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Windows 7: Can't delete old vista partition :/

23 Nov 2009   #21
kbz1960

7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Wouldn't it be easier to just delete partions after booting from the win7 dvd and do a clean install if you're getting rid of everything else on the drive?


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23 Nov 2009   #22
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

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If your planning on installing Win7 soon, just install it in the Vista partition and you won't have to worry about deleting or the boot manager.
ok i will follow your instructions. Thanks a lot mate.

So i install over Vista. Then in my boot manager there will be 2 Windows 7 entries. I boot into the first one because that will be the newer one. I then follow the tut u provided to remove the RC entry from the boot manager. Then from here i can finally delete the partition.

Is this correct?
Honestly, you're getting some weird and incomplete advice here.

When you start your installation of Windows 7, you will have the opportunity to adjust your partitions. You will need to click on "advanced" on the screen where it asks you where to install.

From that screen (if you want your drive completely clean), delete ALL the partitions on the drive. If you want multiple partitions, you can create them on this screen as well, or you can simply tell Windows 7 to install into the unallocated space and it will create the partition(s) it needs and start the install.
ah i can delete all partitions during the install? that should solve a lot of problems! thanks mate!
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23 Nov 2009   #23
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Tough crowd tonight.

Yes, you can delete all partitions when you install.

Is there anything on these partitions that you want to keep?

This is the consideration I had in mind.

Let us know if you have any questions.
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23 Nov 2009   #24
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Tough crowd tonight.

Yes, you can delete all partitions when you install.

Is there anything on these partitions that you want to keep?

This is the consideration I had in mind.

Let us know if you have any questions.
yeh i realized you were considering that. Your way should work fine too, but i have an external hdd so i'll just back things up that way.

Anyway thanks for the help! u deserve some rep
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23 Nov 2009   #25
Dave76

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That's a good plan.

Didn't want you to loose everything.

Sounds like your all set.

Your welcome,

Let us know if you have any questions.
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23 Nov 2009   #26
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

lol sorry but i have one more question. Last one i promise.



from this pic i see there's the option to delete and format. Im not sure but when i delete does this leave behind unallocated disc space? So if i delete both my partitions, then i have two unallocated disc spaces? Then i join them? And then format? Whats the ordering here?
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23 Nov 2009   #27
Dave76

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No problem with the questions.

When you delete a partition it will leave unallocated space.

All unallocated space will be combined if it is next to each other, no partition between them.

If the unallocated space is big enough you can choose it to install Win7 to, it will format and install in the unallocated space.
Or, you can make partitions any size you want and install to one of them.

You can delete then install.
Or delete, format then install.
Or delete, partition, format, then install.

It depends on what you want to have in the end.
If you want one big partition then use the delete and install.
If you want one partition for the OS and one partition for personal data, then delete, partition, format and install.

A lot of people make separate partitions for the OS and personal data. This makes it easier to restore, repair or re-install your OS without loosing your personal data, and it's easier to backup your HD.
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23 Nov 2009   #28
SIW2

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Maybe i should have mentioned that i was going to install the retail version of win 7 as soon as it arrives.So i figured it would be best to install Windows 7 over D (vista partition), and then delete C (Win 7 RC). Can i do this?

LOL. That's completely different from your original question.


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from this pic i see there's the option to delete and format. Im not sure but when i delete does this leave behind unallocated disc space? So if i delete both my partitions, then i have two unallocated disc spaces? Then i join them? And then format? Whats the ordering here?
Unallocated space is just what it says - there is no division - you will just get one larger amount of Unallocated space if the partitions you deleted were next to each other.

When you create a partition from that - select how much of it to partition and the remaining Unallocated space can be used to create another partition.

Or select it all and create just one partition.
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23 Nov 2009   #29
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

i would prefer to have one big partition where i can install win7 into. but remember, that pic is not from my computer. Mine would have two drives. So i can delete both of them, they will be combined into one unallocated space, and then i can install?

thanks for all your help. Your the best
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23 Nov 2009   #30
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaRonRon View Post
i would prefer to have one big partition where i can install win7 into. but remember, that pic is not from my computer. Mine would have two drives. So i can delete both of them, they will be combined into one unallocated space, and then i can install?

thanks for all your help. Your the best
Unallocated space from two drives will not be combined. That would show as two separate entries in the list.
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