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Windows 7: Is it possible to change default OS at boot?

31 Aug 2014   #71
ignatzatsonic

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Can you delete the other Windows old folder?


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31 Aug 2014   #72
Poolemahu

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I really wouldnt want to do that because that houses all my previously installed software that I am now using for my work. what I have done however is to remove some data which was earlier in my desktop or my documents so that i get some breathing space...
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31 Aug 2014   #73
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Poolemahu View Post
I really wouldnt want to do that because that houses all my previously installed software that I am now using for my work. what I have done however is to remove some data which was earlier in my desktop or my documents so that i get some breathing space...
And this software works in spite of the fact that you think you've done a clean install?

I'm beginning to wonder if you did in fact do a clean install? Particularly because your supposedly clean C installation has 2 Windows old folders on it.

The goal is to get at least one partition empty so you can delete it. Which frees up space you can then add to C. Preferably emptying D, but any will work.
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31 Aug 2014   #74
Poolemahu

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Yes, like I mentioned earlier, I doubt this was a clean install of Win7 which is what surprises me.
As it now has 2 windows old folders and one of those folders has all relevant software that i use on a daily basis.
if i did a clean install I should have had none of those and only win7 installed.. ideally i dont think just a win7 should take around 40GB space which is the size of the C drive.
In any case I can move the data from D drive to the other drives and then club C&D to make one single C drive. That should work shouldn't it ?
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31 Aug 2014   #75
Poolemahu

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

If you see the image i uploaded on page 5 of this thread, you will see the screen i got when i installed win7.
I just selected partition1 and clicked next. I am not sure if this did a clean install but i guess it didnt.

if I need to do a clean install do I need to click "format" in the options there? and if i do so does it format just C drive (so that all old installs are gone including my windows.old folder) or does it format the entire hard disk ?
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31 Aug 2014   #76
ignatzatsonic

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I'm guessing you did not in fact boot from the installation DVD and instead ran the installer while already booted.

Yeah, you could combine C with an empty D.

But----what's the answer to the first question in post 73? Or the last question in post 67.

Do you want to do a clean install? Yes or no?

Or do you want to get what you have right now working, with no further re-installation of Windows and no re-installation of your programs. I don't even know if your programs now work as you didn't answer the question.
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31 Aug 2014   #77
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Poolemahu View Post
If you see the image i uploaded on page 5 of this thread, you will see the screen i got when i installed win7.
I just selected partition1 and clicked next. I am not sure if this did a clean install but i guess it didnt.

if I need to do a clean install do I need to click "format" in the options there? and if i do so does it format just C drive (so that all old installs are gone including my windows.old folder) or does it format the entire hard disk ?
Refer to the post number, not the page number. I don't know what you mean as I have this thread on only 2 pages.

Either you booted from the installation DVD or you didn't. I'm guessing you didn't.
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31 Aug 2014   #78
Poolemahu

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I opened the DVD tray, kept the Windows DVD and restarted the machine. when it restarted it asked me "click any key to boot from DVD" and then I got to the installation screen which has the "Install Now" option.

Sorry for missing out answering.
No I didnt not install any software. What I did was to go to windows.old folder (which I guess is from XP) and open the program files there, browse to the necessary exe and then do a send to desktop shortcut. some of the exe still continues to work normally while others dont but this was the case earlier. software like adobe reader and itunes dont work whereas my work related software all work fine.
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31 Aug 2014   #79
Poolemahu

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

sorry I was referring to post #41
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31 Aug 2014   #80
Poolemahu

Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

For the moment I will continue working as is. In future maybe I will do a clean install again and sort out the data from D drive and combine C & D. I do hope clicking the "Format" enables me to do a clean install with no windows.old folder lying around..
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