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Solved: removing a boot partition in a dual boot system

Q: Solved: removing a boot partition in a dual boot system

I have a dual boot environment with two Win XP installed on different disks, XP1 and XP2 . XP1 was installed first and contains the boot files (NTLDR, boot.ini...) and XP2 came second. Now, I would like to keep XP2 and get rid of XP1. How can i delete XP1 since it contains the boot files? if i delete XP1 i am afraid to not be able to boot on XP2..., thanks

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A:Removing Windows 7 from the Primary partition of a Dual Boot system.

What kind of BIOS you have? UEFI or Legacy (MBR)?
Can you give us a snapshot of disk manager?
Do you have a external HDD to make a backup image of your Win 7 pro partition?
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A:Removing non-dual boot O/S from partition....

Hi and welcome.

Please post a screen shot of your Disk Management window so that we can better understand what you have.
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A:Removal of XP System boot partition from a W7 Dual boot

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. You 'll have to convert the Win7 Logical partition there to Primary first so that you can mark Win7 Active, then delete XP, resize Documents/Win7 extended partition into delete XP space, then boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup repair up to 3 separate times to write MBR to Win7.

[This is complicated by the Win7 partition being a part of Documents extended partition. You may need to include the Documents partition in all of the operations below involving Win7 partition. If you want to separate and move the Documents partition, or liquidate it into Win7 , ask back for additional steps.]

Boot PW CD, select 1 for screen resolution, rightclick Win7 logical partition>Modify>Convert to Primary, OK.

Rightclick converted Win7 Primary partition>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Rightclick XP partition>Delete, OK.

Rightclick Win7 partition>Resize>slide left grey border to the left to take up deleted XP space, OK. Apply all steps.

Win7 will not now boot, so boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots, to write the MBR to Win7 until it starts.
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A:Windows 7 not Booting after removing XP partition from Dual Boot

Why didn`t you listen to the message ?

You deleted your Active partition now windows 7 won`t boot.

Your windows 7 partition must 1st be marked Active, then startup repair must be run to write the system files to the Windows 7 partition.

Without an install dvd or a system repair disc, you can`t do that. You can easily make a system repair disc on another Windows 7 PC, all you need is a blank cd and a cd burner. But it has to be the same bit version (32 or 64) and Service Pack version as the version you are trying to repair.

Others may have another method. They will post it.

Or call your Tech

System Repair Disc - Create

Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

You can also make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD

Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition
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The boot loader(I am assuming) is probably on the Active partition.

I am trying to delete the primary partition as I dont need the XP any longer --to claim some space on the drive.

What's the easiest way to accomplish this?

A:Removing the active partition in a dual boot setup

It appears you know the primary partition is active and the boot files are there. Since you cannot make a logical partition active, then it should follow you need to make another partition primary to be able to make it active.

You can use Partition Wizard to make a logical partition a primary partition. I will assume you will choose the Win 7 partition. You can then make it active and run the Win 7 Startup Repair 2 or 3 times to get Win 7 to boot from it.

After that, moving or resizing partitions can be done with Partition Wizard, but be aware it can be risky, so back up.
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A:Removing dual-boot OS and partition to increase space

Not easily, and it depends somewhat on what was installed first, and what Service Packs were on those first two installs of Windows XP..
I assume that Windows XP Professional was the primary install, because it normally will not tolerate being second to XP Home.

If it were my machine, I would buy a new hard drive and install Windows XP Professional, then install this current drive as a slave, and remove what you want to the new drive.
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A:I want to delete my XP partition on a dual boot system

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Back up your files and a Win7 Backup Image as copying operations can fail. You will also need your Win7 DVD or Repair CD.

Boot PW CD, allow files to (strangely) load , select 1 for Screen Res, rightclick C: to Delete, OK.

Next right click G: partition, select Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Again right click G: partition, select Copy, follow prompts to copy G: into the space where C: was, click OK. Verify G: is still marked Active. Apply all steps.

System MBR must be recovered into Win7 now by booting Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, clicking through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots as it will attempt to repair and finally write the MBR to Win7.

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D; is called BOOT and C: has Boot in the description.
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A:How to delete XP OS partition from a dual boot Win 7/XP system?

The only way you would be able to delete this partition is offline using a bootable disk or USB. If you delete the D: boot partition which is marked active, you would lose the ability to boot Windows 7. In order to get Windows 7 to boot again you would need to repair it. Send Aura a PM and reference this thread if you want him to reply.
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A:Dual Boot System - RTM Partition No Longer Available

Does the RTM partition still exist? If it does, IMO, it's only missing from boot manager.
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A:Dual Boot - Can not remove one of the OS's, system partition

You can not delete C: as C: is the only bootable partition.
Logical partitions are not OS bootable.
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A:Move OS from System Partition (Win XP & Win 7 Dual Boot)

What you could do is create a small 200GB primary partition. Make sure though that you do not have already more than 3 primary partitions on that disk (check in Disk Management). Give that little partition a letter and copy the bootmgr there (see tutorial). Use the letter of this little partition in lieu of C:\.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

The bootmgr will be copied and the little partition will be activated and the XP partition will be deactivated. The original bootmgr will still remain on the XP partition, but it serves no function any more since the partition will be deactivated. Should anything ever happen to your little partition, you could reactivate the XP partition (and deactivate the little partition) and things would be as they are now.

Note: If you already have 4 primary partitions on that disk, post back and we will fix that first. Under no circumstance try to create any additional partition if you have already 4 primaries. You would end up in deep yogurt with all dynamic partitions.

And may I ask why you want to do that ??
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A:Dual Boot System - RTM Partition No Longer Available

Does the RTM partition still exist? If it does, IMO, it's only missing from boot manager.
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A:how do I delete 1 copy of XP on a dual boot system on the same partition?

I didn't realize it was possible to have the same OS on ONE partition. I could be wrong, as I've never done this before. To my knowledge you need two partitions to have two OS's. You should be able to load into one OS and delete the partition you don't need. Then you would have to fix your boot.ini file so it doesn't show both OS's.


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A:I need help deleting the Windows XP partition in a dual-boot system

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But then, what changes should I make to the system to make it dual-boot? Will that be complicated or even possible ?


A:Making a copy of Win7 system to 2nd partition & enabling dual-boot ?

Quote: Originally Posted by Serville

Hi, I need some advice. I'm helping my brother to set up a dual-boot of Win7 & Win7.
The reason for this strange setup is because my brother wants to have his own Win7 system, separately from his son who keeps causing trouble with trojans/viruses & online games. I have several questions before I do this.

What is the fastest way of installing the OS twice with some basic applications on it?
Is it possible to just re-image the first installation to the 2nd partition & make some changes on it to avoid reinstalling everything twice ? It would save time a lot.
But then, what changes should I make to the system to make it dual-boot? Will that be complicated or even possible ?


I would suggest creating a separate limited user account. Much easier and will accomplish the same thing. The following link will provide details;

Setting up user accounts in Windows 7

You can also do your own search and find several articles on "how to set up a limited user account".
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A:Removing Vista from Dual Boot but retaining progs on Vista partition

Hi Paul, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Your issue is a typical upgrade issue, Internet in general and our forums in particular are full of advice in how to do it. As there's no way you can transfer your installed programs to your new Windows 7 installation, you have exactly two options.

Option 1, finish what you have already started:Copy your personal files from Vista partition to respective folders on Seven partition. You can do it manually or for instance using Windows Easy Transfer. Notice that your installed programs will not work on Seven even if you copy them and their folders to Seven
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A:[SOLVED] Can I Partition XP 32-bit and XP 64-bit as a Dual Boot setup?

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I can't edit posts for some reason.
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A:Boot issue after removing original OS in dual boot

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A:Solved: Removing Vista From Windows 7 dual boot

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Normally dual boot would be used for two different versions of Windows and the dual boot would be set up during installation of the older version. I can't guarantee what I'm going to suggest will work and you will have to try it at your own risk. First, make a backup of the boot.ini file in the root directory of each version of Windows. Have a different wallpaper for the two versions so that you can tell which version you are in, then edit your boot.ini files so they read as follows:

[Boot Loader]

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When you've done that, reboot and see what happens. I'm going to try it on my own system with my main OS and see what happens so you may prefer to wait until I post back with the result.

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Hello Techie19

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Hi Emile,

hope this will help:

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