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Windows 7: Clean installation and partitioning help!

25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows Vista
 
 
Clean installation and partitioning help!

I have a Toshiba laptop with 2 partitions- One with windows vista on it and one for backups. I want to join the two partitions and use the Windows 7 Upgrade pack and do a clean installation. How would i go about joining the two partitions? Am i able to use the upgrade version to install it?

Thanks for any help in advance!

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25 Oct 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ablack774 View Post
I have a Toshiba laptop with 2 partitions- One with windows vista on it and one for backups. I want to join the two partitions and use the Windows 7 Upgrade pack and do a clean installation. How would i go about joining the two partitions? Am i able to use the upgrade version to install it?

Thanks for any help in advance!
easy to do. from within vista delete the backup partition (make sure you have everything you need off of it). then when you install win 7 pick the vista partiton. the installer will ask you how big you want to make the partition. choose all

Let us know if you need help with this

Ken
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25 Oct 2009   #3

Windows Vista
 
 

Thats great thanks. Am i able to buy the upgrade version or do i need to purchase the full version to be able to do this?
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25 Oct 2009   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You should be fine with the upgrade version.
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25 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ablack774 View Post
I have a Toshiba laptop with 2 partitions- One with windows vista on it and one for backups. I want to join the two partitions and use the Windows 7 Upgrade pack and do a clean installation. How would i go about joining the two partitions? Am i able to use the upgrade version to install it?

Thanks for any help in advance!

You can delete and resize your partitions from within Vista. Go to Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management.
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25 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ablack774 View Post
Thats great thanks. Am i able to buy the upgrade version or do i need to purchase the full version to be able to do this?
This should help you if you need it.

http://www.sevenforums.com/vip/30620...7-version.html
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26 Oct 2009   #7

Windows Vista
 
 

Hi, I am trying to shrink my Toshiba Recovery HD Partition but i cant. The recovery takes up 10gb but the hard drive is 30gb. I would like to shrink it so that i am able to add it to my Seven partition when it arrives.
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26 Oct 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Don't shrink, delete. If it won't delete using Disk Management or a third party Partition Manager like (free) Partition WIzard (32,64) or Easeus (32), then it is an EISA partition which needs a special diskpart workaround:

Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista My Digital Life
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28 Oct 2009   #9

Windows Vista
 
 

I tried to install 7 but when i restart the computer from the disk - i am only given the option to delete the partition and am not able to join the free hd space to the vista partition.

Do i need to delete the vista partition before i am able to join the free space with the vista partition. I also have the Upgrade edition, will deleting the vista partition make me unable to install 7?
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28 Oct 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Let's make this easy:

Back up all of your files onto an external drive, stick or disk

Boot from the Windows 7 installer, choose Custom install, Advanced tools.

Highlight each partition shown and Delete.

When all partitions are deleted and showing as "Unallocated space", select Create and make one big partition

Format that partition and install.

The installer should see your Vista when it boots up and allow you to give your key and activate.

Later, if you want to make a data partition, use Disk Management to shrink the one big partition, Create what you want, then format it and install data.
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