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Windows 7: Deleting XP partition after installing windows 7

24 Sep 2009   #1
y0umebednow

Windows xp
 
 
Deleting XP partition after installing windows 7

Ok so i wasnt sure if i would be really pleased with windows 7 so i decided to dual boot it with xp. I have to admit windows 7 is the perfection of windows vista.

So now i want to delete my XP partition and add that free space to my Windows 7 partition. How would i go about doing this? i am familiar with Gparted. Will windows 7 partition automatically become the main one? because i think XP is the main one right now.

Thank you for all the help in advance


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24 Sep 2009   #2
Iforgotart

windows 7
 
 

well, one way that i know how to do this is go to start, then look for computer right click it, go to manage. then it should say Disk management somewhere (under storage) find the XP partition, right click and shrink (or delete if you wish to) volume. and if the shrunken volume isnt already transfered to the 7 partition, then just right click on the 7 partition and extend volume
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25 Sep 2009   #3
y0umebednow

Windows xp
 
 

it wont let me delete the windows xp partition because its active system partition.
In windows xp partition it says: healthy (system, active, primary partition)

Quick question: if i delete the Xp partition will i still be able to boot into windows 7? or will my MBR be all screwed up?
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25 Sep 2009   #4
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Iforgotart View Post
well, one way that i know how to do this is go to start, then look for computer right click it, go to manage. then it should say Disk management somewhere (under storage) find the XP partition, right click and shrink (or delete if you wish to) volume. and if the shrunken volume isnt already transfered to the 7 partition, then just right click on the 7 partition and extend volume
I'd be cautious about this.

If you installed w7 after XP was the original boot on C:,
then when w7 installed, he probably created a 'System/Hidden" (XP view) C:\boot\
folder, with important stuff in there.
(w7 probably won't let you touch that.)

If you use unix stuff, he probably will, which is "Very Undesirable"...

Are both OSs on the same physical HDD, or on different partitions on the same drive ?

There are other gurus here that can assist with various techniques for this situation.

Good luck...
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25 Sep 2009   #5
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by y0umebednow View Post
Quick question: if i delete the Xp partition will i still be able to boot into windows 7? or will my MBR be all screwed up?
If you boot into Windows 7 or Windows DVD you can use the bcdboot command to move the boot manager to the Windows 7 partition. Then use diskpart or Disk Management to make that partition active.

After that, you can delete the XP partition because now the "System, Active" partition will be Windows 7.
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25 Sep 2009   #6
y0umebednow

Windows xp
 
 

When i try running bcdboot, a dos window pops up for a second and disappears.

anything else i can try?
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25 Sep 2009   #7
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

First you need to learn how to use command prompt. Check the tutorials section.

Elevated Command Prompt
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25 Sep 2009   #8
y0umebednow

Windows xp
 
 

Can you please tell me what to type in command prompt to use the bcdbootcommand to move the boot manager to the Windows 7 partition.

thanks for all the help
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25 Sep 2009   #9
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Not really. Because you haven't answered the questions asked by chuckr above.

type

bcdboot /help
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25 Sep 2009   #10
y0umebednow

Windows xp
 
 

Sorry about that, both OS's are on ONE physical hard drive but each on its own partition.
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