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Windows 7: Want to remove XP from my Windows 7 Dual Boot...running into problems.

18 Feb 2013   #1
Suarez

Windows 7 X64
 
 
Want to remove XP from my Windows 7 Dual Boot...running into problems.

Hi,

I followed this guide.

How to Completely Remove a Windows XP Partition From a Dual Boot With Windows 7 | eHow.com

When I got to the part where I had to make partition 2 'active' it said:

"the specified partition type is not valid for this operation"

Windows then failed to boot. So I repaired and it worked, but my XP partition is still there.

Here are my discs:



What should I do? Thank you!


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18 Feb 2013   #2
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Windows 7 C: partition will need to be a Primary partition.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS
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18 Feb 2013   #3
Suarez

Windows 7 X64
 
 

The thing is...I cannot set my Windows 7 partition as 'active' - which is basically one of the 1st steps in that guide. It is greyed out in windows and of course, as mentioned above, it failed in the repair console too.
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18 Feb 2013   #4
Suarez

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Hmmm...I guess it is because my Windows 7 install is on a 'logical' drive, that is why I cannot easily convert it to active.

So...if I was to make a backup of just the Windows 7 drive in Acronis or something....could I then format the entire HDD then reinstall just the Windows 7 image?

Would that work? What software is best?

Thank you.
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18 Feb 2013   #5
gregrocker

 

You'll need to convert C to Primary first which is easy using our favorite tool here: How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

Then mark it Active: How to Set Active/Inactive partition -Partition Wizard Video Help.

Then from the booted Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 boots and holds the System Active Boot flags.

Finally you can delete XP partition and recover its space into C if you want, so that Win7 benefits from having the better placement on left hand side of the HD: Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.
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18 Feb 2013   #6
Suarez

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Thank you, I will give this a go now.
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18 Feb 2013   #7
Suarez

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Thank you gregrocker, this worked perfectly.

Windows XP now gone. Shows up as unallocated space.

Slightly confused about the last part though.

I now have 100GB unallocated space before my Windows 7 partition.

If I want to move my Windows 7 partition to the left, how do I do this? Or indeed, I would rather just merge them. The video doesn't seem to quite cover it.

Thanks again.
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18 Feb 2013   #8
Suarez

Windows 7 X64
 
 

Thank you gregrocker, this worked perfectly.

Windows XP now gone. Shows up as unallocated space.

Slightly confused about the last part though.

I now have 100GB unallocated space before my Windows 7 partition.

If I want to move my Windows 7 partition to the left, how do I do this? Or indeed, I would rather just merge them. The video doesn't seem to quite cover it.

Thanks again.

Edit: Is it that I have to reduce the unallocated space to a bare minimum, then add the bulk of it to the Windows 7 partition? So I will always have a little bit of space to the left before the Windows 7 partition?

-sorry, double post-
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18 Feb 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

Seems you missed a step. Watch the video:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

Finally you can delete XP partition and recover its space into C if you want, so that Win7 benefits from having the better placement on left hand side of the HD: Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.
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18 Feb 2013   #10
Suarez

Windows 7 X64
 
 

That's what I get when I try it:

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