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Windows 7: delete vista and keep files

21 Sep 2010   #1
joss111

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
delete vista and keep files

Hi i need help i had vista ultimate 32bit on one drive and i installed seven 64bit on the other drive. Everything went fine but the problem i got is that i want to remove vista but whitout a format because i got files on that drive what i need to keep but i cant back them up. So is there a way to do such thing?


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21 Sep 2010   #2
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

You should be able to copy or backup the files to the 7 disk. You may have to reinstall any programs that are runnig on the 32bit disk.

Ken
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21 Sep 2010   #3
joss111

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

But there is a problem my drive where i installed seven is smaler(80gb) than the files(170gb) i need to keep
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21 Sep 2010   #4
ken9122

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joss111 View Post
But there is a problem by drive where i installed seven is smaler(80gb) than the files(170gb) i need to keep
Well you didn't mention that. either get or borrow an external drive and copy the files there. Then reformat the vista drive an copy back the files you want.

Ken
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21 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello joss111, welcome to Seven Forums!







Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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21 Sep 2010   #6
joss111

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hope it helps
c:\ has vista
d:\ has seven


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21 Sep 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's what you have to do.


You have to mark the Vista partition as " inactive " first.


Open an elevated command prompt and mark the Vista "Disk 0, partition 1" as inactive.

See my snip below for the way to do that.


Then as the Windows 7 partition is "Active" already you have to run at least 3 separate startup repairs with a system restart between each repair to create a new set of boot files to the Windows 7 "Disk 1, partition 1" partition; have a look at this tutorial at the link below for all the needed info on that.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


Then after that has been completed successfully, post back and we'll go on from there.
Be sure to post back with any questions and to keep us informed.

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21 Sep 2010   #8
joss111

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well i tried like 5 times but nothing after repair attempts the vista disk was active again.
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21 Sep 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Are you able to disconnect the HDD that Vista is on and then run the repairs again?

Is Windows 7 still "Active"?
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21 Sep 2010   #10
joss111

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I found a way on youtube ( YouTube - Easy way to delete files without permissions ) i needed to create a folder called Windows.old and had to drag the folders i didn't need into it and run disk clean up on that drive and that was it
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