First of all, let me clearly state that I am no computer expert so
please be gentle... :-)
I have an old desktop that has Windows XP SP3 installed on it. (c:\
What I would like to do is create a new partition (d:\ drive) by taking
away some of the space occupied by the c:\ drive, install Windows 7 in
it and thus create a dual-boot system.
The catch is that I have purchased an _Upgrade_ version (as opposed to
the _Full Retail_ version) of Windows 7! To be more precise, I have
purchased the DVD version for Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade. (I am
assuming that the DVD has the SP1 version of Windows 7 on it, even
though it does not say so on the package. But that is not the most
pressing problem now.)
So, the major question that I have is: Is there a way to install
Windows 7 Upgrade version (via a clean install, of course) on a
partition other than the one that has Windows XP on it?
If so, can someone point me to a web site that has step-by-step
instructions on how to do it?
I want you to know that I did research this issue on the web. I did
find some information --but it is ambiguous! Some think that only the
Full Retail version will allow a clean install on a partition other
than the one where Windows XP currently resides. Others do not make it
clear what licensed version of Windows 7 they were using when they
created the Windows XP/Windows 7 dual-boot setup. Others do not offer
Why do I want to create a dual-booting setup, you ask? Because my
desktop is rather old and Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor has flagged some
hardware (drivers) problems. I have researched solutions on the web
and found some answers, but I don't know if they will work till I
install Windows 7 on the machine. Therefore, I want to be able to use
Windows XP till I know that everything works fine with Windows 7.