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Windows 7: Delete XP partition from Windows 7/XP dual boot

07 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How to delete XP partition from Windows 7/XP dual boot?

I have XP and Windows 7 64 bit both installed on my computer and want to delete the xp partition that I no longer use. The problem is that my XP partition is the primary, active and system partition! I really made a mess for myself when I partitioned my computer. Below is an image of disk management. XP is on D, 7 is on C. Thanks in advance!



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07 Dec 2013   #2

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07 Dec 2013   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

C: would need to be a PRIMARY Partition.
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07 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 

How do I turn C into the primary, active, and system partition and D into the logical partition?
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07 Dec 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

The best way to do this which handles everything correctly is to Mark C Partition Active

then from Windows 7 disk or System Repair Disk run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 starts.

After Windows 7 starts and is marked System Active, you can delete XP and recover its prime disk space to benefit Windows 7 by using Partition Wizard CD to Resize Partition - Video Help.

Whenever resizing on the boot sector, always have your Windows 7 disk standing by as it may require another repair.
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07 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Rather than jumping thru a lot of hoops, just copy the bootmgr from the XP partition to C. Then follow the tutorial that Golden posted.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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07 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I managed to use a combination of partition assistant, disk manager, easybcd, and the repair disk to change C to primary, then active, and then system. Thanks everyone!
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07 Dec 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Please reboot your PC and tap F8. Is Repair My Computer on the top of the Advanced Boot Options? If not it is because EasyBCD still does not do that, and until it does cannot be considered a Best Practice or even a good one if it leaves a User without the onboard Repair console.

During Windows 7 beta these forums developed the Best Practice to Mark Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to move the System boot files, which has worked for tens of thousands of users successfully ever since.
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