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Windows 7: Remove Vista from a dual-boot w/win 7

04 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 
Remove Vista from a dual-boot w/win 7

So I am dual booting with Vista Ultimate 64 & Win 7 RC Ultimate 64... long winded explanation first

Win 7 RC expired on March 1st but, luckily for me I had a clean copy of Win 7 RTM Ultimate 64 with a valid CD Key given to me by a friend who works with Microsoft and already registered in my name.

Installation of Win 7 RTM went well and I installed it in the same partition where I had Win 7 RC.

Everything works well but now, I want to get rid of Vista and keep Win 7 only as my main OS and I don't want to go through the headache of botching my win 7 once I delete the Vista partition... what's the easiest way to do this for a non-techie mere mortal guy?

I still have to install everything I have on Vista since I am sure I won't be able to migrate it, but first, I want to make sure that after I am done with removing Vista and recovering that partition, I am not going to end up with a corrupt mbr o have to make a clean install of win 7 loosing all my data in the process.

Again, sorry for the long winded explanation but I am trying to be as thorough as I possibly can.

Thanks guys


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04 Mar 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello ALV.

If your Vista is marked as the "System Partition" in disk management ...

You will need to mark the OS you want to keep as "Active" in disk management then run a repair on the OS that you want to keep (it may take as many as 3 "repairs" to get the job done) then if that one is marked as the "System Partition" after the repairs you'll be good to go and you can format the partition that Vista is on.

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04 Mar 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

If you will post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map, we'll give you the exact steps for the job.

Using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using Paper Clip in reply box.

If Vista is first partition on a multi-partition HD, let us know if you want to recover it's deleted space into Windows 7 partition too.
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05 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

I'll post back as soon as I get home guys... thanks

Oh and gregrocker, that is another thing I want to do because I couldn't finish updating microsoft last night because my win 7 drive was full. I gave to much room to the Vista partition and now I am suffering with no room on my Win 7 partition.
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05 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Ok, here is the image of my system, it appears that Vista has the system but windows 7 says Boot as well so... who knows, I am more confused than ever now.

Thanks for taking the time to help guys... I appreciate it.

Oh and, pay no attentition to Disk 1, that was my old drive that had XP & Vista but its no longer active... I am just to lazy to re format the whole thing because I still have some data on it that I am not been able to transfer so I am kinda using both partition as storage space only.


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05 Mar 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello ALV.

If your Vista is marked as the "System Partition" in disk management ...

You will need to mark the OS you want to keep as "Active" in disk management then run a repair on the OS that you want to keep (it may take as many as 3 "repairs" to get the job done) then if that one is marked as the "System Partition" after the repairs you'll be good to go and you can format the partition that Vista is on.

Repair Install

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Hello ALV, do as this says and mark Windows 7 as active and run 3 (no less) repair installs and all will be well.
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05 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

BFK, If I go back to Disk Management and I right click on the Vista partition the "mark partition as Active" is greyed out... this mean is already marked, correct?

Aside from that, you want me to do this before I delete the partion or after I repair Win 7... sorry, I am very confused at the moment.

It may seem like I know what I am doing but, in reality... I'm not!
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05 Mar 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.


You have to mark the Windows 7 partition as active then do the repairs on Windows 7 at least 3 times to finish up.

Don't be concerned, I don't know what I'm doing either.
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05 Mar 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Since you also want to recover deleted Vista space into Windows 7 partition, the tool to use for this job is free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

Back up your files and a Windows 7 system image as in rare cases Resizing operations can fail.

Boot Partition Wizard CD, wait for files to load, select 1 for screen res, rightclick Vista partition to Delete, OK.

Next rightclick Windows 7 partition>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Again rightclick Windows 7 partition>Resize>drag left grey border all the way to the left over deleted Vista space, OK. Apply all steps.

Windows 7 will not now boot. Instead, boot Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots, as it will attempt to repair and finally write the MBR to Windows 7 partition.
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05 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

OK, I'll see if I can do all this over the weekend... thanks for the help.
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