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Hi, im upgrading the family computer from XP to 7 and i need some help. Could i install windows 7 on a separate hard drive and boot from that one and just leave the ld one, with xp installed and all our programs on it and still use the programs normally?

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You can have both OSes installed, but many programs you now have on the XP install won't run in Win7. You might try to run them with XP compatibilty, but it won't work for all of them.
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Ok, so can i put in the xp install disk and "repair" xp but not delete the files or programs already on the hard drive? it is using a different cpu and mobo (intel to amd) so would repairing it fix the driver issues?
    
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Ok, so can i put in the xp install disk and "repair" xp but not delete the files or programs already on the hard drive? it is using a different cpu and mobo (intel to amd) so would repairing it fix the driver issues?

Probably not, windows 7 is incapable of switching between intel and amd without a fresh install and I could only imagine that XP would fall short as well. You could do a fresh install of xp and then install your xp only software if you needed to, but it would have to be some very old software to not work on w7, I play command and conquer Tiberium sun from 1999 on my w7 machine.
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repair the drivers issue, no. You'll have to install the drivers missing. You can find them on the board's manufacturer site usually. If it's giving you a BSOD before the welcome screen, then you can try to repair Xp with the disk.

Edit: Passed the part where you said you were going from intel to amd... Yeah, most probably you'll end up with a BSOD right before entering windows, but it can work. I recently changed a HDD with XP from an AMD nVidia chipset to a Intel LGA775 and it only needed to install a few drivers once it booted windows. but you can't know for sure.
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