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Installed Win 8 on separate partition - want to uninstall?

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    Installed Win 8 on separate partition - want to uninstall?


    My computer was windows 7 (upgraded from xp 64 license). I bought the Windows 8 pro upgrade. I didn't understand the dual boot issue with installing the windows 8 on it thinking as long as I wasn't running the windows 7. I learned I have to have two separate licenses to keep the windows 7 and windows 8 installed on a dual boot setup.
    I also have a XP 32 bit license so I will install the windows 8 upgrade from it. I believe this is in compliance with the EULA. If not please let me know.

    When I installed the windows 8 originally, I had setup a separate partition, named it Windows 8, assigned a drive letter of W, and formatted the drive. I had read several directions stating to do it this way. I don't believe this is right as when I installed windows 8 on this partition, it didn't setup a dual boot setup. It just boots from the windows 8 partition and assigned drive C to windows 8 partition and reassigned a drive letter to my windows 7 partition. Plus on my windows 7 setup, I have a Raid 5 3 drive setup. Running Windows 8 my raid drive (pictures) don't show up. I know Windows 8 uses storage spaces. Not sure if this prevented the dual boot from not working or not??

    But what I was wanting to do is to remove Windows 8 and make my windows 7 my boot partition again. Then format the windows 8 partition and then make it unallocated. Then install my xp 32 bit on the windows 8 partition, update it to sp3, then install windows 8 on that partition, but I am thinking it should be an upgrade this time. But I am stuck at on how to make my windows 7 my boot partition again. The windows 7 partition says it is healthy and active and primary partition. Does anyone know what I need to do to make my windows 7 the boot partition again?

    Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
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    Here is my setup:

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    You have two active partitions with boot files on.

    Both Windows 7 & Windows 8 boot files need to be on one active partition for a dual boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You have two active partitions with boot files on.

    Both Windows 7 & Windows 8 boot files need to be on one active partition for a dual boot.
    How do I do that? Plus I was going to uninstall the windows 8 first. Then install my xp 32 bit, then the windows 8. I think I ended up like this by allocating the partition prior to installing windows 8. So if I delete the windows 8 volume and change the drive letter of my windows 7 (boot drive) to C, will it boot from windows 7?
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    If the boot files for Windows 7 are on Disk 0, & you mark E: inactive, maybe.

    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

    You may need to do a Startup Repair For Windows 7 to boot.

    How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    If the boot files for Windows 7 are on Disk 0, & you mark E: inactive, maybe.

    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

    You may need to do a Startup Repair For Windows 7 to boot.

    How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7
    Startup Repair - Windows 7 Forums

    Disk 0 is my Raid 5 disks... Do you think Windows 8 put the system files on Disk 0? The Windows 7 boot files were on Disk 2, E, Boot Drive. So it sounds like I need to try the startup repair you mentioned. Should I make the Windows 8 inactive or delete it? Also, I did do a disk image backup of my Boot Drive (where Windows 7 was running) prior to installing Windows 8. Would I be better to use that so my Raid system is still in order?
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    no thoughts on what to do? Sure could use some help...

    Thanks...
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    For the EULA, if XP64 and XP32 each have their own separate keys and XP32 is not a branded (Acer, Dell, HP,etc.) OEM key, then it's ok.

    Don't worry about assigning Drive letters, Win7 and Win8 will both claim C when they are the booted OS, the other drives letters will change as needed. It won't cause any problems with any other drives or where files are stored.

    First, re-boot and go to the Boot Menu (F12 during BIOS), select the HDD that Win7 is on.
    Confirm if you can still boot into Win7, if you can't we need to take a different approach.

    Only if you can still boot into Win7, go to Disk Management in Win7 and change 'Disk0 Data' to 'Inactive'.
    Reboot, it should take you to Win7.
    If it won't let you mark it as inactive, download Partition Wizard, install it.
    Right click on the partition you want to change to 'Inactive', > Modify > Set Inactive.
    Click the Apply button in the top left.

    Once the system is booting to Win7, then you can proceed with removing Win8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post


    First, re-boot and go to the Boot Menu (F12 during BIOS), select the HDD that Win7 is on.
    Confirm if you can still boot into Win7, if you can't we need to take a different approach.

    Only if you can still boot into Win7, go to Disk Management in Win7 and change 'Disk0 Data' to 'Inactive'.
    Reboot, it should take you to Win7.
    If it won't let you mark it as inactive, download Partition Wizard, install it.
    Right click on the partition you want to change to 'Inactive', > Modify > Set Inactive.
    Click the Apply button in the top left.

    Once the system is booting to Win7, then you can proceed with removing Win8.
    Thanks for your help. Ok, I went into boot menu, selected hard disk, then selected disk 2 and it booted into Windows 7. I got the Partition Wizard and set my raid dirve to inactive. Rebooted and it went straight into windows 7.

    To remove windows 8 is it best to just delete the volume or format the partition or some other way?

    So when I try to reinstall windows 8 will it put the system files on disk 0 again? Or was that because I had formated the partition prior to installing windows 8?

    Also, do u have any knowledge on Raid 5 on windows 7 and going to windows 8? I am not sure on how to set that up or if it won't work and I have to decide where I want to access my pictures from?
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