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Windows 7: Remove XP from 7/XP dual boot and replace with Linux

20 Sep 2011   #1

Win XP Home SP3 / Win7 Ultimate dual boot
Remove XP from 7/XP dual boot and replace with Linux

Hi there,

A while back I joined the wonderful world of Windows 7 by installing it in a dual boot with my existing XP.

Since then I have used XP about 5 times in three months so I think it's finally time to get rid of it.

What I would like to do is replace the XP with Linux (Mint or Ubuntu) as I would like to learn more about Linux and have reached the extent of what I can do booting into a LiveCD.

So the job is remove XP and install Linux. But I'm sure it's not going to be quite as simple as that, so I thought I would ask for input here.

Windows 7 and XP are installed on two partitions of the same disk, 7 on C: and XP on F: (see attached)

Any guidance is much appreciated.


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20 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04

I found this old thread that might help you. Have a read, it should help you. The below is quoted from that particular thread.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you format XP on the first partition, it will make Windows 7 unbootable.

You need to mark Windows 7 active in Disk Managment, delete XP partition, then boot into the Windows 7 installer Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to rewrite the MBR.

If you want the Windows 7 partition moved into the lower address, use bootable Partition Wizard to move it over into the deleted XP space, mark it active then boot into Win7installer and run Startup Repair 3 times to solve multple issues..
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21 Sep 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP


Conveniently, the best way to Dual Boot Windows 7 with Ubuntu is to install Ubuntu last, which you would be doing if you boot it to format the XP partition and install. Here are the steps: Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

Even better is if you can use separate HDs booted via the BIOS boot order or one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This keeps GRUB from potentially corrupting Windows 7 when on the same HD.
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22 Sep 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


1) Remove the Win Xp entry, with EsayBCD.

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2) Delete partition F:

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