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Windows 7: Dual boot: remove original OS and keep W7?

20 Nov 2009   #1
binni

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Dual boot: remove original OS and keep W7?

I wasn't quite sure which subforum to post this in, but this seemed the most appropriate one.

My laptop is dual booted with Vista as the original OS and Windows 7 as the other on a different partition. I've decided to use only W7 and get rid of Vista. Is there any way I can accomplish this, seeing as Vista is the original OS?

I was thinking about just formatting the partition that Vista is on and if it were to mess with the bootloaders, I'd just use the recover function on the Windows 7 installation disc, but I'm not able to format the Vista partition.

What are my options?


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20 Nov 2009   #2
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

It will not let you delete or reformat as it;s a system partition.

If you;d like to wipe out the old Vista drive, try GParted
GParted -- Download

Now you can choose the partition to delete Make sure you get the right one!.

Now go back to Windows and open Disk Management and you can great a partition in the unallocated space.
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20 Nov 2009   #3
binni

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for your reply

Just to make sure, if I do this and thus most likely remove the bootloader files (which I'm told should be on the same partition as the original OS) would the repair function on the Windows 7 installation disc fix the problems I would encounter due to the lack of bootloader files?
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20 Nov 2009   #4
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Could you post a screen shot of Disk Management?
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20 Nov 2009   #5
binni

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Here you go



Windows 7 is on DATA and Vista is on OTHER


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20 Nov 2009   #6
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

You need to delete the D partition.

Not the size of the partition as GParted idebtifies the drive as sbv1
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20 Nov 2009   #7
binni

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

After downloading GParted, I am at a loss. I have no idea how to run the program - Do you know where I could find instructions for it or if there is a more simple program I could use for this purpose?

And if I do manage to delete the Vista partition and thus most likely remove the bootloader files (which I'm told should be on the same partition as the original OS) would the repair function on the Windows 7 installation disc fix the problems I would encounter due to the lack of bootloader files?
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20 Nov 2009   #8
gregrocker

 

Let's try the automated route:

Download and burn to CD Partition Wizard. http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

Boot into it. Right click on the first two partitions and delete each.

Now right click on your Windows 7 partition and mark it active.

Now right click again Windows 7 partition and choose Resize/Move and move the left border over to include all of the deleted Recovery and D: partition unallocated space before it. Further resize the partition as you wish. Execute all tasks.

Now boot into the Windows 7 installer Repair console and run Startup Repair at least 3 times, as it will try multiple repairs before finally rewriting the MBR to the moved C: drive.

When finished, use Win7 backup imaging to make an image of your HDD stored externally (and in a primary formatted partiton if you want) so that you never have to install again, just reimage the HDD or a replacement using the booted repair disk.
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20 Nov 2009   #9
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

I've never had a problem like yours, so I have never used the repair utility.

FAQ is located here:
GParted -- Frequently Asked Questions

help manual is located here:
GParted Manual

Yes, I;d try the repair utility if you are unsure about GParted.
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20 Nov 2009   #10
binni

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you both for your help. I'll try the method gregrocker posted and report back afterwards . It won't be till a couple of weeks from now, though, since I don't want to do anything risky until after my exams .

One question: I have no need for the recovery partition any more?
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