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Windows 7: How to remove xp from dual boot with Windows 7

23 Oct 2011   #21
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hi Gregg, Just came back from an out of body experience..... everything went great with PW move and resize etc and I created the new partitions for win 8 and a data partition for the balance.
Then I rebooted and the fun started there.... it came up BSOD - so I ran windows repair CD hoping to do the 3 times trick - but it did not fix the problem after about 6 reboots (or more) until it said it could not fix the problem. Then I tried the command prompt bootrec.exe /fixmbr and it still did not work, everytime it booted kept saying it wanted to repair (recommended). I tried quite a while to no avail, until I gave up and did a system image restore - thankfully that worked and I am back where I started. I am sure my pressure went up a few points !! Anyway I am going to get a good nights sleep and maybe wait for any other suggestions. I would still like to achieve this sometime ....... at least I know the system image thingy works.
(I even went back into PW and tried to do a set win boot partition but it said failed to find win directory)?
whew.


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24 Oct 2011   #22
gregrocker

 

Have never heard of BSOD during PW resizing in hundreds of such operations.

Best to check the HD out at this point. Run maker's extended CD diagnostics/repair scan: HD Diagnostic

Next run Disk Check with repair switch.
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24 Oct 2011   #23
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Western digital HD check said Pass - chkdsk /f ran and I got up to answer the phone, but by the time I got back to the keyboard, it had rebooted into Win 7 again so if anything happened I missed it. But all seems well. System is as perky as ever..... !!
Do you think I should make another attempt ? Try another software ? btw I have acronis which I haven't used in about 2 yrs.
However, I will make another system image first... and do it in different order deleting the F partition and leave everything unallocated then do the move/resize of C: and when finished, create the new partitions (not that is should make any difference). What do you think ?
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24 Oct 2011   #24
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I should have said when finished moving C: and successfully (hopefully) booting back into win 7 then create the new partitions after all the excitement is finished.
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24 Oct 2011   #25
gregrocker

 

Try Applying the steps in smaller groups, or after each step. This might help.
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24 Oct 2011   #26
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Back again.... after hours of trying - it just won't happen. I did it one step at a time moved C: successfully, rebooted and straight back into BSOD. A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated. Booted into safe mode and just when I thought I was getting somewhere - Black screen with white mouse just sat there - tried again with same result.
Went into Repair mode tried 3 times each with the same result cannot repair, cannot repair. Tried the bootrec fixmbr thing again, without success - as I booted into hard drive again - same BSOD same message.
Tried safe mode again and decided to leave it much longer as it said preparing desktop - went for a shower and came back to see the same black screen with white mouse arrow. The mouse was not frozen as I could move the arrow.
at this point I figured it was system image restore once more. and here we are.......
I think I will just leave Win 7 there forever......
Anyway leave well alone.... can I then just install win 8 to a 25gig partition at the front of the drive - any problems foreseen ?? when win 8 is eventually stable in future 2012 - I guess I can then thrash win 7 at that point ? and win 8 will still be at the front of the drive hopefully.
Man I'm tired !! but I can't help thinking that there must be a way........ it all seems so simple.
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25 Oct 2011   #27
gregrocker

 

You are using the Partiiton Wizard bootable CD, right?

Please upload your BSOD information to our Crashes forum for expert analysis: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions - Windows 7 Forums

It needs to be determined with certainty what caused the BSOD.

I would want a larger partition than 25gb to install Win8, although it depends upon how many programs you're installing and whether you leave/access your files on the Win7 partition.
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25 Oct 2011   #28
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Greg, Yes - using the latest version free PW bootable cd ISO.
Ok so I downloaded and followed all the instructions in the BSOD link but I am afraid nothing came out of the jcgriff query program - I guess the reason is maybe because I had unchecked everything in the system failure section a long time ago no dumps and no reports!!
I searched the whole computer for that generated file and it does not show up anywhere, although the dos window suggested that it was sort of doing something.
Even Perfmon /report did not succeed I don't know why
Error:

An error occured while attempting to generate the report.

The wait for the report generation tool to finish has timed out.

I ran it twice..... same result.

I guess this will remain a mystery for now, unless I turn on system startup, failure and debugging and do it all over again - I'm not really ready for that repeat experience right now - I may be pushing my luck too far with system image restore. I remember when I first came on here in 2009 you had advised that I should not install Win7 on a logical partition (but I had already done it unfortunately). But it was working okay and we decided to leave it alone. Maybe from the very beginning this move was doomed to failure.
I guess the only real way to sort it out is to re-install Win 7 to the front of the drive !! but I don't think I can even think about that right now..... I have too much software to recover and to do it all over again.... Only if a real disaster happens then I will be forced into it.... but then I may still yet have to do a complete reinstall because of my planned 1155 motherboard/processor/mem upgrade/rebuild - hopefully a gift from Santa it looks like I have to exchange an arm and 2 legs for this hehee. only a few more months to go.
I will prepare myself mentally well in advance before this is due to happen as I plan to go 64bit so my 32bit win7 system will be dead anyway - right?
But thanks for the helping hand that you have always extended so willingly.
This is not my last appearance on win 7 forum !!
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25 Oct 2011   #29
rogerfour

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Oh and I will go ahead an install Win 8 on a 50gb partition at the front of the drive.
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25 Oct 2011   #30
gregrocker

 

When you get around to it I'd clean reinstall Win7 following my steps to get a Perfect Reinstall then don't turn off any of the System resources to beggar problems down the line.
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