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Windows 7: help formatting drive c on windows 7

30 Nov 2012   #1
RICHO20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
help formatting drive c on windows 7

so guys, i had originally windows vista on drive C and then i installed windows 7 on drive E, then i wanted to try windows 8 so i deleted windows vista form drive C and installed windows 8 ... now i tried deleting/formating Drive C to put another OS on it but i couldnt delete the windows folder, im guessing its booting from Drive C into windows 7 on drive E.



i used Easy BCD to remove the windows 8 boot entry since im not using it.

so what should i do now? how can i format drive C and still make windows 7 boot correctly?


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30 Nov 2012   #2
Kaktussoft

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Post screenshot of disk management with all fields visible.
and explain which partition is win7 and which win8.
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30 Nov 2012   #3
RICHO20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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30 Nov 2012   #4
Kaktussoft

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In disk management right click on C and give it another label. Give E another label as well, I prefer WIN7 as label.
Did you install win7 from within winxp/vista? Because normally it's volume is called C. Always install an OS while booting from DVD next time!

From Elevated Command Prompt
Code:
bcdedit/enum all>bcd.txt
And post bcd.txt as well. You may delete bcd.txt afterwards.
Do you want a seperate partition with boot manager and boot menu, are you fine if E will have the boot manager and boot menu?
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30 Nov 2012   #5
RICHO20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

yes i installed windows 7 form within vista! ill take that in consideration next time
so if i just give them another labels i can delete the windows 8 copy on drive c? and it will still boot normally into windows 7? because in Easy BCD it says that the Boot drive is C ...
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30 Nov 2012   #6
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RICHO20 View Post
yes i installed windows 7 form within vista! ill take that in consideration next time
so if i just give them another labels i can delete the windows 8 copy on drive c? and it will still boot normally into windows 7? because in Easy BCD it says that the Boot drive is C ...
First give them new labels, just for better description.

After that post bcd.txt as asked you. Then I know the current bootmenu. Afterwards I give you more instructions.
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30 Nov 2012   #7
Kaktussoft

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You already have a win7 system repair disc? System Repair Disc - Create
Or a win7 install DVD? You need it in case of troubles.
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30 Nov 2012   #8
RICHO20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

yes i already have the install DVD, and i tried the bcdedit/enum all>bcd.txt in CMD (as Admin) but it didnt work... another way?

and yes it isnt a problem if E had the boot menu and boot manager
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30 Nov 2012   #9
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

bcdedit/enum all
works? errors?

bcdedit/enum all>bcd.txt
what error message?
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30 Nov 2012   #10
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You know how to boot from DVD? That's working? Just test it before I give you more instructions.
Best thing to do is rebuild the bootmanager and boot menu from scratch. So I wanna delete the win8 boot manager (I don't know if you have win7 or win8 bootmanager). Rebuilding the boot menu ... so all remaing stuff from vista an win8 in menu will be lost. Just what you want.

so bcd output no longer needed!
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