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Windows 7: How do i remove dual boot of Windows XP and windows 7

11 Jan 2013   #1

Dual Boot XP pro x86 and Windows 7 x86
How do i remove dual boot of Windows XP and windows 7

Okay, here i go. My main operating system (on c: drive) is windows XP. i installed windows 7, on a partition but now need to remove it because i am running out of hdd space (only 111gb ). I cannot figure out how to change the windows 7 boot.ini file. what i think i have to do is modify windows 7's boot.ini , then format the partition and merge the free space into the main partition (the one with XP) . can someone please help me this is urgent!!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


If WIn7 was installed last it likely wrote its boot files to the XP partition which is signified by XP wearing the System Active labels in Disk Mgmt. So if you want to remove Win7 you can just delete it.

If you want to remove XP the normal procedure is to mark Win7 partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until 7 wears the System Active flags, then you can delete XP.

But because there can be complicating factors I would first post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Or from XP make your Screenshot with Paint

Tell us what is on each partition and exactly what you'd like to do.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Have a look at this: Dual Boot - Delete a OS
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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