Upgrading to Windows 7 from XP on Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by MikeyBoy117, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. MikeyBoy117 macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
    Hey guys. Can you use a Windows 7 upgrade disc to upgrade XP on bootcamp? I don't want it to delete OS X. Just being careful.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You can't upgrade unless you upgrade to Vista first. Best thing to do is make a backup of your XP and then do a fresh install of 7 and then reinstall apps/games.
  3. MikeyBoy117 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
    Not necessarily upgrading

    I don't want to upgrade. I know it erases if you don't have Vista. I want it to write over XP and was just wondering if it could erase OS X.
  4. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    Good, because using the "upgrade" option is always a terrible idea in the first place. But anyway, you potentially could, but you just have to be sure to select the correct drive to format and then install on.

    After you've ran the Boot Camp Assistant and created a Windows partition, and once you've gotten to the Windows Installation Screen, you'll probably see a couple of partitions listed. Boot Camp Assistant will call the Windows partition "BOOT CAMP" in all caps. Just be sure to select that partition.
  5. valvehead macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Backup your OS X data and it becomes a non-issue. ;)

  7. JessicaD macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2009

    Please note that when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 you will not have an "in place upgrade" option. You will however have the option to select "custom" install when prompted. The Windows 7 install process will then copy all of your data in "My Documents" over to a Windows.old folder within Windows 7 itself. All applications and documents stored in other locations will have to be reinstalled / transferred manually.
    For more information on the Windows 7 Upgrade, please go here: http://bit.ly/3DvynK

    For additional assistance with the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7, please go here: http://tinyurl.com/mhbep4

    Microsoft Windows Client Team

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