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Removing Dual Boot to XP Drive

Question: Removing Dual Boot to XP Drive

I am having a problem with my win7 installation. I have 2 250GB drives (1 with the original XP on it and 1 other with the new win7 installed on it). After I got all my files moved over and was happy with win7, I set about trying to reclaim the old xp drive to use for storage.

I followed the instructions from a previous post on here about using DISKPART to make the old XP drive inactive and running Startup Repair 3 times. Here are the instructions I was following:

To accomplish what you want you must set Windows 7 drive as first HD to boot in BIOS boot order, mark XP and the Media drives inactive, mark the Windows 7 drive active, then recover the MBR to Windows 7 by running Startup Repair 3 separate times.

Back up your files and a Windows 7 system image externally or to the other drive.

Now reboot, Enter BIOS Setup by tapping key given on first bootup screen, set Windows 7 partition as first HDD to boot, after DVD drive. Save settings and exit BIOS.

Boot into Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to Recovery tools list and open a Command Prompt, type:

SELECT DISK # (for XP drive)
SELECT PARTITION # (for XP partition)
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 drive)
SELECT PARTITION # (for Media partition)
SELECT PARTITION # (for Windows 7 Partition)

Return to DVD Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair 3 separate times to attempt repair and then rewrite MBR to Windows 7.

Check Disk Management that Windows 7 is now System Active so you can now format your XP HD.

However, after using DISKPART and running Startup Repair for the first time, I am prompted to restart and:

1. if I boot from CD and return to Startup Repair, it can't find a problem.
2. if I skip the boot CD, I get the dual boot menu and win7 boots fine (but disk management shows both disks as "active" and the old XP drive still as "system")
3. if I remove the CD before restart, I get an error about BOOTMGR missing, and an option to use Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart.

So, now I am lost again. It appears that Startup Repair is "fixing" the startup by making the old XP drive active again, and I confused about running it 3 times when it can't find a problem.

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Answer: Removing Dual Boot to XP Drive

Here is a screen-grab from disk management console. Also I should not that the my situation obviously doesn't involve the media partition mentioned in the instructions I was following.

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Like the proverbial bad penny I'm back for more advice. This time my problem is that I have a PC which is dual boot with XP and I want to remove XP. Snag is they are on separate drives and the Mobo only gives me the option "Hard Drive" to boot from - NOT a choice of either of the two drives installed. I am therefore assuming it is imperative to get Win7 onto drive 1 - but how?

I've been going round in circles this afternoon trying to sort it out but everything I've tried has fallen to ashes and I've been struggling to get a working system. Thankfully I have four bootable CDs (Windows 7 Repair CD, Partition Wizard, Paragon Rescue Kit 11.0, Acronis TrueImage Home 2010 with Acronis Disk Director 10.0) that are specifically for times such as these and between them they have enabled me to get back to where I started, i.e. a dual-boot system with XP and Win7. So, where do I go from here?

Since I will be asked for a graphic of the disk management window I attach it here for your perusal. Incidentally, the Win7 partition on drive 1 is simply a copy of that in partition K: done using PW. At this stage it has only been copied with nothing whatsoever done with it - it is just a copy of K: which is on drive 2.


Answer:Removing XP from dual-boot (not on same drive as 7)

Unless the Windows 7 is on an Extended partition, if it is this will not worh; if the Windows 7 partition is not "System, Active" disconnect the XP HDD and set the Windows 7 HDD as second boot device after the CD/DVD drive, make the Windows 7 partition the Active partition and do the 3 separate startup repairs to (re)create the Windows System boot files to the Windows 7 partition.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

I don't see a snip of Windows disk management at all.

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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Windows 8, 64-bit.

Used to run Win 7 on our main drive, and used a second one for storage (mainly games), however something happened, making us unable to boot. So we decided to upgrade to Windows 8, which we put on our secondary drive, and that's now the main one (boots from here, is Disk 0). When I turn on the PC, it asks me whether to run on Windows 7 or 8 (8 is the default). C: contains Windows 8, D: Contains Win 7.

MAIN PROBLEM: Since we're going to use the old main drive as storage (the one with Windows 7), I wanted to format it, but it won't let me because, I suppose, of the System files still on it (System, Active). Picture of Disk Management below. How do I format it?

Answer:Removing Old Windows 7 in 2nd Drive (dual boot)

Hi there

Simple - first ensure the disk is not open in file explorer etc.

Get into Command mode as administrator

Now run the following commands

1) diskpart
2 list disk ==> you'll get a list of disks -- choose the one you want to use say 2
3) select disk 2
4) clean
5) create partition primary
6) active (Only use this command if you want to install an OS on the HDD - otherwise skip command 6)
7) format fs=ntfs quick
8) assign
9) exit
Now you can use the disk as data etc without any trace of the previous OS. If you want to re-size partitions etc use GPARTED either as a bootable stand alone system or use any LINUX live CD and after booting type as root GPARTED and adjust partition sizes to suit.

Windows might do it too as the disk is now cleanly formatted -- in disk management just delete and re-allocate the partitions after the steps above.


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I am in a dual boot system with Win7 on 1st HD and Win Xp on my 2nd HD.

I want to remove the HD with just XP on it from the system and only have the HD with Win 7. When i tried removing the xp HD i could not boot back into win7.

How do i boot back into win 7, will it be a repair install?

I am prepared to lose all the stuff on the drive if worst comes to worst but if there is a way to keep the stuff it would be great


Answer:Removing a Hard Drive while in dual boot

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?

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I have Vista on one drive and Windows 7 on a separate hdd dual booting.
I want to remove the Vista drive and only retain Windows 7, so that I only need to have one drive to boot from and to backup the Windows 7 OS drive.
I have no further use for Vista, I haven?t used it for months. Space no problem, just a nuisance to have to include it in the image backup and make larger files.
Vista is drive C: Windows 7 is F:
I have 32 bit Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade disks and Repair disk.
4 hdd?s installed and 2 DVD Writers.
Any help on an easy solution would be much appreciated.

Answer:Removing Vista drive from dual boot with W7

Hello Jonmor68.

Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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I had Windows XP Pro installed on my laptop, then I used Partition Magic to convert some free space into a new partition. I installed Linspire on the new partition, allowing it to configure GRUB for dual-booting. This worked fine, but I decided that I didn't want Linspire anymore, so I formatted that partition from within Windows and rebooted. I used the recovery console on the WinXP cd to run fixboot and fixmbr, then restarted. This worked in my testing of other various Linux distros, but this time I got an error: "NTLDR is missing"

I did some Googling and searching here, but I found nothing that helped with my situation. After some looking around I discovered that the driver letters for the two partitions had been switched somehow. In Windows, before I restarted, the Windows partition was C: and the newly reformatted smaller partition was E:. When I log into the recovery console the Windows install partition is shown as E:/ and the new, empty partition is C:/. Buh?

I've looked everywhere for a way to change the drive letters back to what they should be, but I haven't had any luck. The DISKPART command seemed the most likely solution, but the description in Microsoft's support documentation is apparently for a completely different program, since almost none of the features listed are available from the recovery console.

Does anyone know how I can fix the drive letters? Thanks.

Answer:Drive letters wrong after removing Linux dual-boot partition

Never had the need to do it, but have you tried
Control panel->admin tools->computer management->disk management, right-click the partition and select "Change drive letters and path" option?

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I have a dual boot environment with two Win XP installed on different disks, XP1 and XP2 . XP1 was installed first and contains the boot files (NTLDR, boot.ini...) and XP2 came second. Now, I would like to keep XP2 and get rid of XP1. How can i delete XP1 since it contains the boot files? if i delete XP1 i am afraid to not be able to boot on XP2..., thanks

Answer:Solved: removing a boot partition in a dual boot system

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Hi, I seem to have royally trashed my boot capability. Please help.

The original set-up was as follows:
Vista Home Premium was installed on a two-partition disk
Subsequently, Windows 7 was installed on a single-partition disk; I could not upgrade because it was Professional edition, and I did not want to erase because there was an important program that I had lost the install disk for.

I recently got around the problem with my important program, and installed it under Win 7. So me being the clever clogs I am, decided to free up 250GB of space and remove my Vista partition, forgetting that it was the system partition and it contained the boot sector the MBR was pointing to even if my usual OS was on a separate physical drive.

Of course, now I can't boot Win 7, as the computer says there is no disk with bootable information. I have booted with the install disk and run every option I can think of, including this kb article, to no avail. I can't perform an upgrade install since that's only available when booted to the OS, and I'm loathe to erase it as that would involve a LOT of setting up again. Fortunately the majority of my important files are on different physical disks and I'm competent enough with Linux to recover the few that aren't.

So the short question is: is there a way of rebuilding the MBR other than bootrec /RebuildBcd? (because that one didn't work - it finds the OS, and when I say 'yes' to the prompt it says 'Element not found')

Answer:Boot issue after removing original OS in dual boot

Win7 installer only updated the System boot files on the Vista partition. To move them to Win7 Mark Partition as Active (Method Two) then write the System boot files there by running from the booted DVD or Repair CD Startup Repair 3 Separate Times.

If Vista was on a separate HD in Disk0 slot then it's best to keep it unplugged during these operations and swap Win7 HD into Disk0 permanently, set to boot first in BIOS setup . If this is not possible, mark Vista partition Inactive if it still holds an Active flag.

If Vista was on the same HD then you can recover both the System boot files AND the HD space back into Win7 using free Partition Wizard bootable CD which can also mark Active/Inactive. Highlighting the Win7 HD once marked Active, then choosing Rebuild MBR from the Disk tab, sometimes works on its own precluding the need to run Startup Repair from DVD or Repair CD.

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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Question: Removing Dual Boot

Working on a friends Acer laptop with Vista and Win 7 installed as dual boot options. Win 7 is the default OS. The Vista OS has not even been activated. I'd like to remove the Vista partition and run only the Win 7 OS. The internal drive is only 80GB and space is becoming premium.

I've Googled the question and so far have ascertained it is not all that straightforward to eliminate 1 of the 2 OS partitions. Thought the folks here could give me some pointers to make the process a bit clearer.

Answer:Removing Dual Boot

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I've been looking at this thread as I want to remove XP and work only with Win7. However, it would appear that Partition Wizard (PW) has either changed OR I've a problem with my Win7 installation. The problem is the very first step, i.e. deleting the XP partition and making the Win7 partition active (all part of step one). Yes, I can delete XP but no way can I make Win7 active as PW has it greyed out.

My question therefore is: where do I go from here? Yes, I can make Win7 active using Disk Management but what will happen when I delete XP? Will I still be running in Win7? (I suspect XP is ONLY required during the boot process) I'm just not sure what to do now. I'm not in any panic to remove XP so I'll take my time and make sure I know what is needed before doing anything. There must be a way of achieving my aim but I'm just not sure how. I would therefore appreciate help in making Win7 active as this must be done before I can go to doing three Startup Repairs.


PS: I feel I've not really explained myself very well so if any further info required then please get back to me.

Answer:Removing XP from Dual Boot

If Windows 7 partion is active there should be no problems deleting the XP partition. You have only to delete the XP boot entry in BCD.

If XP is your active partition then just do 3 steps:
1. Download BCD Editor - Windows 7 / Vista and install. It has a "Dual-boot Repair" tool. (You can do the fix in XP or in Windows 7).
2. Run "Dual-boot Repair" - click on Disk Management (shortcut to OS Disk Management) and set Windows 7 partition as active. (or any other partition which is not the partition to be deleted next)
3. Click on "Automatic Repair" (in tool "Dual-boot Repair"). Confirm. That's it.

Windows 7 should boot by default. If everything is OK delete the XP partition (format it).

It is best if the first primary partition on disk is also the active partition.

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I'm running 64bit Vista. I want to install a second OS (xp 32bit) so I can use some music software that wont run on 64.

The thing is, I dont want to have to uninstall my current Vista OS. Can this be done? I would appreciate a run through.

Stewart Cattanach.

Answer:Dual Boot without removing 1st OS

You can install the new OS on a new Primary Partition and then modify the BCD menu to add it to the boot menu. The tools provided with Vista are not very friendly so I suggest you get EasyBCD to easily modify the boot menu:

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Question: Removing Dual Boot

I installed Windows 2000 on a dual boot. W2K is on the second partion (D: ) and Windows 98 is on the first (C: ). I am now at a point to where I no longer use Windows 98 and I would like to remove the partition. I have Partion Magic to remove the partition but I am wondering what that will to do to my Windows 2000 as it changes from D: to C:. Will it automaticlly adjust? Is there a utility to change it for me?

If necessary I will leave the original partition and just make it much smaller but that is not my first choice. If I do this, how small of a partition can it be?

Answer:Removing Dual Boot

Since you installed 2000 on the D: partition, it is going to freak if you change the partition. The Master Boot Record will show that the OS is installed to the D: partition, while the OS will be residing on the C:

I would just leave it and shrink the D: part. Leaving a few hundred megs over what it already is using. This should allow for the paging file to expand and leave room for your profile to expand.

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My Laptop has win98se, in the past I had win2K installed. Win2K has been removed but I am still prompted at start up to choose eitherWin2Kor Win98seCan I just delete a file from my C: drive so 98se loads with out having to be selected.I notice there is a file called BOOT.PRV, which contains the information of the bootup sequence.Is it as simple as deleting this file or do I have to do more.

Answer:2K Help - Removing Dual Boot

Don't know why your file is called boot.prv, and not the usual boot.iniAnyway, your computer is still using the 2000 boot loader.To revert to the 98 boot files, prepare a 98 boot floppy. Restart computer with it, and at the A:> prompt, type sys C: and press Enter. You should then get a message which says system transferred. Remove floppy and restart. It should go straight into 98.

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A few months ago, I set up my computer to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04. It worked fine. Now I rarely use Ubuntu, and I would like to remove it. I would like to know all of the steps I would need to go through to do this. I have a large partition for winows 7, its recovery partition, then i have one partition for Ubuntu.

Answer:Removing a Dual Boot

If you are using the windows boot loader, just delete the Ubuntu partition.

If you are not, then you want to delete the partition and then run a repair install of Seven.


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I am presently dual booting Win7 and XP and would like to remove XP. The two OS's are on different hard drives, Win 7 Home Premium x64 is on an SSD and XP Pro SP3 is on a mechanical HD. I added the SSD and Win7 upgrade to an existing PC with a mechanical HD and haven't used XP since the upgrade and now I want to clear that HD and use it for storage, backups, little used items, etc...

The tutorials about removing dual boot talk about needing to have bootmgr on the correct drive, both of mine show active and I can't be sure which one holds the Win7 bootmgr, I would like to end up with only Win7 booting off the SSD. I've attached a disk management screen shot.


Answer:Need help removing dual boot

Unplug XP HD, set Win7 HD first HD to boot in BIOS setup (after DVD drive), boot Win7 DVD System Recovery Options or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
until Win7 starts on its own and holds the System Active flags on its partition.

You can now plug back in the XP HD to access it's data, boot it using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key,or wipe it using Diskpart Clean Command to get it cleanest for repartitioning in Disk mgmt. Partition or Volume - Create New

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Question: Removing Dual Boot

Is it possible to stop dual booting without formatiing my harddrive?

My boot splash screen order is:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

I want to delete my WindowsOLD direcorty and boot to Win 7 only.
Win 7 and Vista are on the same partition.


Answer:Removing Dual Boot

Yes it's possible. You just need to remove the boot screen entry for Vista using something like EasyBCD.

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I'm helping someone remove XP from a XP/Win 7 dual boot. The two OSs are on separate physical disks with the boot files on the XP disk. I'm thinking I need to copy bootmgr and the Boot folder to the root of the Win 7 disk, set the Win 7 partition as Active, and change the boot order in BIOS so that the Win 7 disk is ahead of the XP disk. But what should I do about the MBR on the Win 7 disk? And anything else I need to do?

Answer:Removing XP from dual boot

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I recently added dual boot with XP to my vista computer, unfortunately my manufacturer does not have driver support for XP and I do not have the time to find them. Is their any free-way to merge two partitions? Also, if I format my XP partition, will it also format my C:? I cannot have my C: formatted along with my xp partition...

Answer:Removing a dual boot

What manuf. does not have hardware support for XP ? ?It's been around for awhile now...If XP is on the D: partition and you format it it will not affect the Vista install...except you will have to edit the boot.ini file so the XP choice no longer shows up at boot time...As far as reclaiming the space on D: you can either just use it for storage or use a third party partition tool to merge the partitions...however i would not trust this method unless you have a complete system backup in place should anything go awry.

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Question: Removing dual boot

Hi there. Well, now that I'm using Windows Vista and I'm liking it. My xp installation is left there, completely untouched. Though things hadn't fully stabilized yet due to faulty ram, which till this day, I have yet got myself down to the hardware store to buy some, I wanna officially jump ship to Vista but I don't know how to do that.

I want to remove windows xp installation. The two operating system are on two separate drive with Windows XP being the so called "master".

I don't want to do anything that will destroy everything. I just want to safely remove XP and get Vista to boot. In my bios, the boot setting is set as boot from the hard disk where XP resides on. If i swap the boot order with the Vista hard disk at the top, the whole computer can't find the boot file... and won't boot.

Help anyone?

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Ok here is the case I need help with. I just moved into a new house the old owners where crack heads and kicked out and didnt grab everything. I found a old POS looking PC they left and booted it up. Come to fine out it was overclocked and flys and runs a dual boot xp and win 98. 98 is on the C drive and Xp is on the F drive. Its a crappy 80gig hardrive formated in FAT32 so I can only read or use 32 gig of if.

Here is what I need to know I want to get rid of windows 98 and keep XP and rename the F drive to the C drive after 98 is gone and want to format the rest of the 80 gig drive into NTFS so that it can used and i have full use of my hardrive. At the same time the overclock on the CPU and bio extension is all run through the windows 98 boot process. If I cant rid myself of the 98 partition without loosing its boot processes and bios extension then I just want to partition the remainder of the HD into NTFS for xp.

Any ideas?

Answer:Need help removing dual boot

Also posted in hardware

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I currently have 4 partitions on my hard drive:

1. some Dell utility
2. Windows XP
3. NTFS partition where I keep my music/videos
4. Windows 7

3 and 4 are logical drives in an extended partition because that's how Windows 7 installed itself. I'm trying to get rid of XP because I don't use it any more and it's taking up space. I can't boot Windows 7 from an extended partition, though. How do I get it out, so that it will be a primary partition?

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I do not know if this is the right forum. Sorry if not.. may be moved.

History : I run ,actually, a PC with Dual Boot, XP was first installed and after I have installed Vista in Dual Boot.
Now I prepare a new PC with Win7 Pro X64. This new PC already is in dual boot 2x Win7( Base Win7 and FSX Win7). I slowly transfer the applications and game (FSX) from the old to the new PC.
On my old PC I want to remove the Vista Dual Boot and transfer the HDDs to the new PC. Without any risk for my XP this is running on separated HDDs!!
How to remove the Vista Dual Boot?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Removing Dual boot?

Hi Emile,

hope this will help:

alternatively check here:

or here:

Good luck!

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Question: Removing dual boot

Hello there, i wish to rmove wndows vista fom a vista/xp dual boot system. I dont hae the xp cd as its instlled via a smaller partition. The problem i am facing istat all th uides i have found say that i need the wndows xp cd to do it? s there anothe way to do this, i would really appreicate the help becase the laptop is y gf' mums and i put the dual boot there in the first place.Thanks for reading and i really hope you can help.Ricki

Answer:Removing dual boot

Yes you need the XP CD to reset the MBR. If you can borrow one it as to be the same Version to do it.At the command Prompt you type FIX /MBR With the CD in

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Question: Removing Dual Boot

Ok a little background. My problem started with spyware issue( I know wrong part of forum, but bear with me). Upon a run of my superantispyware, when it prompted for restart to remove infections, I couldn't log back in to windows. It would go to welcome screen, I would type in password, it would say logging in, but then go right to logging off and back to welcome screen. I tried to boot in safe mode, which did not work. Now panicked as I still had files to finish backing up, I ( don't know what I was thinking), got out an xp setup disc. Problem was my system had home and this disc was pro. But I really wanted to get my files. I installed xp pro on the same drive, just renamed it something other than the default windows file folder. So I was able to get my files I wanted off. But now I have two xps to choose from at boot. I subsequently fixed the login loop problem of my xp home start up, though safe mode still doesn't boot. I would like to go about removing the xp pro from my computer leaving my original home. How would I go about that? Can I just delete the file folder with the xp pro stuff? I really should have come to this forum originally, as I still have spyware issues and once I resolve my issue with my dual boot, plan to head over to that part of the forum.

Off to bed, hopefully someone can understand my ramblings, and yes I see I did idiotic things. Please help. Thanks.

Answer:Removing Dual Boot

You quite possibly can remove the XP Pro boot sequence by clicking Start > Run > type "msconfig" without the quotes > Enter....Open the Boot.INI tab and remove the one labled "Microsofr XP Professional"...Care should be taken to make sure that you remove the correct one!!!

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Question: Removing dual boot

I used to have Win2000 and WinXP on my PC on a dual boot config. I removed Win2K a while back, but left the boot partition in place (small FAT32 boot partitition C with WinXP on an NTFS partition D:

To clean things up, I decided to remove the C boot partition and get WinXP booting normally off D.

To do this, I copied the boot files from C to D and modified the boot.ini on D point to the first drive, first partition, WINDOWS folder. Then I deleted the C partition and reallocated the space to D.

It all seems to work OK, the the boot drive is still D. To clean things up I'd like to make it C again. If I change drive letters using PartitionMagic, it warns me that Win XP may no longer work.

What's the risk here? What can I do to make sure it works? Too much junk there now to consider reinstalling XP except in a total disaster.


Answer:Removing dual boot

The Windows-Registry is cluttered with references to the bootdrive-letter (D), so it is probably a bad idea to change it around.

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I have win7 and 8 dual boot. However, as I had win7 for some time and have been installing and uninstalling all sorts of apps, my registry got filled up, although i have 92 and 94% free hdds memory. Therefore win7 is very slow.

Win8 however starts within seconds, opens anything the moment its told to open, in general processes huge ammount of data without all unnecessay services and processes. Therefore, I no longer have a need to have win7 on my computer.

How can I remove win7 from the computer?

Answer:Removing win7 from dual boot

Install EasyBCD on Win8, then make the Win8 partition the bootable one, delete the entry to Win7, reboot and format the old Win7 partition. This should work

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I have a system which was initially set up a while ago as a dual boot, Win98SE/Win2K. I had a need for the Win98SE side of things then, but now that has gone but the Win98SE partition is the boot of course.

I want to be able to do away with the Win98SE partition completely and ideally add the space to the Win2K one, maybe leave it as a clean NTFS partition if that makes things easier. This would mean that I would end up with a drive with a single boot partition holding Win2K. This of course is not a trivial process as the drive letter of the boot partition will need to change. (I do want that drive letter change incidentally).

Can anyone offer advice on the feasibility of doing this? I could just reinstall everything but I have a heck of a lot of stuff installed as the machine has to act in home/play/work modes.


Answer:Removing Dual Boot setup

If you're saying that your Win98 disk/partition is drive C: and you now want your Win2k partition (let's call it D to become C: after you blow out the 98 install, you're out of luck. Many programs (including a number of Windows components) are going to be hard-coded in the registry or their configuration files to look for paths on D:. Changing the drive letter to C: is going to break any number of things. You could assign C: as a secondary drive letter to the existing partition, but I'm not sure if there's any value in that.

As far as formatting the Win98 partition, the 2k boot files are going to be located on that partition, so if you plan to reformat that partition, you had better have a strategy for putting the files back. Optionally you could delete the 98 files and CONVERT the partition to NTFS.

Overall, a re-install would probably be easier to accomplish what you want, IMO.

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i installed windows8 on C drive and and windows 7 on D drive..can i delete D directly by logging in windows 8 and then removing boot entry from easyBCD?

Answer:Removing Dual boot in My case

As D: is Logical, yes
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7

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I had a dual boot system xp home and MCE and I removed MEC but I can’t get rid of the dual boot option at startup. Any ideas ?

Answer:Removing the dual boot option

start, run, type msconfig, select boot.ini and check paths, then remove the non existent one

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Can anyone tell me how to remove a dual boot screen from a PC that has been reinstalled with only one OS please?

Answer:Removing Dual Boot Screen

Right click My computer.
Advanced tab

In Xp I believe they allow you to edit boot.ini.
in w2k they don't.
in xp, you can edit boot.ini, and remove the other os.
or as with w2k, select the default os, and either uncheck the display list, or set it to 1 second timeout.
Alt method with w2k is to manually edit the boot.ini file (you need to unhide it first), or boot the cd, start the recovery console and edit the boot.ini file there.

if you manually edit, the order in the list is the order of the display of choices. if you need the 2nd choice, then delete the entire line for the first one. the line will look like this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

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I Have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and just installed linux ubuntu 9.10 as a dual boot option. After playing around with it I realized I don't want it as a full os yet. Video problems, sound issues, flash player issues. How would I remove it from a dual boot option and set the space back to windows?

Answer:Removing Ubuntu 9.10 from Dual Boot

One way is to right click on my computer, click on the manage option. There you can delete the section of hard drive that was allocated to the Ubuntu installation and then expand the Windows 7 drive to take up the empty space left behind.

Also you can remove it from your boot options by following this simple tutorial.

BCDEDIT - How to Use

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I'm running Windows XP, and a few months ago I installed Vista on another partition and used dual-boot with it...I formatted the partition with vista because I decided it sucked, but it still appears when I boot, and I keep having to choose Windows's really annoying. How do I remove it from the list and just have my computer boot XP without having to choose?

Answer:Removing Dual-Boot Choices

theres a way to reset the boot loader through the recovery console i think... google "reset boot loader with recovery console" and you might find something.
im not sure if thats true though i thought i heard it somewhere

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I have two Windows XP installations showing so I will have to press enter to boot. But how do I remove the link to the installation that doesn´t exist? Its still there after reformatting.

Answer:Removing an option for dual boot on win xp?

I downloaded a bootskin, heres my thread, read the posts and a poster shows you how to do it....

hope that helps!


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I have a dual boot setup on 2 physical disks. the first install was Vista 64 bit and then i added Windows 7 ultimate 64. I would like to remove the Vista 64 so i am just using W7

I have tried to find info on the best way to do this but it all mostly talks about XP.

i know that my bootloader is stored on the vista drive. i know it is in boot\bcd
i don't know where i should copy this file too on the w7 drive. when i installed W7 i didn't use the option to have the 200mb drive created.

Can anyone please tell me the steps required please.

thanks in advance

Answer:Removing Dual Boot Vista 64

Quote: Originally Posted by dread74


I have a dual boot setup on 2 physical disks. the first install was Vista 64 bit and then i added Windows 7 ultimate 64. I would like to remove the Vista 64 so i am just using W7

I have tried to find info on the best way to do this but it all mostly talks about XP.

i know that my bootloader is stored on the vista drive. i know it is in boot\bcd
i don't know where i should copy this file too on the w7 drive. when i installed W7 i didn't use the option to have the 200mb drive created.

Can anyone please tell me the steps required please.

thanks in advance

It would be the best that you post a screenshot of your disk management to understand the situation correctly ( ).

Roughly it can be said that as you installed vista earlied, it is the primary and system active partition. For the pourpous of recovery you must need the Free Download Partition Wizard . At first, download it and burn in a cd. Without this tool , the process will be very hard.

In if you upload the disk management window, it would be easier to understand the entire situation.

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I have spent hours searching and finding numerous instructions about how to do this. Every one indicates options/selections which don't exist on my system. None of the instructions can be followed through.

Hard Drive has 5 logical drives. I started with xp on logical drive C:. eventually I installed win7 on logical E:,. dual boot.

disk management shows xp drive as system, active, primary.
win7 drive as: boot, pagefile, crashdump, logical drive
can't format xp drive because it is "system" (though file manager seems to start to let me start to format xp drive, though i haven't tried taking it to completion yet. )

I have tried easeus partition manager. it won't let me change xp drive system to logical, because it is a system drive. It won't let me change win7 drive to primary because it is a boot drive.

Numerous instructions talk about making the win7 partition "active" but that isn't an option in easeus.

I have gotten rid of the dual boot screen. system boots directly to win7.

1. How do I get to the next step and eliminate xp? should I try formatting from file manager? or is there something else that I need to do first?

2. If I do remove xp, can I leave win7 on the E: logical partition (of course it shows as c: when booting to win7) or will it need to be moved to the original c: position on the hard drive?

seems like this should be fairly routine operation at this point, but apparently not. can anyone help me to figur... Read more

Answer:Removing xp from win7 dual boot

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I have a 7yr old Dell (core2 duo) with Win8.1 home. I kept Windows XP when I installed Windows 8.1, but now want to remove it completely. I have a screen capture of Drive Manger but do not have permission to include an URL. The image shows MBR volumes exist on Drive 0 (xp), Drive 1 (Win8.1) and Drive 2 (which had Ubuntu on it at one time).
I tried removing Drive 0 (xp) and then booting from Drive 1 (Win 8.1) but the boot process hangs unless the XP drive is installed.
Note 1: I plan to install a SSD after I get XP removed. I could get the SSD now if that would make it easier for my to fix this mess.
Note 2: The Dell has an Intel Raid controller but none of the volumes are striped/spanned.
Thanks for any ideas on how I can make progress

Answer:Removing Windows XP from dual boot: XP & 8.1

The issue is that the system is looking for and finding the boot info on Drive 0 (XP) and only there.
Do you have n original Win 8/8.1 install disk? Or even better create a recovery disk within Win 8.1. Boot to that recovery disk with the XP drive removed. I know that Win 7 recovery has and believe that 8.1 also has an option to perform startup repairs. Run the startup repair option. It could take a few runs to succeed.
Another option would be do download and install EasyBCD. EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies I have used this utility some but not a lot so can't be positive if it has the feature you would be looking for, When I did a LOT of multi-boots I was using VistaBootPro. Look for a feature to force a write of the boot loader to ALL disks. Your 8.1 drive should now also have all the boot info that it needs. It is possible that you may have to adjust your BIOS as to what hard drive to boot, depends on your BIOS.
I would try the first option first. Hope that this is of some help. As a note!!! As in any situation where you are making a dramatic change it is best to backup first. The best form of backup for this purpose is a system image. Win 8.1 has the features to create such a backup. Nothing that I have suggested should cause any harm even if it does not work, just best to be prepared for the worst scenario. I recommend doing this via an external drive but, if there is enough free space, you could do it on the XP drive. While the XP drive CAN be used f... Read more

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Hello everyone. I've been reading a few guides on how to do this but I think I might have done something wrong during the installation of Windows 7 Ultimate that is screwing me up, or I'm just very paranoid. A little background on how this started, and I'll highlight important bits (to me at least) in bold for those who hate reading walls of text.

My machine was originally running Windows XP 32bit. I had a old drive that had Vista installed on it and tossed that into the case as well, and eventually got that up and running again without issue (took a while and seems silly, I know). So I had two independent HD (We'll call them Disk X and Disk Y) with two independent operating systems and was chugging along happily. Recently I bought Windows 7 Ultimate and decided it was time to move on from Vista. I opted for a clean install on Drive Y from a usb installer versus doing the upgrade, and (maybe foolishly) formatted the drive just to be certain things would be off to a fresh start. The installer ran into a roadblock concerning missing SATA controller drivers, so I let it be. Kind of figured that problem out later on (I'll get to that in a second) and this is where the point of it all comes in.


On Drive X which held my XP install, I got the bright idea to setup a dual boot versus having both operating systems independent of each other again. It went through without a hitch to (I assumed) Drive Y so most of the windows files for Win7 Ultimate are on there.

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Answer:Help with removing dual boot and reinstallation

I use Aomei Partition Master and it has a function to rebuild the MBR, which includes the Windows XP bootloader. If you can get Windows XP to boot on its own, you can then safely delete the Windows 7 partition. You should then be able to re-install Windows 7 on the other drive, but when you do, make sure you don't have the HDD with XP on it hooked up so it doesn't install any sytem files there.

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i currently have a dual boot system with win xp and freebsd. i want to remove the free bsd. can i just reformat with partion magic over the freebsd part? is it going to affect when my computer boots up and asks which os i want to load? thanks

Answer:removing dual boot system

not if you loaded them as dual boot, meaning 1 is hidden when the other is active. i'm assuming that freebsd is linux. you will need the PM rescue disc and a drive image 7 boot disc to restore the MasterBootRecord (MBR), if you do delete it. if it was another xp partition you could just delete it

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Does anyone have experience uninstalling Windows 7 on an HP laptop? Or, failing that, created a dual boot with Windows XP?

*Please do not tell me why Windows 7 is better.

Answer:Removing Windows 7/dual boot

Assuming you have each OS on its own partition...
Set Xp to boot by default, boot to xp and delete or format the win 7 partition

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Hi - thought a new thread for this might be a good idea.

I've already been looking into upgrading from XP to 7 but onto a seperate hard drive (see this thread: Installing Windows 7 Upgrade to secondary hard drive)

I'm starting to think that a temporary dual boot scenario may be a good option. This tutorial is nice and straightforward: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP[3]=Installation%20and%20Setup

However, it doesn't say how to subsequently get out of the dual boot scenario.

Will simply formatting the drive with the unwanted OS on it work?

Answer:Removing dual boot setups

Yes, but then you may need to repair the boot loader. Go ahead and format, and we will work from there.

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Hey guys thought i would ask here, i had xp installed then installed vista. Is there anyway i can just format the vista partition from XP on my laptop and be able to boot in to xp with no issue?

Answer:removing vista from a dual boot PC

I haven't attempted what you are wanting to do, but I guess I would try these steps:
1. Boot to a GParted live-cd, and delete/resize your partitions as necessary.
2. Boot to XP install CD and use recovery console to run fixmbr.

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I have a Windows 7 laptop that has 3 partitions on it with only one booting Operating System on the Hard Drive. One of the partitions contains a previous version of Win7 on it that became corrupted and I had to install my current version of Win7 on a newer primary partition which Windows boots straight into.

I no longer need to use the previous O/S and it takes up 17.6GB which I think is now unnecessary to retain (and is hogging up valuable Gigs that I could really make use of due to nagging pop-up that tells me that disk [partition] is running out of space) and would like to know if I can safely remove the old O/S from the partition and still retain the other data on the partition and how I can best go about removing the old O/S?

Answer:Removing non-dual boot O/S from partition....

Hi and welcome.

Please post a screen shot of your Disk Management window so that we can better understand what you have.

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I've read a few related posting/etc, but my problems are a slight various.

I was using the Free Window 7 Ultimate Beta for a few months.
Then bought a new Quad i7 64-Bit Laptop with 64-Bit Windows 7 Pro pre-installed.
But wanted a fresh clean install with partitions and without most unwanted pre-installs.
Made sure I had all the required drivers plus the Windows 7 64-bit DvD.
I then ran into a fresh install problem that many others seem to have.
Installing from the 64-Bit Windows 7 Pro Dvd to a totally clean disk.
Well, for thousands like me, it hangs and fails, but I eventually found a solution as below.
Tried several other Internet/forum/blog solutions which all failed, but below worked.

On a single disk, I made two partitions (plus the recovery partition) 0, 1, and 2
I had previously made a bootable install Dvd for the now old Ultimate Beta.
So, I installed that previous Windows 7 Ultimate Beta (now expired) onto partition 2
I assumed installing onto partition 2 was a clever bit of pre-planning.
All ok and after it booted up fine, I then could/did install the new 64-Bit Windows 7 Pro onto partition 1.

So, now I have a dual boot, but both are Windows 7 and I boot and use the new Windows 7 Pro fine.
But even though the new wanted O/S is on partition 1 and the unwanted Beta is on partition 2,
the registry and all paths on the wanted partiton 1 are labeled as D:\

I have installed onto this this D: almost everything I want and need.
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Answer:Removing Dual Boot Windows 7

Unfortunately you cannot change the driver letter of installed OS without it becoming unbootable.

However there is no reason you can't operate Win7 on D drive like it currently is set up.

Please post a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map so we can give you the exact steps. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using Paper Clip in Reply Box.

The steps are roughly to use either Diskpart commands from the Win7 DVD or free Partition Wizard bootable CD (best tool for Win7 64 bit) to mark D: active, delete C, then recover System MBR into D by booting Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD and running Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

But let us see the screenshot so we can be sure there are no potential complications.

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I had a Windows XP/98SE dual boot setup I no longer need the 98SE part of it. I have removed 98SE and re-sized the harddrive into one partition, my problem is removing the multiple choice on boot up, I have looked at the boot.ini file but I am not sure what entry should be there if any, also where can I find a guide to the DOS commands that are available on Windows XP Pro, and last but not least does anyone know where to get cheap cables as I am sure that £15.00 for a ATA 133 IDE ribbon cable is well over the top, especially when they only cost $1.95 on an American website.Thank For Any Help Recieved

Answer:Removing Dual Boot Setup

this is my boot.ini for xp pro only[boot loader]timeout=30default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS[operating systems]multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetectso if you have another entry which states windows that needs to be deleted but make sure you back up the boot.ini before tinkering

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I moved to Windows 7 from Vista. I had dual boot to Ubuntu but ended up removing the OS and i still get the option to choose this when it is not installed. How do I get this option removed?

Answer:Removing dual boot options

Try Start Menu > Msconfig
(Type in 'msconfig' in the search box, without the quotes)
Have a look in the boot area.
But this is a really sensitive part of the OS. Be very careful what you do there.

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I've had a quick look to see if anything comes up on this topic but so far have not found anything. I'm pretty sure it must have come up at some time but I just haven't found it so apologies for posting the question again.

I have a spare PC running Win7 and Win10 in a dual boot configuration. However, I am now in a position to remove Windows 7 completely and make do solely with Windows 10 -- but how do I do it? Currently I do not have a reserved partition for the boot files; all my boot files are in the Windows 7 partition. In addition, the Windows 7 partition is the Active partition. So how should I go about removing Windows 7? Any help would be most appreciated.


Answer:Removing Windows 7 from dual boot

You move the Bootmgr to the Partition windows 10 is on and mark it as active.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Okay, so i have spent the past two days researching how to fix my particular problem and can't get a (consistent, good) answer. I am on a HP Pavilion laptop dv6000, which came with Vista (32 bit). I have since added Linux/Ubuntu on a different partition on the same disk (as a primary). Lastly i added Windows 7 Pro ... so i have a tri-boot i guess you could say. For some reason, the 7 was added as/on a logical drive. However it happened, i've decided to stick with 7 and remove Vista (I'm also considering removing Ubuntu as well, but issues with removing grub and dealing with the boot record etc have changed my mind on that). Problem is, i when i try to format the Vista part, i get the "Windows was unable to complete the part" message.

From what i've read in my googling, i'm assuming my MBR and bootsect and all that good stuff is on the Vista part. I'm also assuming my Grub and linux boot files are on the Vista part too. So, first i guess i need to convert the 7 partition from a logical drive to an active primary, which despite what people recommend, Paragon cannot do (option is greyed out). Then i need to somehow move the MBR over to 7? I'm googled out and frustrated, any suggestions? I've attached a screenshot of my disk manager ...


Answer:Removing dual boot Vista and 7

Instead of messing with all of this, I recommend you create a system image of your seven system and reformat your entire hard drive. Once you've done that you can format it the way you like and then place the image back onto the appropriate partition.

Granted you may still have to move the MBR and such but it'll allow you to keep all of your files and wipe everything out.

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yo, i have windows 7 on my comp
and i installed vista on a different hdd connected to this comp for other purposes
i have now disconnected that hdd but the vista option is still there... how do i remove it?


Answer:Removing dual boot entry

the easiest way imo is using easybcd

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Hey all

My system is set up with a dual boot.

I installed (actually, used a ghost image) of XP, then installed Vista x64 Ultimate some months ago.

Currently Vista sees the active drive as C: but its boatloader (SYSTEM drive) is on D: (the XP partition).

I'm trying to clean out the XP partition (Vista works fine) but since the bootloader is on C: I can't.

I did start on this:

bcdedit /export S:\Boot\BCD
bcdedit /store S:\Boot\BCD /set {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795} device partition=S:
bcdedit /store S:\Boot\BCD /set {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d} device partition=S:
bcdedit /store S:\Boot\BCD /set {466f5a88-0af2-4f76-9038-095b170dc21c} device partition=S:
bcdedit /store S:\Boot\BCD /enum all /v


select disk 0
select partition 4
activeClick to expand...

But I couldn't even get through the first command set to export boot stuff to C: (Right?). I got "insufficient resources to complete request" which made absolutely no sense.

I'm tempted to nuke the D: partition with my Ubuntu 9.04 install disc (I was going to install Unbuntu on the D: partition for kicks after shrinking it) and try the Vista DVD startup repair with everything GONE from the D: drive.

I tried a few things with EasyBCD and didn't have any luck changing the setup either.

Please help! Ugh, this shouldn't be this frustrating,

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Answer:Removing XP from dual-boot Vista/XP

Your Vista image is useless since it also is missing the vista boot loader, which is on your XP partition.

This is assuming XP and Vista are on separate partitions on the same physical hard drive, and you have a Vista install DVD (not a recovery CD).
Backup your data first.
Download GParted live CD. Use an iso burner (iso recorder) to burn the GParted iso to CD and boot to it. From GParted, right click on the Vista partition and select "Manage Flags". Set the boot flag. Now, you cannot boot anymore since Vista is now the active partition.

Boot to the Vista install DVD to repair the startup for the Vista OS.
You should be able to boot to Vista now.
You can now delete the XP partition from the Vista disk manager if you want.

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when I first got XP Pro , instead of installing it over ME I configured machine to run both OSes. ME is on C drive, XP on D and a data partition on E. How do I remove ME totally and just have XP and the data partition on the machine and still have it boot up? It was pretty easy installing them but removing it is not so easy. I've tried using Partition Magic to make the D drive active but when I reboot it cant seem to find XP and I have to go back in and make ME active in order for machine to boot up. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


Answer:removing OS from dual boot setup

You need to Search the Knowledge Base.

Edit the boot.ini

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I have Win2000 NT on my C Drive and XP on my E Drive.I want to take XP off completely and only use Win 2000.I have formatted the E Drive but the dual boot menu still comes up when I restart my pc.have I got rid of XP or do I need to do anything else.ThanksChris

Answer:Removing XP from a dual boot system

You have got rid of XP. You just need to edit the C:\boot.ini file to get rid of the boot menu.Right Click My Computer, Properties, Advanced tab, Startup and Recovery. System Startup, default operating system: if it is not "Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect , click the down arrow to the right, and select it (i.e. do not use XP as default). Click OK, OK to exit System Properties.Click Start, Run, type c:\boot.ini and press Enter. The text file will open in Notepad.Then under the section [operating systems], just delete the line:multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition...="Microsoft Windows XP Home (or Professional) /fastdetectJust delete that line. Click File, Save. Exit Notepad. Restart and you should boot into Windows 2000 without boot menu.

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Old C: drive was dying.
Installed 2nd drive, install XP on it
Dual boot info is stored on C: drive.

I want to remove C: drive entirely.

I read what looks like contradicting info:
1. just delete C: partition and Windows will creat mbr on D: drive and make it bootable
2. OR, registry for D: drive will need letters D: changed to C: (?)

A. Can I have system with no C: drive? and it boots from D:.? Right now I boot from D: but C: is still visible and accessible
B. Will I lose access to C: as drive letter if I remove that drive?

When I removed C: and ran Windows Setup, Repair Console, and typed in fixmbr, I got dire warning that I might lose partition tables and all access to data. So I backed off. Is that what I need to do? Windows will create new mbr on drive D:?

I see that all the standard boot files are on C: and none are on D:.

Answer:Removing dual boot -- still confused

You should backup your data anyway just on general principles if nothing else. After you backup your data to CDs, DVDs, flash drives, external hard drive, etc., I would just do a clean install of Windows. After this your old D drive will become the C drive.

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I have a Windows 7 laptop that has 3 partitions on it with only one booting Operating System on the Hard Drive. One of the partitions contains a previous version of Win7 on it that became corrupted and I had to install my current version of Win7 on a newer primary partition which Windows boots straight into.

I no longer need to use the previous O/S and it takes up 17.6GB which I think is now unnecessary to retain (and is hogging up valuable Gigs that I could really make use of due to nagging pop-up that tells me that disk [partition] is running out of space) and would like to know if I can safely remove the old O/S from the partition and still retain the other data on the partition and how I can best go about removing the old O/S?

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Just looking for some help with removing Vista so I can stop having to deal with low disk space. Here is what I want to do:

1. Erase partition D (Vista partition).
2. Backup partition E onto external drive
3. Erase partition E and the extended partition.
4. Extend drive C to take up the whole drive

I wasn't sure how to do it with the "System" flag being on partition D.

Thanks for the help!

Answer:Removing Vista from Dual Boot

Burn to CD free Partition Wizard bootable CD v.5.2: Partition Wizard

Now in Disk Management, mark C Active.

Reboot into Win7 DVD or Repair CD to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own. System Repair Disc - Create

Boot the PW CD, confirm that C is now System Active. If so, rightclick E then D to Delete, click Ok after each. Now rightclick C to Resize, drag right grey border all the way to the right, click OK, Apply all steps.

In PW v.5.2 C should resize into Logical Free Space just like Primary Unallocated Space without Logical having to be converted to Primary first. If not, post back for further steps.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8100 with two hard drives and a different operating system on each one. The original 20G one has Windows ME and the new 200G (partitioned) one has Windows XP. Windows ME has become corrupt and unreliable so I would like to delete it from the system and use the 20G hard drive as a slave drive for storage.  How do I go about doing this? Should I disconnect one or both drives and change the drive settings?  Should I just format the 20G disk from windows XP (I doubt it)?  Do I need to change anything in the bios settings and what will happen to the drive letters on windows XP? At the moment in windows XP the original 20G disk shows as 'C' drive and the new 200G disk, which is partitioned is shown as 'F' and 'G' drives.  'D' and 'E' are both CD/DVD R-write drives.  I do have everything backed up from both drives, but, of course, I am hoping not to cause any major problems with my XP system if possible.  Can anyone give me instructions on exactly what I need to do?  

Answer:Removing ME from dual boot system

Are you sure that the 20GB hard drive doesn't have XP on it?  Because you seem to be booting from that drive (if it's labelled C: ).  If you can disconnect the 20GB drive from your system and still boot (changing the jumper on the 200GB drive to Master) then the problem is a simple one.  You could reinstall the smaller hard drive as a slave (it will become drive F: ) and reformat it with NTFS or FAT32.

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I have a Dual Boot System with XP Pro and Vista. XP is my main OS. I need to remove Vista from my PC because it is causing some lagging on the computer. How do I remove Vista w/o damaging my Windows XP Installation? Please get back to me as soon as possible by email..[email protected]

Answer:Removing Vista on a Dual Boot w/ XP Pro

Format the partition with Vista on it, then edit the boot.ini on the c: partition to remove the Vista boot option.

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I have dual booting on my PC with Vista home premium on a 500 Gb SATA disk and XP Pro on a 250Gb SATA, both internal.
Vista no longer holds terrors for me and I'd like to get rid of XP and regain better use of the 250Gb HD.
Can I just remove XP from the control panel in the XP boot or is it a lot more complicated?
I don't really want to re format the XP drive as I'd have to transfer a lot of data and files.
Any advice please?


Answer:Removing dual boot setup.

This generally requires you to edit the [boot.ini] (start, run, "msconfig", boot.ini tab, [operating systems]. I've never had a dual boot setup, but under [operating systems], you should see 2 entries, one for Vista, one for XP. If you delete the one for XP, that choice should no longer be available. Check out

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After years of using XP I finally convinced myself to give VISTA a go.

Thought the best option for me was to set up dual boot.

Went through the steps of setting it up in another partition (in my case a 2nd HDD) but for some reason VISTA would not complete the installation.

After trying a few things to get around that I decided to let VISTA go. Thought maybe when I get a new PC I'll give it a shot.

Problem was that the installation did manage to set up Windows Boot Manager at the start up screen, which is a VISTA creation.

It gives me the two options whether I want to go with an "Earlier Version of Windows" or with "Window Setup".

On the HDD where I originally was going to install VISTA there are no files or anything to do with the installation.

I've tried FIXMRB & FIXBOOT, but it did nothing. (in fact according to my pc it actually recovered from a serious error)

So not sure what to do, but I really want to remove that Startup Screen so it goes straight to XP without prompting.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.


Answer:Removing Vista from Dual Boot

must be a tough question! :confused

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Built a new system, first loaded W2k. Then I added XPHE to the system. I am able to select either operating system when booting.

My problem is that I would like to remove W2K. W2k is on the primary partition of my SATA drive.

Is there any means of removing W2k and being able boot from XP alone?

Answer:Removing W2K from dual boot system-help!

How To Remove One Operating System from a Dual Boot Windows XP Computer

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my system is Windows 98 1st edition and XP Service Pack 3.I wish to remove windows 98 and incorporate the space into the XP system. I do not want to have to re-install XP and all the associated programs. Windows 98 is on the C: drive and XP on F:D and E are ,respectively, DVD Rom and CD Rom.What is the cleanest way to do this?

Answer:removing one system on a dual boot setup

I assume that booting into XP and going to computer managerment, you can delete the C: partition and then format to NTFS....1) Click Start2) Right Click "My Computer" or with Vista/Win 7 then right click "Computer"3) Click Manage4) Click Disk Management

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I have a somewhat wierd setup. I dual boot vista, but i dual boot between a 32bit and a 64bit version (no xp, all vista).
Now, i don't need the 32bit version any more, so i want to get rid of it, but i want to make sure i do it correctly, and don't end up restoring it all.

I installed the 32bit last, so it is the default option in the bootmenu, which i really want to get rid off.

Any experiences with this?

Answer:removing dual boot vista correctly.

Hi nicolai,

you may want to have a look at this ...

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

which allows you to edit the vista bootloader (install and run from x64 version which should be where the Bootloader runs from as this was first install)

once you disable the 32bit from appearing in your boot menu should be a simple matter to clear/reformat it's partition using the Inbuilt Disk management or your favourite 3rd party app

hope this helps

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Okay, I'm sure many of you techies get a laugh as you read this but I was eager to try Win 8. And after a few week I realized the it was just slowing my performance some so I just decided to unistall it. Was immeaditely faced with a BSOD on next reboot and have repairing and re-installing since to keep it running. I noticed I have about 10 to 12 accounts under with the same name, shared in users, workgroup, etc.. in each of the three OS that I have comepletely "cleaned" "wiped" and "formatted" by Windows 7 and Paragon 2010. Throughout the day the pc will hang and cut off and when I use a repair disc to boot it back up, it recovers one of the three OS's...2 Ultimate x64 and 1 Pro x64 .. I shouldn't have did all the "clean all" commands I guess but that's how I "thought" it'd be best to try to completely wipe my drive and clean install after the boot partition or MBR was altered by Win 8 being removed. Now after trying everything to get rid of the recovery partition, they've got two of them now for 208mb! I noticed "virus" written out really big on the table where the binary is, near the MBR... but I ran Avast, Malwarebytes, and another notable av..and I'm sure it's not there now after wiping, formatting and the multiple "clean all" elevated cmds I did. Any ideas on what to do next? I included a sfc /scannow and will submit anything else you like. It just keeps giving same error code of 0x0000000064 and runni... Read more

Answer:Disaster after removing dual boot Win 8 with Win 7, Cant fix laptop..

Before removing 8 since you seem to be tied to a single boot drive seeing the one of the other Windows installs set as the default would have been all that was needed before wiping the drive. The finding here with a 7/8 dual boot with each starting off as stand alone installs and later a Refresh PC of 8 automatically adding 7 in resulted in drive errors!

Keeping the 8 Release Preview install totally separate from any other version as far as boot loaders is the actual best move. One question here however is how many drives are actually in use for Vista, 7, and 8 now gone?

For the next clean installs of each other version Vista and 7, one each advised, the clean all command succeeded in nuking the one or more drive(s) involved. With the 64bit Vista however trying to reinstall that version's 64bit flavor requires removing all but 2gb of memory to avoid installation errors. That could be part of the problem you are running into.

The 100+mb partitions wouldn't be recovery but boot file and boot configuration System Reserved partitions the Windows 7 or 8 installer. As far as creating a new primary you could easily seen that done while you had the command prompt option for Disk Part once you had entered the clean all command to see a fresh primary on the one or more OS drives.

As for the virus that could be the result of either a corrupted Partition Table or a rootkit. With everything being wiped clean anything seen now like that would be a need for a new PT to work with.

Besid... Read more

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So I've got that annoying "Select which Windows to Boot" screen coming up when I boot my computer now. The one that lets you select from multiple versions of Windows. Only thing is I only have one Windows installation. I can't figure out how the heck to remove the other one. Anyone got any suggestions/solutions?


Edit: nm I figured it out. Heh. msconfig -> boot.ini


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I've seen a lot of the threads that tell how to dual boot XP and Vista and even the other one today that tells how to get rid of the XP Partition.

But how does one get rid of the Vista Partition without hosing one's system?

Answer:removing Vista from a Dual Boot System

Getting rid of Vista is pretty easy as the system always boots from the XP drive initially - just format the partition. You'll then need to either FIXMBR or something to get rid of the boot menu from the XP drive (the details of which I honestly can't remember, though I'm sure someone here will enlighten!)

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Hi All...
The time has come to remove windows xp from my duel boot configeration.
I bought a 240gb ssd and replaced my 60gb ssd. The 60gb ssd that I removed is where my windows 7 Pro is installed. So I cloned windows 7 from the 60gb ssd to the 240 ssd and removed the 60gb ssd and saved it, If I ever need to reinstall windows 7 I'll hook it back up and just copy it to my disc ounce more. I am running Windows 7 of the cloned copy and everything seems to be just fine.
Now the reason for the post.
I installed windows 7 first and installed windows xp after.
I am running three hard drives Which are C-ssd), F-ssd, G-Convention HD ...E: is parition of G drive..
All the posts I am seeing are with windows xp first and windows 7 after on duel boot configerations. Here are some links I looked at...
Remove Windows XP from Dual Boot
Remove XP from dual boot
REMOVING XP from Windows XP/7 Dual Boot ... revisited
My windows 7 is on C drive or 0 drive and xp is on E drive which is a 200gb partition of my 1TB drive. So in my case all I have to do is delete the partition that should remove xp but do I have to do anything else to remove all traces of xp...Thanks...

Answer:Need carification on removing dual boot from windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by Raner777

Hi All...
The time has come to remove windows xp from my duel boot configeration.
I bought a 240gb ssd and replaced my 60gb ssd. The 60gb ssd that I removed is where my windows 7 Pro is installed. So I cloned windows 7 from the 60gb ssd to the 240 ssd and removed the 60gb ssd and saved it, If I ever need to reinstall windows 7 I'll hook it back up and just copy it to my disc ounce more. I am running Windows 7 of the cloned copy and everything seems to be just fine.
Now the reason for the post.
I installed windows 7 first and installed windows xp after.
I am running three hard drives Which are C-ssd), F-ssd, G-Convention HD ...E: is parition of G drive..
All the posts I am seeing are with windows xp first and windows 7 after on duel boot configerations. Here are some links I looked at...
Remove Windows XP from Dual Boot
Remove XP from dual boot
REMOVING XP from Windows XP/7 Dual Boot ... revisited
My windows 7 is on C drive or 0 drive and xp is on E drive which is a 200gb partition of my 1TB drive. So in my case all I have to do is delete the partition that should remove xp but do I have to do anything else to remove all traces of xp...Thanks...

Since you state you use a dual boot with the options of XP or Windows 7, you will want to remove the XP option. The easiest way is with a free utility EasyBCD which can be downloaded from;

I can't t... Read more

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I am running Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows XP Pro in Dual Boot. I unfortunately need to sell my HP Mini 311 netbook to pay bills. But the buyer requested that Windows XP be uninstalled and the partiition removed. Can anyone link me to a tutorial on how to do this? Every tutorial I see involves installing it but not removing it. I have an external DVD Drive if that helps. I need help with this ASAP.

Thanks guys!

Answer:Removing Windows XP from Dual Boot config

I would think as long as the Win 7 partition is active, that you'd just have to delete the XP partition from within Windows 7. Then you may have to edit the start up in Windows 7 to not show the XP option anymore.

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Help...... I decided last night to remove the XP partition from my dual boot and keep Vista Home Premium. When I made the dual boot I already had XP installed and just partitioned the drive and installed vista on the second partition using Vista boot pro to change the boot order. I searched last night and came upon this website and used it to remove the partition. Before I started I used vista boot pro on the vista partition and deleted the XP entry so that it would only boot into Vista. I then booted using Gparted and deleted the XP partition and resized my vista partition. When I restarted it came up with an error message so I booted into the Vista DVD to repair but it doesnt give me the option to select my vista drive to repair. I think the XP partiton may have been the sytem partition!!! Help please


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I am trying to remove Windows 7 from my system. For humor's sake, I am having too many compatibility issues with Windows 7; so, for the sake of disk space, I am removing Windows 7. I am currently set with dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Vista Ultimate on two separate hard drives. Windows 7 is installed on C: and Vista is on D:. I am comfortable with losing all the data on the C: drive; however, after some research, I have some concerns.

I noticed that there is a system folder named "Boot" on C:/, that doesn't exist on D:/. This concerns me, I'm thinking the D: drive would not boot the system by simply formatting C: and switching the cables. Could I simply copy the "Boot" folder to D:/? I realize that there would be some boot manager editing required; however, I don't know what changes to make. Though I am comfortable with making those changes, if I knew which changes to make. I have used the bcdedit command previously, but simply re-typed what was already written.

Could anyone help me with this, I do not want to turn a 'congested' system into a 'non-working' system? I am running a Lenovo ThinkCentre M52 8113-Y7U with a Pentium 4 631. It is an OEM build. Vista is running sp1, though I am unsure about 7. I could find out, if necessary. I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks.

Answer:Removing Windows 7 from dual-boot 7/Vista

After you delete your W/7 partition, boot off of the Vista DVD and choose Repair Your Computer. This will do bootcfg for you and editing out the W/7 from the boot file.

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Hi all,

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 System. It came with Windows Vista Home Basic when I purchased it 2 years back.

I installed Windows 7 as a dual boot with windows vista on it(with tut from here ) and it ran very smoothly. I am happy with my dual boot system. But off late, I am facing problem of low hard disk space(as seen in SS). This is because most of programs like MS office, few games, Acrobat, Winamp etc are installed twice, one in C: (Vista) and once in D: (Win 7)

Now I am very happy with 7 and want to remove Vista. Pls link me to a tutorial that can help me to remove it. I want to remove C: and E: (Vista's Recovery which came by default with system)

I want to retain my existing programs, settings in win 7 as it is. Untouched. I want to merge those C and E into one. Pls instruct me how to do it.

Answer:Removing Vista and its Recovery from Dual Boot with 7

Hello Inspiron15.


I just finished the new tutorial.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

I just started a tutorial today (8 Sept) specific to recovering the space from the first partition on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) how to recover C: into D: but it won't be done until later today, I hope.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below, in Option Two it shows how to recover that space though it's titled as recover the "System Reserved" partition but the steps are exactly same for what you need to accomplish.

The best way would be to do a partition specific wipe of the C: partition first, then recover the space into D: that is outlined in Option Three, it over-writes everything on the partition giving you the best possible space to recover into the Windows 7 D: partition.

Have a thorough look through the entire tutorial before you start to get an understanding.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

You will have to mark the D: partition as "Active" so that Windows 7 will boot independently, it is listed under Option Two of the tutorial above but this tutorial at the link below gives a better understanding of the process.

Do this first of all to get Windows 7 booting as "System, Active" first.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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Hi all, and thanks for any replies.

Here's the thing. I setup my system to dual boot between WME and W2K. The ME was on the system first and is the one I want to keep. What I need to know is how to remove the Dual Boot Questionair screens at startup. I have allready made ME the default startup system and I have tried 'fdisk /mbr' didn't do it. I can't find any boot.ini files or ntldr files anywhere. Any one with ideas? ? ?
Thanks again for any replies...

Answer:{Advice Offered} - Removing Dual boot


The BOOT.INI, NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM files are all hidden. Make sure you have explorer set to show all files so you can delete them.

But, before you delete them, you need to change your boot sector. To do this, create a boot disk with WinME (I do not, and probably will never, have WinME loaded, but I have a feeling it is on the third tab of the Add/Remove Software applet). Boot off the WinME boot disk and type:

sys c:

at the command prompt.

Then reboot your computer and see if you can go into WinME straight away. If you can, you can delete the three files above, plus the Win2K partition.

If not, edit your BOOT.INI file so that the Timeout value = 0. That way, it will not even show the choice, and it will feel like you are going straight in....
Though, why you would choose the VW Beetle OS, when you had the Porsche OS already loaded, I will never know....


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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I thought I needed to dual boot XP and 2008R2 since my scanner is no longer supported...but I'm not going to go out and buy one. It turns out, 2k8r2 sees the scanner and an XP virtual machine can use the scanner, so I don't really need the dual boot.

I tried playing with 2k8r2's disk management stuff, but that didn't really do what I wanted. I've never really messed with partitioning software.

Disk Management, for the XP partition shows (System, Active, Primary Partition)
The 2008R2 partition shows (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

I created the XP partition first, then the 2008R2. I'm really scared if I delete the XP partition, my 2008 will become unbootable. I'd like to expand my 2008 to the size of both partitions. Though even if I could just format the XP partition and use it for VM files, I'd be happy too.


Answer:removing first XP partition from XP/2008R2 dual boot

From what you typed the 2008r2 partition is the boot partition so you should be fine.

if the xp partition was the boot partition then yes, if you delete that partition you will not beable to boot. but it is easily fixed. When you delete the partition boot from the installation media and "repair" the installation in most cases it will see that the bootloader is missing and will fix the problem. If for some reason that doesnt work you can still fix the problem by using the command line tool bootrec.exe.

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Okay, so I've spent the last couple hours researching how to remove my ubuntu partition from a multi-OS boot with Windows 7 and Vista ... still not convinced of an exact method or strategy. I need the space, but am more afraid of losing all my data and having to reformat and reinstall Windows. Yes, my data is backed up, but it's just the hassle of having to reinstall apps and shortcuts and every single little thing I've tweaked (especially the registry) in the past year. Does anyone know of a full proof method to uninstall and remove this ubuntu/linux partition? Does the fact the i installed Windows 7 after Ubuntu (laptop came with Vista, then installed Ubuntu to dual boot, then recently got 7) change anything ... or the fact that Windows 7 is listed as my default OS? Until i know for sure, i guess I'm just gonna have to leave it there ... any help would be greatly appreciated. I knew that grub was gonna come back and kick me in the ass ...
Vista Home Premium
Ubuntu 9.04
Windows 7 Professional


Answer:removing Ubuntu in dual boot with Windows 7

So you have a triple-boot? Vista, Ubuntu, and 7?Do this for me while inside Windows 7:in the Start Menu search, type this and hit Enter:msconfigOnce on the "Boot" tab, take a screenshot and post it here.

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Hello guysI had both Windows XP and Windows 7 installed on my computer until a few days ago. Then, I uninstalled the Windows 7 OS, and kept only XP. I've formatted the Windows 7 partition, but when I start the system, it still shows Windows 7 in the menu, and I can still select it. It doesn't work, obviously, but it's pretty annoying.Any idea how do I remove it from the boot menu?Thanks guysMaddieHello Guys, I had the same problem and tried what you guys suggested. But the boot.ini file only has a line for the operating system I'm using. I checked the hidden files in all other partitions but I already formatted all partitions and there is no other boot.ini files anywhere. I don't know what else could be wrong. Any ideas?Thanks Raaney

Answer:Removing Dual Boot From Startup Menu

FWIW: The boot.ini file for overridden by the Windows 7 file, normally. The basic assumption is that XP was installed before Win 7 and the XP boot.ini file is incapable of recognizing the Win 7 install because it's newer than XP.Sooo...modifying the boot.ini file of an XP install...won't solve the problem, IMO. In fact, that boot.ini file won't even boot is the Win 7 files which now boot the XP install...and which reflect the Win 7 install that you removed.If it were me...I would simply use EasyBCD to modify the recognized boot files...or simply do a repair install of XP, which will break the Win 7 bootloader and reestablish boot.ini properly.EasyBCDI dual-boot both and have done the repair install of XP when I tired of Win 7...and I've also used EasyBCD (installed in XP) to correct a boot problem with XP after I had removed my Win 7 partition.Louis

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I would like to remove windows XP from my current dual boot setup and have had a few failed attempts already.

My system:
- Originally 1 HDD in 3 partitions, primary having XP
- Added 2nd HDD in 3 partitions, primary having Win7

I've included an image from Win7 Disk Manager.

My first attempt to remove XP I followed this guide:
Video: Remove Windows XP from a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7 | TechRepublic

I was following the steps fine until I tried the BootRec /fixboot command which returned an "element not found" message. After quitting the process there, I could not boot into either OS.

My second attempt, I tried to follow the steps provided by gregrocker under post 5 of this thread:
Removing Windows XP SP3 on Dual Boot with Windows 7
After I deleted the XP partition and booted off the Win7 disk, Win7 did not recognize any drives that had Win7 installed. I could not select anything to repair as a result.

I have my Win7 and XP partitions backed up with Acronis and have restored both partitions after each attempt. I'm posting this from the same box.

I'll continue to read through posts/guides on the site here. Any suggestions in the mean time would be appreciated.

Answer:Trouble Removing XP from Dual Boot Setup

Hello wnyluke, welcome to Seven Forums!

It's much easier than you believe, all that needs done as the Windows 7 partition is marked "Active" is the 3 separate startup repairs outlined in this tutorial at the link below; and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

Then the XP partition can be removed though I would suggest a wipe secure erase first, have a look at Method Four of this one.Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

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Is it possible to remove the dual boot without running the recovery via the XP cd.I have two HDS one with XP runs fine, the other with PCLinux which for some reason will not boot up.I would idealy like to reformat the second HD and install either ubuntu of kubuntu.

Answer:removing dual boot info needed

try putting the ubuntu disk in and installing to that drive it should over write the previous install.

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How do I remove 98SE from a dual boot system with XP Home?

Answer:Removing 98SE from a Dual boot system

click here;EN-US;q285480This is for windows 2000 but it should work for XP

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I have win98 on C drive, dual booting with Win2k on D drive and I have not used Win98 for months so have decided to remove it. Win 98 was installed first, then;EN-US;285480 this is Microsoft's suggestion, but something tells me that it is not that easy! What about Does that not need to be saved?What about my ghost images of Win2k? Do they not presuppose the presence of win98 on the other disk?I would be grateful for any suggestions / pointers. Thanks, Dio.

Answer:Removing win98 from dual boot system

right click my computer and then the advanced tab and you can edit your startup options. You can tell it not to start c: drive but be warned that if you then reformatted c the system would not know to boot from d.

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I had xp and vista installed on two seperate partitions that I created using parition magic. I went in and formated the partion with vista and used Partition magic to reallocate the space back to my c partition with xp.

The problem now is that I still get the screen asking which os I want to load on bootup. I have tried going into the recovery console and running fixboot, but I get an error saying can not find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid When I run chkdisk it also gives me an error The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems

Does anyone have any suggestions to remove the dual boot screen?

Answer:Help Removing Vista from a dual boot configuration

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I have a computer which had some problems so my daughter's paramour volunteered to format the hard drive and reinstall XP,but chickened out part way through.However,each time I started the computer I had the option of starting windows setup or windows XP.Using advice from the internet I removed the dual boot option by going to - rightclik My Computer/Properties/Advanced/Startup and Recovery/Settings - and deleted the setup option.The problem is now that I still have the dual boot option which has changed to windows default or windows xp.Letting the computer start in windows default runs setup from files I assume already installed from the attempt to format my hard drive.How can I get back to a normal startup with XP only?Thanks.

Answer:Removing dual boot option in windows XP

Right click ?My Computer? ? Properties ? Advanced Tab ? Click Setting in Start up and Recovery Select the default XP at the top and remove tick from ?Time to display list of operating system?

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I had a dual boot setup of Windows XP and Windows 7. I removed Windows 7, then replaced the boot.ini file with the basic default text for just a Windows XP boot. However Windows 7 is still showing up as a choice when I boot up. In fact it's the default OS that attempts (and fails) to load if I don't use the up arrow to choose XP within a few seconds. Anyone have any ideas on how to rid Windows 7 from my boot menu?

note: I also renamed Boot.BAK to Boot2.BAK and renamed BOOTSECT.BAK to BOOTSEC2.BAK since I know they are Windows 7 related.

Answer:[SOLVED] Removing dual boot of XP, Windows 7

Try this . . Click on Start . . Run . . type msconfig . . click on the Boot Ini tab and click on Check all boot paths . . if it comes back with one is invalid, click Fix invalid boot paths

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My computer started out running Vista some time ago, and when the time came to move on to Windows 7, I decided it would be easiest to migrate by dual booting. I shrunk the vista partition and created a new one for 7 on the same drive.

Now I am running out of space on my main partition (only 2GB free) where 300GB is being taken up by the now redundant Vista partition.

Under disk management, the vista drive is the active partition. I have looked around to find steps to get rid of vista in this case, but havn't found a definate procedure, mainly that I will need to fiddle with the MBR.

Could someone give a step by step method to remove Vista, I really don't want to have to re-install windows because of a careless error - again.

Answer:Removing Vista from Win7 dual boot

AFAIK your Win7 has been installed in a "D" drive with its boot loader bootmgr in the "C" drive. Since Vista is in the "C" drive too so the same boot loader boots both systems.

I stand to be corrected but your Win7 will not boot if you remove the "C" partition, forcing the Win7 to become the "C" drive and rebuild the BCD inside the Win7 partition.

What you can do is to abandon the Vista partition and use it as a boot partition. In such a case you can use Win7 disk management to resize Vista partition to a smaller size and then expand Win7 to absorb the unallocated space. You can keep vista or simply nuke its folders but not the files in the "C" drives and the /boot directories.

I had Win7 booted from a pure data-only NTFS partition before. My current Xp, Win2k, Vista and Win7 are all installed in the logical partitions booted by a primary Dos Fat32 partition as the "C" drive. You can rebuild the BCD if Win7 doesn't boot but it definitely need to be in the "D" drive as originally installed. The files in the "C" drive can be rebuilt and obtainable from the Win7 installation DVD booted up to the Command Prompt. However if you just nuke the unwanted system folder of Vista and shrink the partition then there would be to worry about the booting process.

There is of course another solution and that is to migrate the two systems to a larger hard disk. For laptop you can go to 500Gb and ... Read more

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I'm hoping someone here can help me with a vexing problem. Back about a year ago, I added a second disk to my Gateway P4 (which became drive D) and I installed Windows 7 on it). Initially beta, but now I'm running Win7 pro exclusively and I never boot into XP any more. Anyways, I tried to just remove the drive, but it seems at least part of the boot files were originally installed on the C Drive (Windows XP) which I no longer need. Can someone please point me to a site where I can find a step by step on how to transfer or reconstruct all the boot files I need on the Windows 7 Disk, which I want to now be the primary C drive. I plan to removing the XP disk (currently C), but I can't do that (nor even do a backup of ONLY Drive D, the Windows 7 disk) because apparently the installer installed part of my boot files on drive C (XP). Any help in figuring out how to fix this would be great appreciated. Please note that I have looked at numerous removal videos and procedures, but they all involve a disk that was previously partitioned for dual boot, and they are a single disk system. This is not the case here, I want to completely remove the original C drive and leaving the machine as a single disk system (or I'll format and reuse the disk for data storage later), but until I fix the boot files to run Windows 7 by itself, I can't do that.Thanks in advance,Ferd.

Answer:Removing XP disk from XP/Windows 7 Dual Boot

Read the link below. Perform the operation after disconnecting the WinXP drive. Then after the repair is complete you can reconnect the second drive and use as desired.

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I have a Lenovo V300 laptop which had a working XP-SP2 system with hard disk partitioned for data and OS (and Lenovo's infuriating hidden partition for recovery).

I decided to install Ubuntu 9.04 dual boot - all went well - GRUB took over booting.

Today I tried to remove the dual boot and revert to XP-only. I followed instructions found elsewhere that told me use compmgmt.msc to remove the partitions then use my install-CD to go into repair mode and run a program to fix the mbr.
- I used the disk utility to remove the two ubuntu partitions
- I booted using the XP CD

What went wrong:
- When I tried to enter the repair mode it repeatedly told me it couldn't find a hard disk and gave me only the option to reboot - which didn't help.
- Now when I boot without the CD in place I get an error message from GRUB - error 22 - and am totally stuck. I tried using the XP CD again and am still told that there aren't any HD's available.

What should I do to get back my working XP?

Answer:Removing Dual Boot Ubuntu-XP Disaster

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I have Vista on a separate disk from Windows 7. Windows 7 is on one of my partitions on the disk. I tried to format the disk with vista by going in to My Computer, and right clicking on the disk and formating it like that, but it says that Windows was unable to complete the format. I unchecked quick format and put the allocation to default instead of 4096 bytes.
I'm doing it this way because when I go to disk management, it keeps loading, but nothing is shown. I have had it open for a long time now, and still nothing is showing. All it says is "Loading disk configuration." When I close Disk Management and open it again, it stays at "Connection to Virtual Disk Service."
Virtual Disk Service is set to start manually, and it is started.
Is there any other way I can format the disk, or do I have to do it this way. I still want Disk Management to work though.

EDIT:I did some searching and I found out what the allocation unit size is. Is it better for me to decrease the allocation unit size if I'm using the disk as a backup?

Answer:Removing Vista in a Dual Boot with Windows 7

Download and burn free Partition Wizard bootable CD, boot it, select 1 for screen res, rightclick Win7, Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Now rightclick Vista to Delete, OK., Apply all steps.

Set Win7 as first HD to boot (after DVD) in BIOS setup.

Next boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7.

If Disk Management will still not open, run sfc /scannow as Admin. If this fails, then run a Repair Install

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I have a dual boot system with two of the same copies of XP3 installed on two drives.
One HD is 500GB SATA, with 3 partitions. 2 partitions are just empty space for storage (drive letters C and E). The last partition is my MAIN OS for regular use (letter F).
Other HD is 8GB ATA (letter D set as master on IDE1, has no other device on the ribbon). Has a clean install of XP3. I am trying to dispose of this drive as I am now trying to run a silent PC and this old disk makes a LOT of noise.

I've tried pulling the plug on the 8GB ATA and then running fixboot and fixmbr on the Recovery Console but it has not been successful. Each time I try to boot, I get the message "Invalid partition table".

My suspicion is that the necessary boot files for both OSs are stuck on the 8GB ATA. How can I get my system to work as single boot with the SATA drive? Does the order of the drive letters have importance? Please help!

Here's an image of what partition magic diagnoses my drives as.

F: is where I boot from to do my regular work. I'm trying to get rid of D: The Henry drives are just NTFS partitions for me to store stuff.

Answer:HELP! having DRASTIC trouble removing dual boot!

The problem is that first off the 2nd drive is not the master drive. So it will never be used as a bot drive over te 8GB drive.

2nd the F:\ drive is not your boot drive. The D:\ drive is. With PM mark the F:\ drive as the active system drive.

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I've installed Windows 7 Build 7057 on a partition where I previously had Windows XP. I wanted this installation to wipe out the XP, but instead it created a Windows.old folder. I've deleted that folder, but now when the system starts up a black screen with three options shows up:

1. Previous Windows
2. Windows 7
3. Windows Recovery Console

This Recovery Console was installed when I had the XP, I have no idea why it's still there.

I would like to remove any traces of XP and this console so that the system can boot 7 right away.

Also, a tiny thing: for like 2 seconds a black screen with all drives attached shows up, I'd like to remove that one, too.

Could you tell me how to do it?

If there was a similar question before, please let me know where the answer is. I apologize if I made a double thread.

Help me!

Answer:7 & XP & Recovery Console: Removing XP [not dual boot]

Here's how to install windows Vista and 7 after your done setting your BIOS to boot from the DVD Drive windows 7 should start select Custom setting then you should see your hard drives that you got install in your system delete the partition with XP and any other partition that you know is ok backup your data before delete all your partitions install a fresh copy of Windows 7 hope this helps!

Yes there is a Thread that got step but step on how-to install and dual-boot look in the Tutorials

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I have a Win8 / Vista dual boot - Win8 on SSD on C: and Vista on HDD on D: (data only on E: )
I have not used Vista since installing Win8 and now want to remove to free up some space and remove dual boot

Is there an option to keep my files on the drive but simply remove the Vista OS folder and remove the dual boot option? Or do I need to follow process here and "delete volume" and then copy all the files across again from backup?

If I do need to "delete volume"
my first issue is that this option is greyed out and cannot be selected for D: drive? How can I sort this?
also what do I do with 11GB recovery partition and 3.54GB OEM partition?

pic attached (hopefully)
many thanks

Answer:Removing Vista from dual boot with Win8

Physically disconnect the old Acer Vista HD Drive.
Make the Windows 8 SSD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.
Than do a Auto Repair first,

How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

When Windows is booting OK, replace the old Acer Vista HD Drive back in as Disk 1, & make sure you mark the D: partition on the HD Drive INACTIVE:
Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I know, I know ... this has been asked before, but I just can't seem to get this done. *sigh*

Have XP, then installed Win7 as Dual Boot. Now trying to get rid of XP. All is backed up in case of disaster.

I've tried 3 different procedures in these forums with no luck. Last thing I tried was using EasyBCD to remove the boot option. Now the computer just boots straight into Win7, but I noticed that the XP partition is still active. Made the Win7 partition active, but when I reboot, I just get a blinking cursor on the upper left of the screen and nothing happens. I've tried the Windows 7 installer/ Repair my computer/ and running Startup Repair 3 times and still no luck. just get the blinking cursor on the corner of the screen. I then have to boot from CD with Partition Wizard and reactivate the XP partition and I boot again into Win7.

The only thing I am hesitant to do is delete the XP partition. If I do and then I can't boot, I can't make XP active again to boot and would have to restore everything and would be where I started again.

Just need to get rid of XP safely. Any guidance is appreciated.


Answer:REMOVING XP from Windows XP/7 Dual Boot ... revisited

Hi there

The problem is you need to get rid of the old MBR.

1) Insert Windows XP disc and boot
2) use recovery console option when given install options
3) type FIXMBR

At this stage you won't be able to boot W7 -- not to worry as it's still there but the boot will only "see" the XP partition.


4) reboot from the Windows XP disc or use a GPARTED disk

GParted -- Download

5) delete existing XP partition

6) Now install W7 install disc and chose repair system --this should re-build the boot process - and XP will now be 100% GONE.

(Before doing --please ensure you've got backups in case something gets hosed up - taking image backups is a good idea.).


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Installing a *nix distro on top of Windows and automatically setting up the dual boot is easy...

But what are the more reliable steps for removing that distro, in order to install another?

Laptop has Vista installed first....I had resized the partition and made room for openSUSE to install, but would like to run another for a while.

Anything special required?

Answer:Best steps for removing a distro from dual boot, replacing with another?

easiest method... at the partition stage either set to reformat or resize.
Or do you want to keep /home? that is easy if /home has its own partition

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