Best way to upgrade BOTH XP and Mint on double boot?

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Best way to upgrade BOTH XP and Mint on double boot?

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Right now I've got my laptop double-booting with XP and Mint 10. I'm considering not only upgrading to Katya when it comes out but also upgrading XP to Windows 7 (I hav 7 on other computers and like it better than i thought I would). I still need Windows for a few tasks and can't do without it completely.

So what I'm wondering is, what's the best way to do this without messing myself up too much? Should I do XP-->7 first, then Julia-->Katya? Or does it matter? (Originally, i had XP on this laptop first, then added Mint.)

Here are the partitions I have now.
I also have an outboard 500 GB drive, to which I can back up my current data so they don't get wiped accidentally.

As you can see, I don't have a separate /home, but I do have a separate data partition. Actually, in a sense, I have two "data" partitions. There's an NTFS partition called MusicPhotoVideo, which both OSs mount and therefore share. The ext4 Data partition is only for Mint's use. My initial thought is that i could first back up my Mint and my XP data to my outboard drive. Then I could install Windows 7 in the current XP partition, and 7 would see and mount the NTFS MusicPhotoVideo partition when it runs. Next, I would restore my Windows data to the new W7 install. Finally, I could install Katya in Julia's current partition (/), leave the swap partition alone, and tell Katya to mount Data and MusicPhotoVideo but not to format either one. Then i could restore my backed-up Mint data, and any software.

Does this sound like a good way to go about things, or is there a better way?

Thanks for any input.

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Re: Best way to upgrade BOTH XP and Mint on double boot?

Post by Aging Technogeek »

Sounds like a good plan. Installing Win7 will, of course, destroy your Grub installation, but installing Katya will rebuild Grub. Using a separate Data partition makes the entire transition easier also.
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