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Win XP to Windows 7 Boot Manager problems

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January 12, 2011 at 03:15:21
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon X2/8GB RAM
I've just built a new machine with 2 SATA HDD's and I installed Win XP Pro on one of them (no RAID array). Then I discovered I needed Windows 7 64-bit to run more than 3GB of RAM (I have 8GB). So, I bought and installed Windows 7 on the HDD thinking it would overwrite my installation of XP, which it did...sort of.

I was left with Windows 7 on what used to be my secondary HDD and "most" of WinXP on the other HDD (now my D Drive).

The problem I have is with the leftover WinXP files on my secondary HDD, which I have tried to delete - I was told I didn't have the authorisation to delete these files. Then, I tried to format the HDD from Windows 7 but was told the drive couldn't be formatted.

So, I have a secondary HDD with a few undeletable folders on it, which just happen to contain the Windows Boot Manager file for WinXP. Hence, when I start my PC I am asked if I wish to boot to Windows 7 or an earlier version (the earlier version isn't available if I click on it).

Is there any way I can fix the boot manager and delete the old XP folders?

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January 12, 2011 at 03:23:50
reinstall win7, and click advanced installation, you can format and create partitions, win 7 is a fast installation and it will clear all your old xp.

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

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January 12, 2011 at 18:00:34
That is probably the best way to fix this. Just format both drives during the install and be careful to select the drive you want to install on.

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January 14, 2011 at 01:49:28
I would disconnect the drive you are not going to use to reinstall W7 on. Leaving it connected during instalation W7 would put systems files on it and making it a pain to remove said drive if required at a later date, requiring more bootloader messing around to get W7 working again.
So to avoid problems later only connect the drive on which you are going to install on, when done you can reconnect it.

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January 14, 2011 at 21:18:35
Here is the longest way to solve your problem. Take ownership of all the folders and their subfolders. Then manually delete all. Its tedious but i have done many times because I want to use the internet at the same time.

Shortest way to solve this, reboot your computer, insert xp cd like you are reinstalling. when its time format or allocate space, pick the drive with xp and format. you computer will restart, remove cd.
[I am assuming you know how to change boot sequence in bios if your computer wont pick up the cd] Let me know if it works

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January 15, 2011 at 18:52:51
If you follow Part 2 in post #4, you may need to remove the XP drive and then repair install Windows 7 to put the boot files on the correct drive.

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