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Windows 7: Uninstalling XP

17 Jun 2012   #1

Uninstalling XP

Can anyone give me step-by-step 'how to' instructions to uninstall Windows XP from Windows 7 ?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2012   #2

Win7 Ultimate X64

Assuming you have set this up as a dual boot there are different ways you can remove depending on which OS was installed first
Have a look at this tutorial using EasyBCD is a pretty straight forward way

Dual Boot - Delete a OS

Hope this helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using Snipping TOol in Start Menu, so we can advise you best.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Jun 2012   #4


Thanks, everyone...

DriveMap.jpg attached. I do not use dual boot. I want to be rid of XP only so I don't have to bother maintaining it any more, as I no longer use it.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Where is it ? Is it in a Virtual Machine ? Is C: Windows 7 ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2012   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Looks like 7 is present or you replaced a 7 install to go back to XP when looking at the 100mb System Reserved partition created only by the Windows 7 installer. To simply wipe a drive clean you can boot up with the 7 dvd to the Install Now screen and click on the Repair tools link.

The Command prompt option will be found at the bottom of the list of repair options once you reach the second screen following the OS detection phase. Once you open that up and type in Disk Part and press enter you next type the following commands:
List Disk (will display both drives!)
select Disk 0 (once you verify that as the C OS drive)
List Volume (displays all partitions on drive)
Select volume # (one at time)
delete (nukes each separately) or
Clean (total wipe of drive)
create partition primary (create replacement primary partition)
format fs=ntfs 60 (formats drive to NTFS)
exit (exit Disk Part tool)

The format option when going through the initial 7 install is the second option while booting live to consider if planning a clean install of 7. Or you could opt for a 3rd party partitioning program.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2012   #7


Addram: yes it is the virtual machine (Windows Virtual PC option).

Night Hawk: I think this might affect your suggestion.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP


Can you not just uninstall XP in the virtual app or uninstall the virtual app itself? There is nothing about XP which is affecting the bootability of your system .
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2012   #9


Gregrocker: I am not sure. Windows XP Mode shows in "Control Panel/Uninstall a Program" but there is nothing indicating Windows Virtual PC which is the main shortcut on the Start menu. The Start Menu tree shows - Windows Virtual PC/Windows Virtual PC/Windows XP Mode/Windows XP Mode Applications... The last on the tree shows all the applications installed on XP, such as Avast Security, Scansoft among others.

Window 7 is the OEM installation on my PC and I downloaded XP from Microsoft free of charge so that I could run a few incompatible apps.

I can leave it where it is as it is not vital. It's just the discomfort of knowing it is there and unmaintained Updates wise.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP


Uninstall Windows XP mode in Control Panel.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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