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Reverting Back to Single Boot From Dual Boot

Reverting Back to Single Boot From Dual Boot

Postby JamesBorders » Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:03 am

I currently am using DualBoot Pro to manage both a WinXP (SP3) and a VISTA (SP2) Operating System on a single HDD which is partitioned. I want to get rid of the WinXP partition so that I can install Windows 7 Pro. I'm told by friends that I should tell DualBoot Pro that I only have VISTA and then use Acronis Disk Director to delete the WinXP partition. After that I should boot Windows 7 from the DVD and install into the free space from the deletion of the WinXP partition.

Is this the way to install Win 7 ?

How exactly do you tell DualBoot Pro to forget about XP leaving only VISTA as the booting OS?

Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Reverting Back to Single Boot From Dual Boot

Postby Grav!ty » Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:34 am

You can delete the XP entry in DualBootPRO on the Operating Systems page and then format and the XP partition during setup of Windows 7. It's better not to use 3rd party partition managers which often cause problems, for anything other than creating a blank partition and then using standard windows tools to format.

If the XP partition is tagged (System) in Disk Managment, copy and paste the folder Boot and the file bootmgr from there to the same position on the Vista partition. After that you should be fine just installing Windows 7 and setup should pick up the Vista installation and create a a dual boot.

Let us know how you go and we'll take it from there if for some reason your new dual boot menu is not auto created.
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Re: Reverting Back to Single Boot From Dual Boot

Postby JamesBorders » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:50 pm

I think that maybe I didn't explain what I want to do very well.
Rigth now, I have two OSs on a single HDD - VISTA and Win7 (which used to contain XP). The VISTA partition has the properties SYSTEM, ACTIVE, PRIMARY PARTITION. The Win7 partition has propeerties BOOT, PAGE FILE, CRASH FILE, PRIMARY PARTITION. What I want to do is get rid of the VISTA partition and have the PC boot straight into Wiin7. I've tried a few things and almost lost it all. So, before I tried again, I thoght I'd better get some expert advice. Here is what DualBootPro 1.0 says about my configuration:
Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=D:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
resumeobject {11554f55-fc17-11db-8cdd-d2e86ba28d80}
displayorder {11554f54-fc17-11db-8cdd-d2e86ba28d80}
{2e821614-00ce-11dc-a6ec-bf5fa48bbf07}
{current}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {2e821614-00ce-11dc-a6ec-bf5fa48bbf07}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
bootdebug No
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {2e821615-00ce-11dc-a6ec-bf5fa48bbf07}
nx OptIn
pae ForceDisable
vga No
quietboot No
sos No
debug No

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {11554f59-fc17-11db-8cdd-d2e86ba28d80}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {11554f55-fc17-11db-8cdd-d2e86ba28d80}
nx OptIn



Can ou tell me the best way to get this done?
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Re: Reverting Back to Single Boot From Dual Boot

Postby yeshuas » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:13 am

You should be able to copy the folder "Boot with all its contents" and the file bootmgr to the Windows 7 partiton, then make the Windows 7 partition active in the "Disk Management" screen.

Then use Dual Boot Pro to remove the Vista entry from the Operating system screen.

Then boot and go back to Disk Management screen and make sure that the windows 7 partiton is Boot, Active, and System etc.
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