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Windows 7: Want to delete Win 8 partition on my primary HDD and install Win 8 Pro

18 Dec 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP


Yes, as long as the boot files and Active flag remain on System Reserved boot partition as shown by the System Active flags..

But always have your WIn7 DVD or System Repair Disk standing by when doing partitioning operations.

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18 Dec 2012   #12

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

The use of EasyBCD should only remove the reference to a nonexistent partition. My understanding of your setup is that once K is deleted, when your computer reboots it will act the same as before, except the boot option for Windows 8 does not boot anything.

On the other hand, Window 8 problably overwrote the MBR with a version that EasyBCd doesn't recognize. It should still work, but until you replace the MBR you will have a nonexsistant option in the boot menu.

This may be informative reading material: Dual Boot - Delete a OS
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18 Dec 2012   #13

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18 Dec 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

What happens when you boot from that drive.
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18 Dec 2012   #15

win7 / win8 pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lonewolf66 View Post
I just cant mess this up...Will my MBR be ok>?
OK first of all I would like to thank you all for all your excellent free advice but of course i would have messed something up All went well but 2 things :
1) I need another sata cable cuz the 1 i have is too short Easily fixed!
2)here's the bad part,,, When I booted up the 2 hdd to do the win 8 pro install on it (booted from the win8 dvd). then i went into the install now screen , went to custom install to do a clean install . They're were to partitions on that HDD. 1 was system reserve 2nd was the rest of the HDD. So I deleted the system reserve then I loaded Win 8 on to that drive (all went well I thought) until the system rebooted and Win 8 started to load.
It said " getting system ready" for a bit then this light blue screen came up and said they're was an error code
(ie: 000000000001) then it begun to be locked in this loop of rebooting . I shut down for the night cuz it was late and hooked my first HDD back up( btw all is well with my first HDD.) thx
Anyway to get my System Reserve back on my #2 HDD.. I think that is where my problem is????When Win 8 trys to load. Any help would be appreciative. Thx
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