View Full Version : Question on formatting dual boot Win 7/XP

03-01-2010, 01:13 PM
I have Win 7 64bit and XP Pro 32bit installed as dual boot.
Both are in seperate partitions 'E' and 'C' on the same hard drive.
I was wondering what would happen if the Win 7 os needed to be reformatted (Virus, New install or whatever)
I do have original install discs for both.
Is it possible to just reformat the Win 7 partition without corrupting the XP 'C' drive and will dual boot still work okay?

Speedy Gonzales
03-01-2010, 01:17 PM
Should work, just format / reinstall Win7 on whatever partition Win7 is on now. XP should stay where it is.

03-01-2010, 01:46 PM
You might need to rebuild the master boot record is all depending on which is used

03-01-2010, 07:05 PM
Thank you both:)

04-01-2010, 07:06 AM
If you're re-installing Win7, it'll be fine.

If you're re-installing WinXP, you'll need to boot the Win7 CD and have it re-install it's bootloader, or you'll find you only get the option of booting WinXP on startup.