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Removing Windows 7 problem

By Tomi-Wan
Oct 16, 2009
  1. Here's my problem,
    I installed the beta Windows 7 on my D drive and set up a dual boot with XP, worked fine.
    Now I want to remove Windows 7 completely. I did the uninstall to remove it from the start up option but all the files are still on my D drive and I can't delete them. Every time I try I get the error "Files are in use" message.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    XP is on C and Windows 7 was on D or are they both on the same drive?
     
  3. Tomi-Wan

    Tomi-Wan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    XP on C and Win 7 on D
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    In XP, right-click on My computer, select Manage, Disk Management and look for the D drive in the list. right-click on the D drive and select format... you might have to unmount the D drive to do this
     
  5. Tomi-Wan

    Tomi-Wan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    My fault, I forgot to say that I don't want to re-format the drive because I have other directories and files on there, just want to remove the Windows 7 directory because it's huge.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Move or copy the files you want to save to the C drive, format the D drive and copy the saved files back to the fresh D drive
     
  7. Tomi-Wan

    Tomi-Wan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I don't have the room to move them, was hoping to just delete Windows 7.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Can you copy them to a DVD or CD?
     
  9. Tomi-Wan

    Tomi-Wan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I'm talking 80 gig on a 120 gig drive and win 7 is about 2 gig of wasted space.
     
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