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Windows 7: remove recovery drive of vista and install win7

17 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
remove recovery drive of vista and install win7

Dear friends,

Recently i bought a windows7 Ultimate, and i want to install it on my laptop. currently, my laptop working with vista.

My hard disk drive has two partitions. one is OS(C: ) and another is called Recovery(D: ).

my question is:

How can i remove Recovery driver (which is related to vista) and install a completely new Windows 7 on my laptop?

Thanks in advance

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17 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

1) The presence of the Vista recovery partition will not impact Windows 7 in any way, OTOH you will retain the ability to restore Vista should you ever want to do that. I suggest you leave it alone unless you are constrained of hdd space.

2) If you really want to remove the recovery partition, do 2 things first:

Make recovery disks, there would be some kind of recovery software pre-installed on your computer (like HP recovery manager or Dell datasafe). Keep those disks safely.

Image your current vista installation using free Macrium, make a rescue disk and keep the image and the disk safely.

You paid for the Vista, these 2 steps will let you revert to it, should you want to.

Now, back up all user created data to external media and boot from the Windows 7 dvd. I suggest you do a clean install, that'll wipe everything and install Windows 7. Heres a tut.

Clean Install Windows 7

Make sure you format the hard drive completely, then create fresh partitions and install Windows 7.
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17 Sep 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello jeff2, welcome to Seven Forums!

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "clean all" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old Vista drivers, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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17 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Guys, thank you so much for your help.

I have a bad experience with keeping recovery of vista untouched! my system found a problem, and went to recovery mode ... (you can guess): it switched backed my system to vista.
That's why i like to completely remove any trace of vista!

Thanks again.
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17 Sep 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again Jeff.

Glad we could help; be sure to post back if you have further questions.
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 remove recovery drive of vista and install win7

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