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Windows 7: deleting partition without messing up boot

05 May 2012   #1
andrewtjb

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
deleting partition without messing up boot

hi i recently installed windows 7 ultimate on my old dell i did a clean install from my hdd i formated the hdd and made a small partition at the end and copyed the setup files to it and booted from that. The install went fine i now have two partitions one with the setup disk and the other with the os so i tried to delete the partition with the disk but when i go into disk management i see that that partition is set as the active one so i tried setting the other as active and deleting the smaller one but i got a warning that windows was using it so i tried deleting it anyway but was unable to boot after a restart. So i had to start again and i am now back to the same setup is there anyway to delete the partition without messing up windows.


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05 May 2012   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Why can't you install using a bootable DVD or flash stick like everyone else, to save yourself problems like these? Clean Install Windows 7

If you'll post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings we will advise you how to set it right.
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05 May 2012   #3
andrewtjb

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

thanks and i know i should have used a disc but i didnt have any blank dvd discs to use and because my computer is old it dosent support booting from usb.


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05 May 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You'll need to have a Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk in order to move the System boot files to C.

This is done by marking Win7 partition Active, then running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times which can be done from F8 System Recovery Options but you really need the DVD/Repair CD for rescue.
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05 May 2012   #5
andrewtjb

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thank you for your help its working now :-). I didn't know about the system repair disc
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