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Windows 7: Upgrade To Windows 7

10 Mar 2016   #101
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No.

That's not what I mean.

I mean Windows Disk Management.

Just like you did 3 days ago in post number 75 in this thread. Look at that post and do the same thing you did then.

In post 75, your Recovery partition had 9 GB free and unused. Now it has no free space.

You appear to have made a wrong choice and caused the Recovery partition to be filled up. Not a good move.


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10 Mar 2016   #102
hazel123

Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 7 32 bit and Xubuntu
 
 

Not quite sure where you're at with this now, but I've bought the odd full copy of Windows 7 Home Premium from private ebay sellers. It helps if it's still sealed and check the seller seems genuine with 100% feedback, plus you can ask them questions (ie if it has been used on a computer and removed was it formatted and deactivated and so on.

I did a clean install of Windows 7 on a Vista laptop that went smoothly with either a full copy or upgrade copy of Home Premium.
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10 Mar 2016   #103
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

O.k......It would seem that I have installed one version of Windows 7 onto the recovery drive, I think that is why the other ''legit'' version is not updating... because of lack of space...the question is.....how the hell do I remove this second version ? and recover the disk space........tried to take a screenshot of it but failed.......any ideas most welcome.....Del.
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10 Mar 2016   #104
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Del 80 View Post
O.k......It would seem that I have installed one version of Windows 7 onto the recovery drive, I think that is why the other ''legit'' version is not updating... because of lack of space...the question is.....how the hell do I remove this second version ? and recover the disk space........tried to take a screenshot of it but failed.......any ideas most welcome.....Del.
Regarding the screenshot. Follow the instructions in post 69. You did it before and were successful.

It's tough to advise without that picture.

I assume you did not make a Macrium image of Vista and want to move forward with Windows 7 only. Is that correct?

You apparently have accidentally installed Windows to your Recovery partition. I would therefore be skeptical about whether the Recovery partition will now work as advertised. You'll never know until and unless you try it and I'm not asking you to try it.

Assuming you have a valid Windows 7 installation disc and a valid Product Key, you can certainly start from scratch and reinstall Windows 7, deleting ALL partitions during that process--including that Recovery partition. If you did that, you'd never be able to go back to Vista unless you have a valid Vista installation disc. You may not even be able to go back to Vista now, without that disc, if the Recovery partition is now out of order.

I have no idea if that's what you might want to do. Do you have any personal data on this hard drive and is it backed up anywhere? If you delete all partitions and start over, anything on the disc is gone forever.
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11 Mar 2016   #105
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

O.k.....Still struggling with that screenshot.......but would this work?.....move recovery partition to usb drive, then wipe recovery partition completely......what would happen......I have nothing on there that I want to keep, but will there be anything of importance on there that will affect the running of the computer ? apart from back up, which will then be on usb............I thought that there may be an option in the boot menu to remove this second edition, but can't see anything there......Del.
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11 Mar 2016   #106
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Without the Disk Management (DM) screen print ignatzatsonic asked for no one can be sure what might happen if you wipe the recovery partition.

What are your problems with posting the screenshot ?

Can you run MS Paint ?
Can you open Disk Management and maximize the window ?
Can you click the keyboard "Print Screen" button and paste into Paint ?
Can you save the Paint file and post it here ?
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11 Mar 2016   #107
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

OK Del,

Looking at your previous screen shot which I assume is still valid ...

Upgrade To Windows 7-del-disk-layout.png

I have marked up the partitions (there are three but they show in two places) ...

The Yellow partition is the system reserved partition for the original Dell start-up, it monitors for the press of whatever key combination invokes the recovery system
The Blue partition is the actual Dell recovery partition containing the image of the original Vista install with all the additional Dell components.
The red partition is your "working" Windows 7 install

If you have no further interest in re- using Vista (or if you originally created the recovery Media, DVDs, that Dell recommends), you can remove both the Yellow and Blue partitions.

I doubt it is possible to reset the partitions to what they were originally but they should still work if you create an image with macrium to a USB, (a copy would not work as you need the invisible partition information for the restore procedure), for future use if you think there is a possibility of you reverting to Vista.

You should retain the Red partition and if it does not boot after removing the Dell partitions you can recover by running a start-up repair a number of times.

Now saying all this ...What I would do is .... start from basics,

use the Legit Disk to wipe the drive of all partitions (may be done by using advanced options in Windows 7 Installer), and install a complete fresh copy of Windows 7, This would give you a clean base to proceed to an upgrade to Windows 10 and would allow all the disk to be accessed by your active OS, (and gain an additional 14GB+ of usable storage )


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11 Mar 2016   #108
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Hope this works !!Upgrade To Windows 7-untitled.jpg


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11 Mar 2016   #109
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Yes, it works, looks like nothing has changed with regards to the actual partitions, from your original one so what I posted earlier is still valid
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11 Mar 2016   #110
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

O.k Nigel, So wipe everything yes, and start again...... there is nothing that I want to keep, and I will never return to Vista........is there anything on the disc that will affect the operation of the laptop.....drivers, or anything like that ?.......Del.
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