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Removing Windows 7 from a dual boot system

  • Windows 7
  • Dual Boot
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows 7
March 8, 2011 1:43:04 AM

I have a system that dual boots with Windows 7 (64 bit) and Windows XP (32 bit); each OS is on its own hard drive. I want to reformat the Windows 7, deleting the OS in the process. What I'm wondering is where is the boot loader located? Is it on the Windows 7 drive (since it was installed after XP), and will I need to do anything special to have the system load Windows XP by default after the Windows 7 installation is gone? Will the system simply detect the old XP installation and load it without the bootloader?

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a b $ Windows 7
March 8, 2011 1:52:53 AM

open the run dialog (windows key + R) and type MSConfig.
Under the boot tab, see if there is one or 2 OSes listed. If there is only one, then the boot files are on the other HD. I think they'll end up on the XP hard drive.
You'll want to delete the boot files from it before you reformat the drive.

You can always just unplug the drive w/ Win7 and see if XP still loads nice, if it does than you can go ahead w/ whatever u want.

Why are you getting rid of Win7?
a b $ Windows 7
March 8, 2011 2:24:56 AM

If after removing Windows7 you can’t boot into Windows XP the easiest solution is to do a repair install of Windows XP.