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Windows 7: Windows 7 boot menu shows Vista after clean install

21 Sep 2009   #1
siamesekitten

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 
Windows 7 boot menu shows Vista after clean install

I did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate onto my Vista Ultimate Boot Camp Partition (on my MacBook Pro), rather than an upgrade install.

Windows 7 told me that it would move Vista to a folder called Windows.old or something like that.

Fine. After everything was installed, I used Disk Cleanup to delete that folder, and the space was recovered on my partition

But when booting into Windows 7, I get a boot menu that seems to indicate Vista is still there.

EasyBCD shows:

Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

Entry #2
Name: Windows Vista (TM) Business (recovered)
BCD ID: {6ab21afe-f2e6-11db-868a-d1f6649ce9c4}
Drive: Active Boot Partition
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

So my question is, can I simply delete Entry 2? Or is there other remaining stuff from Vista still on my drive somewhere that I should also delete? What is the drive "Active Boot Partition"?

I wish W7 gave an option to do a clean install WITHOUT keeping the old system around...The whole point of doing the clean install was to get rid of all the accumulated junk and start fresh.

Thanks for any advice...


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21 Sep 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by siamesekitten View Post
I did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate onto my Vista Ultimate Boot Camp Partition (on my MacBook Pro), rather than an upgrade install.

Windows 7 told me that it would move Vista to a folder called Windows.old or something like that.

Fine. After everything was installed, I used Disk Cleanup to delete that folder, and the space was recovered on my partition

But when booting into Windows 7, I get a boot menu that seems to indicate Vista is still there.

EasyBCD shows:

Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

Entry #2
Name: Windows Vista (TM) Business (recovered)
BCD ID: {6ab21afe-f2e6-11db-868a-d1f6649ce9c4}
Drive: Active Boot Partition
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

So my question is, can I simply delete Entry 2? Or is there other remaining stuff from Vista still on my drive somewhere that I should also delete? What is the drive "Active Boot Partition"?

I wish W7 gave an option to do a clean install WITHOUT keeping the old system around...The whole point of doing the clean install was to get rid of all the accumulated junk and start fresh.

Thanks for any advice...
A clean install means formatting the drive/partition and re-installing all of your apps.
Since you are running it in boot camp I wonder if you can do a "clean" install.

Once you have everything you need out of windows.old you can delete it. If it gives you grief you can use disk cleanup to get rid of it

RE; boot menu entries you probably can. You might have to edit the boot manager with bcd. you had vista on first so there may be boot files in a hidden boof folder. Do view all files and look in the root of c: to see if it is there

Sorry this wasn't more clear

Ken
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21 Sep 2009   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Use Easybcd to remove the Vista entry - it will be fine.
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