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Windows 7: delete vista and keep files

21 Sep 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

A word of advice ...

If you don't make Windows 7 as "System, Active" you will not be able to remove the Vista install.

I was going to suggest you use this to move the files, which is a whole lot easier.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

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21 Sep 2010   #12


Win7 is booting off the Vista HD which needs to be unplugged while startup repair is run 3 separate times with reboots from the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD. Startup Repair

Either swap the Vista HD cable to Win7 HD or set Win7 as first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

Then when you plug Vista HD back in you can mark it Inactive to delete the rest of the files, including the hidden files revealed in Control Panel>Folder options>View>Unhide hidden and System files.

Let us know if you need any further help on cleaning this up.
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