| By Fred Langa |
Everything needed to give Win7 the freshest-possible start on your XP system is included right on the Windows setup disc.
By skipping the Win7 setup defaults, you can even selectively repartition and reformat your XP drive(s) to give Win7 a totally clean slate.
Give Win7 a clean start when upgrading from XP
Most of the process of making the move from XP to Win7 is very well documented. See, for example, Microsoft’s detailed tutorial, “Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7.”
Unfortunately, such how-tos sometimes fire-hose so much information at you that important details can get lost in the deluge. That’s what prompted reader John G’s plea.
- “We need an XP scenario for an application to wipe out the hard drive (and for showing how to use said application) so we can boot from our Windows 7 DVD to install a fresh copy on a clean disk.”
Whenever making a significant change to your PC, the first step is always the same: make a complete backup of your current system (XP in this case) to a safe location — DVDs/CDs or a physically separate internal or external hard drive that does not include the Windows OS partition.
With that done, boot the XP system from your new Windows 7 setup disc. Follow the prompts until you get to the dialog box shown in Figure 1, and then select the Custom (advanced) option.
Figure 1. Choose Custom (advanced) to start your clean Win7 installation.