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Windows 7: Remove XP from Win 7 Dualboot (XP installed first)

09 Nov 2010   #1
PatrickBatman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Remove XP from Win 7 Dualboot (XP installed first)

I know this has been asked a lot, just want to do it right. I have Easy BCD 2.0 and partition wizard. Want to get rid of XP (have backed up user files) and keep win 7.




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09 Nov 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Since your System Active MBR is on the Recovery partition, use EasyBCD from Win7 to remove XP listing on Edit Boot Menu.

Once you are able to boot Win7 by itself correctly, use free Partition Wizard to delete the XP partition, then rightclick>Resize Win7 into its space on the preferred lower HD address. If you want a new partition, I would create it to Win7's right.

You should not have to repair the MBR, and don't want to mark Win7 Active to recover the MBR into it's partition (except as a last resort) because Recovery might not run right.
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09 Nov 2010   #3
PatrickBatman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'll give it a try, if I run into any snags (hopefully i can still use the internet) I'll let you know and tell you when I'm successful, thanks.
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09 Nov 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

Back by 10 pm EST.
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09 Nov 2010   #5
PatrickBatman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It looks as though it has worked. I created a new partition but what did you mean by putting on Win 7's right or how do you do that? And how much allocated space (if any) should I leave?
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09 Nov 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

You don't need to leave any unallocated space. If XP was the partition on the left, then you can rightclick>Resize Win7 into that space so it is in the preferred left-hand space. Then if you want another partition, you can shave it off the right side as you Resize Win7 to the left. Then create a New partition there.

Or you can just create a new partition out of the deleted XP space - your choice.
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09 Nov 2010   #7
PatrickBatman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You don't need to leave any unallocated space. If XP was the partition on the left, then you can rightclick>Resize Win7 into that space so it is in the preferred left-hand space. Then if you want another partition, you can shave it off the right side as you Resize Win7 to the left. Then create a New partition there.

Or you can just create a new partition out of the deleted XP space - your choice.
Well I decided to move win 7 to the left, it rebooted partition wizard copied files and now win 7 wont startup and isnt detected when i try and repair. What to do, without losing win 7 programs and user files?
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09 Nov 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Partition Wizard will not fail at moving or copying a partition - it will simply start over and try to do the Resize again. This is unless you unchecked the Data P{rotection feature which is built in

What has most likely happened is that Resizing completed correctly but moving on the boot sector has messed up the MBR. To repair it boot Partition Wizard bootable CD, rightclick Win7 partition to Modify>Set to Active, OK, Apply.

Next boot the Win7 DVD Repair console, accept any offererd repair. If Win7 doesnt' start on reboot, boot back into the DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until Win7 starts.

If the DVD or Repair CD Repair console still doesn't see an installation to Repair, try to force it by clicking through to Recovery Tools list to open a Command Line, type:
bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
Then try Startup Repair x3 again.

While in PW you can also rightclick Win7 partition to Explore your files to see if they're there, and try to Recover Partition. Let it scan for partition and choose Recover. It's likely the partition is intact if you see it in PW and It is the MBR which needs fixing..

If this fails, you can also try to recover your partition AND copy out your files using free Paragon Rescue CD. You can also use your Win7 DVD to copy out files at the Load Drivers link on "Where do you want to Install Windows" screen.

I am in the DFW airport and will be back on line by 9pm EST to help you further. Hopefully someone else can answer your questions and help you along before then. I've asked two of the top experts in Install forum to help you further.
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09 Nov 2010   #9
PatrickBatman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I got partitions recovered via partition wizard recover partition, now 2 windows 7 OS's show up in recovery console one on drive c and one on d drive. Startup Repaired drive c OS 3 times, upon reboot just sits at a blank screen with blinking cursor. Well ill try and repair D now, I figure it must be a conflict cause theres two OS's or something so I'll try and repair d now. Maybe I should delete one. Any suggestions anyone?
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09 Nov 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

What does Partition Wizard booted CD show? There should only be one Win7. Rightclick on it in PW, Modify>Mark it active and run Startup Repair x3 from the booted DVD.

Did you try marking Active Win7 partition with PW CD then running Startup Repair first?

If you jumped ahead and recovered the partition before marking Active and doing the Repair x3, boot DVD to run Startup Repair x3 on each one listed - one of them is the old one PW recovered from.

Can you post back a camera snap of the PW drive map with listings shown clearly? Use paper clip in Reply Box to attach.

My flight is delayed so I may not be back on until 10 pm EST.
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