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    Removing the dual boot option

    I have a laptop that originally came with Windows 7 64 Pro. After MS release Windows 8 64 Pro, I installed it as a clean install in a second partition on the primary hard drive. It is now set up in a dual-boot configuration. I'm learning to use Windows 8 and would like to remove the partition containing Windows 7 and regain the space on my primary drive. I want to avoid having to reinstall Windows 8 and all of my apps again. It took me a while to get things set up the way I like and I have no desire to do it all again. Would someone be kind enough to give me step-by-step instructions to accomplish this?

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    Jim,

    Welcome to the Lounge as a new poster!

    What I'd do is this:
    1. Take an Image of the drive using a product like Macrium Reflect Free to an external drive JIC! Don't forget to create the recovery media!
    2. If you're not already using it download and install EASY BCD (Free for home use).
    3. Use EasyBCD to remove the boot entry for Win 7.
    4. Reboot.
    5. If all goes well on Reboot use a good partition editor like EaseUS Partition Manager, also free, to delete the Win 7 partition and add it back into the Win 8 partition.
    6. Done.

    HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Henthorn View Post
    I want to avoid having to reinstall Windows 8 and all of my apps again. It took me a while to get things set up the way I like and I have no desire to do it all again. Would someone be kind enough to give me step-by-step instructions to accomplish this?
    Jim,

    Hello.... a few questions, and comments on how i would proceed

    1. Windows 8 is installed on the 2nd partition ... I would "Image" both the windows 7 and 8 as a first step, and store them on a 2nd HD internal or external , or flash drive etc. Before proceeding with the Imaging ...set Windows 8 as "Default OS"

    2. Make sure that you have 3rd party Imaging programs recovery disk burned and ready to go

    3. make sure that you can boot from the "Recovery" disk ...BIOS setting...

    4. Boot into "7" and remove the Windows 8 partition ( Disk Management) and recover space to the 7 partition

    5. Re-boot and use the recovery disk to "Recover the Windows 8 Image" to the first position. ...now the whole disk


    There are other ways to do this each have there own "problems" associated with them .. Post back with questions Regards Fred
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