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03 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 32bibt
 
 
windows vista and windows 7

hi. so i have windows 7 and windows vista.. Since i don't want to have windows vista anymore i try to remove the partition where its installed on.. Sadly it says ''Windows can't remove the active systempartition..
I don't have any disc to do anything with.. Please help

- Oh also.. My computer came installed with windows vista..

But as i said i don't have any discs i can burn anything over to.. What should i do?
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- Windows vista is installed on the partition called ''Generale ting'' (danish) And windows 7 on ''windows 7''

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03 Apr 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

This will be complicated. And cutting off the drive listings so we can't see sizes on disk makes it more so.

You cannot boot an OS from a Logical drive. To do this you need to Either create in the Vista space a 200mb System Reserved partition to write the Windows 7 boot files upon, or move the data off the Games partition to delete it, convert Windows 7 partition to Primary using free Partition Wizard bootable CD, then mark it Active and write the System boot files to it using DVD or Repair CD to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Forums

After Windows 7 is booting, you can delete all other partitions since the first and last OEM partitions won't work any longer anyway with the new OS install. You can try making your Vista Recovery disks in Vista All Programs to see if the first partition will even still generate them, so that you have a path back to Factory condition if you ever need it. If it will make Recovery Disks, you might want to keep the first Recovery partition as it might run if ever needed.

Once you delete whichever partitions you don't need, you can use free Partition Wizard to reclaim all of the space into Windows 7 partition or create new partition(s) as desired.

Consider these options and read over these excellent tutorials to decide how you want to proceed:
Partition Recover Space Used by an Older OS - Windows 7 Forums
Partition Wizard Use the Bootable CD - Windows 7 Forums

I will be back later or someone else can help you customize the steps once you decide how you want to proceed.
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03 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 32bibt
 
 

Wait.. So i need to move the files on ''games'' partition.. And do the ''games'' A primay partition?

But the windows 7 OS is installed on ''Windows 7'' partition
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03 Apr 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Don't even think about it until you have a couple of cd r's to make the boot discs you will need.

There may be an easier way - but you still need 2 boot discs. [If you already have windows 7 installation disc - you only one extra cd r]

How much free space do you have on Games drive?
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03 Apr 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

If you try to rightclick>Modify>Convert to Primary the Windows 7 partition now it will likely refuse. You normally have to delete each of the Extended Logical sub-partitions (shown in the green border) until you have a single Logical partition (Windows 7) within the Extended to make it convert.

This is why I said you have to move the data off to delete the Games partition before Partition Wizard will Convert to Primary the Windows 7 partition.

As SIW2 says, be sure to use the Partition Wizard bootable CD and have the Windows 7 Repair CD standing by:

Let us know if whether you want to convert Windows 7 Logical partition to Primary in order to recover the System Active boot files into it from Vista partition, or create a System Reserved boot partition out of the Vista space to boot the current Windows 7 Logical Partition.
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03 Apr 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

The very easiest way for this to get accomplished is to use Windows disk management to shrink the Primary partition to the far left by 200MBs and create a "System Reserved" partition in that created space to recreate the Windows "System" boot files to; all laid out in Option One of this tutorial at the link below; just disregard the rest of the tutorial.

System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management



Then use the method in this tutorial to recreate the "System" boot files to the new System Reserved partition.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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04 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 32bibt
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Don't even think about it until you have a couple of cd r's to make the boot discs you will need.

There may be an easier way - but you still need 2 boot discs. [If you already have windows 7 installation disc - you only one extra cd r]

How much free space do you have on Games drive?
- I have alot of free space on the games drive.. I would not care if i should remove it..
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04 Apr 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You still need to make a couple of boot disc - so you need a couple of cd r.
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04 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 32bibt
 
 

But i haven't ;(((
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04 Apr 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Good quality CD's are 5 for $2 on the wall rack at Walgreens.

Which approach are you going to take: Convert Windows 7 to Primary to recover System boot files into it, or create a System Reserved partition in space shrunk from the Vista partition?

You'll need a System Repair Disk and a PW Boot CD.
System Repair Disc - Create - Windows 7 Forums
Partition Wizard

Let us know which you choose and any questions you have.
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