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Windows 7: what partition is the vista on?

28 Sep 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello sablegsd, welcome to Seven Forums!


If there's nothing at all left on the PC Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or after you have made backups of anything you may want to save, have a look at the info below, this would be your best bet to get back to 1 partition with Windows 7 on it.
Be sure to post back with any questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version






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28 Sep 2010   #12
sablegsd

7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

So if I wipe the whole hard drive, I can use just the upgrade disks to start over? There does't need to be an underlying system? I want to say thanks for all the help and encouragement. Obviously I don't know what I am
doing.

I saw a reference somewhere to the mini tool partition wizard and looked at it, would that work to wipe everything and then put the 7 back in? I'm old and not computer savvy and I read all these ways to do stuff and promptly forget half and remember the other half wrong.
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28 Sep 2010   #13
gregrocker

 

If C is Windows 7 then you can delete the other partitions in Disk Management and try to make Win7 work for you if you want. Make sure you have all of your files - they are backed up in the windows.old folder if not.

How is the performance with just C: Win7?
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28 Sep 2010   #14
sablegsd

7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

I don't know. That was my first question I think, the 7 is on top of the vista when it starts up and
asks you which you want. The vista is all freaky looking and wont hook up to the internet. But I don't know
where they are.
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28 Sep 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

I believe Win7 is F: if it was installed after Vista.


Browse in F:User folder to Desktop to check for sure that what you are seeing on your desktop now is there.

I will then give you the steps to remove the other partitions if you want to keep Win7 you have now. Do you want to keep only Win7? Is it working ok?
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28 Sep 2010   #16
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

If the C volume had 7 there you would only have to move it forward some 9.7gb and later expand it out towards the back once you decided whether or not to keep a second storage partition available with the reformat of F and removal of the last extended volume and successful expansion of F into that space.

Even that is risky and could end up resulting in problems with the Master File Table(MFT) making it unusable. With everything backed up from the drive you want to keep the best move would be a total wipe and see one fresh primary for 7 or two new one for storage with the first for 7. On a single drive system many opt to split the main drive up to see a second storage/backup partition available often larger then the C OS primary.
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28 Sep 2010   #17
sablegsd

7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

7 is working fine, so far.

Here is where I stand today.


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29 Sep 2010   #18
gregrocker

 

F is almost def your Win7 installation, however did you browse for files on your Win7 desktop in the Users folder as I suggested, to make sure you are using the same OS/desktop? Just do that to confirm F is Win7.

Are you getting a Dual Boot Menu for Vista or Win7 when you start your Computer?

Do you want to delete Vista and recover its HD space into the Win7 installation? Answer these questions back and I will give you the steps.
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29 Sep 2010   #19
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

One way to know for sure which primary is 7's is to simply label the volume. You can do that by simply right clicking on the C drive icon while booted in 7 since both Vista and 7 are seeing their own Windows.old folder.

Backing any files up from that and removing will also distinguish the two. You may want to back up anything left from the Vista primary you want before tossing that or opt to stay with a working dual boot with 7 set as the default OS. Less risk of losing anything through any repartitioning mishap.

It seems you already were able to remove the small recovery at front and extended volume at the back of the drive. For removing the Vista primary, moving the 7 primary forward and expanding that there is risk of some partition table corruption resulting in the loss of that. This is why the recommendation for backing everything to another drive or removable media is emphasized before proceeding.
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29 Sep 2010   #20
sablegsd

7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
F is almost def your Win7 installation, however did you browse for files on your Win7 desktop in the Users folder as I suggested, to make sure you are using the same OS/desktop? Just do that to confirm F is Win7.

Are you getting a Dual Boot Menu for Vista or Win7 when you start your Computer?

Do you want to delete Vista and recover its HD space into the Win7 installation? Answer these questions back and I will give you the steps.
Yes, there is a dual boot, the 7 on top, but the vista looks really strange and won't connect to the internet.

Yes, I want to delete vista.

here are the user things. I had a cd with some of my favorites, pictures, etc that I loaded on when I got on. they look alike to me except for that upgrade thing on the bottom. so if I delete the o/s partition, the computer will still run on the 7? or vice versa as well?


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