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Windows 7: Delete vista partition

05 Jan 2010   #11
gregrocker

 

If you have downloaded files:

Make bootable iso from student d/l

Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

If an ISO, burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed with Verify - never fails.

If you will tell us exactly what you want to achieve, we'll give you the steps to do it.


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05 Jan 2010   #12
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The iso image ordered from MS can be burned to a blank dvd or even written to a usb flash drive. MS has their own tool available for this. But you will want to read the guide on this. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

And the MS tool mentioned, Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

If you elect to move the present 7 K primary forward the files will still be present but could be lost in a mishap as pointed out already. A good backup and fresh start is the preferred option once the partitioning is all set the way you will want it.
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06 Jan 2010   #13
smitty831

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

Well as of now there's nothing on the 7 partition, and i've been using vista primarily. the reason i initially made the partition was to make sure everything was moved to 7 before deleting vista. so that's where i am now. i'd be fine with backing everything up and starting fresh though if it's easier
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06 Jan 2010   #14
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

If all the files are on the Vista C primary you could use the format option in the drive tools right on the 7 disk or flash drive to wipe 7 off of K first and use that for storage when going to replace Vista with 7 on C. With all files backed up completely on removable or an external drive for example that would allow a complete reorganization of the drive where you could then have one or two large partitions rather then the present split up of the drive you see now.

The FreeAgent drive seen in the image you posted at the top of the rhread shows you have one available to backup files and settings to present! If you have the space available there simply use that before proceeding with any large changes.
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06 Jan 2010   #15
smitty831

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

i just want 1 partition. so should i format the other 3 partitions?

once i do that, how do i move everything into the c drive?
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06 Jan 2010   #16
gregrocker

 

Back up your files, boot from the Win7 DVD, select CUstom Install, then use Drive Options to delete all partitions, create new one(s) as you wish, format and install Win7 to first partition.

If you have an Upgrade version it will scan DVD to see and OS and allow key.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html
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06 Jan 2010   #17
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Even to save the present 7 installation on K you would still need to back up all of your files from the present Vista C primary there before you could delete that and actually use the time consuming process of moving K forward to the front of the drive once the other 3 partitions were removed. Then you would need to rebuild the 7 boot loader and mbr entrie as well to top that off.

Solution? Back up all files you plan to keep and simply nuke the entire drive to see the one larger primary you want. To use the 7 drive tools as mentioned ealier you would still need to burn the iso to disk first or create a bootable flash drive type installation stick. You would need a good 4gb flash drive for 7 there.

If you have a small 512mb upto 2gb flash drive onhand you can download GParted and use the same method for creating an install stick for writing the live iso instead. With either you would simply boot up and follow gregrocker's adivise there.
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06 Jan 2010   #18
smitty831

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

I just finished the clean install of windows 7 and deleted all the partitions. it was actually a lot easier than i thought, and everything went pretty smoothly. thanks for all your help guys.

i did notice though that there's a new 100 mb partition called system reserved though. what is this?


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06 Jan 2010   #19
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

It is used to help with system recovery in Windows 7 if you get in a major jam. You could have avoided it during installation, and instead used your Windows 7 DVD to provide the same capability. It is very small and does no harm--just ignore it as long as all is well.
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06 Jan 2010   #20
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Since everybody started running the beta builds I keep hearing about the 100mb, the 100mb over and over but never saw it once here until just lately installing 7 on a vhd and then saw a 94mb section at the front of that drive. The installation was from the dvd too.
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