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Windows 7: Remove Vista?

24 Oct 2009   #1
cheryld

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 
Remove Vista?

Finally because of all of your suggestions, I was able to install(custom) from my windows 7 64-bit disk. Now I am left with windows 7 64-bit on drive D and Vista 32-bit on drive c. How can I remove vista from my system and make win 7 on drive D my new system? Thanks in advance for the help and thanks so much for the help before in my other post! Cheryl


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24 Oct 2009   #2
JuicyFruitSweeT

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

cmd > format C:
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24 Oct 2009   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheryld View Post
Finally because of all of your suggestions, I was able to install(custom) from my windows 7 64-bit disk. Now I am left with windows 7 64-bit on drive D and Vista 32-bit on drive c. How can I remove vista from my system and make win 7 on drive D my new system? Thanks in advance for the help and thanks so much for the help before in my other post! Cheryl
Have a look at this post:

I now want to uninstall Vista but can't
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24 Oct 2009   #4
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JuicyFruitSweeT View Post
cmd > format C:
Why would you say that? That's not the right way to go about it at all.

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Finally because of all of your suggestions, I was able to install(custom) from my windows 7 64-bit disk. Now I am left with windows 7 64-bit on drive D and Vista 32-bit on drive c. How can I remove vista from my system and make win 7 on drive D my new system? Thanks in advance for the help and thanks so much for the help before in my other post! Cheryl
Hi Cheryl
Can you post a screenshot of your disk management please?

Start Menu > Right Click Computer > Click manage (accept the UAC prompt) > Under Storage click Disk management and take a screenie of that.
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24 Oct 2009   #5
cheryld

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Sorry, I tried to understand it, but it did not work. I can tell you that I have one hard drive formatted to c and D. Vista is on the boot drive and windows 7 is on the D drive. NTFS format. Anything else I can provide I will. I hope this helps. Thank you for your patience. Cheryl
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24 Oct 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

This is not easy because your Vista is sitting on the outer boot sector of the disk which is needed to boot up the computer. But it can be done, although you need to use Windows 7 Backup Imaging now to make an image of your entire HDD to save externally so it can be easily reimaged in 15 minutes if this fails, which happens about 30% of the time in this case. Also back up your files separately to external.

You need to delete your C:Vista partition using 3rd party disk management software like free Easeus, or Paragon Partition Manager. I use Paragon from boot, but Easeus will run from desktop and go into boot to finish the job. Right click on Vista partition and have it delete it, then before Applying the changes, right click on the Win7 partition and have it Move Win7 over onto Vista's space using the slider so that it shows Win7 occupying all of the disk on the map. Then right click on the Win7 again and mark active. Click Apply all 3 changes and it will finish in about an hour.

When finished, it will likely not boot since there is now an OS sitting on the boot sector which has not yet claimed the boot. THis is fixed by booting from the Win7 Install disk and choosing Repair My Computer>Startup Repair. It may need to be run several times, as it normally won't take on the first try especially if it offers it up to you at first.

After it boots in WIn7, run chkdsk by right clicking on the Win7 drive in Computer, selecting Properties>Tools>Check for errors>select both boxes and schedule a scan for next boot, reboot and let it sort out any file system errors.

If this fails at any step, boot from your Win7 disk, select from the Repair menu>Recover Using An Image , wait for it to discover your saved image in the root of your external drive and it will reimage your HDD flawlessly.
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24 Oct 2009   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Cheryl,

What didn't work?

Do you mean you couldn't post the screenshot - or you couldn't take it?

Go to Disk Management and see which partition is shown as "System" - probably the Vista one - that is where the boot files are.

The partition showing as Boot is the one you are currently BOOTed into.

Also , how big are the partitions ?

When you are booted into 7 - does it see itself as C or D?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheryld View Post
Sorry, I tried to understand it, but it did not work. I can tell you that I have one hard drive formatted to c and D. Vista is on the boot drive and windows 7 is on the D drive. NTFS format. Anything else I can provide I will. I hope this helps. Thank you for your patience. Cheryl
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24 Oct 2009   #8
gregrocker

 

SIW2 do you see an easier way to resolve this than what I have been doing (above)?
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24 Oct 2009   #9
rsvr85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oh! not needed on this one then?
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