I installed WIN7 on my XP system in dual boot mode. Now I don't need XP and would like to get rid of it, mainly to reduce the size (and processing time) of the WIN 7 system image file.
There are numerous descriptions of how to do this in various forums, usually involving setting the WIN7 partition to Active then booting from the installation DVD and running various recovery tools. However I am not sure that these methods will work with my particular configuration.
My disk is partitioned as follows (as shown in the WIN& Disk Management console):
Partition 0: OEM
Partition 1: WIN XP (D:, System, Active, Primary
An extended partition containing three logical partitions:WIN 7 (C Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical DriveAn unused small primary partition.
TEMP (F Logical Drive
DATA (G Logical Drive.
There is also another disk that I use for backups(with E: and F: drives).
The problem is that you can only boot from a primary partition and my WIN 7 installation is in a logical one.
There seems to be three options:
1. Live with it, but shrink the XP installation to the minimum possible, e.g. delete the Programs folders. Question - what is the minimum I need to retain?
2. Find some relatively easy and risk free way of converting the WIN 7 partition to a primary one. Booting up in XP I have Partition Master that has an option for doing just that - but it fails, saying "No empty slot in the MBR table".
3. Extend the unused primary partition by shrinking the others, then copying the WIN 7 installation to this. I would then somehow have to rename the partition to C: and make it the default boot partition. I don't know if this is possible and if so how to do it.
Any comments and suggestions are welcomed.