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Windows 7: Deleting Vista After Windows 7 Install


23 Aug 2010   #11
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Indeed, it seems to be quite simple to have to OS partition as one besides C.

EDIT: reading the above post, I wonder, could you not make a work around for the problems the two of you describe.



As Nigel has said, that would depend if prog/apps have installed to Windows 7 as K: and will look for K: and if the startup repairs change the drive letter to C: will said prog/apps still run correctly.


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23 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

If the programs are set to look for K:, and the partition is changed to C:, it can be changed back to K: with disk management.
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23 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Hi Petey,

the problem is that when the system is set up on K: all the system pointers in the registry will point to this as the system drive. It may be possible to manually reset all these - but it would be a task on the scale of rebuilding eggs from an omelette.

The system will work as is until some badly coded installer assumes that it's installing onto the C: drive and writes its information to reflect this.

Edit
Disk management will not allow you to change the system drive letter so you would have to use a 3rd party solution
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23 Aug 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Hi Ted,

I've seen it before, if you install a new OS from within an old one (like one of the special "upgrades" that were suggested when Windows 7 first appeared), then when the drive is set-up before the first reboot during install the c: drive is still active and so the installer has to use another drive letter.




Hello Nigel, good info thanks; this needs to be taken into consideration by the OP before any changes are made to the system as is.
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23 Aug 2010   #15

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Barman, you are indeed right. This is why my previous post only addressed one possible issue, and not the other. I have no clue how to circumvent an installer assuming it is going on to C:, when it does not give an option to change the install path in the installers GUI.
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23 Aug 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

My actual advice to the OP would be to seriously consider biting the bullet, and remove the vista partition and re-installing Windows 7, if only to prevent any possible issues later on.

not pleasant perhaps but probably best for the long term especially as there is such a complex drive/partition structure already in place
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23 Aug 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
My actual advice to the OP would be to seriously consider biting the bullet, and remove the vista partition and re-installing Windows 7, if only to prevent any possible issues later on.

not pleasant perhaps but probably best for the long term especially as there is such a complex drive/partition structure already in place


Maybe do a wipe to the Vista partition to remove all the Vista code first and then install Windows 7 back to the same position it is now because of the way HDDs are laid out? The safest way would be to use PWBD to do the wipe as Windows won't do a "clean all" to just 1 partition on a HDD.
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23 Aug 2010   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Wow! Thank you all for the information. To answer one of the questions asked, The screen shot of Disk Management was taken while booted to Windows 7. So, I'm not sure if that changes anything.

I'd obviously been hoping that since K: (Windows 7 install drive) is also a boot drive, I'd be able to delete the entire C: drive contents and rename K: to C: using Disk Management.

Would it seem I am too optimistic?

Thanks and regards.
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23 Aug 2010   #19

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

As stated above, the problem with renaming it is that all of your programs look for files on the K: drive to run, and the lack the ability to simply scan the whole computer for them. This means that the programs would not run correctly, if it all. I also have serious doubt about any shortcuts working.
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23 Aug 2010   #20
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate, what you're seeing as "boot" just means that is the OS that is booted or running at the time, nothing else; I hope this clears that up for you.

Don't forget to post back with what you decide to do and any updates.
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