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Windows 7: Remove old OS from dual boot system

21 Sep 2013   #1

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Remove old OS from dual boot system

We have two Lenovo laptops that have 7 and XP in dual boot. We are now confident that we don't need XP any more, so is it just a matter of deleting the XP partitions?

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John

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21 Sep 2013   #2

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21 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Gosh - that was quick - and I'd just found that (and some similar pages) too

I should also have mentioned that in both computers, XP was there first.

Actually it's not a big deal if I don't remove them - the XP partitions are small compared with the disc size.
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21 Sep 2013   #4
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Reboot and tap the F8 key to see if you have Repair My COmputer on the Advanced Boot options.

If not make sure the Windows 7 partition is marked Active, then boot installer or Repair CD to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to correctly do the job of moving the System flag and boot files. It explains in the tutorial why this has been the procedure we've used here since before Beta.

In addition if you want to remove the XP partition this method is safest: Partition - Recover Space Used by an Older OS
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23 Sep 2013   #5

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Many thanks for the help guys. Good job I didn't go blundering in!

I think I'll clone the drive(s) first before doing anything

John
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