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    Hey there,

    I'm looking at giving Windows 7 a try, however I'd like to be able to switch between 7 and XP on my laptop before I decide to jump to 7 full-time.

    I know I can dual-boot between the OSes but I'd like something a little different.

    I want to clone the XP install and upgrade from XP -> Vista -> 7 on one of them, keeping the other seperate.

    I don't want either install to be able to 'see' or affect the other.

    I'm sure I need a Boot Manager for this - but I have no idea of which ones are good/bad or how I'd actually accomplish this.

    I know how to clone XP to another partition without issue, it's just the whole 'boot manager' process that confuses me a little.

    Any help or advice here would be appreciated.

    Az

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    Quote Originally Posted by azrael78 View Post
    Hey there,

    I'm looking at giving Windows 7 a try, however I'd like to be able to switch between 7 and XP on my laptop before I decide to jump to 7 full-time.

    I know I can dual-boot between the OSes but I'd like something a little different.

    I want to clone the XP install and upgrade from XP -> Vista -> 7 on one of them, keeping the other seperate.

    I don't want either install to be able to 'see' or affect the other.

    I'm sure I need a Boot Manager for this - but I have no idea of which ones are good/bad or how I'd actually accomplish this.

    I know how to clone XP to another partition without issue, it's just the whole 'boot manager' process that confuses me a little.

    Any help or advice here would be appreciated.

    Az


    I wouldnt bother upgrading XP to vista as it can cause lots of problems. If i was you I would simply boot gparted disk make another partition and install windows 7, then transfer what files and setting you need via a usb drove or you could create a swap partition that both OS's can see.

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    Could virtualise it? Or use RIS/WDS to image the XP machine, then RIS a new partition with XP on again, then upgrade the new partition to Windows 7?

    Try Virtual PC for Windows if you want to try Windows 7 virtualised.



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