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Windows 7: Removing Dual Boot

23 Oct 2009   #1
BillS22

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Removing Dual Boot

Is it possible to stop dual booting without formatiing my harddrive?

My boot splash screen order is:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

I want to delete my WindowsOLD direcorty and boot to Win 7 only.
Win 7 and Vista are on the same partition.

Thanks,
Bill


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23 Oct 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Yes it's possible. You just need to remove the boot screen entry for Vista using something like EasyBCD.
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23 Oct 2009   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You should be able to use "startup and recovery" or "msconfig" and make the OS you want to use default...

Then go to disk management and delete that partition and extend your "C" into the free space. This is what I intend to do.
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24 Oct 2009   #4
BillS22

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks. EASYBCD fixe the problem.
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24 Oct 2009   #5
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I need to take a look at that program. I have been able to get by without it but it sure seems to help a lot of people.

Glad you got it sorted out. Have a good one.
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24 Oct 2009   #6
mpkelley20

Windows 7
 
 

I have a similar issue. I have 3 hard drives. One with Win 7, one with Vista and one with XP. My computer skips the splash screen when booting up and goes directly to 7 (which is what I want) but when I try to format my Vista drive (haven't tried XP yet) I get a message saying I can't format it.

Under disc management, it tells me it is due to system partion on the Vista drive. Not sure why anything is being used on the Vista drive when booting onto my & drive as I did a clean install.

I went to msconfig, removed Vista from boot up, restarted my system but still get that error message. All I want to do is format the dang drive with Vista on it.

Any ideas?
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25 Oct 2009   #7
BillS22

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Try EasyBCD. The 3ard or 4th tab has a screen where you can delete the splash screen entries. You want to delete all but Windows 7.
Re-boot and see if that fixes your problem.
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25 Oct 2009   #8
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpkelley20 View Post
I have a similar issue. I have 3 hard drives. One with Win 7, one with Vista and one with XP. My computer skips the splash screen when booting up and goes directly to 7 (which is what I want) but when I try to format my Vista drive (haven't tried XP yet) I get a message saying I can't format it.

Under disc management, it tells me it is due to system partion on the Vista drive. Not sure why anything is being used on the Vista drive when booting onto my & drive as I did a clean install.

I went to msconfig, removed Vista from boot up, restarted my system but still get that error message. All I want to do is format the dang drive with Vista on it.

Any ideas?
You need to move your boot files off of Vista partition before you can format it. Windows is being smart for you and not letting you. It knows you can not boot without it.

It is quite easy to move boot files and have your system boot from elsewhere. If you want help to do this, post a screenshot of disk management. I'd tell you how and the commands, but I want to absolutely sure I understand your setup first.

You will then go into bios and choose another HDD as first boot device, after we move the files to it.
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26 Oct 2009   #9
mpkelley20

Windows 7
 
 

Here is the screen print. I tried re-ordering my drives in the BIOS without moving the files and that's when I realized that Win 7 was using a boot file from my vista drive. I'm glad there is an easy way to move the files around.

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26 Oct 2009   #10
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

First, make sure you can view hidden and system files in Windows Explorer (Computer.) In Windows Explorer, Organize, folder and search options. View tab to do so.

Copy and paste bootmgr file from E: to C:
Copy and paste boot folder from E: to C: telling it to skip over copying bcd and bcd.log when it asks.

Run this command from an elevated command prompt:

bcdedit /export C:\boot\bcd

Go into C:\boot in Windows Explorer and see that bcd file is now in there. If so, reboot into bios and change the first boot device to your C: drive.

Boot to Windows 7 and look at disk management again. C: should now also be the system partition as well as all that it previously was.

If that's all correct and well, you can now format your E:
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