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

July 2, 2009, 3:16 AM PST | Length: 305


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 OS. 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. Once you’ve watched this IT Dojo video, you can find a link to the original TechRepublic article and print the tip from our IT Dojo Blog.

3 comments
Papafar
Papafar

I have searched for hours to solve this problem and tried many suggested solutions. Yours was the only one that solved the problem first try. Thanx

Jay.ehrlich
Jay.ehrlich

How do I remove windows vista after installing windows 7 to my laptop that originally came with windows vista?

joseph.r.piazza
joseph.r.piazza

I enter the command line as you stated, Bill. I guess I am the one case it did not work...it corrupted or half-way deleted the Boot file. I received the Boot screen...Windows 7 or earlier version BUT it also stated "Something in your system was changed or corrupted......." I could not copy the rest of dialog box...W7 automatically tried to load, and I instantly received " Windows could not start".....Will try to repair......after maybe 1/2 hour....Windows could not repair....do you want a report to MS. So I tried the W 7 DVD, I choosed the repair option and you get the same repair cycle. Again no good. So, I re-install W7. Can you advise on other methods to delete the bootsec and therefore W7? Again XP primary on C drive.....W7 on a partition I created. AMD Dual core System-4600 CPU, 2 Gbyte RAM. 250 Mbte Harddrive- 3 partitions. C-XP SP3, x: W7 and y: backup of XP before W7 Installation