Installation :: Installing Over 8.1 In Dual Boot With 7

Jul 30, 2015

I have a dual boot 7 and 8.1, which are on separate drives. I'd like to keep 7 and install 10 over 8.1, I have downloaded 10 on usb. My question is do I have to disconnect the windows 7 drive before I try to install 10?.

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