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05 Oct 2009   #1

1.Windows7 32bit 2. Win7 64 bit
 
 
Help Installing Windows7 and merging two partitions

I need help before installing new Windows7. My present configuration is Drive D: WinXP (Home office) 59 GB for general use
Drive F: WinXP (Home Studio) 40 GB for music
Drive C: Windows 7 RC - have been testing it since RC launch.
Now I want to install a new Windows 7 32-bit . I intend to have more space for it. I plan to merge Drives C and F, format and install Windows 7 on it.
secondly convert Home Office to Home Studio and shrink Drive D to 40GB.
My question is how to do it. My experience is with Win XP. If it were WinXP,I would boot from CD and delete partition / create partition. Is it same with Windows 7. Can I start this way.


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05 Oct 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patmos View Post
I need help before installing new Windows7. My present configuration is Drive D: WinXP (Home office) 59 GB for general use
Drive F: WinXP (Home Studio) 40 GB for music
Drive C: Windows 7 RC - have been testing it since RC launch.
Now I want to install a new Windows 7 32-bit . I intend to have more space for it. I plan to merge Drives C and F, format and install Windows 7 on it.
secondly convert Home Office to Home Studio and shrink Drive D to 40GB.
My question is how to do it. My experience is with Win XP. If it were WinXP,I would boot from CD and delete partition / create partition. Is it same with Windows 7. Can I start this way.
Please fill in your specs, this will allow us to understand your hardware so we can give better answers.

For all the information use this free program:
SIW - System Information for Windows

If you can get a snip or screen shot of Disk Management it will let us see what your trying to do.
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05 Oct 2009   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi patmos

Have look at this tutorials:

Clean Install Windows 7
Partition or Volume - Shrink
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05 Oct 2009   #4

1.Windows7 32bit 2. Win7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for reply. I've installed SIW but do not know what you need to know from it.My PC is Win XP/windows7 32bit SP2 RAM=4GB DDR2 667MHz kingston ,INTEL Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R
GIGABYTE Nvidia GEFORCE 9500GT 512MB (Twin DVI)


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05 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Patmos, please filll in your specs in the "My system Specs" session. You can get to it clicking the link on the left bottom of your posts. It will allow people to see them without having to come back to this post
Has theog answered your doubts? If not, another possibility is to use Gparted to move / format / resize the partitions around. It is a good program for that.
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05 Oct 2009   #6

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patmos View Post
Thank you for reply. I've installed SIW but do not know what you need to know from it.My PC is Win XP/windows7 32bit SP2 RAM=4GB DDR2 667MHz kingston ,INTEL Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R
GIGABYTE Nvidia GEFORCE 9500GT 512MB (Twin DVI)
At the top tool bar of any page you will see "User CP" click on this, it will bring you to your User Control Panel.
Near the top left side you will see "Edit System Spec", click it
Fill in as much as you can, list all hard drives that you use, IDE or SATA, Size, Internal and external, brand name etc.

Click "Save Changes" at the bottom when you are done.
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05 Oct 2009   #7

1.Windows7 32bit 2. Win7 64 bit
 
 

cannot find user cp on the toolbar. Here is my screen.All partitions are on my 160GB drive.
Thank you theog. I think I got most of the answers on the tuto links.
one more question. since my first winxp is on drive D, I understand it has the boot.ini. That's why I told I would keep it though I would prefer to keep Home Studio on Drive F. Is it possible to delete the first WinXP and keep the second?


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05 Oct 2009   #8

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patmos View Post
cannot find user cp on the toolbar. Here is my screen.All partitions are on my 160GB drive.
Thank you theog. I think I got most of the answers on the tuto links.
one more question. since my first winxp is on drive D, I understand it has the boot.ini. That's why I told I would keep it though I would prefer to keep Home Studio on Drive F. Is it possible to delete the first WinXP and keep the second?
The system specs go in the Seven Forums web site, not in SIW.

First, be sure to backup your hard drive in case things don't work like we hope. Keep the backups in a separate physical HD or media.

To move your MBR:
How to Restore the Windows 7 MBR (Master Boot Record)

If your comfortable using Diskpart or Gparted these will do the job for you.

As another option you can try the free program:
Partition Wizard

It will move the partitions and keep the data intact.
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05 Oct 2009   #9

1.Windows7 32bit 2. Win7 64 bit
 
 

Ok thanks. already updated.
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05 Oct 2009   #10

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Click on the link in my sig and fill yer specs out.. If you are unable to do this simple thing, how do you expect to follow the suggestions of those trying to assist you?? Im not trying to give you a hard time, I'm just saying.....
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