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Windows 7: Want to remove XP from dual boot

10 Aug 2012   #1
gevin20

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
Want to remove XP from dual boot

Please someOne help me..I want to remove XP(C) from my hard disk. i.e i want to format C drive ..i have dual boot with windows 7(D)..primary partition is C: and boot is on D ..wat should i do ? please give me steps..




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10 Aug 2012   #2
Ghot

Windows XP Professional x86
 
 

Honestly, you will have the fewest issues, just doing a clean install of Win 7.
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10 Aug 2012   #3
gevin20

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

what is clean install?
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10 Aug 2012   #4
Ghot

Windows XP Professional x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gevin20 View Post
what is clean install?
Clean Install Windows 7
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10 Aug 2012   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you were able to (I don't think it will let you) format C: Windows 7 will not boot/start as the "System" files, the files needed to boot Windows 7 are there and Windows 7 will not, is not able to boot independently from an Extended partition Logical drive.

If you need to save the Windows 7 installed to D: I suggest you create an independent "System Reserved" partition from part of the Primary that XP is now on and make that System Active to accomplish that.


Start with a look at these two tutorials linked below to get an idea of how to go about it and be sure to post back with any questions you may have.


Option One of this one
System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management
This one
System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot
For creating the new boot files to the new System partition.
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10 Aug 2012   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Whenever you install Win7 be sure to boot the installer as shown in Clean Install Windows 7
so it will always be C when you are booted into it. Since you installed from XP you are now stuck with D as your drive letter. For many that would be enough reason to reinstall correctly.

If you wish to reinstall let us know so we can advise you how to use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to delete D and resize the Logical container to the right to make more room for Win7 install.

However if you want to keep your current install you can create the 200mb System Reserved boot partition since the Win7 boot files can only reside on a Primary partition, then resize D to the left to have more space.

Or you can use Partition Wizard CD to convert D to Primary, mark it Active to run 3 Startup Repairs to write the System boot files to the partition, resizing it at the same time all the way to the left if you desire.

Let us know which you wish to do and we'll give you any additional steps needed.
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10 Aug 2012   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Do you have a Windows 7 dvd ?
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10 Aug 2012   #8
DanRex

Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

So... If I understand right, You have dual-booted Windows XP & 7 before, but now you want to completely remove Windows XP from your system?
If so; Just Googling for the problem; I found this: Video: Remove Windows XP from a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7 | TechRepublic
Tell us how you get on!
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10 Aug 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

DanRex the problem is that the OP has remaining only Logical partitions which cannot host the System boot files. Hence he needs to either create a primary boot partition as suggested by BareFootKid, convert D to Primary to write the system boot files onto itself, or reinstall since he also has stuck himself with the letter D on Win7.

It isn't necessary to go outside to find resources on this because we are the forums which pioneered these operations in Win7, having helped countless thousands of users to successfully do them and many of our tutorials have over a million views.

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11 Aug 2012   #10
DanRex

Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
DanRex the problem is that the OP has remaining only Logical partitions which cannot host the System boot files. Hence he needs to either create a primary boot partition as suggested by BareFootKid, convert D to Primary to write the system boot files onto itself, or reinstall since he also has stuck himself with the letter D on Win7.

It isn't necessary to go outside to find resources on this because we are the forums which pioneered these operations in Win7, having helped countless thousands of users to successfully do them and many of our tutorials have over a million views.

Partition Recover Space Used by an Older OS
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
Yup, you're right.... Now... I seriously need to think about this...
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