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    As some of you may know, I recently installed Windows 7 to a partition, essentially making it dual bootable. I wanted to get the space from my xp drive and go all the way with windows 7. I used a program called partition wizard (I for get the name, it was recommended here) to try and delete the xp drive and resize my 7 drive with the unallocated space. I was immediately met with a error saying that the xp drive was in use and that it couldn't be deleted. It gave me the option to restart and try again. I did so. It booted up and went through resizing the drive. I did not see it delete the xp drive. It got finished and restarted where I was met with the message : no bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key.

    Two problems (aside from the obvious boot problem) I don't have a disk drive and if I did, I installed windows 7 from an .iso. I need some serious help. I'm typing this message from an iPod touch so excuse and mistakes please.

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    [quote name='ekim' post='792267' date='05-Sep-2009 11:39']As some of you may know, I recently installed Windows 7 to a partition, essentially making it dual bootable. I wanted to get the space from my xp drive and go all the way with windows 7. I used a program called partition wizard (I for get the name, it was recommended here) to try and delete the xp drive and resize my 7 drive with the unallocated space. I was immediately met with a error saying that the xp drive was in use and that it couldn't be deleted. It gave me the option to restart and try again. I did so. It booted up and went through resizing the drive. I did not see it delete the xp drive. It got finished and restarted where I was met with the message : no bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key.

    Two problems (aside from the obvious boot problem) I don't have a disk drive and if I did, I installed windows 7 from an .iso. I need some serious help. I'm typing this message from an iPod touch so excuse and mistakes please.[/quote]
    I'm not sure just what you did or what you wanted to do?

    1. Windows 7 is still not a finished "gold" release as yet. You are trying to delete XP and regain space but you are jumping the gun here with Windows 7.
    2. You say you don't have a disk drive? What did you install it to?
    3. IF Windows 7 was a final version and you no longer wanted XP, why make it dual boot? Why not just do a clean install of Win 7 and be done with it. BUT don't do it without a final Win 7 release.
    4. DO you still have a Windows XP CD? If so, I would recommend you reinstall it.

    As I said, maybe I'm not reading you correctly. Please try to clarify the problem a bit.
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    I used the Windows 7 RTM. I installed it to a partition by mounting. My previous thread explains it in much more detail. Essentially, I installed 7 to a separate partition from XP. Once I was confident that 7 was working (I've used it for about a month) I wanted to free up the space used by my XP partition which lead to my new problem.
    Also, Xp came preinstalled on my computer

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    [quote name='viking33' post='792283' date='05-Sep-2009 15:50']I'm not sure just what you did or what you wanted to do?

    1. Windows 7 is still not a finished "gold" release as yet. You are trying to delete XP and regain space but you are jumping the gun here with Windows 7.
    2. You say you don't have a disk drive? What did you install it to?
    3. IF Windows 7 was a final version and you no longer wanted XP, why make it dual boot? Why not just do a clean install of Win 7 and be done with it. BUT don't do it without a final Win 7 release.
    4. DO you still have a Windows XP CD? If so, I would recommend you reinstall it.

    As I said, maybe I'm not reading you correctly. Please try to clarify the problem a bit. [/quote]

    FYI, Windows 7 RTM is available to those with an MSDN subscription, a Technet subsciption, or volume license (and maybe a few others).

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    ekim,
    All of the BOOT files are on the C drive that has XP. You will not be able to boot into the oher drive until those files are on the Windows 7 drive.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    [quote name='DaveA' post='792322' date='06-Sep-2009 10:27']ekim,
    All of the BOOT files are on the C drive that has XP. You will not be able to boot into the oher drive until those files are on the Windows 7 drive.[/quote]

    Thanks for the replies. So where do I go from here? I'm assuming I will have to find someone to A) let me use their external disk drive and burn the Win 7 install .ISO to a disk (right?)

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    [quote name='ekim' post='792325' date='06-Sep-2009 15:59']Thanks for the replies. So where do I go from here? I'm assuming I will have to find someone to A) let me use their external disk drive and burn the Win 7 install .ISO to a disk (right?)[/quote]
    You are certainly right that you have to find a bootable installation disk for either Windows XP or Windows 7.

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    Since you have Windows 7 up and running, do you have the RTM "ISO" file yet?
    It by default will self burn a DVD using Windows 7 BETA, so I would think the the RTM would also.

    All I had to do was double click the ISO file and the DVD burner wizard started to to burn the bootable DVD.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    [quote name='DaveA' post='792369' date='06-Sep-2009 19:27']Since you have Windows 7 up and running, do you have the RTM "ISO" file yet?
    It by default will self burn a DVD using Windows 7 BETA, so I would think the the RTM would also.

    All I had to do was double click the ISO file and the DVD burner wizard started to to burn the bootable DVD.[/quote]

    That's just the problem. I don't have windows 7 running. I've figured that I'm going to have to buy an external disk drive and use another computer to download the .ISO as well as burn it to a disk. Once I get all that done, will I have to reinstall 7? How can I make sure this won't happen again?

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    [quote name='ekim' post='792372' date='07-Sep-2009 01:02']How can I make sure this won't happen again?[/quote]
    Create an image backup of each disk drive before you make any major changes. Then if it all goes wrong you can restore the backup.

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    [quote name='StuartR' post='792336' date='06-Sep-2009 14:08']You are certainly right that you have to find a bootable installation disk for either Windows XP or Windows 7.[/quote]

    This depends on your computer. I installed the Win 7 RTM on a netbook which has no CD drive just by copying the files that are contained on the installation CD created by the ISO to either an SD memory or to a flash drive, and I actually forget which. You could use LapLink or a network equally well. This is small stuff as modern storage goes: 4.254 GB for the 32-bit version. Run Setup and you're in business. (Edited to say that I have discovered that that is the wrong sum, but it's in the ball park.)

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