Can't uninstall bootleg XP after Win7 Install

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/ sp2
December 31, 2009 at 22:26:17
Specs: Windows XP
Hello every1,
ive installed windows 7 in my F drive.i also have windows xp pro in my c copy of xp is nt legit n its often like to uninstall xp altogether.Ive tried various methods mentioned in a few websites bt i jus cannot seem to gt rid of xp.xp doesnt appear in the add/remove programs option in control panel.ive also tried de c:\windows\system32\osuninst.exe command.if i had it my way,then id probably format de entire c drive,bt obviously i cant do that(i tried though).....umm,please offer ur suggestions.

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December 31, 2009 at 22:31:13
What problem are you facing when u format c: drive, give details so that your problem could be understood.

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December 31, 2009 at 22:33:06
"ive installed windows 7 in my F drive.i also have windows xp pro in my c drive."

Best to just start again clean, because Windows (any version) should normally go to C drive

With one hard drive installed only, put the Windows 7 disc in and do a clean install, by removing all partitions.
Here's a guide to help with that:

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January 1, 2010 at 03:27:17
because Windows (any version) should normally go to C drive

Doesn't make the slightest bit of difference. Windows from XP onwards, both syetem and boot drives, can quite happily reside on any drive from C: to Z: The only necessity is that the system drive has to be a primary partition. It was only Windows 98 and earlier that had problems on drives other than C: and even they can be circumvented.

The easiest way yo get rid of Windows XP is to boot from Windows 7 and delete it from there as you would delete any other files. The startup files for Windows 7 will probably reside on the C: drive so formating drive C: will stop Windows 7 from booting.


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January 1, 2010 at 03:41:43
The concern is the registry paths will (or could) be invalid from doing this

It will make a difference if the Bootmanager is on C ( as an example of a million other possibilities)

A clean install (which takes about half an hour to 45mins tops) is preferred

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January 1, 2010 at 07:47:56
@manojkmrnair - while i try to format it dis appears "windows cannot complete format"

@kimsland - ill defntly considr tht

@stuartS - my f drive isnt a primary partition,so will it cause probs?oh n i tried doin wt u said it din work

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January 1, 2010 at 09:04:53
The boot drive can be a logical drive. It is only the system drive that has to be a primary drive. In this case C: is the one and only system drive.

In most case the boot and system drive are one and the same but with two operating systems installed one one will be different. The boot drive is where the actual operating system resides. The system drive is where boot.ini, ntdetect .com and ntldr reside, collectively known as the boot loader.

I think it would be better just scrubbing the lot and re-installing Windows 7. Save you a lot of time in the long run.


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January 1, 2010 at 09:23:20
I suggest a clean install too.

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