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Windows 7: Removing Windows 7 from boot menu

08 Jun 2009   #1
markland

XP
 
 
Removing Windows 7 from boot menu

Hi, ive recently formatted and deleted the windows 7 partition from my harddrive, however i still have windows 7 option in the boot menu, to try and get rid of this i selected windows 7 hoping that some options to delete it from the menu would appear but none did and all i got was an error message telling me to reinstall windows or something.

XP works fine.

Anyone know how to remove windows 7 from the boot menu without actually still having it on a partition?


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08 Jun 2009   #2
ten

XP / Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

Yeah, EasyBCD will do it. Click on Manage Bootloader > Uninstall the Vista Bootloader > Write MBR button.
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08 Jun 2009   #3
antalgebra

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ten View Post
Yeah, EasyBCD will do it. Click on Manage Bootloader > Uninstall the Vista Bootloader > Write MBR button.

did this work? im trying to get rid of an old install of windows also, but Im looking for a way to do it without the BCD program... any thoughts?
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09 Jun 2009   #4
WindowZ

Windows 7 Ultimate b.7127 x86 (vLited)
 
 

You need to fix your MBR (master boot record)

1. Boot of your XP disk and choose to repair Windows
2. Get to a command prompt screen/DOS screen whatever
3. Enter the command- "bootrec /fixmbr"

no quotes of course
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09 Jun 2009   #5
ten

XP / Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

bootrec is for Vista/Win7, not XP
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09 Jun 2009   #6
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If memory serves... (It's been a while!)

1 - Right-click on My Computer
2 - Select the Advanced tab
3 - Select Settings in the 'Startup and Recovery' section.
4 - In the 'Default Operating System' drop-down, select Windows XP
5 - Select Ok.

Going from memory on that one, hope it's accurate but that should do it.
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09 Jun 2009   #7
ten

XP / Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

That's not going to remove it as he asked.
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09 Jun 2009   #8
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Then I don't understand his question. As I read it, he had a dual boot XP/7 and he deleted the 7 partition but XP is still trying to boot into 7?
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09 Jun 2009   #9
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ten View Post
bootrec is for Vista/Win7, not XP
Correct, "fdisk /mbr" is for XP.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ten View Post
That's not going to remove it as he asked.
Technically the OP only asked to remove the boot entry not the bootloader, but yes he would need to use bcdedit instead of an XP program.
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10 Jun 2009   #10
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, W10 Preview - Second remote tower Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by YupYup View Post
Correct, "fdisk /mbr" is for XP.


Technically the OP only asked to remove the boot entry not the bootloader, but yes he would need to use bcdedit instead of an XP program.
"fdisk /mbr"? Fdisk is the old dos partitioning tool for Fat based versions(9x-ME).

To see the XP installation return to it's original configuration you would boot upto the recovery console by using the "press R for repair" option while booting from the XP disk to reach that.

Once you are logged on as administrator when selecting the XP installation detected you simply use the "fixboot" and "fixmbr" commands and restart the system for a normail XP startup.

You won't be able to remove the boot folder the 7 installer placed there unless you can take ownership as well as gain the permissions needed to uncheck the read only box in the properties. But you will no longer be booting from the bootmgr but XP's ntldr file and boot.ini configuration.
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