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Accidentally installed extra Winodws on Recovery Drive

  1. #1


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    Accidentally installed extra Winodws on Recovery Drive


    Hi, I accidentally installed two systems on my recovery drive (Windows 7, and WIndows 8) and I want to remove Windows 7 from it. How do I do it?



    Initially, my computer came with Windows 7.


    Then, I upgraded it to Windows 8, using the download from Microsoft website.


    I was having some issues, so I thought I wanted to switch back to the factory default setting of Windows 7. At that time, I didn't know I could use Recoery Drive to get back to the clean-slate of Windows 8. It's a new computer and my old computer didn't have recovery drive.


    But instead of going back to default factory setting of the computer, using the CD-ROM that came with the computer originally, I accidentally installed Windows 7 on Recovery Drive together with Windows 8 that had been already there.


    Now I constantly get a reminder in the lower right bottom corner telling me the Recovery Drive is full.
    I also need to pick which OS I want to use every time at the bootup. In addition, I get an error sign when I boot up the computer saying "Invalid system disk; replace the disk and then press any key." I don't know what this means so I just press a key and it takes me to the screen to choose between two systems. It is annoying.


    My question is: how do I remove Windows 7 from my recovery drive?


    I now want to go clean-slate with Windows 8 and 8 only. I have all the data backed up in external hard drive and ready to do this.

    Please help.

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Please post a screenie of the contents of your recovery drive.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8


    Thanks so much for your response, SIW2. I'm attaching the screenshot of the recovery drive. Click image for larger version
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  4. #4


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    Can you boot into win 7, then get another screenie of the recovery drive from win7.

    This time make sure hidden files and protected os files are showing. (You can do that in folder options )

    You will need a few screenies to show what is inside each of those yellow folders.
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  5. #5


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You might tell us what make and model the machine is also.
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  6. #6


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by manatee View Post
    Hi, I accidentally installed two systems on my recovery drive (Windows 7, and WIndows 8) and I want to remove Windows 7 from it. How do I do it?



    Initially, my computer came with Windows 7. (PC one)


    Then, I upgraded it to Windows 8, using the download from Microsoft website.


    I was having some issues, so I thought I wanted to switch back to the factory default setting of Windows 7. At that time, I didn't know I could use Recoery Drive to get back to the clean-slate of Windows 8. It's a new computer and my old computer didn't have recovery drive.
    (PC two)

    But instead of going back to default factory setting of the computer, using the CD-ROM that came with the computer originally, I accidentally installed Windows 7 on Recovery Drive together with Windows 8 that had been already there.


    Now I constantly get a reminder in the lower right bottom corner telling me the Recovery Drive is full.
    I also need to pick which OS I want to use every time at the bootup. In addition, I get an error sign when I boot up the computer saying "Invalid system disk; replace the disk and then press any key." I don't know what this means so I just press a key and it takes me to the screen to choose between two systems. It is annoying.


    My question is: how do I remove Windows 7 from my recovery drive?


    I now want to go clean-slate with Windows 8 and 8 only. I have all the data backed up in external hard drive and ready to do this.

    Please help.
    Welcome to EightForums.

    Your post talks about two PC's.

    I will talk one PC, new PC Pre-installed with Windows 8.

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the OEM version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?



    You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.
    Most OEM's will ship Recovery DVD's for FREE, (may be a postage fee)

    For better help with problems, Can you post your specs for the PC with Pre-installed Windows 8.

    Filling out System Specs - Windows 7 Help Forums

    System Info - See Your System Specs - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8


    Click image for larger versionHi, SIW2, thanks again for your responses.

    I took the screenshot of Recovery Drive from Windows 7 portion of the computer, with hidden files showing. If you can let me know which folder you want to look into, I can get screenshots for those too.

    My machine is Dell Vostro 270s, Windows 7 Professional SP1, 64 bit. Windows 7 is what this originally came with, and I upgraded it to Windows 8 and now ... things are as I described in the initial post.

    theog, thanks for your response, too. I'm actually dealing with just one computer. Sorry if my initial post was confusing.
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    As you have upgrade Windows 8, the Dell Recovery Partition is of NO use.

    Did you make your Dell Recovery DVD's for Windows 7?

    Did you make the Windows 8 upgrade DVD?

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html


    Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I would have expected a sources directory on the recov part.

    They must have the recovery wim (s) somewhere else.

    Let's find it.

    While booted into 7, run this .cmd file and post up the text file it creates.

    KD.zip
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  10. #10


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8


    Hi theog, thanks for your response.

    I have Windows 7 CD that came with the computer when I bought it.

    I also made Windows 8 copy on a USB flash drive - I made it by following the instructions that came when I upgraded.

    The link you provided "Dual Boot Windows 7 and 8 - Delete Windows 7" seems promising. I have a question, though. After I remove Windows 7 using Disk Management, will my computer still have recovery partition with Windows 8? This may be a stupid question, but I appreciate your input.
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