Saturday, May 02, 2009

Windows 7 RC new install over XP does not require a blank partition

Awesome! 

I can use the Custom Installation option of the Windows 7 Installer to install into my existing Windows XP partition.  It will rename the existing Windows folder to a folder named Windows.OLD, and all my applications will need to be reinstalled, but at least all my files will still be there in case I neglected to back up something important.  I did not want to bring over any inefficiencies from the prior XP install anyway, so this option is great.  Thank you Microsoft!

Hope that helps,

Joe Kunk
Microsoft MVP VB
Okemos, MI  USA

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