Fresh Installation of ML: Will WinXP survive?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by keaide, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    I wonder if I can do a fresh installation of ML from scratch and still keep using the WinXP that I did set up with Snow Leopard and Boot Camp?

    XP survived the upgrade from SL to Lion without problems but now I would like to do a fresh installation and the release of ML seems to be a great opportunity. But I would not liked to also set up the Windows partition again (way too time consuming and I would need to buy a Win7 license). So I wonder if I could just keep using the WinXP that I have? will it survive?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2007
    When I clean installed Lion on one partition whilst I had windows 7 on the other, it wiped both. So I'm guessing it in your case it would remove windows xp. Not sure though as I haven't used ML.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    Arg! That's really some bad news. Is there a way to kind of backup the WinXP partition and then put it back later?
  4. Mal
    macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Must have been a mistake then, because that's not the way it's supposed to work. When you erase a partition, it only erases that partition. The installer doesn't wipe anything, so I suspect you either repartitioned the drive (removing the Windows 7 partition), or erase the wrong partition. It's also possible it was a weird bug, but that's definitely not normal behavior.

    OP, I wouldn't expect it to wipe out your Windows partition, but definitely have a backup just in case.

  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    Can I use something like carbon copy cloner to make a backup of the WinXp partition and then just somehow copy the partition back in case ML should erase my WinXP (sorry, I've never make a backup of a partition before)?
  6. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    I don't think you can use CC to backup a windows partition. Not sure though, don't use it.

    But back to the original scenario... Upgrading to ML should leave all partitions alone except the "one" partition you're choosing to upgrade.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    I forgot to mention: I also would still like to be able to boot into WinXP... hope that Mountain Lion will not touch that as well...
  8. macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    Yes, I know. But I felt like it's time to give it a fresh start.
  10. macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2008
    I just did a clean install of ML on a MBP running two partitions: one OS X Lion and one Windows 7. Erased the contents of the Lion partition and then did a clean install onto that partition and I can boot into both OSes just fine.
  11. macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2012
    well win clone now you have to pay for it just like ccc wtf!

    any ways... ummm

    make a backup of xp and if you need to reinstall then do it, I know with bootcamp now you must give a 7 disk but before the install starts after the computer reboots go back to OSX and then unload the 7 disk then boot off the xp disk via starup disk or holding option at boot.

    IF you lose windows.

    I doubt it though.
  12. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    Thanks for your answers. So then I will give it a try next week.

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