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Delete Windows 7 and make Windows 8 default.

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 + Windows 7 + Fedora

    Delete Windows 7 and make Windows 8 default.


    Before addressing my issue, I'm going to give a brief summary of how my system is set up. My hard disk is a basic one. It has three primary partitions and one extended partition. Windows 7 is installed on a primary partition, and Windows 8 is installed on the third logical drive of the extended partition.

    So here is what I want to do. I want to remove Windows 7 completely, and move Windows 8 onto the primary partition which was occupied by Windows 7. In other words, I want to clone my current Windows 8 drive onto the primary partition without I don't messing up my boot.

    And don't worry about Fedora being there. Its non-bootable at the moment (I was having issues with Grub booting Windows, so I deleted it and restored the Windows bootloader), and I can delete it if absolutely necessary.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8


    How about this, Make a restore disk from your windows 8 system, Fdisk your hard drive and restore the win8 system.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 + Windows 7 + Fedora


    Booting into Fedora isn't something that I'm looking forward to.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8


    You don't have to boot into Linux. In win8, go to control panel > recovery > and go through creating a recovery drive. It needs a small USB drive to boot from and a large USB or external drive to store the win8 image on, at least that is the way I did it. I had an old 1GB thumb drive that is now my win8 recovery boot device and a 10GB image on my external hard drive.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


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    All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.

    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Forums

    Do a full clean in command prompt.

    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums
    than
    Clean Install - Windows 8
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 + Windows 7 + Fedora


    @theog Deleting Linux is fine. But I do not want to do a clean install. I want to clone my current Windows 8 to the partition which is currently occupied by Windows 7.

    @drowe Your method seems interesting. I have two USB drives, 1 GB storage each. I have a 500 GB external hard disk as well, and I know how to create a bootable partition on it (That's how I installed Windows 8). Can you elaborate a little further? Its still unclear to me.

    EDIT:
    @drowe I have a Win8 installation image on my HDD, but installing from that would give me a clean install. I want everything from my current Windows setup (iTunes, Chrome, the customization etc) to be cloned to the primary partition.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8


    @drowe I have a Win8 installation image on my HDD, but installing from that would give me a clean install. I want everything from my current Windows setup (iTunes, Chrome, the customization etc) to be cloned to the primary partition.
    When you go through the recovery, you are given a chance to create a system image, the same as in win7. I did this a few days ago so I'm going from memory, but as I recall it lets you make a bootable usb (your 1gb) and then it lets you create a system restore image (?) on your attached 500gb drive. It creates a file called CustomRefresh.wim that is used by the boot usb you made to restore the image. I'm sure you can find better directions on here someplace, sorry I can't remember all the steps. I do remember it was very easy to do once I figured out it was in "recovery" rather than "backup".
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  8. #8


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 + Windows 7 + Fedora


    I've done that already, and I've already installed Windows 8 on the primary partition so that I have essentially two copies of Windows 8 running. But whenever I try to use the refresh image to restore my settings and apps on the newer install, it gives me an error with no error code (o.o)
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Delete Windows 7 and make Windows 8 default.
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