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Windows 7: get rid of vista, reclaim partition

23 Jul 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you getting it sorted and thanks!



Have a look at this one to change the boot menu entry.

BCDEDIT - How to Use



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23 Jul 2011   #12
crodgers

win 7 pro 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You did well. Was Rebuild MBR sufficient or did you also have to run Repair(s)?

It's too bad you didn't originally boot the Win7 installer so it would have claimed C whenever booted as Win7 is designed. Because you ran the installer from Vista it tied up C so Win7 couldn't use it at all even after hasta la vista.
I wanted to install Win 7 Pro 64 bit, but since I already had 32bit Vista, that meant a clean install - which was fine for me - but then I ran into the "I don't recognize the DVD drive)" - THAT IT IS RUNNING ON!!! i don't get that error. You are installing from the drive - how can you not let me install..... Anyway (this was last summer), I did not find a resolution for my drive at the time, so I was able to do a clean install of 32bit in a new partition. I did not understand the whole MBR until now (thanks to this site and you kind folks).
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23 Jul 2011   #13
crodgers

win 7 pro 32
 
 

Thanks, Bare Foot Kid! Easy Peasy Lemon Queezy!

Any suggestions before I install UbuntuStudio into C? Should I let Ubuntu do the boot managing (which makes half of this work all for not, but I am fine with that)? Or can I have UbuntuStudio use the Windows 7 boot manager? Is there an advantage either way? Should I ask this in a different forum?
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23 Jul 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.


As you have several HDDs put Linux on a separate HDD from Windows and use the BIOS one-time boot menu specific to your motherboard so there will be no need for a Windows/Grub managed boot-loader at all.

  • Asus - F8
  • HP/Compaq - Esc
  • Sony - F2
  • Acer – F12
  • Gateway - F10
  • eMachnes - F10
  • Gigabyte – F12
  • Toshiba - F12
  • Dell - F12
  • IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
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23 Jul 2011   #15
crodgers

win 7 pro 32
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion. So, I have 2x1TB mirrored, 500GB with Win 7, 1TB empty (formatted for windows). I will add 1 more TB internal and 1TB external (swap off with an old 500GB external). So, internally, I will have two 1TB drives free. Do I need to do something to make one bootable prior to installing UbuntuStudio? Or do I just put in the new drive and UbuntuStudio install will take care of it?
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23 Jul 2011   #16
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello mate.


As you have several HDDs put Linux on a separate HDD from Windows and use the BIOS one-time boot menu specific to your motherboard so there will be no need for a Windows/Grub managed boot-loader at all.
  • Asus - F8
  • HP/Compaq - Esc
  • Sony - F2
  • Acer F12
  • Gateway - F10
  • eMachnes - F10
  • Gigabyte F12
  • Toshiba - F12
  • Dell - F12
  • IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
Use the BIOS boot menu.

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