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Windows 7: Uninstalling 7, Will this be a problem?

24 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Uninstalling 7, Will this be a problem?

Hey everyone, I just recently signed up and downloaded Windows 7 64-bit RC. Now I installed this on a separate hard drive with nothing else on it but 7. The install was nice and clean and no boot loader problems...NICE! Now when I want to uninstall Windows 7 and just delete the partition or reformat the hard drive this should not affect my other operating system at all, correct? Everything I'm doing on 7 is being saved to the same disk that 7 is on. I'm just testing it out and still using Vista as my main OS.

So I guess what question is..When I reformat the hard drive that 7 is on, will be computer be just like it was before the 7 installation?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

-Erich


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24 May 2009   #2
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Do you have it setup as a dual boot?
If you disconnected the drive with your "original" OS when you installed Windows 7 then Everything should be fine when you want to delete the Windows 7 partition.

There are a few ways you could have done this and it depends on how you installed Windows 7:

1. Dual boot + (You left the original OS hard drive connected at the time of Windows 7 install onto its own Hard Drive. In this case, you would see a boot menu asking which OS to boot into.)
You would have to do some minor repair to your original OS after Windows 7 delete. It depends what your original "Primary" OS is.

2. Dual boot via BIOS (In this method, you would have disconnected the hard drive with your orginal primary OS BEFORE installing Windows 7 on its own Hard Drive. Then, connecting both hard drives, you would restart the pc and go into the bios to select which hard drive to boot into.)

3. Non dual boot (If you disconnected the hard drive with your original primary OS and left it disconnected while installing and using Windows 7).

Method 2 & 3 would not require any modifications after you delete the Windows7 Partition.
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24 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Hello Welcome to SevenForums, kskwerl
Here is a link to a web artical might be a help to you. Removing your Windows 7 installation, partition - TechSpot
Hope this may help you. lm
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24 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

OEM
Hello Welcome to SevenForums,very good informative first post.
Hope that you have a good stay here on SF. lm
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24 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OEM View Post
Do you have it setup as a dual boot?
If you disconnected the drive with your "original" OS when you installed Windows 7 then Everything should be fine when you want to delete the Windows 7 partition.

There are a few ways you could have done this and it depends on how you installed Windows 7:

1. Dual boot + (You left the original OS hard drive connected at the time of Windows 7 install onto its own Hard Drive. In this case, you would see a boot menu asking which OS to boot into.)
You would have to do some minor repair to your original OS after Windows 7 delete. It depends what your original "Primary" OS is.

2. Dual boot via BIOS (In this method, you would have disconnected the hard drive with your orginal primary OS BEFORE installing Windows 7 on its own Hard Drive. Then, connecting both hard drives, you would restart the pc and go into the bios to select which hard drive to boot into.)

3. Non dual boot (If you disconnected the hard drive with your original primary OS and left it disconnected while installing and using Windows 7).

Method 2 & 3 would not require any modifications after you delete the Windows7 Partition.
First I'd like to say thanks for the response. What I did was number 1, now I'm pretty computer savy so this hopefully won't be very hard to uninstall when the times comes because I do plan on buying Windows 7 when it comes out. My primary OS is Vista, that is the OS and drive will all the stuff I really want to keep. Now I had installed Windows XP Professional 64-bit after I had already installed Windows Vista Ultimate, again..it XP Pro was installed on it's own hard drive. In order for it to boot with a boot menu, I had to insert the Windows Vista CD and open a command prompt and type:

Drive(CD DRIVE):boot\bootsecter.exe\ NT60 All

This replaced the boot menu. Would I have to do something like this?
Again thanks for your time and all feedback is appreciated!
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24 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
Hello Welcome to SevenForums, kskwerl
Here is a link to a web artical might be a help to you. Removing your Windows 7 installation, partition - TechSpot
Hope this may help you. lm
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
OEM
Hello Welcome to SevenForums,very good informative first post.
Hope that you have a good stay here on SF. lm

Thanks alot Myzr7,

Very Much Appreciated!

-Erich
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24 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post
First I'd like to say thanks for the response. What I did was number 1, now I'm pretty computer savy so this hopefully won't be very hard to uninstall when the times comes because I do plan on buying Windows 7 when it comes out. My primary OS is Vista, that is the OS and drive will all the stuff I really want to keep. Now I had installed Windows XP Professional 64-bit after I had already installed Windows Vista Ultimate, again..it XP Pro was installed on it's own hard drive. In order for it to boot with a boot menu, I had to insert the Windows Vista CD and open a command prompt and type:

Drive(CD DRIVE):boot\bootsecter.exe\ NT60 All

This replaced the boot menu. Would I have to do something like this?
Again thanks for your time and all feedback is appreciated!
mmm you say in your first post that you have no problems with bootloader. Maybe you should look in the tutorial section. I might be wrong about this but I think you should be able to see all three os's in your win 7 mbr. When you first boot your pc does it not ask you which os to boot to? Hope you are enjoying Windows Seven
lm

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager
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24 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
mmm you say in your first post that you have no problems with bootloader. Maybe you should look in the tutorial section. I might be wrong about this but I think you should be able to see all three os's in your win 7 mbr. When you first boot your pc does it not ask you which os to boot to? Hope you are enjoying Windows Seven
lm

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager

Yea I have the Windows 7 Bootloader, I was referring to when I just had Vista and XP. But I'm wondering what is going to happen when I delete the partition and the Windows 7 bootloader won't be available. Will it return it back to the Vista Bootloader or will i have to repair it.
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25 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Yep according to the article that I linked to above then you will most likely need to run repair install with your vista DVD. Or of course buy Widows Seven when it is released as I plan to do. Good luck to you. lm
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