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Windows 7: need to delete OS off recovery drive!

06 Jul 2010   #31
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I thought you were trying to run off the recovery discs?

No , it won't automatically be deleted.

You can delete it and repartition during the installation process.

When you see the screen showing partitions asking where you want to install, select Drive Options (advanced).

Unless that is a weird partition type, you can delete it and repartition there.


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06 Jul 2010   #32
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Jist click next, then at the next screen click "Command Prompt"


No it won't be deleted
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06 Jul 2010   #33
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I thought you were trying to run off the recovery discs?

No he has an install disk.
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06 Jul 2010   #34
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes , I know - posts 22 & 23 looked like he was trying to run off the oem recovery discs as well
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06 Jul 2010   #35
gms

Windows 7
 
 

OK, I just plunged on in and I see where it's giving me a chance to delete everything off the recovery drive, it appears...

I'm doing a "clean all" on the drive that was the biggest...

On second thought, perhaps I should be doing that on the smallest-sized drive, since that's more likely the recovery drive that's filled up?

I'll select the other disk when it's finished with this one and do a "clean all" on that one, too...
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06 Jul 2010   #36
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

OP started with x64, went & get x32.

I hope the OP made the drivers disk.
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06 Jul 2010   #37
gms

Windows 7
 
 

Crap, SIW... somehow I missed your post #21 in this thread...

You're absolutely correct: I would have preferred to keep the correct install and merely delete the incorrectly installed version off the recovery disk -- but I couldn't figure out how to do that.

When I tried following your directions I linked to in the beginning of this thread, the option of "delete" was grayed out...
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06 Jul 2010   #38
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Did you not read the warning, "Clean all" WILL DO THE WHOLE DRIVE automatically.

Warning

Do not do this to any SSD or HDD that has data on it you don't want to lose, the first thing this does is to mark the drive as "Unallocated Space" and then writes zeroes ( 0's ) to the entire drive, it's known as a "Secure Erase" and it will make data un-recoverable, it cannot be done to just a single partition on a drive, it will do the whole drive.
You have been warned!
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06 Jul 2010   #39
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can't delete the default boot menu entry. You also can't delete the system partition

You could have made another partition system ( e.g D ), You wouldn'thave a boot menu entry for the installation C after that.

You would then be able to delete C.

That would have left you with the installation on D, which is the 64 bit one , is it not?

As BFK pointed out - if you want the 32 bit - you have no alternative except to reinstall it.


Where are you up to now with all this?
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06 Jul 2010   #40
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

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



You seem to have a couple options as you have a 32-bit install disk to use, you could wipe everything on the PC and do a clean install, after you make backups of the stuff you don't want to lose, that may be the easiest way to go; have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation




The other option is a bit more complicated, to move / re-create the boot files to the Windows partition that you want to keep, start by having a look at this tutorial at the link below; as you have questions feel free to ask them as needed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD



Be sure to keep us informed what you choose to do.

I listed all that here, did you look at it?
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