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Windows 7: Two Copies of Win 7 in Separate Partitions - is it OK to Delete One ?

01 Aug 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

The correct and simplest method to remove both a multi-boot and the OS itself is to make sure the remaining OS partition has the System Active boot flags, then delete the old unwanted partition in Disk mgmt or using a Partition manager.


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01 Aug 2012   #12
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You have to be really careful when you refer to partitions as C: or F: or whatever. The partition you boot into will normally be C: So if you had a dual boot, depending on whether you booted to Windows 7 or XP, that OS install partition would show as C:

It can simplify things by referring to the 1st or 2nd partition on a drive instead of a letter.

On addition to that, if you want to delete a folder owned by Trusted Installer (that isn't being used), you can take ownership yourself. Then give yourself full control.
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02 Aug 2012   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Reformat the partition in NTFS - that gets rid of everything.
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03 Aug 2012   #14
thenoo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

On addition to that, if you want to delete a folder owned by Trusted Installer (that isn't being used), you can take ownership yourself. Then give yourself full control.[/QUOTE]

I tried to do this as stated and what happened was I was left with sub folder "wsxs" which I cant' now delete.
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03 Aug 2012   #15
thenoo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The correct and simplest method to remove both a multi-boot and the OS itself is to make sure the remaining OS partition has the System Active boot flags, then delete the old unwanted partition in Disk mgmt or using a Partition manager.
The problem is that , as shown in my snip of Disk Management in this thread , all the Partitions except one are Primary Partitons . These include the one I want to get rid of , Partition F . If you attempt to delete these , the "delete" command is greyed out.

Also , the other suggestion made here about reformatting to NTFS doesn't apply as the F Parttiton is already NTFS .
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03 Aug 2012   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Also , the other suggestion made here about reformatting to NTFS doesn't apply as the F Parttiton is already NTFS .
Understand, I made the suggestion to reformat in order to clean the partition - not because it was not NTFS. Nothing wrong with reformatting a NTFS partition to NTFS.
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03 Aug 2012   #17
thenoo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

[/QUOTE]Understand, I made the suggestion to reformat in order to clean the partition - not because it was not NTFS. Nothing wrong with reformatting a NTFS partition to NTFS.[/QUOTE]

Sorry I did misunderstand you there .

However I can't follow this advice as this Partition , being Primary, has the "format" command greyed out.
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03 Aug 2012   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

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03 Aug 2012   #20
thenoo

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This is also a reply to GregRocker.
I d/l and installed Partition Wizard. When I use it to attempt to delete Partition F it says "operation in progress" but does nothing else !
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