Quote: Originally Posted by Spen
Alright, this is what's going on.
I installed vista on my harddrive, and then made a partition and installed windows 7 on it.
I no longer want vista, and just want windows 7.
How would I go about deleting vista all together, and just have windows 7?
If I make the windows 7 partition active, it won't boot.
Ok... I gather you've got a thumbdrive with at least 4gb of space...
What you need to do is set a thumb drive up as a windows 7 installer. Now here's the catch... you can only do this from a working windows 7 computer. This means you have to somehow get a copy of all the files from a Windows 7 DVD onto your tumb drive... You can do this by copying them from your windows DVD on another machine.
Ok... so now you've got a copy of the files on your thumb drive.
Copy the BOOT folder to your netbook's hard disk giving you a C:\Boot folder.
Make note of your thumb drive's disk letter (For our example we'll call it Q: )
Now open a cmd shell... WindowsKey+r... type CMD and click OK.
Type the following...
BOOTSECT /NT60 Q: ......<-- Substitute your own drive letter for Q
Now you should have a bootable flash drive...
Next when you start the netbook take a close look at the first screen... you are looking for a message that tells you to "Press F12 for Boot Menu" or something very similar... Restart the netbook again and nail the indicated key to get into the boot menu.
Select your thumb drive from the boot menu.
Now, if all went well, you should see "Windows is loading files" and you're in the Windows 7 installer.
Let the first few screens go by until you get into the partitioning wizard...
In the wizard click "More Options" (I think) and use the tools there to totally delete all partions on your hard disk.
Next make a new partition ... you can make more than one if you want but Windows 7 is going to need at least 15000 megabytes to work.
Format the first partition ( It will be labeled as C: )
Select it and go for the installation.
From there follow the steps and then sort out any drivers
issues and start downloading and/or installing your software... You can do all that via the wireless once you have a working copy of Windows 7.