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Windows 7: Remove xp completly using win7....?

26 May 2011   #1
Vinny

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
Remove xp completly using win7....?

Initially i was using xp and its obviously installed in c drive...and a few days back i installed win7 in the e-drive and i am starting to loving it..so i hardly use the xp..so how do i remove xp safetly or completly and use the installed 7..actually i am a rookie in this..so please guide me how to remove xp..and i dont know which is my primary os and which is secondary..i am so dump....


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26 May 2011   #2
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello there.

Please post a screenshot of your full Disk Management map, using the Snipping Tool & attaching the file using the paper clip icon in the reply box. In the meantime, you could download partitionwizard.
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26 May 2011   #3
Vinny

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Ok..


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26 May 2011   #4
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Hi there,

I think this is what you're looking for,

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

It's a great tutorial, if you have any questions just ask.
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26 May 2011   #5
Vinny

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

When i right click on my e drive i am not at all getting the option of "make the partition active"in the dialougf box..so how do i make my e drive active...?
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26 May 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Vinny, welcome to Seven Forums!



I just looked at your snip and as you have all Extended partition / Logical drives, except the XP C: partition, that has to be left intact so Windows 7 will boot, as a Windows Operating System has to have the boot files on a Primary partition to be able to boot.

If you do anything to the XP partition Windows 7 will not boot at all.


I will add another reply/post in a few minutes, let me think about the best way forward.
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26 May 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You are not dumb mate, we all have to learn.



Here's what I would do and I feel it would be the easiest way forward.

I would use the information contained in this tutorial at the link below to reinstall Windows 7 to the XP partition after you have made back-ups of the data you need to save from the the XP partition.

That will get Windows 7 on a Primary partition at the front of the Hard Disk Drive and do away with XP at the same time, you can deal with the "old" Windows 7 later after you have the "new" Windows 7 running.

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

Just be sure to select the XP partition to do the install to durring the installation process as outlined in step #7 of the tutorial and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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26 May 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

Using Acronis True Image free version which comes with any WD or Seagate HD (on their Support Downloads webpage) you can convert a Logical partition to Primary, mark Active, and also change the drive letter during reimaging to another partition. This would be the easiest way to move it over to C from the Extended, then boot the WIn7 DVD or Repair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

Others may know if free Macrium Reflect or Paragon 11 also have this flexibility - Win7 imaging doesn't.
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26 May 2011   #9
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As drive E has Win 7 and drive C has XP on it, download(if you haven't already) Partition Wizard bootable CD, burn the image to a CD (use ImgBurn or any other burning software).
When you do all the above, boot from the Partition Wiz CD,
rightclick C>Modify>Set as Inactive, OK.

Next - rightclick E>Modify>Convert to Primary, OK.

Next - rightclick E>Modify>Set to Active, OK. Apply all steps.

Next boot into Win 7 DVD repair console or repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Windows 7 and start it.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
Here's a tutorial explaining the use of:
Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Let me know if you have any problems.
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26 May 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

The problem is that you have to move all of the data off to delete all of the other logical subpartitions to get PW CD to convert E to Primary so it will mark Active and accept Repairs. PW can also rightclick C to delete it and Resize E into its space.

This is why I suggested using imaging instead, especially free Acronis's feature which allows you to choose Primary Active while reimaging, even change the drive letter. You will still need to run the three Startup Repairs to write the System boot files to Win7 when done.

It might be easier just to reinstall.
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