WinXP + 8 dual boot, XP is boot, how to remove XP?

By CorrND ยท 6 replies
Mar 8, 2014
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  1. I have a situation where I have Windows XP and Windows 8 in a dual boot with the OSs on physically separate drives. WinXP was installed long ago on an HDD and Win8 was added from an upgrade disc and installed on a new SSD. The point was to do a fresh install of 8 on a brand new drive and remove XP and the old/small/slow drive it's on altogether. Dual-boot was not my intention, it just seems to have happened because I pointed the Win8 installation to the new SSD.

    It appears I made a big error because Windows XP remains the primary/boot drive. I removed that drive from the system and obviously get nothing on startup.

    Anybody have any tips on how to simply make the new SSD with Win8 the boot drive so I can jettison the WinXP HDD?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Can you change the boot drive in the bios boot menu?
  3. CorrND

    CorrND TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried a quite a few suggestions online with no success -- I shied away from the ones that seemed more low-level than should have been necessary -- but I just followed the directions on this site and it was a VERY simple fix to my issue:

    Specifically I did:

    1. Create USB recovery drive from within Win8
    2. Shut down
    3. Disconnect HDD with WinXP
    4. Load to recovery drive
    5. Navigate recovery menu to the Command Prompt button
    6. Enter "bootrec.exe /fixboot"
    7. Enter "bootrec.exe /fixmbr"
    8. Restart

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  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Good. What you did essentially was totally remove the physical drive that contained both XP and the new multi-boot setup for win 8. Then you simply created a new boot loader for Win 8 alone - on the drive Win 8 actually lives on.
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  5. Benmar

    Benmar TS Enthusiast Posts: 32

    Goto my computer click my computer then go to properties, then select advance settings then go to start up and recovery then click edit under start up and recovery, delete
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    click save then the windows XP will gone now.
  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    @Benmar you keep on posting into older posts without reading the entries. This was completely solved. Also your post does not address the original requirement, which was to totally remove a small old HDD containing XP and the bootup files. Furthermore, your example is limited to XP. Win 7 and later have an entirely different bootup method. Your level of knowledge is such that I advise you to stick to things you really know about.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2014
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  7. hbernabe13

    hbernabe13 TS Rookie

    you should try bootrec /rebuildbcd
    Last edited by a moderator: May 16, 2014

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