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

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

I have two partitions on my HDD. A 'suspect' Windows 7 Home (that originally came with my 'refurbished' second hand laptop) is installed in the only Primary partition. A legitimate copy of Windows 7 Professional is (now) installed in an Extended Logical partition. My laptop boots up in Windows 7 Professional, if no other selection is made. I now wish to remove the suspect installation, and revert to having just one partition containing my Windows 7 Professional, without formatting the whole HDD and reinstallng/restoring everything currently on the second, logical partition. Is this possible, and if so, how?

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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:Dual Boot Windows XP(Primary) and Windows 7 (Logical Partition)

I would do a complete reinstall. Get your data off ( backed up ) wipe everything, make 2 partitions and install 7. All your partitions should be primary.

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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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A:Removing Extra Primary System Partition

Is this the right thread? Because this is one of the only ones with no replies

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A:Format primary dual boot partition

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

Read over this tutorial to see if it covers what you want to do:
Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

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A:Win7, XP Dual boot- Install OS's to logical or primary partition? Pro

Read the guide! Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

When XP is installed onto the first primary followed by 7 afterwards on a second the 7 boot files taking over as the default OS in the process are found at the root of the XP primary being already present. When booted in 7 you simply select the drive letter to be used for XP when going into the Disk Management tool to make that partition available.

Typically D is best reserved for the optical drive leaving E, F, G, as the suitable alternatives for a second OS's drive letter. Having two dvd burner here any secondary install on a second drive is bumped upto G while flash drives may be seen as F since D and E are reserved for the two opticals.

IF 7 is installed before XP as detailed in Method #2 you can opt to prepare the primary prior to the 7 install using the drive tools on the 7 dvd, Disk Part, or some 3rd party drive partitioning program. If the 7 dvd's drive tools are used to create the primary you will then likely see the 100mb reserved if proceeding right into the fresh install.

To avoid seeing the 100mb as a separate partition you either cancel the install once the primary is made to reboot and reload the installer to use the custom install option or prepare the primary ahead of time with another option for 7 install to that alone and no 100mb reserved is seen.

The option for not seeing XP available of course would be installing XP after 7 but then need to repair the 7 startup but need to add XP into the 7 BCD. As for not making the 100mb available in XP you simply forget to assign a drive letter during the "Add New Volume" wizard that would appear when right clicking on the DM item for it. Then it won't be mounted and initialized as a new logical drive.

If XP is installed first on it's own primary there won't be any worries about the 100mb regardless since the 7 installer only creates that on a drive found "raw" lacking any partitions for Windows to install onto already present and wouldn't be able to anyways with XP already installed.

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A:Removing Windows XP from a Vista Dual Boot System

the bootloader you are using is probably that of vista.. try booting with the vista dvd.. then go to command prompt.. type Bootrec.exe /FixMbr to fix vista's bootloader and try booting again..

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

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A:Dual Boot System - Which Partition Holds Windows 8

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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:XP won't boot in dual boot system with Vista as primary

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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.

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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..
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A:removing Vista from a Dual Boot System

Getting rid of Vista is pretty easy as the system always boots from the XP drive initially - just format the partition. You'll then need to either FIXMBR or something to get rid of the boot menu from the XP drive (the details of which I honestly can't remember, though I'm sure someone here will enlighten!)
 

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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.]

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will I have to move any Boot info from the XP partition to the 7 part and if so what files do I need to copy I looked in the 7 root folder and I did not see any boot files/folders but I did on the XP part

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.

Others may suggest using imaging software to copy over the partition which is another option.

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I hope 'Aura' sees this as his previous help (on the original computer)  had a glitch. He advised, 'Also, simply right-click on D: (which has the XP)  and select Delete'
(I'm trying this on another computer which has the same setup.)
 
This does not work as Windows says that it cannot delete this, presumably as it has the boot stuff on it? The link to see my configuration is:- http://puu.sh/iNLa7/e51a2c566c.png
 
D; is called BOOT and C: has Boot in the description.
 
Trying this again under Disk Management the Delete volume is greyed out but was not when I first tried it so Windows presumably 'knew' I had tried before - very clever?
 
Any advice please - thanks.

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.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/581869/how-to-delete-xp-os-partition-from-a-dual-boot-win-7xp-system/
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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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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

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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.

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You can not delete C: as C: is the only bootable partition.
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A:Dual Boot System - RTM Partition No Longer Available

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how is your machine partitioned?

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Quote: Originally Posted by niranjannj


I have installed Win 7 eternity x64 in one of the non primary parttions. i installed it using my previous version of win 7 x64 RC which is on primary partition. but now i want to remove win 7 RC and Make win 7 Eternity as my primary OS can i do it?


Just my curiousity, what is Windows 7 Eternity?

I hope someone here can help you!

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Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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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.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Serville


Hi, I need some advice. I'm helping my brother to set up a dual-boot of Win7 & Win7.
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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 ?

Thanks


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

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Anyone, please? Thanks.

Keith.
 

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Unfortunately you cannot change the driver letter of installed OS without it becoming unbootable.

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Any help would be great.

Many thanks
Pete

A:windows 7 partition as Dual Boot and VM

Hello prldoyle,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I was just wondering about this while answering another post. The problem is that the hardware in the VM is virtual hardware and not the hardware on your machine. Windows recognizes it as a different computer. I don't know of any way to convince it otherwise. What is the other OS in the dual boot? I believe the EULA says one copy on one machine if I remember correctly. Someone please correct me on this if memory fails.

Hope this helps.

Gary

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A:How keep DOS as partition C with dual-boot DOS & Windows 7 ?

I have to ask! Why do you need or want DOS? If it's for some apps then there is Oracle Virtual Box which runs under Windows 7 or even DOSBOX.

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A:removing Ubuntu in dual boot with Windows 7

So you have a triple-boot? Vista, Ubuntu, and 7?Do this for me while inside Windows 7:in the Start Menu search, type this and hit Enter:msconfigOnce on the "Boot" tab, take a screenshot and post it here.

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A:Need carification on removing dual boot from windows 7

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Raner777


Hi All...
The time has come to remove windows xp from my duel boot configeration.
I bought a 240gb ssd and replaced my 60gb ssd. The 60gb ssd that I removed is where my windows 7 Pro is installed. So I cloned windows 7 from the 60gb ssd to the 240 ssd and removed the 60gb ssd and saved it, If I ever need to reinstall windows 7 I'll hook it back up and just copy it to my disc ounce more. I am running Windows 7 of the cloned copy and everything seems to be just fine.
Now the reason for the post.
I installed windows 7 first and installed windows xp after.
I am running three hard drives Which are C-ssd), F-ssd, G-Convention HD ...E: is parition of G drive..
All the posts I am seeing are with windows xp first and windows 7 after on duel boot configerations. Here are some links I looked at...
Remove Windows XP from Dual Boot
Remove XP from dual boot
REMOVING XP from Windows XP/7 Dual Boot ... revisited
My windows 7 is on C drive or 0 drive and xp is on E drive which is a 200gb partition of my 1TB drive. So in my case all I have to do is delete the partition that should remove xp but do I have to do anything else to remove all traces of xp...Thanks...


Since you state you use a dual boot with the options of XP or Windows 7, you will want to remove the XP option. The easiest way is with a free utility EasyBCD which can be downloaded from;

http://neosmart.net/blog/2010/welcome-to-easybcd-2/

I can't think of any other issues you will encounter.

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A:Removing Old Windows 7 in 2nd Drive (dual boot)

Hi there

Simple - first ensure the disk is not open in file explorer etc.

Get into Command mode as administrator

Now run the following commands

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3) select disk 2
4) clean
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6) active (Only use this command if you want to install an OS on the HDD - otherwise skip command 6)
7) format fs=ntfs quick
8) assign
9) exit
Now you can use the disk as data etc without any trace of the previous OS. If you want to re-size partitions etc use GPARTED either as a bootable stand alone system or use any LINUX live CD and after booting type as root GPARTED and adjust partition sizes to suit.

Windows might do it too as the disk is now cleanly formatted -- in disk management just delete and re-allocate the partitions after the steps above.

Cheers
jimbo

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After you delete your W/7 partition, boot off of the Vista DVD and choose Repair Your Computer. This will do bootcfg for you and editing out the W/7 from the boot file.

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A:REMOVING XP from Windows XP/7 Dual Boot ... revisited

Hi there

The problem is you need to get rid of the old MBR.

1) Insert Windows XP disc and boot
2) use recovery console option when given install options
3) type FIXMBR

At this stage you won't be able to boot W7 -- not to worry as it's still there but the boot will only "see" the XP partition.

Now

4) reboot from the Windows XP disc or use a GPARTED disk

GParted -- Download

5) delete existing XP partition

6) Now install W7 install disc and chose repair system --this should re-build the boot process - and XP will now be 100% GONE.


(Before doing --please ensure you've got backups in case something gets hosed up - taking image backups is a good idea.).

Cheers
jimbo

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A:Removing Vista in a Dual Boot with Windows 7

Download and burn free Partition Wizard bootable CD, boot it, select 1 for screen res, rightclick Win7, Modify>Set to Active, OK.

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A:[SOLVED] Removing dual boot of XP, Windows 7

Try this . . Click on Start . . Run . . type msconfig . . click on the Boot Ini tab and click on Check all boot paths . . if it comes back with one is invalid, click Fix invalid boot paths

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Hi did you read the rest of the thread Solved Invalid system partition - Page 2 - Windows 7 Forums
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A:Set up a partition to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

Hi McG, welcome to the forums.
I can't really answer your questions about Ubuntu, but I recommend you start by checking this thread at the Ubuntu forum. I would save it since you might come into those problems when trying to install Ubuntu in your disc.

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pic uploaded ... any suggestions guys?

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Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image.

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A:Upgrade XP partition to Windows 7 in dual boot

Only having 20g would a issue for you, hope this helps.

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A:How to best partition the HDD for dual boot: Windows 8 & Linux

I think the partitions size depends on the further software you want to use and install.
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A:Delete XP partition from Windows 7/XP dual boot

Try this.
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A:Dual boot ... XP and 7 ... XP as primary

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Click the Start orb - type run into the search box - type msconfig in the run box - Boot tab - you can set the Windows 7 to be default and delete any other entries.

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D.

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From Wikipedia
A primary partition contains one file system. In DOS and earlier versions of Microsoft Windows systems, the system partition was required to be the first partition. Windows operating systems must be located in a primary partition. Other operating systems do not have this peculiar requirement. However, other factors, such as a PC's BIOS (see Boot sequence on standard PC) may also impart specific requirements as to which partition must contain the primary OS.

This one may load slow
Change the size of virtual memory (Page file size) in Vista | Windows Reference

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It not necessary, but if you want to try and see it
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide - Windows 7 Forums

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A:Changing Primary Boot Partition

Have you tried using the Windows Partition tool? If not then go to controlPanel/Administrative tools/computerManagement/storage/discManagement and you should be able to delete the C: partition if your using your 7 OS on the E: drive. Thats the only advice I have my friend Hope it helps

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Hello,

I have Windows XP64 and XP 2005 installed on adjacent partitions on an 80 GB IDE hard drive. I had been accustomed to using BIOS to choose the drive and EasyBCD to choose the OS. A few days ago I was unable to boot into this drive because I kept getting the error "NTLDR missing (press Ctrl-Alt-Del)." I tried using Microsoft's BCSetup2 (I think that's what it's called) but couldn't get a floppy disk to boot. Being that there wasn't much on this hard drive, other than the Windows OS's, I decided to reinstall the Win64 on the first partition. I find now that EasyBCD does not install on my XP64, so evidently I must have had it installed on the XP MCE partition. I'm wondering now how I can go about accessing the MCE on that other partition, or finding or remaking the boot loader. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for any comments.

A:How to Recover a Primary Boot Partition

Hi Arch,

Easybcd should install on 7.

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management, like this:

and of the bcd entries - type cmd in start search - when it pops up, RT click and run as admin.

Type:

bcdedit {enter}

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A:Windows 7 and XP dual boot - Win 7 partition not booting anymore

fixed it! woohoo

this worked for me....

go here Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7/Vista
and get the VBCDE and follow instructions here Dual-boot Repair Windows 7/Vista
for automatic repair.

fixed my setup in half a second. machine booted back into windows 7 directly, then used easyBCD to add the winXP option to the boot menu and back in business. Both XP and Win7 on boot menu and both working fine. Woohooo!

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A:GPT Partition Style Error when trying to dual-boot Windows 7 & 8...

Windows 7-8 dual boot description...

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I have a pre-installed Win7 machine.

I recently made a dual boot system to add Xp however I no longer need Windows XP.

Please can you let me know how to safely remove the XP partition?

A:PreInstalled Windows 7 - Remove a new XP Partition From Dual Boot

Hello pittering, welcome to Seven Forums!



The best, easiest way to remove XP and all of its code (a format will not do this) is to do a partition-specific wipe (secure erase) to the XP I: drive using the free Partition Wizard Home version; install the Partition Wizard program to Windows 7 to run the wipe from there, there's no need to boot to PW; the first link is the program download and the second is a tutorial to show an outline of the wipe process at Option Three; just be sure to do the correct partition.


Partition Wizard Home Edition

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD



Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

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Hi

My pc info -

AMD Athlon(tm) 5150 APU with Radeon(tm) R3

Motherboard Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
Northbridge AMD K16 IMC rev. 00
Southbridge AMD Kabini FCH rev. 7.2
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 4 GBytes

Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Professional 64-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)

DMI BIOS
vendor American Megatrends Inc.
version F2
date 06/20/2014

Hi

I have windows 7 installed on c drive.

I would like to dual boot with winxp.

I slipstreamed with AHCI driver.

When the windows xp installation menu loads to partition choosing page.

It shows my whole HDD as one partition.

The partition is like - Partition1 Unknown.

WinXP is not able to read the hard drive partition.

How can I fix this ?

Thanks and Regards

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A:Dual Boot both windows 7 in same hard disk different partition

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hi Windows users I Windows Partitioning. Dual-Boot has partition. active am considering triple-booting with -Windows primary and default operating system -Windows wanna use app-tools -Ubuntu virus free and can be used incase of system failure This involves creating more partitions I am no expert in partitioning and I freak out when it says Bootloader not found which I had last night when Dual-Boot Partitioning. Windows has active partition. I did a driver update its another story This morning I've cleared out about gb ready to make Ubuntu and Windows This is my planned setup -E Drive Ubuntu gb -F Drive Win gb Only problem is I already have primary partitions and the boot partition is the Windows one in the forum thread Can Not Creat a Primary Partition to Install Windows CP The primary partition was the system one This is a very similar case to mine our laptop model's are even the same except my diskmgmt msc looks like this Where my active partition which loads first is Windows I don't have any hardware such as GParted or a backup computer to seek help incase I get an invalid boot again so I really hope this works out Any more information just ask

A:Dual-Boot Partitioning. Windows has active partition.

Have you make the HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks for Windows 7?

http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/38946-dual-boot-partitioning-windows-has-active-partition.html
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If i install any files on one version of 7: updates, programs, patches, games etc.

Will the other windows 7 have access to these files? to change, alter and / or update them , any access at all?

Note:
"I am Dual booting on the same hard drive, on different partitions, not 2 HD's"

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A:Windows 7 dual-boot upgrade killed XP partition

First download the latest version of EasyBCD with automated diagnostics: Attachment 42143 Try again adding XP.

Then post a screenshot of your EasyBCD listings and full Disk Management drive map. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach files using paper clip in reply box.

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A:Dual Boot with Windows XP x2, hall.dll error on second partition

I think your initial insticts were correct; there's a problem with the HD.

Try the Western Digital diagnostics and see if it can find a problem with the HD.

Have you checked to make certain all your drivers are working correctly?

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I have to install windows 8 in an existing partition, do i need to format the partition first. What steps do i follow?

A:install windows 8 in an existing partition(dual boot)?

Hello rishabhg492

First, if there is any data in the partition you want to install Windows 8, move the data to another partition.

Second, boot up from the Windows 8 installation DVD and when it asks you to select a partition, choose the intended partition and that should do it.

Hope I could help

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A:Need to dual boot Win 7 and 8 but HDD already has 4 primary partitions

Hello mate, as a start have a look through the Method Two of the tutorial linked below for some ideas.

The second tutorial may also be a help.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Partitions

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For what it is worth, I've executed the Win 7 Upgrade Adviser (Beta), and except for some XP-specific utilities from Microsoft, I'm good to go. So ....

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So I recently formatted my Windows system and installed Windows But it seems that the setup decided to set my System parition to a separate HDD G and primary disk? to partition Move system put the bootmgr and all the boot files there instead of using the left-over MB System Reserved partition on my primary SSD that Windows had used So of course now if I removed that disk I wouldn't be able to boot anymore So what'll be the best way to move all of the boot files and system partition setting back to my old MB Move system partition to primary disk? System Reserved partition Will I need to disconnect all the other drives and do a repair install of Windows Move system partition to primary disk? Or can I manually move the files and partition settings over The old partition is still marked as Active so maybe I can just move all the Boot related files from G to the MB partition and it'll just work Maybe mark G as INACTIVE too Here is what my Disk Management looks like http i imgur com xX RsYh png

A:Move system partition to primary disk?

Changing the Boot Partition

EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

Scroll down to the register button. Click register. You don't have to enter a name or email address, just click download.

Judging from the screenshot you posted, though, the system should be booting from the 350mb partition on the SSD that is already there. Which physical drive is bios set to boot from?

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PRSRNS

A:Formatting A System, Active, Primary Partition

Hi and welcome to Eightforums.

Disconnect the E-drive phisicaly and boot your PC. This will force Windows to forget about the system partition on E. Shut down the system after succesfull booting.

Then reconnect your E-drive and boot again ==> Now you must be able to format the entire E-drive.

Another option is to diconnect the E-drive and connect it to another pc and format it. Although the first option should work.

Tip ==> When doing a reinstallation make sure only the C drive is connected. Connect the other drives AFTER the installation.

Good luck!!

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