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    Question Removing Win 8 Preview version

    When the Preview version of Win 8 came out, I installed it in a separate partition on my Win 7 Pro PC. Now that the Win 8 Preview will be disabled (at the end of Jan., so I heard), I want to remove that partition entirely and have only the original Win 7 partition. Simply removing the partition is not going to do it as removal of the dual boot scenario probably will be necessary. I've no idea how to accomplish it. In the past Fred Langa articles in the Win Secrets newsletter, he covered accomplishing this - perhaps not with a Win 8 partition. Now I can't find that newsletter and seem unable to find a corresponding entry in this Forum. Any help will be appreciated.

    Why am I removing the Win 8 partition? Although I like the looks and feel of Win 8, I don't want to upgrade at this time but will wait until I need a new PC with a touch screen. My current desktop PC doesn't have a touch screen monitor and I don't want to hamstring myself using the traditional interface.

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    Don,

    FIRST! Make a complete Image backup of the entire drive with a program like Macrium Reflect Free, don't forget to create the Boot Media as you'll need it if problems arise!
    Boot to Win 7
    Download and install a copy of EasyBCD.
    Run it and delete the entry for the Win 8 partition.
    Re-boot and you should boot right into Win 7.
    You can not use a partitiion manager like Partition Wizard Mini-Tool or EaseUS Partition Manager to delete the Win 8 partition and merge it back into one of your other partitions.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    You can not use a partitiion manager like Partition Wizard Mini-Tool or EaseUS Partition Manager to delete the Win 8 partition and merge it back into one of your other partitions.
    Did you by any chance mean "You can NOW..." above? If not, could you explain why this would not be possible?

    Thanks.

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    I'm sure he meant "now".
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Yes, my mind said Now however my fingers just can't keep up any more.
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    You can even use the Win 7 Disk Manager for this chore (assuming Win 7 was installed first which it appears yours was). Type Disk Management in the search box and choose Create and Format hard disk space.

    After you use EasyBCD to fix the MBR, simply right click the unwanted partition and choose Delete. You can then resize the Win 7 partition to reclaim the now unallocated space.

    To be honest however, Partition Wizard tends to be easier to use in my opinion. Just giving alternatives for those that do not wish to use 3rd party apps for these chores.
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