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Windows 7: Uninstall Windows 7

19 Jul 2014   #1
thefollower

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 
Uninstall Windows 7

Hello

I recently installed windows 7 on to my SSD but now i have two Windows 7 OS installed. I'm wondering how do i uninstall windows 7 from my hard drive so I now only have Windows 7 on my SSD?

I removed the old drive from the boot file in MSconfig, but all the windows folders etc exist on the drive. Do i simply delete the folder or do i have to uninstall it properly ? I could not find an option with the install disc.

Hope you can help.


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19 Jul 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You simply format the older windows partition.

Did you have the hard drive unplugged when you installed windows on the SSD ?

If not then windows will not boot if you format the hard drive, post a shot of disk management before you do anything further, and backup your data.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If that`s the case then unplug the hard drive and re install windows on the ssd, it only takes 15 minutes.

SSD Alignment

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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19 Jul 2014   #3
thefollower

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You simply format the drive or partition.
Well i don't want to format that will lose all my programs i have on it and my music which would be a pain. What does partition do ?
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19 Jul 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Post the shot please

Get your music backed up, start installing your programs on the ssd, when your happy with your new install on the ssd, then you can format the old windows partition.
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19 Jul 2014   #5
gregrocker

 

The correct way to uninstall an OS is always to delete its partition. But as Brian said, if you didn't unplug the old OS during install to the SSD you probably have the boot files for the SSD on the old HD. We need to see the screenshot to determine this for sure. Then we can give you the steps for how to make the SSD independently bootable as we have for thousands of others. You'll also be ready once you back up your files to another partition to delete the old Win7 partition. We can help you arrange this to make it easiest.
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19 Jul 2014   #6
thefollower

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Okay here is the screenshot.


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19 Jul 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The system reserved partition is marked active and contains the system files to boot the hard drive. ( Totally normal )

But......If you ever removed the hard drive or formatted the entire hard drive or if it dies, then windows on the ssd would not boot.

This is why it`s best to unplug ALL the other hard drives when you install windows

How do you plan on activating your install on the ssd ?

Do you have a COA on the computer case somewhere ?

What did you use to install windows 7 on the ssd ? A retail copy of windows 7 Ultimate ?
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19 Jul 2014   #8
thefollower

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
The system reserved partition is marked active and contains the system files to boot the hard drive. ( Totally normal )

If you ever removed the hard drive or formatted the entire hard drive, then windows on the ssd would not boot.
How do i fix it so it is all sorted?
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19 Jul 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

C is not booting itself but is being booted by the old HD as signified by the System flag on the System Reserved partition.

If at all possible I would swap C and D cables to move the C drive to DISK0 position, because if you don't then Startup Repair or Reinstall could derail the System boot files to DISK0 as we see happen regularly. If you can't do that then I could convert D to a Logical data partition which cannot accept boot files: How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard.

Once you're ready to make C boot itself Mark C Partition Active

then move the Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Forums.

Reboot into BIOS setup to set C drive as first hard drive to boot in Boot Priority order, then Save changes and restart to see if C starts on its own and holds the System Active flags.

If the old hard drive interferes in any way then unplug it and do the repairs above again. If these fail then boot into the WIn7 DVD to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until C starts and is System Active.

Then gradually move your files off of the old Win7 drive to another hard drive for storage, once you're sure they are all off of it I would wipe the old WIn7 drive with Diskpart Clean Command to get it cleanest so you can repartition it in Disk Management as desired: Partition or Volume - Create New
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19 Jul 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can do all that, or unplug the other drives, put the ssd on sata port 1 on the motherboard, then re install windows on the ssd.

With all those hard drives, you shouldn`t be storing any data or anything important on your windows drive, there`s no reason to.
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