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How to cleanly remove Vista from a Dual Boot with Windows 7 ?

By Randy P ·
I have seen a few articles and it seems like a mess. I have a 750GB hard drive that is partitioned 4 times. The first is a Partition call OEM with I am sure is a partition created by Dell when the original installation of Vista Ultimate was installed. Second is a Recovery partition which also looks like a Dell partition which is 15GB with 8 GB used the other 2 are a 400 GB Windows 7 partition and a 283 GB Vista installation. I want to remove everything but the Window 7 installation. Is there a clean way to do this? All my data is on both OS so I don't care about the Vista installation. Thanks for any help. I am trying to avoid blowing out both installs and clean installing Windows 7 from the Upgrade DVD.

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A possible suggestion

by jfuller05 In reply to How to cleanly remove Vis ...

I don't think you can, of course I could be wrong. I think since there is only one drive, you would have to wipe the hdd clean so you could install 7 as the only OS. Just backup everything you want and do a clean install. Let me know if you find another way.

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I ended up doing a fresh install.

by Randy P In reply to A possible suggestion

I had no success with this and did not get any other replies. My data is always backed up so I just put in a new drive and did a clean installation. Thanks for your reply jfuller05.

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how to remove vista from dual boot with window 7

by tech_solutions In reply to How to cleanly remove Vis ...

Getting started
The Bootsect command can be found on either the Windows Vista or Windows 7 Beta DVD in the Boot folder. The first thing that you need in order to perform this procedure is the appropriate DVD.
To begin, boot the system into the original operating system ? the one on the first partition. Then, insert the DVD into the drive. As soon as you do, press and hold down the [Shift] key in order to prevent the DVD splash screen from appearing. Once the DVD has spun up, you can release the [Shift] key, and you are now ready for the next step.
Running Bootsect
You can launch the Bootsect command from a Command Prompt or by using the Run command. Since the latter is quicker, just press [Windows]+R to open the Run dialog box. When the Run dialog box appears, type the following command line in the Open text box:
X:\Boot\Bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force
Where X is the drive letter assigned to your DVD drive.
For example, if your DVD drive letter is your Run dialog box will look like the one shown in Figure A.
Figure A

You can launch the Bootsect command from the Run dialog box.
When you click OK, you?ll momentarily see a Command Prompt window, and the operation will instantly remove the Windows Boot Manager system and its Boot Configuration Data from the boot partition. At this point, remove the DVD from the drive, and you can then restart the system.
When the system restarts, you?ll see that the Windows Boot Manager no longer appears and the system boots directly into XP.
Cleaning up
To continue cleaning up, you will have to remove a couple of backup files from the root directory as well as remove the Vista or Windows 7 files from the second partition. You?ll find the Boot.BAK and Bootsect.BAK files in the root directory, as shown in Figure B. You can delete them; they are system files so you will be prompted to confirm the delete operation.
Figure B

You can select and delete both of the leftover backup files.
Now that the Vista or Windows 7 Beta Windows Boot Manager is removed from your XP system, you can use partition software to reformat the second partition, merge it back into the first partition, set up another dual-boot configuration, or use it some other way.

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I am trying to get rid of Vista and keep Windows 7

by Randy P In reply to how to remove vista from ...

Is the procedure the same? This refers to reverting back to XP which is not the case here. Thanks for your post. Look forward to your reply.

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