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Windows 7: Remove XP Partition From Dual Boot


22 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Remove XP Partition From Dual Boot

I made a dual boot system about a month and a half ago and I now no longer have need of Windows XP. Windows 7 is my primary OS, so how do I go about removing the XP partition?


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22 Dec 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back here a screenshot of your full Disk Management map, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in reply box.

While we are looking it over to advise you better, you can download and burn to CD the best tool for this job, free Partition Wizard: http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

You will also need your bootable Windows 7 installer or Repair disk.
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22 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Here you go.


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22 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Wow, this may be the easiest one I've seen out of about 100 we've done here since Windows 7 release.

Just delete XP partition in Windows 7 Disk Management.

If the Boot Menu remains, download and install EasyBCD and remove XP listing on Add/Remove tab.

Also check for a listing to delete in msconfig Boot tab.


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22 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Didn't see that coming. I definitely thought it would be a bit harder than that. Will it be as easy to merge the new free space into Windows 7?
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22 Dec 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Styl View Post
Didn't see that coming. I definitely thought it would be a bit harder than that. Will it be as easy to merge the new free space into Windows 7?


You can recover the space into your Windows 7 drive by Extending it in Disk Mgmt.
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12 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 
Cannot Set W7 Partition as Active

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I am having problems in removing the XP dual boot partition. I successfully ran Partition Wizard to set the XP partition as inactive but the "Set Active" button for the Windows 7 Partition is grayed out. I ran Startup Repair 3 times and all tests passed.

As you notice, the Windows 7 partition is a logical drive. I cannot remove the remaining XP system files from the XP partition. Where do I go from here to remove the remaining XP files?


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12 Jan 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Back up your files and a Windows 7 Backup Image externally. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Download Partition Wizard CD, burn to CD using Windows Image Burner, Boot CD, right click Windows 7 partition>Modify>Convert to Primary, OK. How to set partition as Primary or Logical with Partition Wizard

Now right click Windows 7 partition>Modify:Set to Active, OK. How to Set Active/Inactive partition -Partition Wizard Video Help.

Now right click XP partition>Delete. OK.

Now right click Windows 7 partition>Resize>drag left border all the way to the left over deleted XP space, OK. Partition Wizard to Resize Partition - Video Help.

Resize remaining partitions as you please, OK. Apply all steps.

Boot into Windows 7 DVD to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 boots on its own and holds the System flag on its partition.
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12 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 
Procedure Works Perfect

Problem solved. Thank you for your excellent assistance!
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24 Jan 2011   #10

windows 7 enterprise x64
 
 

Hello,

I've searched and read a lot of topics from this forum and tried some combination, but i didn't succeed.

I have the following case, 2 raid 1 matrix as shown in the images attached. On the second one, i had windows XP and when i have installed the new MB, it did recognized the matrix and read all the files on it. When i installed the new OS Win 7, i did install it on the new matrix, only that now it sees the second matrix as system matrix.

Tried with PW, but it does not recognizes the first matrix and i don't have what to set as active or else, and if i delete the second matrix and reboot then repair with the OS dvd, it reconstructs the old matrix no. 2.

Also there is a print screen from bcdedit with the status of the bcd shop.

Can you please help me ? I want to delete the partition from the second matrix and create one big partition of ~500GB.

Many thanks in advance.

Mircea


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