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Windows 7: How To Remove vista from triple boot


17 Oct 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 
How To Remove vista from triple boot

Guys,,im planning to remove the vista OS from triple boot my OS are XP,Vista and windows 7. how can i do that?


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17 Oct 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Windows 7 Disk management drive map and listings. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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17 Oct 2010   #3

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

Post a screenshot of the full view of your 7 Disk Management preferred and I can easily walk you through that one. The snipping of the DM is to show the present drive/partition layout needed to work with.
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17 Oct 2010   #4

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Here's the screenshot of disk management..i just want the XP and Windows 7 displayed on the OS selection menu on startup..and delete the vista partition..^_^


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17 Oct 2010   #5

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

Is Disk 0 or Disk 1 with both XP and 7 the boot drive? If the later is the boot drive then you would simply remove any entry for Vista from the 7 boot loader or BCD store which then removes the entry from the boot options screen as well.

If the Disk 0 with Vista is the boot drive it won't be hard to make 7 bootable while you would need to replace the XP boot files for sure. With one look the F partition ahead of the Vista primary would be likely used for storage purposes there.

The first step if the Vista drive is the primary boot device would be copying the XP boot files present there over to the XP/7 drive at the root of the XP partition. Note the boot.ini file as well as the 7 boot loader would both need an edit to correct the changes to be seen.

The boot.ini would now have to read "rdisk(0)partition 1" on the root of the XP primary there rather then "rdisk(1)partition 1" if Disk 0 is host/boot. If however the second drive is already bootable with 7 as the default OS and still sees XP load you would use EasyBCD, BellaVista, or open up the boot tab in the msconfig utility there to delete the entry for Vista followed by either a wipe of that or deletion to expand the F partitiion which can be risky at times to fill the drive in with just the one storage partition.

If you are planning to have the second drive with XP and 7 set up as the default boot drive you would simply swap the data cables at the drive end to see that drive in port #1 and set as default in the bios boot order. For any future repair or fresh installs of Windows the installer would then automatically look to that drive when placing the fresh boot files on.

Things are made easier for you by seeing that Vista is on a drive by itself even if you have to repair/rebuild the boot information for the remaining XP/7 dual boot. The nuke of the Vista installation is the easy part either way there.
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17 Oct 2010   #6

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thank you night hawk. So the best thing to do im my case is to delete the entry for vista in the msconfig utility?the boot order in my bios is 1st boot=the disk with the XP and 7 partitions.i noticed even if i remove the HDD with the vista partition on, XP and 7 still boot.
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17 Oct 2010   #7
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello valmontgtx, welcome to Seven Forums!



Don't delete the entry in msconfig first, do this wipe and resize first and the enrty will be removed all by its self.

The boot files are on XP so removing Vista will cause no issues at all.

The best way to do it is to do a partition specific wipe "secure erase" to the Vista partition first as that will over-write any windows code and anything else that could cause issues when you extend into that partition; just be sure to backup anything on the partition first as once over-written the data will go gone for good.


Have a look at Option Three in this tutorial at the link below to see an out-line on the wipe process; also have a look at Option Four of the same tutorial if you want/need to convert the logical into a primary.

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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17 Oct 2010   #8

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Ive deleted the vista entry in msconfig and deleted the partition and then resized the logical partition..now i got some extra diskspace..^^ now the boot menu only shows XP and 7.thanx guys for your helpful replies..
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17 Oct 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Did you not see my post above?
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17 Oct 2010   #10

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by valmontgtx View Post
Thank you night hawk. So the best thing to do im my case is to delete the entry for vista in the msconfig utility?the boot order in my bios is 1st boot=the disk with the XP and 7 partitions.i noticed even if i remove the HDD with the vista partition on, XP and 7 still boot.
If you still saw the Vista entry in the 7 boot options screen having removed the entry for Vista in the msconfig then you would need a little BCD editor help Originallly called BCD Editor for Vista the BellaVista tool is found at
System Tools - BellaVista

You would simply have to download and double click on that to see the Vista entry removed from the boot options screen if needed.provided you hadn't already installed the EasyBCD 2.0.2 program. The good news for you there however is finding out that the XP/7 drive was already a stand alone bootable drive on it's own which saves the need to build the entire boot sector from scratch on that drive.

From working with multiple OSs across multiple drives by keeping each drive bootable on it's own you can still remove one drive or installation without a large fuss on how to repair things.
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