Do I need to remove Windows 7 RC before upgrading XP to Win 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by Garymac, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Garymac

    Garymac New Member

    Jan 19, 2009
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    I am running Windows XP 32 bit on my C: drive and Windows 7 RC on a second hard drive H: , using a dual boot system. I have not even used XP since installing Win 7. All my data files are located on H: and also backed up to an external hard drive. I will be upgrading (clean install) of Windows 7 to my C: drive. My question is, is it necessary to remove the Win 7 RC installation from drive H: or can I simply go back later and just format H: to clean up the drive. It will become a data drive only.

    I will move all my data files on H: into a Public Folder first so I can copy them back to C:, as I am sure I will not be able to access them later because of permissison issues. I am right in this thinking?
  2. busydog

    busydog New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
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    With H: present you need a good boot manager (like BootItNG) to keep them (your RTM and RC) separate during installation of the RTM. It might be easier to just format H: first if you are careful to make sure your data is in a safe place.
  3. tblount

    tblount New Member

    Sep 27, 2009
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    No. Just boot from win 7 disk... go to the custom install.. I think it formats automatically.... you will know its going to format if you get the message saying all your data will be lost on c:

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