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Windows 7: Deleting old windows 7 .

07 May 2012   #11
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Well, it's your choice, but your computer is not a lot of good to you in its present state.

Try this method for a clean install because at some stage you're going to have to bite the bullet and do it.

Clean Install Windows 7

There's not much point in asking for advice, and then dismissing it out of hand. It just means we're wasting our time in trying to help you when the time could be spent on those that co-operate with us.


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07 May 2012   #12
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Have you done the steps properly: Windows.old Folder - Delete
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07 May 2012   #13
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

if i install a new windows in F drive then would i be able to delete C drive completely and reformat it
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07 May 2012   #14
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

How many windows do you have installed now? and on which partition's one are you logged into?
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07 May 2012   #15
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

currently i have windows 7 in E drive and from there i operate my computer.
i have in total 3 windows . 2 in C drive and 1 in E drive
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07 May 2012   #16
event3horizon

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tejasvi View Post
currently i have windows 7 in E drive and from there i operate my computer.
i have in total 3 windows . 2 in C drive and 1 in E drive
How do you know from which one you operate?

Go into RUN command, type in msconfig, and click the BOOT menu tab. Take a snapshot. This will allow us to see more info of what's going on.
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07 May 2012   #17
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

The windows.old is not counted as it is no longer working. So you have 2 in total.

Could you post a screenshot of your boot tab in msconfig.

1. click on
2. type msconfig in search
3. open>boot tab> and post a screen shot of it.
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07 May 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

The correct way to delete an OS is to delete it's partition, not the windows folder which will give you all kinds of problems even if you Take Ownership. But to do this in a dual boot you must first move the System Active flags to the other Windows partition.

However in your case the other Win7 on E is on a Logical partition which cannot be marked Active to receive the Win7 System boot files.

To solve this you would boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD, rightclick on the E to Modify>Convert to Primary, click OK. You will also need to repeat this on D and F since they are not contiguous as a Logical extended partition must remain. Then click Apply.

Once E is Primary, you can rightclick it to Modify>Set to Active, OK, then click on Disk # to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, OK, Apply. Reboot to see if Win7 starts. If not run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and E holds the System flag. You can then delete the old C partition and create a new partition there.

Also, if you did not boot the Win7 installer when installing to E it will not be C when booted. Plus it is more desireable to have Win7 on C in the first partition slot.

So if you want Win7 to be on C when booted as it normally is when installed correctly from boot, I would consider reinstalling after moving all data off the HD, deleting all partitions during reinstall, then creating new ones to format, install Win7 to first install partition.
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07 May 2012   #19
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

here is the screen shot


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07 May 2012   #20
tejasvi

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The correct way to delete an OS is to delete it's partition, not the windows folder which will give you all kinds of problems even if you Take Ownership. But to do this in a dual boot you must first move the System Active flags to the other Windows partition.

However in your case the other Win7 on E is on a Logical partition which cannot be marked Active to receive the Win7 System boot files.

To solve this you would boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD, rightclick on the E to Modify>Convert to Primary, click OK. You will also need to repeat this on D and F since they are not contiguous as a Logical extended partition must remain. Then click Apply.

Once E is Primary, you can rightclick it to Modify>Set to Active, OK, then click on Disk # to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR, OK, Apply. Reboot to see if Win7 starts. If not run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and E holds the System flag. You can then delete the old C partition and create a new partition there.

Also, if you did not boot the Win7 installer when installing to E it will not be C when booted. Plus it is more desireable to have Win7 on C in the first partition slot.

So if you want Win7 to be on C when booted as it normally is when installed correctly from boot, I would consider reinstalling after moving all data off the HD, deleting all partitions during reinstall, then creating new ones to format, install Win7 to first install partition.
this seems to be right way , descriptive , can you do it for me VIA Remote assistance
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