Remove Xp from dual boot with Win 7

July 7, 2011 at 07:45:30
Specs: Windows XP, 2.7 Ghz/2gb ram
First of all I have not done anything yet, but I plan on installing Windows 7 on my Computer that is now running XP. I ran the upgrade advisor and it showed a few issues, but nothing I shouldn't be able to get around. So my plan is as follows... I will split my HD into 2 partitions and dual boot XP and Win 7. Once/If I figure 7 will work on my system, I would want to format and remove the XP partition and then re-join those partitions together to regain disk space. I have partition magic to split the partitions. So basically my question is, is it just as simple as that to remove the XP partition and re-join it to the 7 one? What other kind of boot loader and drive letter assignment will I have to configure after the deletion of XP? And finally, technically speaking, will I be able to repartition "begining of disk space" (current XP OS and partition) to the "end of disk" (after the new 7 partition)?

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#1
July 7, 2011 at 08:12:09
I use two separate hard drives in my machine. One has XP and the other Win 7. XP comes in handy to run some of my older programs. Win 7 has compatibility mode, but I run two hard drives because eventually one will fizz. You can split the partition into two segments if you wish, but I would suggest you get a second HDD. You could delete the XP partition and merge them, but that sometimes leads to trouble. I personally don't like partitioning on the fly. it's your choice and only my opinion. Good Luck.

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July 7, 2011 at 08:53:13
Thanks for the advice... My intention isn't to have both OS's together, it is only temporary to "test out" windows 7 and see if it will work on my older system. If it does, then I will remove XP, if it does not then I will remove 7 and keep the existing XP.

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#3
July 7, 2011 at 10:35:36
your plan will work, you will have to create a recovery cd for the win 7, after you delete the xp partition you will need to run a repair.
you will not need a partition tool as win 7 has its own tool that is adequate for your purposes. the position of the xp/win 7 partition is important, but the graphics dont always tell you the truth. if you cannot expand the win 7 partition:
i suggest after you load win 7 on the second partition, set it up perfectly, all your programs and files etc etc, use the win7 image tool, create an image of the win7 partition only (not the whole drive) onto an external drive, then format the whole drive and using the recovery cd, reimage the drive with win 7 image.

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