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Windows 7: Remove XP from dual boot

07 Nov 2009   #1
bertie11

Windows 7
 
 
Remove XP from dual boot

I'm currently dual booting Win7 and XP Pro. Because the fix that prevents XP from wiping out restore points in Win 7 won't work on this system I want to remove XP completely and just run Win 7. How should I go about this, do I just format the XP partition from Win7, and will the boot manager need to be altered to remove reference to XP?
I might, at a later date, do a clean instal of XP and then try the 'restore point' fix. If that works I will just use it for a couple of programs that won't work in 7. Many thanks.


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07 Nov 2009   #2
rachid218

Windows 7
 
 

First of all and just to put you online , I have a french windows, so I'm sorry for bad technical words translation.
To remove win xp from the boot screenwhile you are using windows 7
1- Right click on computer icon
2-Propriies
3-advanced system settintg ( up on the left)
4- start up and recovering==>click on setting
5-Uncheck " display systems during 30 sec" ( becrefullwin 7 should be the system that appear in the chosing bar
After a restar you can format the partition where xp is installed
good luck
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07 Nov 2009   #3
bertie11

Windows 7
 
 

Hi rachid128

Thank you, I understood you just fine.
Is it as simple as that? Only I noticed others doing the same thing are using BCDedit. Have you used that method?
Thanks
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08 Nov 2009   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If you format XP on the first partition, it will make Win7 unbootable.

You need to mark Win7 active in Disk Managment, delete XP partition, then boot into the Win7 installer Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to rewrite the MBR.

If you want the Win7 partition moved into the lower address, use bootable Partition Wizard to move it over into the deleted XP space, mark it active then boot into Win7installer and run Startup Repair 3 times to solve multple issues..
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08 Nov 2009   #5
bertie11

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you format XP on the first partition, it will make Win7 unbootable.

You need to mark Win7 active in Disk Managment, delete XP partition, then boot into the Win7 installer Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to rewrite the MBR.

If you want the Win7 partition moved into the lower address, use bootable Partition Wizard to move it over into the deleted XP space, mark it active then boot into Win7installer and run Startup Repair 3 times to solve multple issues..
Hi gregrocker thanks for response

This is the bit that confuses me. Presumably you mean disk management when booted into XP? When in Win 7, both Win7 and XP are marked as active, primary partitions anyway. But if you do mean XP then do I have to delete XP from within XP?
I'm getting too old for this
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08 Nov 2009   #6
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

In windows 7 "disk management" one of the partitions will be marked as "Boot" and this is where the boot manager is , If it's in your windows 7 partition because you installed it first then you can simply format the XP partition, but if it's in the XP partition then a format will delete the boot manager and leave your system unbootable, you can try and move the boot manager files then rewrite it starting with using a tool like Easybcd or you can make a recovery disc in windows 7 then run it after deleting the XP partition, and that will get you back into windows 7

you can download recovery discs from here or you can make one within your own system by going to control panel / backup and restore and use the option to "create a system repair disc"
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08 Nov 2009   #7
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertie11 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you format XP on the first partition, it will make Win7 unbootable.

You need to mark Win7 active in Disk Managment, delete XP partition, then boot into the Win7 installer Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to rewrite the MBR.

If you want the Win7 partition moved into the lower address, use bootable Partition Wizard to move it over into the deleted XP space, mark it active then boot into Win7installer and run Startup Repair 3 times to solve multple issues..
Hi gregrocker thanks for response

This is the bit that confuses me. Presumably you mean disk management when booted into XP? When in Win 7, both Win7 and XP are marked as active, primary partitions anyway. But if you do mean XP then do I have to delete XP from within XP?
I'm getting too old for this
If you have XP running you won't be able to delete it. So boot into Win7 and follow his instructions.

After you delete the XP partition, restart with the Win7 installation DVD in the DVD drive, and run Startup Repair three times. This will rebuild the boot manager.

Have a look at this tutorial, it will explain how to use the installation DVD for startup repair.
How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7

Let us know how it's going.
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08 Nov 2009   #8
bertie11

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ickymay View Post
In windows 7 "disk management" one of the partitions will be marked as "Boot" and this is where the boot manager is , If it's in your windows 7 partition because you installed it first then you can simply format the XP partition, but if it's in the XP partition then a format will delete the boot manager and leave your system unbootable, you can try and move the boot manager files then rewrite it starting with using a tool like Easybcd or you can make a recovery disc in windows 7 then run it after deleting the XP partition, and that will get you back into windows 7

you can download recovery discs from here or you can make one within your own system by going to control panel / backup and restore and use the option to "create a system repair disc"
Hello ickymay
Disk management says that boot is on Windows 7 (C:\) and XP Pro shows as Active, primary partition so from what you say I can format D:\XP from Win7. When I try that it says it cannot format the system partition on this disk.
I am still in disk management at this point. Should I come out of it?
I have made a system repair disk.
Thanks.
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08 Nov 2009   #9
bertie11

Windows 7
 
 

OK. I've now got it sorted. Once I had Win 7 active and not XP and rebooted I then got 'NTLDR not found'. I went into the BIOS and found that it was trying to boot from a removable disk. The CD drive had been pushed to third on the list. Once I made it the first again all went well, and as you say I needed to do three repairs first.
So, to all who got me sorted, my thanks to you. Fewer hairs now than when I started though.
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08 Nov 2009   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Did you move your Win7 partiiton over, too? If you decide to do it later,, be sure to make a backup image stored externally so you can start over if the Resize/move operation fails using Partition Wizard disk.

When you get it all where you want it, make the Win7 backup image stored externally (and in a primary formatted partition ifyou want) to reimage the HDD (or a replacement) in 15 minutes, making reinstalls never again needed.
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