Like the title says I went from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro and after a short amount of time I decided I didn't really "get it" enough to do the switch and instead wanted to partition my SSD and have it set up for multi-boot with both Windows 7 and 8. So after upgrading, then downgrading and partitioning my SSD I want to bring the two partitions back into one path (C only for Windows 8. As an aside I changed my mind too soon about Windows 8 and I should have just kept it and for anyone wondering it is worth the upgrade. There are some good sales on upgrades too. Once I figured out how to use it I really like Windows 8 and the best part is the way it integrates a lot of features that used to involve third-party software (antivirus type stuff, mounting images etc). Anyhow what is the best way so that I can keep some things such as my game saves and is there any way to keep the programs I have installed on Windows 7 doing the upgrade or will I need to reinstall everything? My games have been seriously affected by my indecision so I don't want to lose them and the programs. I cannot get the second partition to expand to include the first so there would be no way to do it that way I don't think. Should I format the second partition and expand the first partition and then upgrade into that single partition? Thanks for reading and any help you can pass on. BTW my rig consists of a MSI GD55 MB, i7-3770K @ 4.2Ghz, 8Gb 1600mhz G. Skill, MSI GTX 760 OC TF 2Gb (gets over 1340Mhz through Afterburner) and my OS SSD is a SanDisk Extreme 120Gb.
This should be simple (if I followed your explanation of the whole situation properly). Boot into Windows 8, save everything from your Windows 7 install that you want to keep, then use the Disk Management console to wipe out the Windows 7 partition (delete the partition, do not simply format it), and then Expand the Windows 8 partition to cover the whole drive.