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Removing Win8

  1. #1


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    Removing Win8


    I have two internal drives on my desktop. I installed windows 8 on a new volume that I created on the second driveóthe drive that is not my main drive. Iíve decided that I no longer want it installed. To remove it, if I simply boot into windows 7 and go into Disk Manage then just format the volume that has Windows 8, that should take care of it. Is that the correct way to do it?

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    Before doing that, you'll want to post a screenshot of Disk Management so we can see how the system is setup. You might have to move the boot files. You might not.

    So boot to Windows 7 and run Disk Management from there.
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  3. #3


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    Just to add to the advice GMan has offered - assuming you've been dual booting - if you simply format the volume containing Windows 8, you'll still be left with Windows 8 entries in the boot configuration database. To remove this data you'll have to edit a file, either manually at the command line or if you're not comfortable with that, download EasyBCD which is a much easier tool to use. Let us know when you're ready.
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  4. #4


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Yes, it is setup for dual booting. Right now when I turn on my machine, it gives me the option of either booting into Win7 or 8. If I choose nothing, the default will boot into Win8. I would send you a screen shot of Disk Management, but I don't know how to do that. Would you let me know. And I did download EasyDCD--the free version. So if you let me know how to send you the screen shot, I'll do it. I've often wondered how to send a screen shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    Yes, it is setup for dual booting. Right now when I turn on my machine, it gives me the option of either booting into Win7 or 8. If I choose nothing, the default will boot into Win8. I would send you a screen shot of Disk Management, but I don't know how to do that. Would you let me know. And I did download EasyDCD--the free version. So if you let me know how to send you the screen shot, I'll do it. I've often wondered how to send a screen shot.
    Method 1: Press Ctrl + Print Screen. Then go to start menu. Type paint and press enter. In Paint, ctrl + v to paste. <<<Works on Windows 7 and 8

    Method 2: In start menu, type snipping tool then press enter. <<< Works on Windows 7 and 8

    Method 3: Windows key + Print Screen automatically makes a screenshot in your user account pictures folder. <<<Only works on Windows 8
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    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I did capture a screen shot and saved it as a GIF file.Click image for larger version I hope I'm doing this right.
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    Cool deal. Yeah, you have a 100 MB system partition created when 7 was installed. You don't need any special advice.

    You can simply format the Win 8 volume and then follow Calico's helpful post.
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  8. #8


    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks to both of you. Everything is back to the way I want it!
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