Remove dual-boot Windows 7+7

By lopdog
Aug 2, 2011
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  1. Hi!

    I'm currently running Windows 7 Profesional, and a few months ago I installed a second version of Windows 7 (Ultimate) for testing purposes. Now I want to remove the last version I installed, and go back to only Windows 7 pro. How can I do this without messing up the boot process, since the last version I installed took control of this?
  2. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 191   +10

    If my memory serves me right I don't think you can. I may be wrong but you may have to format and reinstall Windows 7 Pro.
  3. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 378

    The problem is that I want to avoid re-install, since I have a lot of programs installed and configured. Would it be possible to remove the new (windows 7 ultimate) partition, and use the Windows 7 DVD to repair the boot sector?
  4. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 616

    I remember seeing a 'Repair Master Boot Record' option when I latest used a Vista recovery DVD. You should check your recovery DVD for this option, and if it's there, you'd be pretty much set for removing the partition.

    Now, I have not done this personally, but it sounds theoretically possible. Thus I'd prefer to be without blame if something happens any way :eek: .

    When I latest did this with a dual-boot Ubuntu vs. Windows 7, I crashed it to smitherenes, and had to re-install BOTH operating systems. Luckily, I made an extensive backup on both OS' files. I suggest you backup everything important before proceeding.

    That was not because of a Repair MBR option, but because I ******* up GRUB (sort-of Linux's bootloader) btw.
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

  6. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 378

    Automatic repair worked perfectly, it took me 5 minutes. Thank you.
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    Your welcome :)


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