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Windows 7: Want to delete an OS from a dual boot configuration

26 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7
Want to delete an OS from a dual boot configuration


I originally stated out with XP Pro and then installed Win 7 in a separate partition with dual booting. Now I want to get rid of the XP OS and recover the partition the XP OS is in for other uses.

Running bcdedit shows the the Win 7 as drive C and XP as drive D. The master boot record, I am guessing, in is drive D.

So how do I get the master boot record into the Win 7 partition so I can delete the partition containing the XP OS?



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26 Sep 2009   #2
amigo max

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, # Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit

Hello bmwmcrider,
As per my experience i dont think you can remove the 1st installed OS from your computer and make the second one work without the first one. You have to keep your first OS in order to make the other one work. (If i am going wrong please correct me)
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26 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7

Amigo Max - thanks for the reply. After my original post I suddenly realized that my Win 7 OS is on a logical partition. So I have to ponder the situation for awhile as to what to do next - like just live with the setup or find a tool that will make the logical partition an active one and try to copy the boot manager over, using bcdboot, before anything gets in the way that causes a reboot.

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26 Sep 2009   #4

xp/vista/win7/win8/10 tech preview

your fastest and easiest solution for you would be to reinstall win7 to the xp drive after you reformat that drive then delete the current win7 install.

cheers brad
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