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

03 Apr 2011   #41
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Yes,work-around, if OP's, can not change the BIOS boot order or change the HD's round.


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03 Apr 2011   #42
cdmoomaw

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

I have gotten it to work, but not the way I expected. I marked the Win7 partition as active, and the Vista partition as inactive, but when I went to recovery, it STILL wrote the files back to Vista (apparently recognizing the boot files on the drive). After about 5 attempts, I got it to work by doing the following:

- Boot Win7
- Mark Win7 Partition as active
- Mark Vista Partition as Inactive
- Shut Down
- Open hard drive access door
- Swap hard drives (putting Win7 in SATA 0, Vista in SATA 1)
- Close door
- Boot to Recovery disc
- Open command prompt
- Verify that Win7 is drive C:
- Run Startup Recovery
- View Detailed Report to Verify That it completed successfully
- Run again if not successful
- Boot to Win7
- Delete Vista Partition
- Repartition Drive
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03 Apr 2011   #43
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

That's the method I posted in my #7 reply, well done and thanks for the update.


Now have a look at Method One of this tutorial for additional storage options.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
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03 Apr 2011   #44
cdmoomaw

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

Indeed it is. I really didn't want to get in there and do that, but sometimes there's just no other way to go about it.

All's well that ends well.

Best wishes,
~ CDMoomaw
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03 Apr 2011   #45
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cdmoomaw View Post


All's well that ends well.


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03 Apr 2011   #46
cdmoomaw

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

I have attached a picture of my disk layout now. (The new partition is mounted in my "%UserProfile%" folder as opposed to using a drive letter.)


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03 Apr 2011   #47
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post


Now have a look at Method One of this tutorial for additional storage options.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Did you have a look at the possibilities this offers?
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03 Apr 2011   #48
cdmoomaw

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

I believe that in my situation, it would be easier just to create subfolders. But thank you anyway.
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03 Apr 2011   #49
gregrocker

 

Good work.

An option with a laptop where drives aren't as accessible would be to disable DISK0 in the BIOS during Repairs. It was going to be my next suggestion but you were dexterous enough to swap drives per BFK's original instructions.

With respect to the simulation, having the Repair create SysReserved on a cleaned non-Active HD seems strange but this could explain why lone SysReserved's sometimes end up on preceding HD's after install. It would be good to see real world examples.
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03 Apr 2011   #50
cdmoomaw

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

Actually, I tried to use BIOS, but mine isn't that in-depth. It, rather than giving options on individual drives, simply refers to them in boot settings as "Notebook HDDs".
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