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Windows 7: Installed Win 7 dual boot alongside XP


23 Oct 2009   #1

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
Installed Win 7 dual boot alongside XP

What a fantastic forum with plenty of active engagement.

After reading the dual boot guide, I prepared my PC as follows yesterday

Created a separare partition on one of my Hard drives and did a custom installation of Win 7. Thsi all worked fine and I can now dual boot into either Win XP or Win 7.

My reasoning behind the dual boot was to give me some time to install all programs etc on Windows 7 whilst still having Win XP

I have a couple of questions

1) Once I am happy with the state of Win 7. I would like to retire the Win XP partition. How would I go about this and reclaim the space and add to existing partitions
2) Is there anything I woudl need to do on the dual boot screen so that it goes straight into Win 7

Thanks for your help

Kwack

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23 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

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23 Oct 2009   #3

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kwack View Post
What a fantastic forum with plenty of active engagement.

After reading the dual boot guide, I prepared my PC as follows yesterday

Created a separare partition on one of my Hard drives and did a custom installation of Win 7. Thsi all worked fine and I can now dual boot into either Win XP or Win 7.

My reasoning behind the dual boot was to give me some time to install all programs etc on Windows 7 whilst still having Win XP

I have a couple of questions

1) Once I am happy with the state of Win 7. I would like to retire the Win XP partition. How would I go about this and reclaim the space and add to existing partitions
2) Is there anything I woudl need to do on the dual boot screen so that it goes straight into Win 7

Thanks for your help

Kwack
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#2, first. This tutorial will tell you How to Delete a Listed Operating System at Boot in Windows 7.

Once XP is taken off the boot menu then Windows 7 will be booted automatically, no boot menu.

Then you can format the XP partition. Retired, this will leave unallocated space ready to be taken by one of your partitions.

#1 will depend on the partition location. Windows disk management can expand a partition to the right only. If your XP partition is listed first (most likely) then the second partition will not be able to expand to the left.

But don't worry, a free Partition Manager can easily do that for you.
There are several installation, repair, partition, backup and miscellaneous tutorials, also some free programs that have been tested and work with Windows 7 at this sticky thread:
Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7

And a link to Partition Wizard, which will move and expand the partition anywhere you want.

Just reply here if you have any further questions.
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23 Oct 2009   #4

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the advice - I will try this out at home once I have managed to install all of my numerous programs

Cheers
Kwack
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23 Oct 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Let us know how it all turns out
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24 Oct 2009   #6

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Well all seemed to be going fine. Then I renamed the windows XP folder and now it wont boot. It comes up with NTLDR missing. I tried to repair Win 7 but this failed.

I have reinstalled Win& and it appears to be working but when I reboot I do not get a dual boot option


Any ideas

Kwack
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24 Oct 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

You need to run Startup Repair several times from your 7 installer Repair console.

If that fails, boot back into Repair Command Line and run "bootrec.exe /fixboot" and "bootrec.exe /fixmbr" or if those don't work "Bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force" without quotes.

Had you deleted the XP partition and recovered its space yet? What position did it occupy?

When you can boot then please take a screenshot of your Disk Management map so we can see where you are.

In the future, use the great new Windows 7 Image backup to save an image externally so if things fizzle you can reimage the drive in 15 minutes and start over fresh. These things can fail, and do.
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24 Oct 2009   #8

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

I didnt delete the win xp partition. I renamed within Win 7 from LOcal Disk to 1.LOcal disk and it is still full of Win XP stuff.

I run startup repair initllt several tme and it eventually came up with Windows 7 cant repair this fault so ecided to re-install again.
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24 Oct 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kwack View Post
I didnt delete the win xp partition. I renamed within Win 7 from LOcal Disk to 1.LOcal disk and it is still full of Win XP stuff.

I run startup repair initllt several tme and it eventually came up with Windows 7 cant repair this fault so ecided to re-install again.
can you access your XP data?

if you wanna post a screenshot we can help you achieve where you wanna go with it, like moving your data all into 7, then deleting XP, moving Windows 7 into that space, checking it all out with chkdsk for example.
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24 Oct 2009   #10

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

The Win XP partition was only used for programs installs and doesnt contain any data. I was hoping via the XP dual boot to give myself some time to do installs to Win 7 over the next couple of weeks. then decomission XP at some point in the future.

Looks like the PC has decided that for me so will press on and do all program installs on Win & and then decomission XP partition an retrieve teh space shortly.

I am not too keen in trying a repair agian as it didnt work last time and then had to completely re-install. I figure if I got Win 7 working I should stick with that??

Thanks for all the advice

Kwack
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