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Windows 7: Current dual boot-deleting Vista

25 Oct 2009   #11
gregrocker

 

Looking at the drive map, my question would be what he needs the recovery partition in the prime real estate for? If it came with Vista, it should go with Vista since it no longer will work anyway. You need to keep your Vista recovery disks separately in case you ever need them (which you won't if you keep an image of the drive).

I'd delete both recovery and Vista and copy 7 into that space. SIW2?


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25 Oct 2009   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, he could do that if he no longer wants it. Only thing is - you might want to retore to factory state e.g. if you were to sell the machine. If he has Vista recovery discs - then why not.
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25 Oct 2009   #13
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes, he could do that if he no longer wants it. Only thing is - you might want to retore to factory state e.g. if you were to sell the machine. If he has Vista recovery discs - then why not.
I agree to make the recovery disks as backup before deleting, but my understanding is that the recovery partition becomes disabled when Vista is deleted anyway. Except for Dell apparently, which can stil recover Vista after Vista is deleted. (edit: Dell users posting elsewhere here saying that tip was incorrect - Dell recovery partitions are restored with the disks they create, so they can be deleted once disks are made).
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25 Oct 2009   #14
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

when i run startup repair,how long should it take?

And out of curiosity,why 3 times?
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25 Oct 2009   #15
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

im getting bootmgr is missing
And windows cant repair
Done all of the steps,not sure if i done something wrong?
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25 Oct 2009   #16
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Is the 7 partition Primary and marked as Active?
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25 Oct 2009   #17
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Is the 7 partition Primary and marked as Active?
Yes.

I have 2 partitons (Win7) with the same amount of memory used etc.
I have a Data partition
I have 39 GB partition unallocated
And i have a winre partition
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25 Oct 2009   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Memory? I think you mean space.

You can only have 4 partitions - how come there are 5?

Which show as Primary partitions, and which show as Logical drives?

You had 4 to start - you deleted 1 that makes 3.

You copied the 7partition into the unallocated space to make 4 again.

(If you followed Greg's idea to delete the little recovery partition as well - you would only have 3.)
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25 Oct 2009   #19
gregrocker

 

Which partitions did you delete?

If you kept the recovery, it might be corrupting the startup since that disk sector contains the boot files. Better to delete the Recovery sector along with Vista, copy Windows 7 into that space and run Startup Repair repeatedly.

You run Startup Repair several times because it doesn't always work the first time if there are multiple problems, especially if it is offered up to you when you first enter the Repair console after booting into the INstaller.

THere are also commands to run from the Repair console command line to repair or rewrite the boot if startup repair doesn't work. Try "bootrec.exe /fixboot" and "bootrec.exe /fixmbr" without quotes.
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25 Oct 2009   #20
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Memory? I think you mean space.

You can only have 4 partitions - how come there are 5?

Which show as Primary partitions, and which show as Logical drives?
Sorry,yes,space.

Again sorry,one is just unallocated space.

Win7 -primary
Win7-Logical
Data- Logical
Winre- Primary
Unallocated- logical
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