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Windows 7: Dual Boot - remove one option

10 Feb 2015   #1
Zolwik

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
Dual Boot - remove one option

I received a Dell laptop with a dual XP boot on it -
on startup, it displayed two options, both of them XP.
One worked, the other one didn't.
I did a fresh install (not an upgrade) of Windows 7, which apparently landed on top of the working XP boot.

So now when I boot up, I see two options - Windows 7 and "earlier operating system".
The Windows 7 boot works fine, but if I try the other, I get
"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem."

I looked in the Disk Manager; all I could see was one disk (C),
with two partitions - one huge one, and one 9 MB one.

I'd really like to remove the XP ("earlier operating system") option,
so that it would boot directly to Windows 7.

How can I do this?


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10 Feb 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look at this: Dual Boot - Delete a OS
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10 Feb 2015   #3
Zolwik

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Yes, I've seen that. However, the top part of my Disk Management window shows only one Volume - C.
I don't see any evidence of where the XP boot might be installed.
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10 Feb 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is always only one C partition and that is the active OS.
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10 Feb 2015   #5
Zolwik

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

On the page you sent me to, there is a screen shot of a Disk Management window.
Red circles and arrows show where the Windows 7 part is,
and where the Windows 8 part is.

On my system, there is only one entry in the Disk Management window.
Not surprisingly, its name is C.
It is healthy, and is marked "boot".

So where is Win XP installed?
How can I delete this boot option?
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10 Feb 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Can you post a picture of your disk management.
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10 Feb 2015   #8
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you're booting Windows 7, the boot options are stored in the boot configuration database (bcd). You could use bcdedit from an elevated command prompt to delete the obsolete options, or perhaps Visual BCD Editor if you'd prefer.
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10 Feb 2015   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
If you're booting Windows 7, the boot options are stored in the boot configuration database (bcd). You could use bcdedit from an elevated command prompt to delete the obsolete options, or perhaps Visual BCD Editor if you'd prefer.
Carl, that's all explained in the tutorial I gave him in my first post. But there is more to it. E.g. the XP partition could very well be his active partition and if he deletes it the system does not boot any more. But we will only know that after looking at his disk management.
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10 Feb 2015   #10
Zolwik

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Thanks, Cluberti - I'll try that in the morning (when I'm fresher). And for those who asked, here's a screen shot of my Disk Management.


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