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Windows 7: Files associated with booting?


25 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 
Files associated with booting?

Alright, I've got 2 partitions, one for XP, and one for 7. The XP partition comes before 7, therefore, if I delete it, I'll need to restore the MBR, as I learned in some of my previous posts. Is it possible, that I could just delete the operating system files, and shrink the partition to 100MB, while leaving the files associated with booting right there, and have my 7 partition boot perfectly fine? If so, which files should I NOT delete? ntldr.. etc.. Help would be appreciated.

~TA


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25 Nov 2009   #2

XP-Vista-W7
 
 

The boot files are located in the "Boot" folder on the root of the drive. If XP was installed before Windows 7, then this folder will be on both partitions.

Removing XP and leave Windows 7 bootable can be a trick, most likely the Xp partition is the "Active" partition, this can be verified in disk management.

What you can do, I just did it to my PC, in disk management, set the Windows 7 partition as active, right click on the partition in the lower pane, select "mark as active"
Then, use easyBCD to rebuild the bootloader so you can remove XP partition.

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

once installed open easyBCD, go to the Add/Remove entries tab, highlight the XP entry, (may be called something else like previous windows) and hit the delete button.

Then go to the Manage Bootloader Tab, and tick the "reinstall Vista bootloader" radio button, then hit the "write MBR" button.

Now you can go back to disk management and delete the XP partition.
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25 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

Ah. Well, I already have EasyBCD, so, what exactly would I go about doing with it?

Edit: Nevermind, I read the rest of your post. >_>
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25 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7, Linux
 
 

Delete the partition and re-size, then use the windows 7 install cd (assuming you even have one) to re-install the BCD. It should work, as it should find the Windows 7 OS and install the BCD accordingly! It's a feature you have for that "just in case" moment where you screw up. When you go do re-install the BCD just insert the Windows 7 disc at boot, when you get to the installer screen you have that "repair" option somewhere below, just click on that and you should get to a fix BCD option. If not here:

Recovering the Vista Bootloader from the DVD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

BAM it's that easy.
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25 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mushroomboy View Post
Delete the partition and re-size, then use the windows 7 install cd (assuming you even have one) to re-install the BCD. It should work, as it should find the Windows 7 OS and install the BCD accordingly! It's a feature you have for that "just in case" moment where you screw up. When you go do re-install the BCD just insert the Windows 7 disc at boot, when you get to the installer screen you have that "repair" option somewhere below, just click on that and you should get to a fix BCD option. If not here:

Recovering the Vista Bootloader from the DVD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

BAM it's that easy.
I'm actually afraid to mess with this, because this is my only computer, and if I screw it up due to misinformation or misunderstanding, I'm screwed. So I need to be certain and have precise directions on how to successfully do this. Also note, my printer is broken, therefore I cannot print anything out.
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25 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7, Linux
 
 

Well if you want, do a google search on making WinPE discs, they can help you out a ton when in this situation.
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25 Nov 2009   #7

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

It is quite straightforward.

In Disk Management Rt click 7 partition and Mark it Active.

Run startup repair from the 7 dvd 3 times.

That's it.

After that , you can do what you like with the XP partition.



Hope it helps



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheAnonymity View Post
Alright, I've got 2 partitions, one for XP, and one for 7. The XP partition comes before 7, therefore, if I delete it, I'll need to restore the MBR, as I learned in some of my previous posts. Is it possible, that I could just delete the operating system files, and shrink the partition to 100MB, while leaving the files associated with booting right there, and have my 7 partition boot perfectly fine? If so, which files should I NOT delete? ntldr.. etc.. Help would be appreciated.

~TA
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi,

It is quite straightforward.

In Disk Management Rt click 7 partition and Mark it Active.

Run startup repair from the 7 dvd 3 times.

That's it.

After that , you can do what you like with the XP partition.



Hope it helps
And you're absolutely SURE nothing can go wrong with this, if done correctly?
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25 Nov 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes.

Check in Disk Management now and see if XP partition is labelled System.

After you do the above steps and boot back into 7 - the 7 partition will be System.


You could do exactly the same using commands - there's no need as startup repair will do them for you.
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25 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

Yeah, my internet actually went down after my last post, but I wanted to let you know I've got it all sorted out now. Thanks for your help
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