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Windows 7: Remove Windows XP from Dual Boot

02 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Remove Windows XP from Dual Boot

I have a dual boot setup with Windows XP and Windows 7 and would like to remove the Windows XP partition to free up space for Windows 7 storage as well as me not using (OR ever booting into) Windows XP anymore.

Below is a screenshot of my Disk Management screen. Your help is greatly appreciated!





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02 Aug 2010   #2

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Warning: Make sure you backup your Data first.
You may need to copy boot files from XP drive to your Windows 7 drive, before deleting the XP drive.
1) Make sure you have these files on the Windows 7 partition.
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2) Mark the Windows 7 partition ACTIVE,
Partition - Mark as Active
3) Boot to DVD,& open a Command Prompt,
Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
or
Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)
4) Delete Win XP partition,
Partition or Volume - Delete
5) Than do a startup repair.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Your OS should be on Disk 0, but it is not.


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02 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Would I be able to shrink the XP volume down by ~100GB to just make room on the Windows 7 partition for now?

Or will shrinking the partition mess things up?
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02 Aug 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can only extend C: to the right. not to the left.
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02 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Argh, go figure.

Okay now I need to find my Windows 7 DVD -- thanks again!
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02 Aug 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

To recover XP disk space and System MBR into Windows 7, first back up all files and a Windows 7 Backup Image externally.

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD, boot PW, select 1 for screen resolution.

Right click XP partition>Delete, OK.

Right click Windows 7 partition>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Right click Windows 7 partition>Resize, drag left grey border all the way to the left over deleted XP space, Resize right border if desired, OK. Apply all steps.

Now boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Windows 7 starts up.

System Repair Disc - Create
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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