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Video: Remove Windows 7 or Vista from a dual-boot configuration with the Bootsect command

You're dual-booting Windows 7 or Vista with XP, but you've finally decided to either stick with the new OS or give it the boot. Bill Detwiler shows you how to use the Windows Bootsect command to extract Vista or Windows 7 from a dual-boot configuration with Windows XP.

Dual-booting Windows is a handy way to test betas and service packs before committing to a new OS. But once you've made your decision to stick with the new OS or give it the boot, you'll likely want to get rid of those extra partitions and revert to a single O-S. If you don't want reformat the hard drive and completely re-install your chosen operating system, there is an alternative. In this IT Dojo video, I show you how to use the Windows Bootsect command to extract Vista or Windows 7 from a dual-boot configuration with Windows XP.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Use Bootsect to extract Vista or Windows 7 from a dual-boot configuration," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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