Removing XP from dual boot with vista

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  1. greshoff

    greshoff Registered Trader

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    Hi,

    I have hard drive with 2 partitions with a dual boot setup with vista &
    XP. How can I remove the XP boot, so Vista is the only booting OS.

    What I thought of doing is making an image of the Vista partition, then using Partition Magic formatting the Vista partition and merging it with the XP partition then restoring the Vista partition to the merged drive.

    Would this work if not howwould I go about doing this.

    Many thanks for any advice
     
  2. Fat Jez

    Fat Jez Master of the High Five!

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    You should be able to delete the XP partition using the disk management tools built into Vista and then extend your Vista partition into the unused space. Then down load a tool like Vista Boot Pro to remove the XP config from the boot loader.

    Cheers,
    Stephen
     
  3. Cosmo_1847

    Cosmo_1847 Kiss of death

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    I think what you need to do is remove the XP partition and then make the vista partition the bootable one. This can be done with fdisk or testdisk I think.
     
  4. greshoff

    greshoff Registered Trader

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    How can I extend the vista partition into the unused space, Partition Magic is not compatiblewith Vista

     
  5. Fat Jez

    Fat Jez Master of the High Five!

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    You can extend partitions using the disk management tools in Vista.

    Cheers,
    Stephen
     
  6. greshoff

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    That is good to know, it will make things easier.
     
  7. greshoff

    greshoff Registered Trader

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    Hi,

    I had a look in the disk management & the extend option is Greyed out.
     
  8. RND

    RND 40 posts in 3yrs!

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    I had a similar problem yesterday when I decided to remove Linux. Grub left a trace and therefore Vista was unbootable. I found this method saved the day:

    1. Boot from your Vista CD
    2. When you see Install button, click the repair one instead
    3. Open a command prompt
    4. bcdedit /export c:\BCD_Backup
    5. c:
    6. cd boot
    7. attrib BCD -s -h -r
    8. ren c:\boot\BCD BCD.old
    9. bootrec /rebuildbcd
    10. bootrec /fixmbr
    11. bootrec /fixboot
     
  9. Fireblade

    Fireblade Mental Modder[ator]!!

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    Whilst there are undoubtedly those who understand what you've said/done there RND, I wouldn't expect anyone else to go ahead inputting something like that, without knowing exactly what it's gonna do to their system!?
     
  10. RND

    RND 40 posts in 3yrs!

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    unfortunately, sometimes the solutions are not always easy. Basically, it restores the Vista boot system.
     
  11. Chenks

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    just tried your instructions and these worked perfectly.
    booting straight to vista now :D
     
  12. ojobson

    ojobson Donkey!

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    I'm using diskpart.exe to delete my xp volume, however I get told that the volume with XP on it is in use and that I need to use the OVERRIDE parameter to do it. Why is it in use, if use the override param then will vista still boot and is their anything else I need to know?

    Thanks.
     
  13. ojobson

    ojobson Donkey!

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    Tried the above but windows failed to start due to a problem with the boot record so I had to repair using the vista disc but now the boot record is on the Vista (C) drive.

    Do I now need to switch the active volume from D (xp) to C (vista)? how do I do that? After which I assume I will be ok to delete the xp volume.

    Thanks for your help - I have been searching all morning but the resolution for this problem isn't very well explained in the few cases its documented...
     
  14. Moira

    Moira Super Kustomer

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    I find it hard to see how you could do a non destructive repartitioning. You could just set the waiting time to zero and vista as the default OS? From Vista you can delete xp and format that partition. Try EasyBCD to easily manipulate the bcdedit file in Vista and remove unwanted XP entries.
     
  15. Aztec

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    i install vista & XP like this:

    install vista on raid0,
    unplug the raid array
    install XP on another raid 0 array

    plug all 4 drives in, then the bootsectors are seperate, press f8 at bootup and choose which OS to boot.
     
  16. Fireblade

    Fireblade Mental Modder[ator]!!

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    Welcome to last year :)

    And that particular advice will only help those who are running the same setup - i.e. RAID 0/4 drives.
     
  17. Aztec

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    Well it works, installing vista and xp on two seperate partitions is never a good idea in the first place.
     
  18. Westy5

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    Eh?

    That's what most people would recommend...
     
  19. Aztec

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    i mean on the same hard drive
     
  20. Fireblade

    Fireblade Mental Modder[ator]!!

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    That's still what most people do :confused: