Upgrading to 7 from XP on Boot Camp

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  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

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    I have XP on my Boot Camp drive. Can I just boot the 7 upgrade DVD and install (understand it will wipe out XP) or do I need to go back to the BC Assistant and remove the existing BC partition and then repartition again?

    I'm just not clear whether I can upgrade by booting the install DVD or if I have to install via BC assistant.
     
  2. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    On the PeeCee side, there is no upgrade from XP to Windows 7. None.

    To 'upgrade' a system from XP to 7 the machine has to be reformatted and repartitioned. Heck, we've been skipping that step and installing new hard drives. It's quicker and easier.

    So: No upgrade. Trash and burn. Answered?
     
  3. balamw Moderator

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    Just upgrade by booting the install DVD.

    If you run into any trouble check the clean install guide at winsupersite and just install twice.

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  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just back up your data and boot onto the Windows 7 install DVD holding the Option key and selecting it. The install Windows 7 over XP. You can do the upgrade key hack available online if you have an upgrade key.
     
  5. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    I put in the windows 7 disc and it formatted my xp partition. However, the first few times I held the option key, it did not boot to the dvd, which apple didn't explain why. Also, during the install process, it will go through several restarts, so you have to be there for the full install, otherwise it'll boot to mac os. I think it restarted 3 times and i had to choose to boot from the dvd or the windows partition, so i just guessed the following: dvd, dvd, hard disk, and it somehow worked.
     
  6. Tarek macrumors 6502

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    At vistadude, that's weird. I just insert my Windows 7 DVD, boot from it, click install and just let it do its thing. It doesn't automatically boot into Mac OS X when it restarts during the installation process.
     
  7. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    That's if you run the bootcamp assistant to partition the drive and then directly insert the windows 7 disc as the mac will tell you to. However, if you have xp installed with a previous bootcamp partition, then install windows 7 on top of that, it will boot to the mac os three or four times if you're not pressing option.

     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    You can manually set the startup disk to default to Windows in System Preferences to mimic what BCA does. You also should only need to boot once from DVD in Windows 7 install. The first pass copies everything it needs to the HDD.

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