it a lot easier to identify the right partition and helps afterwards, since Windows 7 always mounts the partition it's installed on as C: – Tobias Plutat Jan 18 '11 at 14:23
And in 6 months, you'll look at both drives, and try to figure out which one contains which OS! – chris Jan 18 '11 at 19:37

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