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Windows 7: Remove XP from Dual boot on different hard drives

19 May 2010   #1

Remove XP from Dual boot on different hard drives

1st. Installed XP on IDE drive, 2nd. installed a Sata drive, installed Windows 7 on that drive, want to remove the IDE drive, is it as simple as disconnecting the XP drive and do a startup repair, or is there going to be an issue with the XP drive being the Active drive, will startup repair make the Sata drive the Active drive?

I have seen answers when they reside on the same hard drive, but not on separate hard drives.

TIA to all who answer.


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19 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Doing a repair will fix the problem. It's mainly going to fix your MBR which allows you to dual boot and pick which OS.

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19 May 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


Mark the Windows 7 HD active if it is not already, using XP Disk Managment.

Then power down, unplug XP drive, set Windows 7 HD first HD to boot in BIOS setup (or swap XP cable to Windows 7 HD), 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 to write the MBR to Windows 7.
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20 May 2010   #4


Thanks Gregrocker, that did the trick.

Anyone figured out why you sometimes have to do the startup repair multiple times?
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