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Reformat Windows Xp 32 bit hard drive as NTFS to accept Windows 7 install.

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The emergency recovery partition may still be on the hard drive, since
Windows usually just formats the partition it is installing to. Finding it
may be difficult, might have to use a bootable Linux, like I use, Slax,
usually using version 6.1.2, available at Have an extra
USB thumb drive handy and copy the contents of that partition to it...
might work? Might need an emergency startup disk/thumb drive though,
or maybe press F12 at boot and see if the option to boot from recovery
partition is there (probably isn't).