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Windows 7: 'Element not found' when trying to delete old Windows XP partition

22 Jan 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Screen Shots

The procedure is to mark the Win7 partition Active, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Time.
Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

However there are unknowns which frequently exist that require seeing the disk picture, e.g. if Win7 is on a Logical partition it must be converted to Primary using Partition Wizard, or if a Recovery partition or other boot partition is present that's marked Active it needs to be considered. So it is flying blind to advise you without seeing the DIsk Mgmt screenshot.


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22 Jan 2012   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Have you tried using the partition wizard bootable disc yet ? There is no reason it won`t work.
Also, as asked, please upload a shot of disk management.
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23 Jan 2012   #13
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Hi all,

I ran Startup Repair 3 times tonight after marking the Windows XP partition inactive last night. The first time it said it had fixed the problem, the second and third times it said there was no problem to fix.

I haven't tried deleting the XP partition again yet, but I suspect Windows 7 still won't boot when I do so as the Startup Repair hasn't made the Windows 7 partition a System one and the XP partition is ACTIVE again!

Please see attached screenshot as requested:

'Element not found' when trying to delete old Windows XP partition-disk-management.jpg

Thanks in advance,
Steven


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23 Jan 2012   #14
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Have you tried using the partition wizard bootable disc yet ? There is no reason it won`t work.
Also, as asked, please upload a shot of disk management.
Yes, I used the Partition Wizard CD last night to delete the XP partition.
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23 Jan 2012   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Can you give us an update ?
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23 Jan 2012   #16
gregrocker

 

Unplug all other HD's except Win7, make sure it's still marked Active and set first to boot in BIOS setup. Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Boot into the Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk System Recovery options to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own and holds the System Active Boot flags.
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23 Jan 2012   #17
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Can you give us an update ?
I already have - above!
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23 Jan 2012   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I saw that, I meant was everything ok.

Don`t forget to click the scale on those that`ve helped you.
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23 Jan 2012   #19
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I saw that, I meant was everything ok.

Don`t forget to click the scale on those that`ve helped you.
It's not OK, no. You should have noticed from the screenshot I posted that the XP partition is very much alive and I suspect if I delete it, Windows 7 will fail to boot again
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23 Jan 2012   #20
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug all other HD's except Win7, make sure it's still marked Active and set first to boot in BIOS setup. Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Boot into the Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk System Recovery options to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own and holds the System Active Boot flags.
Thanks for the suggestions Greg but it's too late to try that tonight so it'll have to be a job for tomorrow night
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