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Windows 7: 2 windows 7's need to get rid of one

25 Feb 2013   #1
Lansander

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
2 windows 7's need to get rid of one

Hi guys
I need help regarding having one dudd copy of windows 7 (recovered) as it says. I cocked it up while trying to install it using my windows 7 upgrade disk (originally i had vista on it untill windows 7 came out)and dont know how to get rid of it. I tried twice doing a clean install thinking it would overwrite it, this second time getting rid of a partition on my drive that has always been there since new. But its still there as an option every time i start my laptop and after a clean install i have only 180gb free of a 219gb hdd. i think having only one operating system would use only 14-16gb. I have done a disk cleanup getting rid of any old version of windows but because this recovered windows (which doesn't do anything when you try to load it) is still current it wont go. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated


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25 Feb 2013   #2
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Lansander and welcome to Seven Forums .

Try this here . Click on the button type msconfig in Search files and programs inside the start menu press ENTER if you get a USER ACCOUNT CONTROL window click on Yes . Once the System Configuration Window opens up click on the Boot Tab Highlight the recovered option and delete
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25 Feb 2013   #3
Lansander

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi vistaking I did not expect such a rapid response. Thanks for that I will try tomorrow as its bed time for me now. I will let you know how I get on cheers
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25 Feb 2013   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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I tried twice doing a clean install thinking it would overwrite it, this second time getting rid of a partition on my drive that has always been there since new.
Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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25 Feb 2013   #5
gregrocker

 

Once we see the requested screenshot we will help you delete the unwanted Win7 instead of just hide it - so you can recover the drive space and boot files into the remaining Win7.

You also need to become familar with Disk Mgmt so you become the master of your PC and not just install on blind faith. We will explain it to you as we go.
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26 Feb 2013   #6
Lansander

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

ok cheers you guys. I hope this is readable for you


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26 Feb 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

There isn't any partition large enough besides C to install Win7 upon, so you'll need to either remove the ghost listing as suggested in msconfig>Boot tab, or install EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to delete the entry on the Edit OS menu tab.

in the future follow the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get a perfect reinstall, deleting all partitions during install to create new as you wish. It's doubtful Acer Factory Recovery will run now that you've reinstalled but you can test it using Acer eRecovery Management program.
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27 Feb 2013   #8
Lansander

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

cheers for helping guys. I have done the msconfig thing which has deleted the optional windows when starting but as you stated earlier it has only hidden it away as opposed to deleting it and recovering the hard drive space that its taking up. i looked at the guide Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and want to know if i can use my windows 7 upgrade disk for that or not? Or failing that how else can i do just a clean install as new? Thanks again
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27 Feb 2013   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You have to explore C to see what is taking up the space. You may have a windows.old folder you have to delete. In computer, click on your C drive and if you have a windows.old folder it will be right there in plain site.

And Yes, you can use an upgrade disc to do a clean install, you are formatting your install partition when you do the install, correct ?

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

As stated by Greg, you only have 1 instance of windows, so nothing is hiding anywhere. If you mean you had 2 instances of windows on the bootscreen, that is all together different and it sounds like you cleared that up. Let us know for sure.
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27 Feb 2013   #10
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

He wasn't dual booting Windows 7 . The Windows 7 ( Recovery ) option in the boot manager is that he kept booting to that and didn't let Windows boot on its own when it was installing.

@ ADDRAM ... like you said he should have the Windows.old folder inside C:\
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