I currently have a double boot with XP and Win7 with XP at the beginning of the boot drive and Win7 in a partition behind it. Both are invisible to the other. It just uses the boot.ini file in XP as the boot manager (one less bit of sofware to go wrong!)
Win7 could definitely do with re-installing NOW! but I do not wish to do it on top of the existing Win7.
There is plenty of room after the existing Win7 installation for a second Win7 installation (I have created an unformatted area ready for it) and I would like to do this with the idea that once everything I need is running OK on the new installation (within a couple of weeks) I could replace the old one with the new one.
1) Will it work?
2) Do I go into XP or Win7 to run the installation or just use the installation disk to boot up? (yep I know to be VERY careful where to tell the installation program where to install itself!) Will the new entry appear automatically in the boot manager in XP?
3) When I come to relacing the old Win7, is the easiest way just to take a copy of the new Win7 (I use Acronis) and replace the old one with the copy before removing the third partition when everything is working OK?
I should add that I keep all my data on separate hard drives and not on the operating system partition.
Thanks in hope!