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.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.