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Windows 7: Accidently Installed Win7 to Recovery \:D

27 Dec 2009   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
have a look on D and see what is on there - post a screenshot of the contents.

If there is a Windows.old file - post the contents of that too.

If you didn't format it during installation - you should be able to restore the recovery partition contents.
Here you go. Note the windows old folder is from :C because I deleted it from the drive (seemed like a good idea at the time), but it should be identical.



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27 Dec 2009   #12

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Looks like the contents of the recovery partition are still there.

Do you have the Dell installation dvd?
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27 Dec 2009   #13

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Looks like the contents of the recovery partition are still there.

Do you have the Dell installation dvd?
By Dual boot menu, you mean the B&W screen during boot-up where I have to choose which Windows 7 to boot up, yes I get that.

And I have Windows 7 on a dvd.
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27 Dec 2009   #14

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I meant the original o/s that was on the machine (Vista?).

You might want to reinstall that to sell the machine, or if you want to transfer 7 to another machine.
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27 Dec 2009   #15

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I meant the original o/s that was on the machine (Vista?).

You might want to reinstall that to sell the machine, or if you want to transfer 7 to another machine.
Not sure I understand the point of your comment. I'm not concerned about Vista or selling the machine. Just want to clear up the issue of double install of Windows 7.

I really need more clarity from the commenters above on what the best approach is and how to do it. I don't know enough to decide on various options. Just tell me what I should do and I will obey. And a key question will any of the above suggestions save my Windows 7 that is installed on :C or will I need to reinstall? Another is: by getting rid of , will that also wipe out the Windows 7 installed on that drive, but keep Windows 7 on :C?
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27 Dec 2009   #16

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You can delete the other boot menu entry in msconfig under the startup tab, and delete/reformat the D partition, if you like.

You will still have full use of 7 installed on C.

If you then want to include the space released from D into C - that is another question - not difficult .
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27 Dec 2009   #17

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You can delete the other boot menu entry in msconfig under the startup tab, and delete/reformat the D partition, if you like.
Now that sounds like something I can do! Is it as simple as that or do I need more detailed instructions? Is it obvious how to delete the other boot menu entry in msconfig (I'm quite familiar with msconfig)? And where do I go to delete/reformat D (just right click on D and choose delete or format? If so, what's the difference between deleting and reformatting (I assume with delete, D disappears, whereas with reformat, D is just cleaned out)?

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You will still have full use of 7 installed on C.
Great!

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If you then want to include the space released from D into C - that is another question - not difficult .
As I don't know enough to know, what do you suggest? I don't think I need D space released.

Your solution seems so simple compared to the others that involved downloading 3rd party software and repartitioning.

If you confirm your suggestion and instructions, I'm all over it.

Much appreciated.
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27 Dec 2009   #18

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And where do I go to delete/reformat D (just right click on D and choose delete or format? If so, what's the difference between deleting and reformatting (I assume with delete, D disappears, whereas with reformat, D is just cleaned out)?

Yes.


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Is it obvious how to delete the other boot menu entry in msconfig


Yes, type msconfig in start search- click it when it pops up - click the Boot Tab, highlight the old entry , click Delete, Click Apply, OK. Exit without restart.
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27 Dec 2009   #19

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
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And where do I go to delete/reformat D (just right click on D and choose delete or format? If so, what's the difference between deleting and reformatting (I assume with delete, D disappears, whereas with reformat, D is just cleaned out)?
Yes.


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Is it obvious how to delete the other boot menu entry in msconfig
Yes, type msconfig in start search- click it when it pops up - click the Boot Tab, highlight the old entry , click Delete, Click Apply, OK. Exit without restart.
I'm on it. I'll report back.
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27 Dec 2009   #20

Windows 7
 
 

I just followed SIW2's instructions and all worked great.

Many thanks to all for their time and expertise.

And Happy New Year!
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