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

23 Jan 2012   #21
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

But you said you deleted the XP partition.


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23 Jan 2012   #22
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
But you said you deleted the XP partition.
Yes, I deleted it using the Partition Wizard bootable CD, but running Startup Repair RESTORES the partition table and hence the XP partition
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23 Jan 2012   #23
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you mark the W7 partition active when you used partition wizard ?
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23 Jan 2012   #24
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you mark the W7 partition active when you used partition wizard ?
It has always been Active to my knowledge (and still is now).
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23 Jan 2012   #25
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So what can you boot into right now ?

I would then take Greg`s advice and disconnect all the hard drives but C: and run the startup repair.
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23 Jan 2012   #26
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
So what can you boot into right now ?
Windows 7, and XP too I assume, although I haven't tried the latter!
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23 Jan 2012   #27
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well that`s what I meant by an update. I had no idea you were booting into W7 yet. Can you delete the XP partition from disk mgt now ?
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23 Jan 2012   #28
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Well that`s what I meant by an update. I had no idea you were booting into W7 yet. Can you delete the XP partition from disk mgt now ?
If I make the XP partition inactive (as I have just done), neither OS boots and my PC boots from the W7 DVD in my DVD drive.

After running Startup Repair, I can now boot into either W7 or XP (as I could before). Both partitions are now Active and Primary, as in the screenshot I posted earlier. Only XP is a System partition however.

So as you can probably guess, no, I cannot delete the XP partition from Disk Management!

Clear as mud I hope?!?

Looks like I'm taking my PC apart tomorrow and disconnecting the XP drive
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23 Jan 2012   #29
gregrocker

 

So what happens when you follow these steps I gave you?

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.
Sometimes you have to force the Win7 partition to take the System boots files or it will just repair or rewrite them to the XP partition where they still reside. You do this by unplugging or disabling the XP HD as I've now written out for you twice.
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24 Jan 2012   #30
CiaraJansonFan

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
So what happens when you follow these steps I gave you?

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.
Sometimes you have to force the Win7 partition to take the System boots files or it will just repair or rewrite them to the XP partition where they still reside. You do this by unplugging or disabling the XP HD as I've now written out for you twice.
Yes, I realise that Greg, but as I said, it was too late to start taking my PC apart last night so I'm going to do what you said tonight (Tuesday) instead. Please bear with me while I do so and rest assured I will report back with the results.

Thanks
Steven
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