I had recently installed windows 7 on my laptop running windows vista. I did not remove the existing windows vista installation, and thus win 7 was installed in a dual boot combination. Now, i want to remove vista from my laptop and use windows 7 only.
The problem is that during installation, win 7 was installed on logical drive and windows vista was on the primary drive. Thus, i cannot delete/format the windows vista partition. Also I cannot transfer the boot drive to the partition containing win 7 because the vista partition is the active one.
Or just take an image backup of your Win7 partition and restore it to a nice new primary partition, maybe the one that Vista used to be in.
Something interesting to try, IF you have a full image backup of the disk, would be to reformat the Vista partition and then try a Win7 repair install while the Win7 partition is still logical. I doubt that it would work, but why not give it a whirl?
Finally, the classic option: Save your data externally, reformat your drive, and do a clean Win7 install.
Do any of these capture your fancy?
Edit: I'm willing to bet that this could be done while leaving the Win7 on the logical partition, by using a third party boot manager. Make a teeny-tiny active partition for said boot manager. But I'm not familiar with this type of software.
Thanks for the replies, i'm gonna download the bootable partition manager cd i found on the links you gave and gonna mark my win 7 partition as active and then use the win 7 dvd to repaair the startup.