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Windows 7: Remove Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

27 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and Windows Vista
 
 
Remove Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Hello,
I am trying to remove Windows Vista which is my active and main OS that came with my laptop and I had my uncle install Windows 7 for me. He had installed it onto my Recovery Drive so I had to shrink my C: (Windows Vista) and add some space to D: ( Windows 7). Now that I have the space and have been using Windows 7 for a few weeks I would like to get rid of Windows Vista but after reading some things online I do not know how to get rid of Windows Vista because of the boot files that are on them? Is it possible to remove windows Vista and then expand D: with the space that was used for Windows Vista and how would I go about doing this? I am not very technical about computers so please do give clear steps that I can follow by please.
P.S. I created another partition RECOVERY A: because Windows 7 gave me a notification that I should backup my files, but that partition is too small. So how much space should I leave for Recovery? I can not free up any more space from C: (Windows Vista) but I can free some up from my D: (windows 7)

Here are some of the images of the partitions and etc.

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27 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and Windows Vista
 
 

Also I am trying to get this done tonight so my replies will be almost as right away after you reply unless I'm following your instructions on doing something.
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27 Nov 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Vokerain, welcome to Seven Forums!



First things first, let's make it so you can remove Vista.


The first thing to do is mark the D: partition (Windows 7 right?) as "Active" so Windows will know where to create the new boot files needed to start Windows 7; after that you will need to run 3 separate startup repairs with a system restart between each repair to create the files to the Windows 7 partition; it's really easier than it sounds.

All the info needed to do this is in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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27 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and Windows Vista
 
 

Is having two partition Active mess anything up? I thought I read something similiar to this question somewhere but could not recall it.
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27 Nov 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

When you mark a partition active (on the same HDD) it removes the "active" from the first partition.
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27 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and Windows Vista
 
 

I do not have the Boot Disks or anything to do the repairs with. What should I do? Can I continue with your guide?
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27 Nov 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

There is a link to create a repair disk in the tutorial but here is the link.


How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc
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27 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and Windows Vista
 
 

Oh okay. I am sorry for the stupid questions I will ask.
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27 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit and Windows Vista
 
 

okay I am still working on getting the repair disk. I downloaded the .torrent file of it but now I can't do anything with. do I just copy and paste it onto my flash drive?
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27 Nov 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look at this tutorial, that file is an ISO try this.


USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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