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Windows 7: Trouble Removing XP from Dual Boot Setup

18 Jul 2011   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
Trouble Removing XP from Dual Boot Setup

Hello,

I would like to remove windows XP from my current dual boot setup and have had a few failed attempts already.

My system:
- Originally 1 HDD in 3 partitions, primary having XP
- Added 2nd HDD in 3 partitions, primary having Windows 7

I've included an image from Windows 7 Disk Manager.

My first attempt to remove XP I followed this guide:
Video: Remove Windows XP from a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7 | TechRepublic

I was following the steps fine until I tried the BootRec /fixboot command which returned an "element not found" message. After quitting the process there, I could not boot into either OS.

My second attempt, I tried to follow the steps provided by gregrocker under post 5 of this thread:
Removing Windows XP SP3 on Dual Boot with Windows 7
After I deleted the XP partition and booted off the Windows 7 disk, Windows 7 did not recognize any drives that had Windows 7 installed. I could not select anything to repair as a result.

I have my Windows 7 and XP partitions backed up with Acronis and have restored both partitions after each attempt. I'm posting this from the same box.

I'll continue to read through posts/guides on the site here. Any suggestions in the mean time would be appreciated.



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18 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello wnyluke, welcome to Seven Forums!


It's much easier than you believe, all that needs done as the Windows 7 partition is marked "Active" is the 3 separate startup repairs outlined 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


Then the XP partition can be removed though I would suggest a wipe secure erase first, have a look at Method Four of this one.
Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods



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18 Jul 2011   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions BFK.

Still having issues. Here's what I've done so far:

- inserted windows 7 dvd and ran startup repair 3 times, until it stopped reporting errors
- inserted partition magic boot disk and reformatted the XP partition (I did not want to remove it in case I needed to restore it if problems arose)
- attempted to boot up and hung on system startup right after I get the cmos backup succcessful prompt
- inserted windows 7 dvd and ran startup repair several times again, until it stopped reporting errors
- tried to boot up windows 7 from HDD and now I'm getting "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"
- I tried windows 7 dvd again but it is not finding any errors

I have not restored my Windows7/XP images yet in case anyone has any suggestions.

**EDIT: I just went into my BIOS and switched the boot priority of my 2 HDDs and now I'm getting an "NTLDR is missing" error.

Thanks
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18 Jul 2011   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Have it working it now.

After getting the "NTLDR is missing error", I ran windows 7 repair a few more times until no errors reported and I was able to boot into windows 7. I was still getting the boot manager menu which I removed using EasyBCD. I removed 'older version' option and removed the option to display the menu.

Thanks again for tips, now that all is working, I will scrub my old XP partition and add it to one of the existing partitions.
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19 Jul 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Well done.


Hi BFK
Nice to see the easy one's.
Ray.
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19 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again wnyluke, good to see you got it sorted and thanks for the update.




Hello Ray!
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