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Windows 7: Okay to delete System Reserved on xp?

06 Apr 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Good screenshot and as Greg says, XP is self sufficient. You can recover the 100MB - but is it worth it.

But since you want to get rid of Windows 7 anyhow, you can delete the H partition and the 100MB partition to get a combined unallocated space. Then you can make a new partition there.


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06 Apr 2013   #12
kirbymaster101

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

So, is it find to use Easeus partition manager to delete the c and h drive? Also, how would I go to changing my drive etter back to C:, making sure nothing breaks like my shortcuts?
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06 Apr 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Once XP is running, it will be C. EaseUS is probably as good as any other.
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06 Apr 2013   #14
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

The xp installer will always assign C: to the active partition.

So installing windows 7 first, having system reserved as the active partition, will make it C when installing xp.
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06 Apr 2013   #15
gregrocker

 

Normally when Win7 is installed second in a Dual Boot it should take the Active flag and install its boot files on XP partition, assigning itself C. The only way I see that XP could be D since it can't be installed from Win7 (while it's holding C), is if it was installed from another OS like 2000 first, which was later deleted and had Win7 installed in the space.

Regardless, you'd have to reinstall XP to have it on C now.

Use Partition Wizard boot CD as I've now mentioned twice because it will not fail while all others besides Disk Mgmt can fail with data loss during resizing.
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07 Apr 2013   #16
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

I know he says that xp was installed first, but the partition table layout says otherwise. If xp was installed first, on a clean harddisk, the layout would have been different.
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07 Apr 2013   #17
kirbymaster101

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

Would it affect my disk layout at all if I am currently using EasyBCD?
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07 Apr 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

I'm not sure what you are asking. EasyBCD makes BCD edits to add or remove another OS for multi-booting, and can transfer your boot files to another partition. It has no effect on the disk layout which is a partitioning issue, not boot or BCD issue.

What exactly have you done with EasyBCD?
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07 Apr 2013   #19
kirbymaster101

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

Just change Windows Xp to the default os.
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07 Apr 2013   #20
gregrocker

 

Kirby you have the System Active flags on XP partition which means it is fully self-sufficient so you can delete System Reserved and Win7 in Disk mgmt to repartition the space, or use Partition Wizard if you want to resize XP to the preferred left side of the HD. I already gave you the steps.

Make an XP backup image if you want to have a backup, or at least save your files.
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