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Windows 7: dual boot help


03 Oct 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
dual boot help

hi

i currently have windows 7 and xp installed in C: and D: respectively.

can you format the hard drive that installs xp , and just boot up windows 7 ? (without going to the dual boot screen)

thnx

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03 Oct 2010   #2
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Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Tell us what is on each drive.

We can then give you the steps.
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03 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The question to ask would be are you dual booting across two separate drives or just seeing two primaries on one single drive?

With 7 installed on a totally separate drive after XP on the frist it's possible to remove the XP host drive and build a new BCD store and boot sector on the 7 drive to see it a stand alone drive. For removing XP from the same drive and that is on the first primary where the boot files are located you would need to use the same steps to make 7 bootable once the XP primary was wiped by reformat or deleted entirely from the drive.

If XP was installed after 7 on a second primary simply editing the BCD after the XP primary is wiped you simply removed the XP entry from the boot options and can even disable the boot options screen entirely.
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03 Oct 2010   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

okay. i know im confusing you guys. (sorry about that). When I use XP, it is C: and 7 is on D:, and when i open windows 7, it is C: and xp is D: , both OS are installed in separate drives. (XP is installed first. then i installed 7)
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03 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Well tOnnyAyye Welcome to the Seven Forums! and the world of questions!

Across two separate drives is generally a quick fix in rebuilding the BCD store! If the XP drive is now plugged into the first sata port you would swap that to see the 7 drive become Disk #0 whenever looked at in the Disk Management tool as well as the very first drive on the system.

That will make any repairs even fresh installs if ever needed see the Windows installer place all boot files and information there ahead of any other drives installed. The rebuild coomands are typed while at the repair tools>command prompt option when booted live from the 7 dvd itself. The MS page for use of the bootrec tool as well as entering the Fixboot and Fixmbr commands to insure success with a fresh set of mbr entries is seen at How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

That sees results in one boot from the 7 installation disk and can be used to rewrite the boot sector information for anything including mishaps with any future dual boot where Grub ends up replacing the 7 mbr if you later decide to try out a dual boot.

The automatic startup repair often works when a drive has already seen 7 mbr information but lost in a mishap or Windows runs into any other startup problem but may several tries to see that work for a drive lacking any original entries since that would be starting off fresh. Regardless we'll get you going just the same.
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03 Oct 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back the screenshot so we can give you the steps to remove XP:

Type Disk Management in Start Search box, click on result given.

Enlarge window to full screen, type Snipping Tool in Start Box, draw rectangle around drive map and listings.

Post back using Paper Clip in Reply Box.
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03 Oct 2010   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
disk

here's a screenshot.


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03 Oct 2010   #8
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Is Windows 7 C in the screenshot? If so, it is on a Logical drive and cannot have the System boot files recovered back into it until it is converted to a Primary partition.

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD, boot into CD, select 1 for screen resolution, rightclick on Windows 7>Modify>Convert to Primary, OK. Then rightclick on Windows 7>Modify>Set to Active, OK. Apply steps.

When it completes these steps and Windows 7 partition is now Primary and marked Active, you can rightclick on XP to Delete, OK., If you want, rightclick Windows 7 to Resize it into the deleted XP space, OK. Apply steps.

Next boot the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Windows 7 now that it is Primary marked Active.

Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software €“ Partition Wizard Online
System Repair Disc - Create
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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03 Oct 2010   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

My C: is on System and D: on boot. I don't get this partition step.
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04 Oct 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Confirm which is Windows 7 and XP.

What don't you get about a Logical partition not being bootable by Windows 7?

You need to convert it to Primary to have it boot Windows 7 then follow the other steps if you want to remove XP.
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