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Windows 7: Accidently Installed Win7 to Recovery \:D


26 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Accidently Installed Win7 to Recovery \:D

I accidentally installed Windows 7 to Recovery \ instead of :C. Once I caught my error, I installed Windows 7 no problem to :C, but is now almost full and I figure it shouldn't be. Plus, when I boot up, I get the black and white screen asking which Windows 7 I want to boot up.

Can someone tell me what I can do (preferably not involving reinstalling Windows 7 to :C)?

I thought of just reformatting , but thought it better to ask you experts.

As always, thanks and happy holidays!

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26 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

LMOA!!
Sorry its just a bit funny lol,something id do

Download Partition Wizard Home Edition
Free Download Partition Wizard

Format it>Apply>
Right click the Partition>Move/Resize>Shrink it>Apply
Right click the Drive with Windows 7 on it>Resize>Expand it>Apply

Click apply at the bottom of the page as above,this is important
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26 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I think you goofed the recovery partition depending which version the system came preinstalled with. You may not be able to see the recovery partition while in the Disk Management tool to no surprize being hidden to begin with but any 3rd party drive partitioning tool like the program there or another like GParted can remove the 5-7gb partition generally seen for that.

For removing the second entry seen on the boot screen that will take an edit of the BCD store which is easy enough once you know which is which leaving the C as default! The System>Advanced system settings>Startup & Recovery settings there can see to that.

Or you see that done as well as remove the extra entry in one shot using another free stand alone executable called BellaVista(formerly BCD Editor) found at System Tools - BellaVista

Simply download the zip file and extract the two folders Win32 and 64bit from the zip file itself into the folder you download it to and open the correct one for the flavor of 7 you are running. The BellaVista.exe file is named the same in both so choose the correct folder and simply double click on the executable itself to run the editing tool.

The drive tool you use will wipe the recovery partition and expand the C primary easy enough.
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27 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

You have established a dual boot with two Windows 7 installs. We can fix this if you want:

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

If you're not too attached to either install and want to start with a clean slate, boot from the Windows 7 DVD, select Custom install, then Drive tools (advanced) to delete all partitions, create New partition(s) as you wish, then format before installing Windows 7 to the first partition.

Otherwise we can help clean up what you have as soon as you post back the screenshot.
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27 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

In most cases the recovery partition is well under 10gb. However it may be at the front of the drive rather then seen at the back. If that proves to be the case nuking it and moving the existing C forward in order to expand it after will require a 3rd party program. That will take time since you have files already loaded onto it.

If the recovery is at the back that will be much easier to remove and simply expand C to fill the empty space in. First you may want to label the C primary in order to distinguish it from the recovery partition while the size is the actual giveaway to avoid accidently deleting the wrong one!

If you haven't have much experience with partitioning drives you wouldn't any mishaps since you have a working install on C now. The tool at the link there can also rename the entry in the bcd store itself so you know which one is for C. The screen here will show how 3 separate installations on 3 different hard drives can be IDed easy enough.

You won't be having any worries like that there however!

Happy Holidays!


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27 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You have established a dual boot with two Windows 7 installs. We can fix this if you want:

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

If you're not too attached to either install and want to start with a clean slate, boot from the Windows 7 DVD, select Custom install, then Drive tools (advanced) to delete all partitions, create New partition(s) as you wish, then format before installing Windows 7 to the first partition.

Otherwise we can help clean up what you have as soon as you post back the screenshot.
I'm not attached to either install and would rather not have to reinstall Windows 7 (I have set up the PC with programs, tweaks, etc., so would prefer to not start from scratch).

Can you tell me what you mean by my Disk Management drive map? As soon as I hear back, I'll post and look forward to your guidance.

FYI, the PC is a Dell desktop running Vista Home Premium which I am upgrading to Windows 7. And the drive is clearly identified as Recovery and has about 14GB in it (just about full now).

I really appreciate your help!
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27 Dec 2009   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management window

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html


Type partition in start search - click "create and format hard disk partitions" - Disk management will open.

Click View>Customize, untick Console tree and Action pane, OK.

Then take a screenshot of the full window.
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27 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drjim View Post

I'm not attached to either install and would rather not have to reinstall Windows 7 (I have set up the PC with programs, tweaks, etc., so would prefer to not start from scratch).

Can you tell me what you mean by my Disk Management drive map? As soon as I hear back, I'll post and look forward to your guidance.

FYI, the PC is a Dell desktop running Vista Home Premium which I am upgrading to Windows 7.

I really appreciate your help!
Go to Control Panel>Set View to small/large Icons>Admin Tools>
Computer Management>Disc Management (on the left had side)

type Snype Tool into the search bar>open it>
Use it to highlight the window (disc management)>save it somewhere you can find it easy (desktop)
Then either attach it (Attachments under new post) or upload to TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting
Then copy the [IMG] code.
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27 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Here you go. See attached.


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27 Dec 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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.
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