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Windows 7: Can I restore win7 by formating xp partition?


01 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 
Can I restore win7 by formating xp partition?

So I installed XP, and can't log on to Windows 7 atm. I understand why now. However, if I just format the XP partition, will I be able to log onto Windows 7 again?


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01 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

Do you have an install DVD for Windows 7 ?

If you do you can boot from this and use the start-up repair option to recover the Windows 7 - this should also see the XP install and automatically create a Dual boot system.

You may have to run the repair more than once
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01 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

Yeah I do at home, but I'm at my dads and would like to have it fixed today. Would it work to format the xp partition? I'm not sure if that would restore the boot files neccesary to boot Windows 7
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01 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

No, Simply formatting the active partition would actually leave you without a working operating system at all

You have to create a new boot system on the Windows 7 partition and remove the existing one on the XP partition.

Formatting will just remove the XP one without rebuilding the Windows 7 one - thus you would not have any boot files

One thing you could try is EasyBCD - have a look on their site I think there may be a way to build the Windows 7 boot system from within XP, but not sure how complicated this is

http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
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01 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate - Laptop / Stationary PC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
No, Simply formatting the active partition would actually leave you without a working operating system at all

You have to create a new boot system on the Windows 7 partition and remove the existing one on the XP partition.

Formatting will just remove the XP one without rebuilding the Windows 7 one - thus you would not have any boot files

One thing you could try is EasyBCD - have a look on their site I think there may be a way to build the Windows 7 boot system from within XP, but not sure how complicated this is

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies
Thanks!

There was a button in that program, I pressed it, presto here I am writing to you from Windows 7.

Thanks
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01 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 8.1 x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview
 
 

Glad to see your up and running
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