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Windows 8 removal of Windows 7

By Bxolwel
Jun 29, 2014
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  1. I just installed Windows 8 for my Wife we bought her CPU from a guy of Craigslist. He had two copies of Windows 7 one usable with no key and one we could not even boot. After the install The windows 7 we could enter in gone but the option for the bad W7 is still a boot option can I remove this?
     
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,982   +909

    Let me understand you situation a bit better:
    1) You got a copy of Windows 8, installed it, but the broken copy of Windows 7 is still showing as a boot option?

    2) Did you just install Windows 8 on top of Windows 7 or did you clean install it (reformat)?
     
  3. Bxolwel

    Bxolwel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I installed it over the windows 7. however she had two copies of windows 7. One is still showing.
     
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,982   +909

    It seems to me like it overrode one copy but not the other. I do not know how to remove the other without completely clean installing windows. That will clear all data. Are you fine with that?
     
  5. Bxolwel

    Bxolwel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes that would be fine.
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,443   +220

    Where you might have gone wrong when you installed Windows 8 the first time was you didn't delete all the partitions during the process. Early on in Windows installation you will have an opportunity to delete all the old partitions, including any old system reserved partitions, until you only have one left. Please note that a new small system reserved partition will be created automatically when you install Windows but that's okay.
     
  7. Bxolwel

    Bxolwel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It prompted only keeping or removing all files. I did select all file removed. But that is only option it gave
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

  9. Bxolwel

    Bxolwel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Must have. So how do I fix it we have no important personal files on that computer
     
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    The best way would be a re-install. But you could use an application such as EasyBCD to edit the boot menu options. And then delete partitions or folders that may contain older installs, through the use of Drive Management in Windows 8.
     
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,469   +622

    DELETE every single partition you can as per above screenshot. They should collapse into one single big one (assuming one hard drive in PC). Then proceed with the install.
     
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  12. Bxolwel

    Bxolwel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So The lesson here was boot from cd not from windows 7 .... That is why I did not get option for Advanced options.
     
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  13. Bxolwel

    Bxolwel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Done and thank you!
     
  14. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,982   +909

    Glad your issue is fixed! Come back if you need more assistance!
     


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