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I have Windows Vista and I'm planning to upgrade to Windows 7. Here my data is stored on two partitions, C:\ and D:\ . Most of my data is already in D:\ ; if I install Windows 7 can I install it on C:\ and have it not touch D:\ at all?

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You can install Windows 7 on drive C and that does not affect drive D.

Furthermore, you can select the Upgrade option (if you upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium etc.) and it does not touch your current data at all. But of course, you should back up your important data on drive C before the upgrade process.

The below chart shows the upgrade options:

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That's what I did on my laptop... Installed on C:, data on D: remained intact.

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