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Removing win7 from dual boot

  1. #71


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    Terribly sorry, Mike.

    I did mention that Mirac has done a lot.
    I see two ways to go, completely sort out the problem as part of learning and filling out curiosity, and assuming the PC isn't something he badly need to run his living. Or else, have the system ready to run and do the function

    But I agree with you on this,
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    Come on Mirac, I know you can do it
    Well I'm on it.

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  2. #72


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    attempting to run Windows Consumer Preview


    Here's the deal. I have NO data backed up. Meeting for which I need documents has been moved to next friday. I will do the following, you tell me if thats possible:
    I will start Win8 install, remove all windows except original ones by deleting partitions, cancel installation, boot original windows to back up my data, and then do a fresh install.
    Can that be done?

    And I am not so sure I'd like to mess with partition table. Thanks to stuff like that, I no longer can't boot the computer...
    And what do you mean by I've done a lot?

    Edit: And I like experimenting, but top priority is to get my documents right now. After all, it is MY personal computer.
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  3. #73


    Posts : 146
    attempting to run Windows Consumer Preview


    Friend couldn't burn the dvd, but I found old Windows 7 installation dvd. Why can't I boot from it?
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  4. #74


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    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Mirac7 said:
    And I like experimenting, but top priority is to get my documents right now
    Assuming that those files are still on that computer, all you need to do it upon a cold boot press the F8 key (tap it a couple of times)
    If done correctly, you will be presented with a screen that gives you a small DOS menu, select the choice of starting your computer in MS-DOS mode. Now once you are at the C: prompt type in the directory where those files are contained Example CD C:/ My Files then press enter. Note That is only an example, you have to see the direct path that your files are located. Once you are in the proper directory double check they are there by typing dir *.doc (you need to know your own files own extention). NOW if they are all there and under that extension, grab your USB thumb drive, insert it into the PC, now all you need to do is copy all your needed files to it. example cp *.doc D: and that is it, they will copy over to the D: drive (Note: D: = the drive your USB thumb drive is using, replace D: with the letter of the actual USB thumb drive location.
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  5. #75


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    attempting to run Windows Consumer Preview


    Nothing happens when I press f8
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  6. #76


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    attempting to run Windows Consumer Preview


    I talked to my informatics professor. He'll lend me a device with different tools which should help me. I'll see him on friday...
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  7. #77


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    Vista and Win7


    I don't know how far you got, but here is a tutorial I made on how to correctly remove a dual boot OS: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...delete-os.html
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  8. #78


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    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Quote Originally Posted by Mirac7 View Post
    Nothing happens when I press f8
    Mirac, you have to do it when you first start the computer. I tested this on a HP, and Dell laptops running Windows 8 DP, as well as my Gateway. YOU need to do it at the P.O.S.T. screen.
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  9. #79


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    attempting to run Windows Consumer Preview


    I know, Mike, but only 'delete' for bios, f9 for express recovery, f12 to choose which device to boot from works.

    EDIT: @WHS Windows7 is already removed, but thanks
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  10. #80


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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mirac7 View Post
    Nothing happens when I press f8
    Mirac, you have to do it when you first start the computer. I tested this on a HP, and Dell laptops running Windows 8 DP, as well as my Gateway. YOU need to do it at the P.O.S.T. screen.
    You may hit F8 (advanced boot menu option) a second after POST done. Before it, the keypress might still refer to BIOS if any. But it needs the installed boot manager still works on the start.
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