Originally Posted by Awaz
Quick question: I installed XP on one drive and my other drive is empty. My intent is to load windows 7 in the empty drive. Do I have to first load windows XP in the empty drive first as well?
Absolutely not. It's all described on the page I linked above. I mean, it's all described here: http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...ade-media.aspx
However, here's the "double install" method which absolutely guarantees that it works:
- Unplug the XP drive because the Windows 7 installer likes placing the boot sector on other hard drives and solid state drives if it sees them. Although, you can leave its power cable plugged in.
- Boot from the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD
- When you are asked which type of installation you want, choose "Custom (advanced)" (screenshot)
- At the next prompt, click "Drive options (advanced)" so that it expands and looks like this.
- With your drive selected, click these buttons in the following order just for good measure (meaning, you may only need to click Next, but do this anyway just to be sure):
- Delete (if it's not grayed out)
- Click Next
- It will then begin expanding files. It will stay at 0% for a minute or two, but then the percentage begins increasing at a reasonable speed.
- When you reach the point where it asks for the Product Key, leave it blank. This is because the Upgrade Product Key is invalid for this type of installation.
- Once you finally reach the Desktop, reinsert the DVD and literally upgrade this fresh installation of Windows 7 from within this fresh installation of Windows 7. So, pretend like you just installed XP or Vista and now you're upgrading to Windows 7.
- When you're asked for the Product Key this time around, enter it with confidence.
- When you get back to the Desktop, activate Windows 7 with confidence.
However, I am still recommending that you try one of the other two methods as described on the page I linked above. The method I just described is the "double install", but the page I linked has two other methods above it to try before trying the double install that might work which would mean you wouldn't have to sit through the upgrade installation which takes like 2-3 times as long.
So I guarantee
you that this will work when starting with a clean, fresh hard drive that has never even been used. Additionally, there is absolutely nothing else that you need to do. So that means I didn't leave anything out which means if you're wondering if you'll need your XP Product Key, then the answer is no.Edited by TwoCables - 3/16/11 at 9:22pm