Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Ubuntu, 7, XP - Restore XP, reinstall 7

14 Dec 2012   #1
No8

XP 32 bit, 7 64 ultimate
 
 
Ubuntu, 7, XP - Restore XP, reinstall 7

Hello all. First a big thanks to all contributors. Your posts have allowed me to help others with 7 issues, even though I wasn't running it.

I'm not sure if the steps I think are correct are indeed correct.

Currently installed: XP (1st HDD), Windows 7 and Ubuntu(2nd HDD).

Want to do: Remove Ubuntu and Windows 7, keep XP.

Goal: Dual boot fresh Win 7 with old XP.

From the things I've read, I probably just need to use my XP CD to fix the MBR, after which my PC will just boot straight into XP.

Then repartition and format the 2nd HDD (for Windows 7 to live on).

Reboot with 7 DVD and install.


Background:
I have an old XP install with lots of little tools and tweaks that I want to keep. A few months ago, I got a copy of Win 7 with product key from a Microsoft Gold Partner(I worked for one of their sub-companies)- knowing that they get bulk licenses, I didn't bother to check. Turns out it was a hacked copy which I discovered a few days later (after I had installed Ubuntu).

So Windows 7 was just taking up disk space and providing an extra boot menu.

I now have a legit copy of Windows 7(no funky business involved) and don't have anything more to do with that person or company.

I'm not bothered with Ubuntu any longer (another story for another site) and I just ordered some software that will run best under Windows 7.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

14 Dec 2012   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hello and welcome No so if you don't want anything on HDD2 why not just wipe it?

Simple to do with DISKPART, Partition Wizard or secure erase the Ubuntu I keep as a bootable disk for when I can't access a drive so you could have the best of all worlds.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP < should do jut that.

The wiping / erasing of that drive before you do that as I said can be done using those functions.

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Partition Manager Server, server partition manager and partition magic server for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008. Server Partition software for Windows Server and None-Server partitions < use the wipe disk (writes 0's to the whole drive then just a matter of using DISKPART to get it ready.

SSD Alignment < just do from DISKPART to exit.

Oops forgot http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads < make a bootable disk and run a secure erase from that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Dec 2012   #3
No8

XP 32 bit, 7 64 ultimate
 
 

Thanks for all the tips ICit2lol.

Yes, I will be wiping (repartitioning to combine the Windows 7 and ubuntu partitions and formatting) the 2nd drive. I also know which tool I'll be using for the partitioning... perhaps I wrote too much in my first post.

What I need confirmation for:

If I use the XP CD to restore the MBR, will it mean my PC will from then on just boot into XP (like it did before installing 7 and Ubuntu)?

-After that I'll clean the 2nd HDD and install Windows 7 on it to dual boot with XP.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


14 Dec 2012   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by No8 View Post
Thanks for all the tips ICit2lol.

Yes, I will be wiping (repartitioning to combine the Windows 7 and ubuntu partitions and formatting) the 2nd drive. I also know which tool I'll be using for the partitioning... perhaps I wrote too much in my first post.

What I need confirmation for:

If I use the XP CD to restore the MBR, will it mean my PC will from then on just boot into XP (like it did before installing 7 and Ubuntu)?

-After that I'll clean the 2nd HDD and install Windows 7 on it to dual boot with XP.
I am not sure my friend I had a 7-8 dual boot when 8 was in beta and it used to boot straight to 8 if I didn't click on the initial screen at all or quick enough.

I am sure there will be an option - I'll have a look. The same goes with the Ubuntu if you need it it just gives you the option of install just run - very handy to have that disk mate when the HDD is playing up cos you can recover data without even knowing things like the login password.

Once you have the 7 up and running a good idea is to use the optimise tutorial to me it is like the Bible and will get you at least 20% more speed out of the machine at the cost of transparency etc which really is no worry to me but it certainly helps with fast(er) boot and shut down amongst other stuff.

Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance Maintenance

Good luck and let us know how you go - am interested.

John

PS Chissie present for you Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Dec 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Back up your files, gather your program installers, put your Windows 7 network driver on backup so you can quickly get online to do all of your Important and Optional Windows Updates, only importing drives which are then missing in Device Manager. More tips to prepare for, get and keep a perfect install here.

Boot the Windows 7 installer, at first screen press Shift F10 to open a Command Line, run Diskpart Clean Command.

Close Command Prompt, click Install now, create and format desired partitions using Drive Options shown in step 6,7 of Clean Install Windows 7. Install Windows 7 to first partition after 100mb boot partition which you can ignore.

If you want Windows 7 to configure a Dual Boot menu with XP, leave it plugged in but take extra precaution not to wipe the XP HD! If you want to boot HD's separately via BIOS Boot order or BIOS Boot Menu key, unplug the XP HD during install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Ubuntu, 7, XP - Restore XP, reinstall 7




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Ubuntu, 7, XP - Restore XP, reinstall 7
Thread Forum
Using Ubuntu 11.10, would like to reinstall Win 7 Home Premium Installation & Setup
How do i completely remove Ubuntu and restore with Windows 7? Backup and Restore
Unsuccessful reinstall of Windows 7 after restore of backup Installation & Setup
Can't restore win 7 after ubuntu installation Installation & Setup
Windows 7 Reinstall/Restore will affect Linux? Installation & Setup
Reinstall OEM Copy Without Restore DVD Installation & Setup
Reinstall Windows 7? Missing restore points Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33