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About xp installation files

I'm having a case -in a laptop with hard drive 40 gb. partitioned as 1primary with 10 gb space and rest logical with 3 partition of equal size named c,d,e,f respectively. here c is active as well as primary partition.
i wish to know if i install xp sp2 in d drive ie not the active partition and not primary partition as well , question 1. will it harm in any way.
2. where will the system files like boot.ini, ntdetect,ntldr,autoexec.bat,io.sys etc will be located.
3. in future if i happend to reformat primary partition ie c will it do any problem.
4 in future i install another copy of xp on same machine (fresh installation ) on c drive now does this installation will do any problem.
5 do both installation have their own boot.ini,ntdetect,ntldr,autoexec,io.sys,msdos.sys.
kindly give your review on any extra matter i have left in following case.

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  • rainbow99984 Apr 04, 2008

    as i mentioned in my question clearly i have no xp prior to this . i am doing the same as i wrote above acording to the question no.

    saying again

    no xp installed at first . now installing in d drive. now if possible i wish to know acording to the question numbers i asked what will happen on the way i will do.

    cause i did but not clearly understand what happend.

    so please let me know. thanks in advance.

  • rainbow99984 Apr 04, 2008

    thanks for reply but can you plz answer by the question number to be specific.
    thanks again


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If you are alrdy running xp on drive c which i suppose is your primary, when you try to install xp again it will prompt you and confirm if you want to either upgrade or repair. if youy choose repair it will opt you on the same location wer your OS is right now. if you wish a clean install and windows will detect previos version which wil surely find the one in your primary, select the option to install in the drive you wish to install, pressumeably D. after you finish installation, all windows files everythoing will be copied in D. you can erase your C anytime. all systems files will be in your D or where you actually reinstalled windows now. everytime you install windows it will always boot on the last installed. in fact the original systems files in your primary will be changed thus will not boot from there but the new one.

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  • Redentor Rivera Apr 04, 2008

    sorry about the xp thing. your old system files will no longer be active soon as you install your XP. it will still be in the same location as before. your new active system XP files will be in the drive wer you will install the xp. soon as you reboot your system it will now boot XP, you can still access your primary and browse. be careful now, all the drivers of your laptop is in the original OS. if you do not have the support CD of your laptop you could get into trouble installing the drivers. unless your option to install XP is to upgrade. and if you are upgrading then it will go to the previous location of your OS, not in the specific drive you wish to install. check first your support materials for your laptop.

  • Redentor Rivera Apr 06, 2008

    2. your old systems file autoexec.bat etc... will be in the same location of your old OS in this case primary.

    3. problem with what? the OS, no because when you changed to XP or another OS, you are booting on your other partition maybe d,e f... and your OS does not need C to boot.

    4. the same situation now when you installed XP. when you are prompted to choose which drive you want to install XP, once you select C then your system will boot on your C not on D anymore. going back to the same question of 2-3, the systems files autoexec. etc...of XP on your logical partition will no longer be used. it will be the fresh autoexec and everything of new install XP that will be used.

    everytime you install your OS in any drive, all systems files will be there. but whenever you install and make use of that, the old systems files fill be renamed... the extension files that is why it will not boot up there. the system will boot with the right systems file names. Each installation will have its own boot.ini,ntdetect,ntldr,autoexec,io.sys,msdos.sys.
    in its own directory where it was installed but as i said the extension files will be renamed because you have installed a new OS.


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