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Removing Windows XP from Dual Boot

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August 13, 2011 8:55:44 PM

Hello guys, I recently decided to install WinXP on my Windows 7 Homepremium computer. I partitioned my hard drive into 2 and installed XP on the 2nd one.

How do I delete XP completely and still keep everything from Windows 7?

Is it possible to just do system recovery on Windows 7 and return it to an earlier state?

Thanks
a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 9:13:28 PM

i dont think you can do it with system recovery--you have 2 operating systems on 2 partitions

i think you could just format the 2nd partition then remove xp from the boot record

remove from boot record--start--type msconfig--open msconfig--go to boot tab--delete the reference to xp

then resize your partition if you want the full hard drive for windows 7
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August 13, 2011 9:30:41 PM

my current problem is that I cannot start windows 7.

i tried using easy BCD and that worked, but when I am prompted to select either Windows XP or Windows 7, and I chose Win 7, it loads for a bit and takes me back to the selection screen again so I can only open XP.

now i;m doing startup repair but it seems to take forever at the "Attempting Repairs stage"......
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 9:36:50 PM

as soon as you select windows 7 try tapping f8 to see if you can get safe mode option or last known good configuration option to come up
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August 13, 2011 9:39:28 PM

doesnt work =/
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August 13, 2011 9:43:13 PM

at the moment im thinking about wiping hard drive clean
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 9:47:53 PM

if you have nothing important on the hard drive then it may be the quickest option--you can remove both partitions during the setup
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August 13, 2011 9:50:02 PM

can you tell me how to do that? like what programs to use. since i cant access windows 7, so everything has to be done through XP i guess.
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 9:53:49 PM

you would need a windows 7 disc or a hidden recovery partition or recovery cds if you want to keep windows 7 on it
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August 13, 2011 9:58:27 PM

i bought the pc from best buy and never even got a win7 CD or recovery cd. only got a drivers pack cd.
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 10:06:44 PM

it my have a hidden recovery partition--whats the make and model number?
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August 13, 2011 10:14:51 PM

Lenovo Idea Centre K3 Series, I am not very sure about the exact model number though.
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 10:21:42 PM

luckily for you lenovo/ibm have always been good for recovery partitions--try this

Turn on the computer. When the Lenovo logo appears, press the F2 key on the
keyboard to start the Rescue System, then you can select OneKey Recovery

it wont delete the xp though usually only the c drive--but should make it bootable
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August 13, 2011 10:30:26 PM

wow thanks i never noticed that. hmmm i am currently going through the restoration process. once i finish, should i be able to load up win7 and delete the XP partition and make the partitions into 1 again?
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 10:34:16 PM

should be able to--nothings ever guaranteed with computers

if not log into xp and download a free partitioning software--make the bootable cd from it and wipe both partitions--making sure not to wipe the small recovery partition--then run the f2 recovery--that way xp will be gone
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August 13, 2011 10:39:02 PM

hmmm it will not let me start windows. do I go into safe mode?
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August 13, 2011 10:40:58 PM

wow the problem now is that I cannot boot into windows at all. going into safe mode will take me back to the same screen again, choosing to start normal does the same. so is every other option available. and i dont think i can boot into XP anymore
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 10:41:50 PM

try safe mode
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 10:43:43 PM

never mind safe mode i missed the last message while typing--format both partitions with a bootable cd and run the f2 recovery when you have one partition
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August 13, 2011 10:58:16 PM

hmm how do i format the partitions with the CD?
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a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2011 11:10:28 PM

it will show the partitions--usually you right click the one you want and select delete--then do the same for the second one--this leaves one large unallocated partition which you right click and format to ntfs

usually it will have a commit or apply button before it actually does it so you can double check you have selected the correct partitions--the recovery partition will be a smaller one--it may even be hidden or named recovery or something similar

should be a free version here of one of the softwares

http://www.easeus.com/product.htm
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August 13, 2011 11:14:33 PM

i see the partition mananger home version is free but does not support bootable disks. i am trying to use Ultimate Boot CD
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a b $ Windows 7
August 14, 2011 8:50:56 AM

there are partition tools on ubcd--so probably can use that or hirens boot cd has partition tools as well
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a b $ Windows 7
August 14, 2011 3:38:44 PM

this is why dual boot's are stupid... :) 

remove the xp hdd/partition, remove the hidden/system boot.ini file and put in the windows 7 cd, repair the boot/startup from there
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