Install Windows® 7 Without Formatting
Get to know more about installation of Windows 7 without formatting the computer hard disk
An upgrade installation performs an upgrade of Windows. This results in reinstallation of Windows without formatting the partition: if possible settings, personal files and installed programs are transferred to the new installation. Although this sounds attractive, problems from previous Windows installation could be imported as well. It does not technically need to format the drive, but it will entirely write over your XP installation unless you do it as a dual boot. If you do not mind writing over XP, just run the installation as usual. If you have two partitions on your hard drive and you have more than 10GB remaining space on the partition that has no Windows OS, better install Windows 7.
Here are some of the features of Windows 7:
- XP Mode
- Direct Access Feature
- The Starter Edition
Most of the applications run fine on Windows 7, but still there are some applications which are not compatible with this OS. To configure this incompatibility problem, Windows 7 has introduced a new feature of Windows XP Mode. This feature allows you to run a full functional version of XP within Windows 7, with the help of a tool called Virtual PC.
Direct Access Feature
Direct Access is one of the most attractive feature of Windows 7. It is one of the reasons for compelling various users to move towards upgrading to Windows 7. Direct Access helps in establishing a Bi-Directional Link over the Internet. This feature facilitates various users to access machines remotely over a particular network.
Microsoft offers a crimped version of Windows 7 called Starter Edition. Starter Edition is designed to simplify the process of building Windows software. It is very helpful for developers who have been writing Windows code for decades but are still too lazy to follow best practices in terms of file organization and user security.
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