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Windows 7: Dual Boot Windows XP(Primary) and Windows 7 (Logical Partition)


01 Nov 2012   #1

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Dual Boot Windows XP(Primary) and Windows 7 (Logical Partition)

I have disk with 3 partitions, XP (C) is primary, Win 7 (D) is Logical and (E) is Logical and a data drive. I used a dual boot program to choose which OS to use at start up. I did this to preserve XP apps in case they wouldn't work on Win 7. Now I want to delete XP and have Win 7 as the primary partition (C) and data as Drive D. I cannot change the current Win 7 D drive to a primary partition or change the current C to a logical partition.
I tried using EasUS Partition and it won't let me do what I want. I hope someone can understand what I am trying to do and help me out. Thank you


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02 Nov 2012   #2

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I would do a complete reinstall. Get your data off ( backed up ) wipe everything, make 2 partitions and install 7. All your partitions should be primary.
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02 Nov 2012   #3

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That's what I was afraid of
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02 Nov 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The problem is that your bootmgr is in the XP partition. You have to make the Windows 7 partition a primary partition and then you can try this - but chose the partition letter for the current Windows 7 partition
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02 Nov 2012   #5

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Thanks for the info. Before I press the button on EasyBCD, could you look at the boot info I have to make sure what I want is correct (Make D my boot drive then delete C)

EasyBCD info screen
There are a total of 2 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: C:\

Entry #1
Name: Earlier Version of Windows
BCD ID: {ntldr}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \ntldr


Attached Files
File Type: txt EasyBCD Info.txt (216 Bytes, 40 views)
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02 Nov 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You want to move the Windows 7 one to D.
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02 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Premium
 
 

Won't let me do it - D is a logical drive
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02 Nov 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Can you post a picture of your Disk Management so that we can advise you further. I hate to tell you to change D to primary and then you have a problem with dynamics.
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02 Nov 2012   #9

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Attached is a pic of my disk management (attached file)


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02 Nov 2012   #10

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change Windows 7 partition to primary!! Do it with partition wizard. Post disk management afterwards. Then I give you more instructions
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