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Windows 7: Uninstall Vista (Native OS), but leave Windows 7 (Secondary OS)

02 Apr 2011   #21
cdmoomaw

Windows 7 Professional x64 + Xubuntu 11.10 + Mac OS X 10.7
 
 

Okay, let me make sure I have this right:

- (from win7) mark the win7 partition as active
- mark the vista partition as inactive (can only be done from cmd)
- create a restore disc
- boot from the restore disc
- run startup repair from whatever menu comes up
- repeat the previous step 3 times

If this is correct, it will be what I try tonight when I get home.


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02 Apr 2011   #22
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Its Saturday night Greg - have you been drinking?

LOL enjoy.

@cdmoomaw - follow BFK's post.

You will be fine to do it like this if you like:

Quote:
- (from Windows 7) mark the Windows 7 partition as active
- mark the vista partition as inactive (can only be done from cmd)
- create a restore disc
- boot from the restore disc
- run startup repair from whatever menu comes up
- repeat the previous step 3 times
Otherwise, you could just mark win 7 partition Active, then go into Bios setup and make sure windows 7 drive is the first HD listed in bios boot order.

Then run the startup repairs.

Whichever is easiest for you.
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02 Apr 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

Thanks for asking SIW2 but I've been clean and sober for 17 years. I'm swimming with my Lab at the beach right now. Before that I was running a triathlon.

Was there something about the steps I gave that was incorrect? I was trying to include ridding Vista which was stated intention in OP.

And if Vista is not first marked Inactive, how would Startup Repair write boot files to Win7 when Vista is first Active partition?

Just askin.
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02 Apr 2011   #24
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No, not really - just amusing .

In your eagerness to help - you may just have added some confusion.

No point in joining in when BFK has it under control - I only posted because I was asked.

I don't drink either , btw.


You might have missed the posts where making 7 drive first in bios boot order was mentioned.
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02 Apr 2011   #25
cdmoomaw

Windows 7 Professional x64 + Xubuntu 11.10 + Mac OS X 10.7
 
 

I plan to wipe the drive using diskpart clean all.
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02 Apr 2011   #26
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Why - is there a problem with just deleting it and recreating partitions of whatever sizes you need ?
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02 Apr 2011   #27
cdmoomaw

Windows 7 Professional x64 + Xubuntu 11.10 + Mac OS X 10.7
 
 

True. Say, would it work to just delete the vista partition, rather than mark it as inactive?
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02 Apr 2011   #28
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You might have missed the posts where making 7 drive first in bios boot order was mentioned.
How would marking 7 first in BIOS Boot Order (given) keep Repair from writing the boot files to Vista again if it were not marked Inactive?

What I tried to add is that OP could preempt the need to mark Vista Inactive if he wants to wipe (or delete) Vista first.

I doubt whether Ted would feel I am horning in any more than I do when we tag team in most threads.
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02 Apr 2011   #29
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can't delete it from within windows while it is still system.

You need to make 7 partition System first.

Do that exactly the way you were already going to.

Then boot into 7 and just delete Vista partition.
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02 Apr 2011   #30
gregrocker

 

You'd run Diskpart Delete Partition Override, Clean or Clean ALL from 7 DVD/Repair CD Command Line on the Vista System Partition, not run it from Win7.

Repair should write System boot files to first marked-Active partition, whether old System partition is marked Inactive, deleted or wiped.

Si, are you saying that setting Win7 HD as first to boot in BIOS setup alone would have sufficed, without marking Vista Inactive or deleting it first? How so?
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