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Windows 7: Cant Delete Old Primary XP Partition after Win 7 Installation


07 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Cant Delete Old Primary XP Partition after Win 7 Installation

Hi Guys. I am having a tough time here. I have an older hp pc that came with Windows XP. Last Year I upgraded it to Windows 7, but to be safe I installed 7 on a newly created partition.

Problem is is now that im satisfied with 7 I want to delete my old xp install, but the partition is still labeled as primary.

It wont let me just delete/format the old partition (using EASEUS Partition software), so i was wondering what steps do i take.
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07 May 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can follow this tutorial
Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS
but the Windows 7 partition will need to be a Primary Partition, not Logical, as OS's can not boot from a Logical partition.
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07 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

And windows will not let you delete an active partition.

As suggested your windows 7 partition has to be made primary and set to active, and the XP partition has to be set to inactive. You will then have to run startup repair to get 7 booting again.

You can do all this with a partition wizard boot cd, and a windows 7 system repair disc, made from backup and restore from the control panel.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

System Repair Disc - Create

Partition - Mark as Active
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07 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Could i just clone my windows 7 install, & use that to the replace both the old xp & 7 version?
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07 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Honestly, I would just reinstall windows and delete the xp partition during the install.

Why don`t you just make the PW boot cd and delete the xp partition and change the Windows 7 partition to primary and active, then run startup repair ?

You could have been done hours ago either way.

1st thing you need to do is make the Windows 7 partition primary. You could easily install Partition Wizard to do that.

http://partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
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07 May 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Here's the steps to do what you want.

Download free Partition Wizard bootable CD
and burn to CD using Windows Image Burner.

Boot the CD, rightclick Windows 7 partition to Modify>Set to Primary, click OK.

Then rightclick 7 partition again to Modify>Set to Active, click OK. Apply both steps.

Now boot into Windows 7 DVD or Repair CD to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

When Windows 7 boots and holds the System Active flags, you can delete XP partition and resize C to the left to take up the space using Partition Wizard Resize Partition - Video Help.
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