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Removing Win 7 RC leaving XP

February 24, 2010 at 07:39:30
Specs: Windows XP, 3Ghz/1Gb
Currently running WinXP Pro SP3 on C: drive.
Last June I installed Win7RC on second hard drive. All worked fine but Win7RC is coming to it's end.
When I read the MS Articles it tells me to go into System Configuration screen, select Win7 from the Boot panel and delete it.

Delete button is greyed out and it only lists Win7.
If I go into WinXP Pro SP3 msconfig, Boot panel I see only WinXP listed.

When I start up I do see the boot menu with both OS's and can select either.

So, after deleting/formatting the Win7RC hard drive is it a simple matter of running fixmbr or would it require more?

Thanks for reaading,

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February 24, 2010 at 09:19:27
lod into win7 open control panel/system/advanced system settings/startup and recovery/drop box default operating system and set xp as default.
then you can just delete the win 7 installation from the hard drive..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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February 24, 2010 at 09:24:51
Thanks for reading but as noted it only lists Win7 adn in XP it only lists XP.

So, following MS' instructions do not apply. Why they are not listed is beyond my understanding so I am looking for confirmation of the alternative method.


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February 24, 2010 at 20:07:39
To properly remove Windows 7, delete the partition:

→ Make sure you are logged in with Administrator rights.

→ On your desktop, right-click on the Computer icon & click Manage.

→ In the Computer Management console tree click to expand & select Disk Management folder in the left pane.

→ On the right pane right click on the Partition or Volume you want to delete & click the "Delete Partition or Delete Logical Drive." option.

→ Confirm the deletion by clicking Yes.

→ After deletion, close the Computer Management window.

To cleanup your bootmenu:

Download & install EasyBCD, then using the program, ensure you have the correct path for XP installation specified for the bootloader or add if missing & then proceed to write a new MBR ... follow the steps below once you've installed EasyBCD:

Open EasyBCD to view the Vista Windows 7 bootloader.

→ Click the Add/Remove Entries button.

→ Verify the path to your XP partition or add XP to the dual boot entry listings & ensure you've specified that:

The drive letter for XP is set to the applicable partition.
The type of OS is set to Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3
The OS name displayed is applicable to Windows XP by typing it in there.

→ Save the XP entry you've just added & go to the Manage Bootloader button & after ensuring that Reinstall the Vista Windows 7 Bootloader radio button is selected, click Write MBR & reboot your machine.

The above should do it.

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May 18, 2010 at 17:41:40
To Sabertooth -
I searched hi and lo for a solution to the problem of getting rid of the additional OS boot option, as I had formatted the drive where Win 7 was. (After format the option was still there)

I just called MS (Wednesday May 19 2010) and as I had already deleted/removed Windows 7 they wanted to charge me $80 just for the consult.

This solution for removing the OS options works with the full version of Windows 7 as well

Thankyou Sabertooth for this solution, you r worth your weight in gold.

As an option to deleting the partition, log in to XP and format the partition which your Win 7 is on, then follow the steps using easy BCD. Nice little utility by the way.

Regards, Keith

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May 24, 2010 at 05:59:48
Since this post is still active...
I did wind up overinstalling Win 7 Ultimate negating the issues.
Am now running dual boot with XP Pro plus Win 7 Ultimate full version.


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