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Removing non-dual boot O/S from partition....

Q: Removing non-dual boot O/S from partition....

I have a Windows 7 laptop that has 3 partitions on it with only one booting Operating System on the Hard Drive. One of the partitions contains a previous version of Win7 on it that became corrupted and I had to install my current version of Win7 on a newer primary partition which Windows boots straight into.

I no longer need to use the previous O/S and it takes up 17.6GB which I think is now unnecessary to retain (and is hogging up valuable Gigs that I could really make use of due to nagging pop-up that tells me that disk [partition] is running out of space) and would like to know if I can safely remove the old O/S from the partition and still retain the other data on the partition and how I can best go about removing the old O/S?
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I have a Windows 7 laptop that has 3 partitions on it with only one booting Operating System on the Hard Drive. One of the partitions contains a previous version of Win7 on it that became corrupted and I had to install my current version of Win7 on a newer primary partition which Windows boots straight into.

I no longer need to use the previous O/S and it takes up 17.6GB which I think is now unnecessary to retain (and is hogging up valuable Gigs that I could really make use of due to nagging pop-up that tells me that disk [partition] is running out of space) and would like to know if I can safely remove the old O/S from the partition and still retain the other data on the partition and how I can best go about removing the old O/S?

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

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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.

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.

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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 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:create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD

After re-imaging the partition to HD choosing Auto drive letter selection, Active partition and include MBR and Track0, unplug all other HDs, set target HDD first HD to boot in BIOS (after DVD drive), confirm partition is still marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts with the System Active flags onboard.

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A:Boot issue after removing original OS in dual boot

Win7 installer only updated the System boot files on the Vista partition. To move them to Win7 Mark Partition as Active (Method Two) then write the System boot files there by running from the booted DVD or Repair CD Startup Repair 3 Separate Times.

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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:Removing second boot partition

wat is exact problem
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A:Removing Dual Boot

Since you installed 2000 on the D: partition, it is going to freak if you change the partition. The Master Boot Record will show that the OS is installed to the D: partition, while the OS will be residing on the C:

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A:Removing a Dual Boot

If you are using the windows boot loader, just delete the Ubuntu partition.

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A:Dual Boot without removing 1st OS

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A:Removing Dual Boot

You quite possibly can remove the XP Pro boot sequence by clicking Start > Run > type "msconfig" without the quotes > Enter....Open the Boot.INI tab and remove the one labled "Microsofr XP Professional"...Care should be taken to make sure that you remove the correct one!!!
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A:Removing XP from dual boot

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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A:Need help removing dual boot

Unplug XP HD, set Win7 HD first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after DVD drive), boot Win7 DVD System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
until Win7 starts on its own and holds the System Active flags on its partition.

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A:Removing XP from Dual Boot

If Windows 7 partion is active there should be no problems deleting the XP partition. You have only to delete the XP boot entry in BCD.

If XP is your active partition then just do 3 steps:
1. Download BCD Editor - Windows 7 / Vista and install. It has a "Dual-boot Repair" tool. (You can do the fix in XP or in Windows 7).
2. Run "Dual-boot Repair" - click on Disk Management (shortcut to OS Disk Management) and set Windows 7 partition as active. (or any other partition which is not the partition to be deleted next)
3. Click on "Automatic Repair" (in tool "Dual-boot Repair"). Confirm. That's it.

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A:Removing Dual Boot

Yes it's possible. You just need to remove the boot screen entry for Vista using something like EasyBCD.
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A:Removing Dual boot?

Hi Emile,

hope this will help:

alternatively check here:

or here:

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

However there is no reason you can't operate Win7 on D drive like it currently is set up.

Please post a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map so we can give you the exact steps. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using Paper Clip in Reply Box.

The steps are roughly to use either Diskpart commands from the Win7 DVD or free Partition Wizard bootable CD (best tool for Win7 64 bit) to mark D: active, delete C, then recover System MBR into D by booting Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD and running Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

But let us see the screenshot so we can be sure there are no potential complications.
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A:Removing Ubuntu 9.10 from Dual Boot

One way is to right click on my computer, click on the manage option. There you can delete the section of hard drive that was allocated to the Ubuntu installation and then expand the Windows 7 drive to take up the empty space left behind.

Also you can remove it from your boot options by following this simple tutorial.

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A:Removing win7 from dual boot

Install EasyBCD on Win8, then make the Win8 partition the bootable one, delete the entry to Win7, reboot and format the old Win7 partition. This should work
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Format the partition with Vista on it, then edit the boot.ini on the c: partition to remove the Vista boot option.
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As D: is Logical, yes
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A:Removing dual boot -- still confused

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Instead of messing with all of this, I recommend you create a system image of your seven system and reformat your entire hard drive. Once you've done that you can format it the way you like and then place the image back onto the appropriate partition.

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Unless the Windows 7 is on an Extended partition, if it is this will not worh; if the Windows 7 partition is not "System, Active" disconnect the XP HDD and set the Windows 7 HDD as second boot device after the CD/DVD drive, make the Windows 7 partition the Active partition and do the 3 separate startup repairs to (re)create the Windows System boot files to the Windows 7 partition.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

I don't see a snip of Windows disk management at all.
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A:Help with removing dual boot and reinstallation

I use Aomei Partition Master and it has a function to rebuild the MBR, which includes the Windows XP bootloader. If you can get Windows XP to boot on its own, you can then safely delete the Windows 7 partition. You should then be able to re-install Windows 7 on the other drive, but when you do, make sure you don't have the HDD with XP on it hooked up so it doesn't install any sytem files there.
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A:Removing dual boot entry

the easiest way imo is using easybcd
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A:Removing Dual-Boot Choices

theres a way to reset the boot loader through the recovery console i think... google "reset boot loader with recovery console" and you might find something.
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I wasn't sure how to do it with the "System" flag being on partition D.

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A:Removing Vista from Dual Boot

Burn to CD free Partition Wizard bootable CD v.5.2: Partition Wizard

Now in Disk Management, mark C Active.

Reboot into Win7 DVD or Repair CD to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own. System Repair Disc - Create

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A:Removing dual boot setup.

This generally requires you to edit the [boot.ini] (start, run, "msconfig", boot.ini tab, [operating systems]. I've never had a dual boot setup, but under [operating systems], you should see 2 entries, one for Vista, one for XP. If you delete the one for XP, that choice should no longer be available. Check out
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A:Removing Dual Boot to XP Drive

Here is a screen-grab from disk management console. Also I should not that the my situation obviously doesn't involve the media partition mentioned in the instructions I was following.
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A:Removing Dual Boot setup

If you're saying that your Win98 disk/partition is drive C: and you now want your Win2k partition (let's call it D to become C: after you blow out the 98 install, you're out of luck. Many programs (including a number of Windows components) are going to be hard-coded in the registry or their configuration files to look for paths on D:. Changing the drive letter to C: is going to break any number of things. You could assign C: as a secondary drive letter to the existing partition, but I'm not sure if there's any value in that.

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i know that my bootloader is stored on the vista drive. i know it is in boot\bcd
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Can anyone please tell me the steps required please.

thanks in advance

A:Removing Dual Boot Vista 64

Quote: Originally Posted by dread74


I have a dual boot setup on 2 physical disks. the first install was Vista 64 bit and then i added Windows 7 ultimate 64. I would like to remove the Vista 64 so i am just using W7

I have tried to find info on the best way to do this but it all mostly talks about XP.

i know that my bootloader is stored on the vista drive. i know it is in boot\bcd
i don't know where i should copy this file too on the w7 drive. when i installed W7 i didn't use the option to have the 200mb drive created.

Can anyone please tell me the steps required please.

thanks in advance

It would be the best that you post a screenshot of your disk management to understand the situation correctly ( ).

Roughly it can be said that as you installed vista earlied, it is the primary and system active partition. For the pourpous of recovery you must need the Free Download Partition Wizard . At first, download it and burn in a cd. Without this tool , the process will be very hard.

In if you upload the disk management window, it would be easier to understand the entire situation.
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A:Removing dual boot options

Try Start Menu > Msconfig
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Yes, but then you may need to repair the boot loader. Go ahead and format, and we will work from there.
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A:Partition help/dual boot?

Here is a great option, and probably the easiest.

Deep Freeze - Absolute Workstation Integrity 100% Restore on every reboot

My question to you is, why are you letting her download anything, tell her either stop or no pc

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Hi how much space is free on the xp drive have you read through this Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums
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Delete the folder of one of the Windows copies? Your program files and user profiles are most likely FUBAR though. Better format and reinstall.
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A:What is the best way to partition a SSD for dual boot?

Originally Posted by johnson pw

After this I'm really at a loss for how to proceed to get the SSD in the state that I'd like.

Stop trying to use Windows disk management and use MiniTool Partition Wizard instead:
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free
That will solve your problem.

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A:Partition PC/Dual boot? +

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A:Dual Boot Partition

For everyone else who as a problem similar to this or you have a drive not showing up. Open the disk manager and assign the drive a letter.
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A:How will removing partition effect boot manager

Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd

I should know the answer to this question but my mind isn't working. I have done this before but can't remember how *exactly* I did it.

I took my sister's 150GB HD and set her up with a dual boot with Windows 7 and XP. She now wants me to take Windows 7 off and just use XP for a while. If I use a 3rd party partitioning tool to remove the Windows 7 partition FROM WITHIN XP, will this screw up the boot manager? I think it should be fine. Just take out the partition and extend the XP partition into the free space and it should just boot to XP. Is this correct?

Your message implies your sister's HDD:
1. Started with new HDD
2. Installed w7 first
3. Installed XP

Was this the case, or did the machine come with XP installed,
then w7 installed afterwards?

When you boot XP, with hidden/system files 'showing', does there exist
both 'ntldr' and '' and the w7 'bootmgr' on the C: drive?
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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.

Now rightclick Vista to Delete, OK., Apply all steps.

Set Win7 as first HD to boot (after DVD) in BIOS setup.

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A:removing dual boot vista correctly.

Hi nicolai,

you may want to have a look at this ...

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

which allows you to edit the vista bootloader (install and run from x64 version which should be where the Bootloader runs from as this was first install)

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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:Removing Dual Boot From Startup Menu

FWIW: The boot.ini file for overridden by the Windows 7 file, normally. The basic assumption is that XP was installed before Win 7 and the XP boot.ini file is incapable of recognizing the Win 7 install because it's newer than XP.Sooo...modifying the boot.ini file of an XP install...won't solve the problem, IMO. In fact, that boot.ini file won't even boot is the Win 7 files which now boot the XP install...and which reflect the Win 7 install that you removed.If it were me...I would simply use EasyBCD to modify the recognized boot files...or simply do a repair install of XP, which will break the Win 7 bootloader and reestablish boot.ini properly.EasyBCDI dual-boot both and have done the repair install of XP when I tired of Win 7...and I've also used EasyBCD (installed in XP) to correct a boot problem with XP after I had removed my Win 7 partition.Louis
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Is there an option to keep my files on the drive but simply remove the Vista OS folder and remove the dual boot option? Or do I need to follow process here and "delete volume" and then copy all the files across again from backup?

If I do need to "delete volume"
my first issue is that this option is greyed out and cannot be selected for D: drive? How can I sort this?
also what do I do with 11GB recovery partition and 3.54GB OEM partition?

pic attached (hopefully)
many thanks

A:Removing Vista from dual boot with Win8

Physically disconnect the old Acer Vista HD Drive.
Make the Windows 8 SSD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.
Than do a Auto Repair first,

How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

When Windows is booting OK, replace the old Acer Vista HD Drive back in as Disk 1, & make sure you mark the D: partition on the HD Drive INACTIVE:
Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Help Forums
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A:Removing Vista drive from dual boot with W7

Hello Jonmor68.

Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

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Can you post a screen shot Disk management?

Screenshot tools.
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A:Removing Vista and its Recovery from Dual Boot with 7

Hello Inspiron15.


I just finished the new tutorial.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

I just started a tutorial today (8 Sept) specific to recovering the space from the first partition on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) how to recover C: into D: but it won't be done until later today, I hope.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below, in Option Two it shows how to recover that space though it's titled as recover the "System Reserved" partition but the steps are exactly same for what you need to accomplish.

The best way would be to do a partition specific wipe of the C: partition first, then recover the space into D: that is outlined in Option Three, it over-writes everything on the partition giving you the best possible space to recover into the Windows 7 D: partition.

Have a thorough look through the entire tutorial before you start to get an understanding.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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A:{Advice Offered} - Removing Dual boot


The BOOT.INI, NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files are all hidden. Make sure you have explorer set to show all files so you can delete them.

But, before you delete them, you need to change your boot sector. To do this, create a boot disk with WinME (I do not, and probably will never, have WinME loaded, but I have a feeling it is on the third tab of the Add/Remove Software applet). Boot off the WinME boot disk and type:

sys c:

at the command prompt.

Then reboot your computer and see if you can go into WinME straight away. If you can, you can delete the three files above, plus the Win2K partition.

If not, edit your BOOT.INI file so that the Timeout value = 0. That way, it will not even show the choice, and it will feel like you are going straight in....
Though, why you would choose the VW Beetle OS, when you had the Porsche OS already loaded, I will never know....


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...
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A:7 & XP & Recovery Console: Removing XP [not dual boot]

Here's how to install windows Vista and 7 after your done setting your BIOS to boot from the DVD Drive windows 7 should start select Custom setting then you should see your hard drives that you got install in your system delete the partition with XP and any other partition that you know is ok backup your data before delete all your partitions install a fresh copy of Windows 7 hope this helps!

Yes there is a Thread that got step but step on how-to install and dual-boot look in the Tutorials
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A:Removing Vista from Win7 dual boot

AFAIK your Win7 has been installed in a "D" drive with its boot loader bootmgr in the "C" drive. Since Vista is in the "C" drive too so the same boot loader boots both systems.

I stand to be corrected but your Win7 will not boot if you remove the "C" partition, forcing the Win7 to become the "C" drive and rebuild the BCD inside the Win7 partition.

What you can do is to abandon the Vista partition and use it as a boot partition. In such a case you can use Win7 disk management to resize Vista partition to a smaller size and then expand Win7 to absorb the unallocated space. You can keep vista or simply nuke its folders but not the files in the "C" drives and the /boot directories.

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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.


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.

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A:Trouble Removing XP from Dual Boot Setup

Hello wnyluke, welcome to Seven Forums!

It's much easier than you believe, all that needs done as the Windows 7 partition is marked "Active" is the 3 separate startup repairs outlined in this tutorial at the link below; and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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A:Disaster after removing dual boot Win 8 with Win 7, Cant fix laptop..

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A:Removing Windows 7 from dual-boot 7/Vista

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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.
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Now the reason for the post.
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Remove Windows XP from Dual Boot
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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;

I can't think of any other issues you will encounter.
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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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Windows 8, 64-bit.

Used to run Win 7 on our main drive, and used a second one for storage (mainly games), however something happened, making us unable to boot. So we decided to upgrade to Windows 8, which we put on our secondary drive, and that's now the main one (boots from here, is Disk 0). When I turn on the PC, it asks me whether to run on Windows 7 or 8 (8 is the default). C: contains Windows 8, D: Contains Win 7.

MAIN PROBLEM: Since we're going to use the old main drive as storage (the one with Windows 7), I wanted to format it, but it won't let me because, I suppose, of the System files still on it (System, Active). Picture of Disk Management below. How do I format it?

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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

1) diskpart
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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.

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