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Windows 7: Removing triple boot


12 Sep 2012   #1

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 
Removing triple boot

Hi folks,
I need some advice please;
My machine is currently set up with 3 HD's as follows:
drive 0: has XP Pro on it
drive 1: has Win 7 32 bit on it
drive 2: has Win 7 64 bit on it
These are set up in a triple boot configuration, as I only use Win 7 64 bit now I would like to remove the other two OS's to recover some disk space if this is possible.
Can someone please advise on the easiest way to go about this??
Thanks in advance,
Bob


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12 Sep 2012   #2

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

Do you use a multi OS boot selection screen that lists all OS's every time you boot up?
Or, do you use the "one-time" BIOS boot selection screen by hitting a key at start up to choose the OS/HD to use?

I'm no install expert so i can't tell you what you need to do, but providing this info should help the experts here give you the best advice.
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12 Sep 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

Do you use a multi OS boot selection screen that lists all OS's every time you boot up?
Or, do you use the "one-time" BIOS boot selection screen by hitting a key at start up to choose the OS/HD to use?

I'm no install expert so i can't tell you what you need to do, but providing this info should help the experts here give you the best advice.
Yes please post that screenshot please. Did you copy important files from winx pro and Windows 7 32bits to Windows 7 bits already? I mean important documents, music, images etcetera. If not done yet... do it please if you wanna keep them.

Next thing to do (when booted in Windows 7 64bits!) is Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
This moves the bootstuff (bootmgr and bootmenu) to the C drive (I think it was on winxp partition). If succesfull, reboot and post diskmanagement screenshot
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14 Sep 2012   #4

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

Do you use a multi OS boot selection screen that lists all OS's every time you boot up?
Or, do you use the "one-time" BIOS boot selection screen by hitting a key at start up to choose the OS/HD to use?

I'm no install expert so i can't tell you what you need to do, but providing this info should help the experts here give you the best advice.
Yes please post that screenshot please. Did you copy important files from winx pro and Windows 7 32bits to Windows 7 bits already? I mean important documents, music, images etcetera. If not done yet... do it please if you wanna keep them.

Next thing to do (when booted in Windows 7 64bits!) is Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
This moves the bootstuff (bootmgr and bootmenu) to the C drive (I think it was on winxp partition). If succesfull, reboot and post diskmanagement screenshot
OK, screenshot (Bob.png) should be enclosed.
This was when booted into Win-7-64 which is shown as C but will be drive 1.
Documents folder is currently on Disk 0 wich is shown as D
The program folders for 64 bit are on C (drive 1)
XP is on Drive 0 (D)
The Windows multi boot menu comes up at startup.

Will documents etc be deleted?
Bob


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14 Sep 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Both Windows 7 OS's are booting off the the XP partition. To keep Windows 7 64bit, power down to unplug all HD's , swap XP HD data cable to Windows 7 64bit HD so it becomes Disk0 and remains HD set to boot first in BIOS setup (after DVD drive).

Then boot into Windows 7 DVD System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 64 bit starts up on its own and now holds the System flag.

You can then plug back in the other HD's, move the data off to wipe the other two OS HD's using Diskpart Clean Command, repartition in Disk Mgmt.
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14 Sep 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Now do: (when booted in Windows 7 64bits!) is Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
This moves the bootstuff (bootmgr and bootmenu) to the C drive (it was on winxp partition). If succesfull don't reboot but post a new screenhsot of diskmanagement
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14 Sep 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Once again: using EasyBCD to move the boot files to Windows 7 will not write System Recovery Options
to F8 Advanced Boot Options and therefore is not a best practice. This is why we have recommended here running Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times since before Windows 7 was even released. It runs multiples tests and fixes to check all parameters.
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14 Sep 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Sorry greg... I forgot that
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14 Sep 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

No prob.
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17 Sep 2012   #10

XP Pro and Windows 7
 
 

Hi all,
Many thanks for the advice, I've got some things to do before I can put it into practice so I'll hopefully get back with any more queries towards the end of the wekk.
Thanks again
Bob
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