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I had an xp windows, then i installed windows 7 on a separate partition.
Now i want to delete the xp partition and to stay only with windows 7 (without the current dual boot), but i dont know how to do it right.

(Currently the xp is on active partition and windows 7 on a logical one)

Please help.

Ok I posted yesterday but I am still unable to conclude this problem. I have
one single partition using all available space. I am using the XP boot Disk
trying to delete this partition so that I can wipe out all of the junk that
have accumulated on my computer in the past year. Now after I go through the
set up where it asks me to choose the partition to reinstall windows Xp I
chose the delete option pressing D yet a message comes up saying that I
cannot delete it since it needs setup files on this partition for the
reinstallation. I tryed installing over the preexisting XP in the prexisting
partition and I still have all of my crap there waiting for me but now I
cannot access my old user info. So for example when I go to add and remove
programs it says I have none. I was trying to remove Xp through that be it
will not let me. I have tried DOS and I understand that this method is
impossible if I am trying to delete the system which is supposed to perform
the deletion. I am getting ready to go back to school and I am agrivated. I
cannot believe that I am stuck with all of this crap and unable to do a clean
installation. I have done 20 tutorials but none of them list my problem. I
have done this before without FDisk so I am confused. Please help I am going

At first the problem seemed fairly simple, the USB connector to my drive broke so I needed a new one but, when I connected it to a new adapter I found that my drive read as being completely unpartitioned. I figured OK so when the drive connector snapped it corrupted something so I started looking into repair options.

I tried using Easus partition recovery software, if couldn't find the old partitions.

I tried using Recuva (which meant reformatting the drive). Still nothing, it found 256 useless files out of nearly 2TB worth of data (probably well over a million files).

I then tried Testdisk which claims to be able to find old deleted and even reformatted partitions even if they've been corrupted. If detected only the new partition I made for Recuva.

So I'm now I'm stuck. If I can't find a way to recover my data soon I'll have to give up and start recovering the files from their sources (which could take a very, very, very long time). It's as if the files never existed at all.

The original hard drive was a: WD MyBook 2TB. Can't remember which variation it was (might be an essentials).
I've since moved the internal drive to an Acro??? case (Acrodata I think, don't have it with me). I'm wondering if the original MBR was written to some sort of cache in the now broken interface.

Edit: The final solution was that it was impossible to get my data back. The original interface encrypted the entire drive and after much searching I found no solution for getting the data back aside from taking it to a company and paying at least 500USD (not worth it in the least for me). Even if I took it to such a company there's no guarantee they'd be able to unformat and decrypt my drive. An identical drive wouldn't work as each drive has it's own unique hardware encryption. My advice is to get an internal drive then find a case for it. Doing it this way I can't imagine you'd run into encryption issues.

On a PC I had three partitions originally all booting into WinXP separately (I used them for different puposes). Have been doing some re-arrangements (using a.o. Partition Magic), created new partitions, then deleted some, shifted, re-sized.

I ended up with two partitions, one was originally created as C: the other (due to earlier efforts) was called H:.

I created a new one, which became G: (question, I guess that "G:" is fixed right? It's probably too dangerous to re-assign a drive letter to the disk on which Windows is installed?)

After I rebooted to my original C: (in the other Windows), the drive letters were mixed-up and I ran into problems (C: wasn't C: anymore but pointed to the disk that is called G: in the other boot above). Still with me?
I booted in safe mode, went into the registry and fixed the disk assignment. After reboot, all works fine!!

Now my problem is that the third (old) partition that was called H: doesn't boot anymore... The partition is OK (I checked from another Windows boot with chkdsk); both in safe-mode and normal mode, startup works initially, I end up however on the Welcome-screen (just before the user screen where the passwords should be entered to log-on).
This proves to me that YES, the partition is bootable but probably (???) in the registry the location where Windows looks for info (the volume-info?) is now messed up. Since I cannot get there in Safe-mode too, I'm clueless on how to troubleshoot this. Will try some recovery tools later but hope someone has the golden tip (and again, YES, I can approach the partition from one of the two other Windows partitions in which booting works OK, so maybe/probable I'll have to operate from there).

Sorry, this is complex, hope I explained well enough and hope someone has a clue what happened...

I want to delete all the partitions on a old 150GB Hard drive so I can use it for a Backup drive. But disk Management will not let me delete the last "Healthy 14.97Gb OEM Partition" I even tried converting it to a dynamic disk, but get a pop-up indicating "The Operation is not supported by the object" any help would be greatly appreciated

I am sure there are many "similar" posts to this one............however..........

I am only an experienced newbie and this computer is a SELF-BUILT XP computer.

I needed to replace my daughter's ancient motherboard with a new one.
I need to use her old HD which has 2 partitions on it.
The FIRST partition is the one with XP on it.

I hope to turn on the assembled "new" computer.
The computer will "hopefully" boot from the Win XP CD ( yes, I set it in the BIOS ).

QUESTION >>> will I be able to ERASE the old Win XP installation while at the same time doing a new install of XP on the "old" HD ???

I know there is an option to FORMAT the partition if one installs XP on a new HD or partition on a new HD.

I hope I don't need to DELETE the partition with XP and then REFORMAT it and make it the ACTIVE PARTITION and then REINSTALL XP.

If life is not that simple, HOW do I erase the partition before installing the new XP on it.
REMEMBER : using a floppy is not an option any longer on "newer" computers.

A brief STEP OUTLINE would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

This isn't a huge issue, but it certainly is an annoying one. I set up a data partition which contains all of my music and common files. I clean installed the 32-bit version of RC 7100 on a separate partition, and the 64-bit version of RC7100 on yet another partition. Vista 64 remains on its own isolated drive. Installation for both versions went without a hitch. I removed all of the sample music and a couple of music files I had installed just for testing in each RC version. Then I pointed the WMP to the common files disk and everything referenced (pointed) back as it should. I also deleted all of my music files from Vista 64 and then pointed the Vista 64 to this common area, just for comparison.

However, now in both RC versions I have a phantom entry at the end of the music list, while in Vista 64 I do not. It is "Unknown Artist" and 0 bytes, but it cannot be deleted by menu (non-functional without explanation screens) or by direct access to the directory structure (permissions issue). However, this same problem can easily be remedied in Vista 64 by renaming the .wmdb to .old and letting WMP create a new one. This takes only a few minutes and results in a new error-free listing of music. I have done this for similar problems with WMP in the past.

I have tried removing all of the pointers and loading the references again, but the phantom entry never goes away, even when the list contains only the phantom entry itself.

Any thoughts on (1) why the phantom entry occurs in the first place or (2) why the phantom entry cannot be deleted at all?

ADDED LATER: Identified the culprit. When I did a "Select All" on the music folders, the hidden file "desktop.ini" got tagged as well. When the group was imported into WMP, the offending file naturally couldn't be identified as a media source. And its status as a hidden system file prevented it from being deleted. It's all cleared up now. So as on SNL ... nevermind.

Was running Vista Home 32 bit system. I always had problems with Vista so I wanted to upgrade to 7 ASAP. I never could get the upgrade advisior to run, I couldn't load 7 in as an upgrade either. I always got and error. I had all of my data backed up on a external so last night I did the custom install of 7. Everything went good and 7 loaded fine. Then I realized that when the screen showed the partitions on my computer I should have selected my C drive. I didn't select any drive so it loaded 7 on my Recovery D drive. I found this out when I started getting low disk space windows. I realized what I had done so I went back and reloaded 7 on my C drive and it works great. Here's the question, on my Recovery D drive I see the folder windows.old, I believe that is the old Vista program. Can I delete that? I also see a Windows folder, I believe that is 7 that I miss loaded on D the first time. Should I delete that?

I had Xp on one hard drive. Used Gparted to make a partition. Left the XP partition active and installed 7 on the second partition. I could then only get XP to load. If I booted with the 7 install cd, then it would load. So I tried the repair utility on its cd and that did nothing. I eventually deleted the old partition and combined them so now Windows 7 is the only thing on my hard drive, but the problem still remains...I can only get the OS to load if I use the cd. I've tried the repair utility multiple times. I even tried doing it from the command prompt. It doesn't do anything. What can I do to fix this?

Good evening everyone.

The Conundrum: I want all my windows 7 programs on one partition. The partition where windows 7 installed is to small and won't allow me to upload any other programs. So now I can not download updates or anything because the partition is full.

Boring background information: I have some computer experience. Can do basic things soooo I thought "Windows 7 sounds good, maybe I'll upgrade." I have windows Vista home premiume 64 bit on my 4 month old computer, decided to upgrade to windows 7. Had to do the clean install. That all went to the D: partition, which is now completly full. I thought (in my non-computer mind) Maybe I can reinstall on C: partition which I tried but only got partialy completed before it froze up. Now I have an incomplete windows 7 in the C: partition, where there is lots of room, and a complete one in the D: partition where it is completly full. I thought about expanding the D: partition but that would wipe out everything on the C: partition (since I would have to delete that first) Now I am not sure, suggestions??

I booted up the .iso DVD that I have and notcied that Windows 7 automatically moved itself to the D: drive. It will not run at all. When I press F1 to boot the hard drive, they keyboard stops working. If I delete the partition does it keep the 1st one with Windows XP or does the Windows.old folder still exist? Plus what does it mean when Windows XP is in NTFS? How do I change that, is that gonna be a problem if I remove the Windows 7 partition?

I installed RTM (x86), and did a "fresh install".

When setup was done, I went to delete Windows.old and Windows.000.

Windows.000 deleted OK.
Windows.old ( which has /Windows and /Program Files directories in it ) won't delete.

The OS keeps telling me I need "Trusted Installer" permission to do that.

BIG problem...since there's about 8 GB (almost 50,000 files ) clogging up the hard drive.

I tried changing the permissions on the directories (they are read-only) but the system won't let me.

I tried formatting the drive from another installation, but it refuses to format the partition.
Apparently, I'm stuck in a limbo in which I am left powerless.

Why can't setup accept the instruction to do a clean install
without saving a bunch of old garbage to windows.old ?

Why isn't that option (clean install, full-format and don't save anything) available to the user when setup runs ?

What do I have to do to recover the 8GB space which I have lost ?

Hi there , When ever I re-install my windows ,

I always start from scratch and prepare my drive. As I do it now , I insert the Windows XP

pre- service pack cd and it has the option to completely delete partitions and format them from scratch. The Windows 7 copy I have is different and I don't like that silly menu they present.

How can I make a bootable CD/DVD to first prepare a old drive and make partitions before even inserting the Windows & disk !



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I heard that Windows 7 runs pretty good on systems a few years old, so I thought I'd give it a try for the heck of it on mine. I'd like to dual boot with XP, with XP still being the primary OS I use. At some point, whether it's a couple weeks later if I end up not liking it, or in March when it starts shutting down every 2 hours, I'd like to delete it. I'd like to put them both on the same drive, and resize my current partition and make a new one...I've read a page on how to do this. My questions are...what risk will this pose with my XP installation? How much of a risk is there that I could corrupt my primary partition? Another concern is about the drivers...what issues could that pose? Also, when I go to delete it, will it be just a simple delete the partition and resize the XP one again to cover the rest of the drive? Will there be a possibility of screwups with the master boot record?

Thank you!

I have bought the upgrade of windows 7 to professional 64 bit system. Since my pc is running the 32 bit system I have to remove the old OS by deleting it on the hard disk. I have 4 partitions to my hard disk and I dont know which to format or delete or what.

I have Disk 0 partition 1: System 199.00mb 165.0 system (i think it would be this one?)

I have disk 0 partition 2 447.4 gb 410.3 gb primary

disk 0 partition 3: recovery 18.1 gb 2.6 gb primary

disk 0 partition 4: HP_TOOLS 103.0 mb 91.0 mb primary (i dont think this is the one)

Which one do I delete? Or do I delete more then one, and what about the files on local C.


I have installed 7 RC fine and now I want to remove an old bloated install of XP from my hard drive. Simply trying to format the XP partition from inside 7 or using the Windows hard disk management tool to delete the partition doesn't work so how can I do this.

I have 2 physical hard drives: 1 for the OS partitioned in 2 - 1 for XP and 1 for 7, and a separate physical drive for data.

So basically how do I make my OS drive 1 partition with just 7 on it.


I installed 7pro upgrade student edition on partition E and had XP on partition C. When 7 was configured and running properly, I made E the active partition, deleted C and ran startup repair from the restore disk three times... at the end, the computer booted into 7 but I was given a small text on the bottom of a blue screen that my installation was not genuine, or something like that...

I restored from an image and won't try again unless someone can tell me where I might have gone wrong.


Good afternoon. I'm new to the forum, but could you help me out solving the various problems that I have in my PC?

Everytime I start my user account this message appears:

I found out that this problem had to do with the mouse (which was from Microsoft) and, therefore, bought a new one, however the problem continues, probably for being from Microsoft too. I tried deleting the partition in which Windows 7 Ultimate x64 is installed and reinstalling it, as well as uninstalling the driver, but it didn't solve the problem. Meanwhile I returned to the old wired mouse (the new one is wireless), but then I discovered that it is necessary to turn off the a button in it, even after shutting down the computer, otherwise it runs out of batteries (it ran out of batteries). I went to MSConfig to search for a new entry in "Startup", but there is none!

The second problem is related with the installation of the video card´s drivers. Everytime I try to install the drivers of my video card (whether they are beta or not) Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT, it gives me an error, namely in the installation of the updater component (among others), i.e., by giving an error in the installation of that component, I have to manually update the software, which in turn, gives me an error again. I tried installing the software through DriverMax, but it gives me an error too! I thought that deleting the partition where Windows 7 Ultimate x64 is installed and reinstalling it would solve the problem, but it didn't! I already tried resetting the BIOS, like it was recommended, and, again, it didn't solve the problem! The current BIOS is not the original. When I had the original BIOS, this problem already happened! This is the image that appears:

Lastly, the third problem consists in the fact of Firefox sometimes freezing when I open a link (in a new tab, for example) and only answering 1 minute later. Again, the reinstallation of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 doesn't solve the problem, as well as the reinstallation of the program.

Excuse me for my English, but I'm Portuguese. I registered here because the portuguese sites of help of software aren't very evolved (unfortunatelly), and the americans, apparently, are.

About the second image, the first component ("Actualizações da NVIDIA) means something like "Nvidia Update" and was not installed (it says "not installed"), the second ("O software do sistema PhysX") means something like "PhysX System Software" and was not installed either (it says "not installed"), the third was installed (3D Vision Controller), the fourth wasn't installed (it says it "failed") and the 5th and the 6th components were installed correctly.

I've had W7 on two computers that I built: My old one and my new one

On the old comuter, W7 installed itself, boot loader and all, on a single partition. However, on my new build, W7 created a 100 mb "system reserved" partition leaving 111 G for data on one of my SSD's which I decided to use for other purposes ( W7 is installed on a second SSD which is partitioned as mentioned). Then, Using "disk management", I deleted the 100 mb partition on the SSD that I wish to use for other purposes, then tried to expand the 111 GB. I got some kind of useless message that said "object does not support this operation". So, the 100 mb "System Reserved" partition is not shown in "disk management" and is not available, nor can I restore it to use.

What is the solution?

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