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Removing XP

Posted by: Paul D.      3 Nov 2014 @ 09:21
Removing XP

The saga continues!!!!

'Posted on here 17th March and have just got round to trying to sort it!!!!!

So, want to get rid of XP, running a dual boot system with Win 7.

XP is on a separate partition of the main hard drive, labelled the D drive.

Have tried to format the partition, Windows won't let me.

Have tried partitioning software, it tells me the D drive (Win XP) is the primary partition and the C drive (Win 7) is one of the logical partitions.

Windows won't let me change these so that the C drive is the primary drive and won't let me format the D drive with the partitioning software.

Have been into the BIOS but it only shows the individual drives not the partitions.

On startup the default is Win 7 but I can chose XP if I want to, otherwise Win 7 starts after 30 seconds.'

It has now been suggested that if I remove the hard drive and fit it into a caddy, plug into my laptop, and format it from there it should get round the problem without formatting the whole drive and doing a clean Win7 install.

Comments please and thank you in advance.

Reply by:  .      3 Nov 2014 @ 09:23
RE: Removing XP

That should read 'format the partition holding XP'!!!!!

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Reply by: Alan D. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Oakham, LE15      11 Nov 2014 @ 21:06
RE: Removing XP

Your problem is probably the way that Windows 7 installs itself. Typically it will have a Boot partition, and then the partition with W7 actually installed. In your case, assuming that XP was on there first, it will have installed the Boot code on the XP partition. If you delete/format this, the machine will not boot as it will not find the bootloader.

You can delete the contents of your XP partition, EXCEPT the Boot code. You will need to be in W7 to do this, and can delete most of the XP folders. Leave any files in the root of D:, and also d:\boot folder and their contents.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      12 Nov 2014 @ 19:36
RE: Removing XP

just nuke it and start again
you will spend more time trying to finesse this than you will reinstalling the machine cleanly

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