Windows 10: How best to install Win 7=> 10 in dual boot with XP (seperate HDD)?

Discus and support How best to install Win 7=> 10 in dual boot with XP (seperate HDD)? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I currently have a dual-boot system with Win XP on one hard drive and Win 7 on another hard drive. I am looking into upgrading the Win 7 drive to Win... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Aotrs Commander, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. How best to install Win 7=> 10 in dual boot with XP (seperate HDD)?


    I currently have a dual-boot system with Win XP on one hard drive and Win 7 on another hard drive. I am looking into upgrading the Win 7 drive to Win 10 sometime in the next month or two.

    (At current, on boot up, it gives me the option of booting into Win or selecting "old versions." This has worked satisfactoraily.)

    How best to approach this?

    The last thing I want to do is screw the XP drive up; the XP is actually the primary drive (in that all the important stuff is on there); the win 7(10) drive is principally there for new games and as (one of several) data repositories.

    I have googled the problem, but not turned up any guides as concrete as the ones in which I referred to to set up my current system.

    What I have gathered is that it might be best to disconnect the XP HDD from the system before upgrading 7 to 10, yes?

    :)
     
    Aotrs Commander, Jan 11, 2016
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  2. Dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 by cloning Windows 7 to new HDD

    Old title: Dual boot Win 10 and Win 7

    Have Win 10 on SSD C:\ and a failing HDD with Win 7 and some programs I don't want to lose. I have a new HDD to use to create a dual boot. Media for Win 7 is no longer available. How do I clone the failing disk into a bootable partition on the new HDD?
     
    DavidSchott263, Jan 11, 2016
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  3. update a dual boot

    hi

    I have a dual boot system with

    C: with Win XP 32-bit

    W: with Win 7 32-bit

    It is two partitions on the same HDD

    I have an offer to update the Win 7 partition to Win 10 as everyone else

    Is it safe to accept the update or is it causing any problem to XP which I use very often

    thanks in advance
     
    Åke RagnarEriksson, Jan 11, 2016
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  4. NavyLCDR New Member

    How best to install Win 7=> 10 in dual boot with XP (seperate HDD)?

    If your goal is to get the Windows 7 upgraded to Windows 10, just leave everything as it is and run Windows 10 setup.exe from inside Windows 7. If you have room on the Windows XP hard drive, I would make an image of Windows 7 first using Macrium Reflect Free in case something goes wrong.
     
    NavyLCDR, Jan 11, 2016
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  5. I had noticed someone had a thread in which they had had problems with this sort of set-up (they had to run some sort of program to allow the OS-boot sequence to run afte installing 10 over 7) which is what prompted this thread - I'd like to try and get it right first time!

    My XP drive is pretty much full, I fear. I might have enough space on the external (one of those aforementioned back-ups), but I don't know; I'll have to have a look closer to the actual time.

    That said, there's nothing particularly mission-critical on the Win 7 drive aside from save games (which can be backed up to DVD); all the important stuff like documents and whatnot are just back-ups from the XP drive.
     
    Aotrs Commander, Apr 4, 2018
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