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Windows 7: how to remove old xp from a xp,7 dual boot pc?

09 Jul 2011   #11


I don't know why H is Primary. You are allowed 3 Primary in addition to the Logical Extended.

What I would do if you need to keep D is to delete all other partitions using Partition Wizard bootable CD, then Resize D by dragging it's left and right borders to place and size it where you want.

Then reinstall Win7 to the space where you deleted C, creating and formatting a New partition there using the booted installer.

If you prefer not to reinstall Win7, leave E in place and Resize it along with D as you wish, leaving 200mb space at the first of the HD where C was. Format this 200mb Primary and mark Active using PW CD. Then boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

This will write the System boot files to the new 200mb System Reserved partition, also placing the Repair Console on the F8 Advanced Boot Options

Since you need to back up your files before any major partitioning operation, you should do so to external HD, another internal HD, over the network or to Windows Skydrive which allows 20gb storage with each Live ID. If you do this, then your best choice of all is to boot the Win7 DVD to delete all partitions and clean reinstall Win7 to a new partition you create. Clean Install Windows 7

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09 Jul 2011   #12
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Hello vkash, welcome to Seven Forums!

If you want to remove the XP SP 3 on the C: partition any way, use Option Three of this first tutorial to do a complete wipe of the C: partition using the Partition Wizard boot disk.
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Then boot the Windows 7 installation media and first use Option Two #1 of this tutorial to mark the 'old' C: partition you just wiped as the Active partition, then run the 3 separate startup repairs using the method outlined in this tutorial to (re)create the "System" boot files the 'old' C: partition.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

That way you don't have to move or lose any of your data and Windows 7 will still be useable and the XP SP3 will be gone all at the same time and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

If you need to format the 'old' C: first before it can be made active, use Step Two #1 of this tutorial at the link below to get some ideas on how to format it while still in diskpart.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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