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Windows 7: Delete old partition with Vista on

23 Jun 2011   #11
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can delete the partitions that way, but Windows 7 will boot after.
The way for you a clean install.


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23 Jun 2011   #12
maccaquacker

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 8 Pro (sometimes)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
...until you recover them back into the Win7 partition using the method I gave you earlier.

If you tell us exactly what you want to do, we will customize the steps for you.
Did that not suggest recovering them back into vista?

Exactly what I want to do:
1)Delete Vista and still allow my computer to boot safely
2)I am not so bothered about the extra 9 gb but it would come as a welcome bonus
3)reinstall windows 7 with peace of mind it wont fail because when my computer reboots it has to be off for at least 10 minutes to cool as it has a dodgy design making it overheat on startup, I would like to know if, at the points where win7 installer asks for reboots, that i turn off my pc when i see my manufacturer logo and allow it to cool to prevent a crash whilst installing
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23 Jun 2011   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you boot into your Windows 7 DVD and choose the Custom (not Upgrade) option, deleting all the old partitions will get rid of Vista for you, and once you've created your new partitions, decide which one Windows 7 is going on, click Next and the installation wizard will walk you through each step of the procedure.

However, I have to question the wisdom of a fresh install of Windows 7 on a computer that is overheating. Would it not be best to sort out that issue first?
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23 Jun 2011   #14
maccaquacker

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 8 Pro (sometimes)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post

However, I have to question the wisdom of a fresh install of Windows 7 on a computer that is overheating. Would it not be best to sort out that issue first?
I have had this issue for ages and it only ocurrs on boot, have had a thread in vista forums related to this but never got solved with endless suggestions, the fact it only happens on boot does not really bother me, I just want to know if my computer can be off at the restart points
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23 Jun 2011   #15
gregrocker

 

Your boot files are on the System partition created at the factory to facilitate factory utilities and Recovery partition's function which may no longer be viable with Win7 installation, and most certainly are not needed once Vista is deleted.

Because the boot files are on neither OS partition, you can delete Vista without problem as well as the first partition. The System partition must stay until it's boot files are moved to Win7 using the process I gave earlier.

As stated you should resolve the heat issue by blowing the dust from your pc (laptop or tower?) with canned air, and inspecting the processor to see if it might need repasting with thermal paste. Adding a case fan always greatly helps. Video Tutorials for these can be found on the web.

But a clean install is always a good idea especially if you're left with remnants of a factory install. A clean install is nothing to fear as it is almost always a great improvement. Just follow these steps (which apply) to get a perfect reinstall then you can save a backup image so you never have to reinstall again: Reinstalling Windows 7

If you want a path back then save a backup image of Win7 using free Macrium Reflect or Acronis premium cloning/imaging app available free if you have a WD or Seagate HD. Macrium - Image your system
Seagate Acronis cloning free util
WD Acronis free cloning app
You can recover the boot files to Win7 first, or include the boot partition in your image, or wait until after any reimaging to mark Active and repair to write the boot files to Win7.
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23 Jun 2011   #16
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maccaquacker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post

However, I have to question the wisdom of a fresh install of Windows 7 on a computer that is overheating. Would it not be best to sort out that issue first?
I have had this issue for ages and it only ocurrs on boot, have had a thread in vista forums related to this but never got solved with endless suggestions, the fact it only happens on boot does not really bother me, I just want to know if my computer can be off at the restart points
In a nutshell, no. Your computer will shut down and restart without any delay several times during the procedure.

One thing I forgot to mention, don't remove the Windows 7 DVD until the install has finished, and you really should sort out the overheating issue.
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23 Jun 2011   #17
maccaquacker

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 8 Pro (sometimes)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
the heat issue by blowing the dust from your pc (laptop or tower?) with canned air, and inspecting the processor to see if it might need repasting with thermal paste. Adding a case fan always greatly helps. Video Tutorials for these can be found on the web.
Unfortunately, its a laptop, so theres not much I can do. I can try blowing dust from inside but apart from this im at a dead end

thankfully, I plan on getting a new pc this xmas, so my issue will be resolved when that time comes
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23 Jun 2011   #18
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maccaquacker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
the heat issue by blowing the dust from your pc (laptop or tower?) with canned air, and inspecting the processor to see if it might need repasting with thermal paste. Adding a case fan always greatly helps. Video Tutorials for these can be found on the web.
Unfortunately, its a laptop, so theres not much I can do. I can try blowing dust from inside but apart from this im at a dead end

thankfully, I plan on getting a new pc this xmas, so my issue will be resolved when that time comes
In that case, why don't you hold off from using Windows 7 until then? I'd hate to see you go through a time-consuming install only to have problems with it.
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23 Jun 2011   #19
gregrocker

 

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29 Jun 2011   #20
maccaquacker

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 8 Pro (sometimes)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Your boot files are on the System partition created at the factory to facilitate factory utilities and Recovery partition's function which may no longer be viable with Win7 installation, and most certainly are not needed once Vista is deleted.

Because the boot files are on neither OS partition, you can delete Vista without problem as well as the first partition. The System partition must stay until it's boot files are moved to Win7 using the process I gave earlier.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maccaquacker View Post
The boot files don't seem to be on the system drive, they are on 7, can I not just delete the two partitions?
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