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    Undo Dual Boot Problem

    I have a problem you techie guys might help me with;
    I am duel booted with XP SP3 x64 and Win 7 x64 both are fully up to date.
    I now want to remove Win XP and install the Win 8 preview which I have downloaded from MS

    Following what I believe to be the correct practice, Win XP was installed first onto C:\ and I then went to install Win 7, but I could not get the DVD to boot, so I installed Win 7 from the DVD using Win XP. Win 7 now sits on D:\ , there is none of usual drive designation switching that you would get with this sort of dual OS.

    Just to complicate things a litle further each OS sits on its own drive in a dual 2.5" caddy with Win 7 on a 60GB SSD and XP on a 60GB Lap top drive.

    I know that the boot files for Win 7 lie on c:\ so I cant just delete Win XP because Win 7 would not then boot.
    So how do I get rid of XP and be left with a booting Win 7 system from which I can then install Win 8?

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    Fred, Welcome to the Lounge. it's always nice to see new members.

    First and foremost make an Image of your total HD before you start. This is the most important step.

    This will be a multi step process.

    Download and Install EasyBCD on Win 7. Use EasyBCD to fix the MBR prior to doing anything further. You can delete XP from the MBR and save the settings.

    EasyBCDBootMenu.jpg

    Then, prior to rebooting, install a 3rd party partitioning app (the Win 7 Disk Manager will not work in this case since XP is located in front od Win 7) I use Partition Wizard. Using Partition Wizard, delete the XP partition and Resize/Move the Win 7 partition to incorporate the XP partition. When you click Apply, you system will reboot, and Partition Wizard will delete XP and move Win 7 into that space. I have done this several time without a single problem.

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    After you reboot you should have a single partition with Win 7. At this point I would use Partition Wizard again and make the Win 7 partition smaller by about 50 GB to install the Win 8 CP into.

    Download the Win 8 CP and burn the iso file to DVD. Reboot to the DVD and choose a custom install and point to the newly created unallocated space and go to town.
    Last edited by Medico; 2012-03-12 at 18:08.
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    Thanks for your prompt response Ted.
    I have now downloaded & installed EasyBCD as you suggested someone else suggested VistaBoot Pro so I have downloaded & installed that as well. I have to figure it all out in my mind and all the angles on this before I commit myself, because of my cautious nature, and so I am cogitating about the next steps prior to committing myself

    Thanks again for your help.

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