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Windows 7: Removing the active partition in a dual boot setup

08 Mar 2010   #11


Oh--does it matter which version of the product we are using?(professional, ultimate etc)
And whether we had installed a full product or an upgraded version?

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08 Mar 2010   #12


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kktk View Post
Oh--does it matter which version of the product we are using?(professional, ultimate etc)
And whether we had installed a full product or an upgraded version?
No, nothing you mention here will make any difference in what you aim to accomplish.
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08 Mar 2010   #13
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If you will post back a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map, we can give you the exact steps for deleting XP partition and recovering it's disk space, active flag and MBR into Win7 partition.

The best tool used for this is free Partition Wizard bootable CD, which has been used here to help remove over 150 dual boots successfully without data loss.

Use the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach the file with paper clip in Reply box. Let us know what you would prefer the partitioning to look like afterward.
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08 Mar 2010   #14


ok so I tried the recommended solutions above.
used the partition manager and booted from the cd....and set the partition where 7 was installed as the primary(active)....which automatically removed the XP primary partition from the active far so good.

Then, started the repair from the Win7 Cd---which tried to fix the bootmgr I assume.
So far so good---had to reboot 3 times I believe and then I was able to boot into 7.

Now here's where I ran into issues. The desktop doesnt come up for me---only a blank screen that states that the copy is not genuine. I swear it is :)

That's why I had asked the question if this being a 7 copy that was upgraded from XP---if that was going to cause any issues now that the XP partition isnt involved in the boot process----??

Not sure where to go next.

So as it stands---the XP partition was left as a primary.(inactive).
The 7 logical drive was converted from a logical drive to a partition and made active.
And the repair CD was run to make the boot process work.

What next?
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09 Mar 2010   #15
Microsoft MVP


Looks like the conversion has irritated the activation. Has nothing to do with XP>Win7 upgrade.

See if you can boot into Safe Mode to reinstall Product Key at Computer>Properties.

If not start normally, access the Task manager using Cntrl Alt Delete, then on Applications tab click New Task and type D:\setup replacing D with your DVD drive, where you have placed your Win7 DVD.

If Setup will start, run an Upgrade (repair) install to reset activation and get it started up, then insert key at Computer>Properties.

If this fails, boot Win7 DVD Repair console>Recovery Tools to try a System Restore.

I have asked the top expert on this SIW2 to look at this, hopefully tmw morning.
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09 Mar 2010   #16


Safe mode comes up with the same screen--an empty desktop with nothing that I can do.
Starting normally and trying to run setup doesnt work finds the file on the DVD but I cant launch it.
It tells me that windows cannot find the file...although it sees it just fine.
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09 Mar 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP


In order to run an elevated command from Run box, you need to use Ctrl+Shift + Enter. You will be prompted with the obnoxious User Account Control dialog… but it will then open up a command prompt in Administrator mode.

You can use Alt+Y to close the User Account Control dialog.

Now try D:setup or D:\Setup to run Repair Install.

What has also worked before is to use the commands to reinsert Product Key. Am looking now.
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09 Mar 2010   #18


I dont have the "run" cmd option...I can only hit the new task from the task manager....which gives me a create new task window----CTRL SHIFT ENTER doesnt do anything here...
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09 Mar 2010   #19
Microsoft MVP


Can you see a box to check in New Task to "Run with Administrative Privileges?" Tick that.

Removing the active partition in a dual boot setup-capture.png

When I type in the path to my Win7 Setup, it starts up here.

Try running these commands from Run Box:

slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (inserts Product Key -replace x's with key)

slmgr -ato (activates Product key against the MS server)

If this fails, then see if you can System Restore using Win7 DVD Repair.

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09 Mar 2010   #20


Man---from one problem to the next...thanks for helping BTW...
Ok--I can just type in cmd and then do CTRL-SHIFT-ENTER to get to what I think is a command prompt with admin rights... type in the first command---and it errors on a "cannot find script engine "VBScript" for slmgr.vbs

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