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Windows 7: Removing Vista drive from dual boot with W7


10 Sep 2010   #1

Vista Home Premium & Windows 7
 
 
Removing Vista drive from dual boot with W7

I have Vista on one drive and Windows 7 on a separate hdd dual booting.
I want to remove the Vista drive and only retain Windows 7, so that I only need to have one drive to boot from and to backup the Windows 7 OS drive.
I have no further use for Vista, I haven’t used it for months. Space no problem, just a nuisance to have to include it in the image backup and make larger files.
Vista is drive C: Windows 7 is F:
I have 32 bit Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade disks and Repair disk.
4 hdd’s installed and 2 DVD Writers.
Any help on an easy solution would be much appreciated.


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10 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Jonmor68.






Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.


In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.
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10 Sep 2010   #3

Vista Home Premium & Windows 7
 
 

I can't see how that will make any difference, I believe I have posted the relavent info, ie; Vista on one drive Windows 7 added on second drive.
Obviously removing the Vista drive will stop Windows 7 from booting.
I can't insert image it's asking for url.
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10 Sep 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you're not going to work with us, we won't work with you.


How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums
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10 Sep 2010   #5

Vista Home Premium & Windows 7
 
 

I didn't know how to insert image untill your post.


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10 Sep 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK, disconnect the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that Vista is on then as Windows 7 is already marked as "Active" you should be able to do the 3 separate startup repairs with the system restarts between each repair to rebuild the boot files to the Windows 7 partition.

After W_7 is booting on it's own connect the Vista HDD back up and you can do as you wish with it though you may be able to boot the 2 independently using the BIOS boot priority menu.



Have a look at the tutorial at the link below for more info on the subject.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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10 Sep 2010   #7

Vista Home Premium & Windows 7
 
 

OK thanks for that I already have a repair disk made so keep fingers crossed.
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10 Sep 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You may need to mark the Vista partition as "Inactive" to finish the process, have a look at the snip below if need be to see the process.


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10 Sep 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Don't forget to set Windows 7 HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after CD/DVD drive) before running the Repair.
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