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Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 7


tomw91

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Theog- don't know what I did wrong, but after deleting windows 7 partition, windows 8 went weird and now won't boot, just sits after I log in. The dual boot screen also appears, asking if I want to boot into 7. If I do a clean install, will this fix it?
 

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Did you convert C: Windows 8 to Primary.
 

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Thanks for your response. This hasn't worked though. It looked like it was going to - it did do some repairs but now just says it can't repair... I have run it around 6 times... Any other suggestions before I start afresh? If I was to remove the system partition and then run the auto repair, would it recreate without the errors?
 

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I had already tried this and received an error. I think that windows 8 was using system files from the windows 7 partition and now that's gone, it doesn't work- all of my customisation for the login screen, including my picture, has gone. I'm thinking that I'll use a mates pc to copy my stuff off (I have a hard drive to USB cable) and then install 8 again on a formatted HD. I did make a backup, but it was an image backup of the windows 8 partition, so restoring that will just leave me in the same place. Oh well, I live and learn...
 

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Hi everyone. Quick question- could you briefly explain to me what is relevant in setup A/B that does/doesn't allow for extending the partition using diskmgmt?
 

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Hi everyone. Quick question- could you briefly explain to me what is relevant in setup A/B that does/doesn't allow for extending the partition using diskmgmt?
You can only extend to the right.

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Ah ok, thanks for the info. I had win7 on the laptop, then i wanted to try win8 so dual booted it. Now i want to keep 8, i have deleted the 7 volume, and unfortunately it's to the left of win8. I tried the diskpart command method in dos prompt, but that didn't work either, when i issued the extend command it just gave me the 'less than minimum size' error. So I'm now (probably wisely) backing everything up in advance of using partition assistant to move the win8 partition.
 

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That's odd, ive moved and resized the partition to the full extent of the unallocated space, and, although it was successful (after a long wait), everything ended up ok and windows 8 now boots ok, in disk management ive now got an unallocated space to the left of win8, of 933mb?
 

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First, a little info about my system. It is a self-built desktop therefore it does NOT have a recovery partition. Components - ASUS P8Z77-V mobo (UEFI), Ivy Bridge i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, 224GB Intel SSD for OS, 3 x 1TB data HDDs.

OS was W7 Ultimate. I dual booted to all the W8 previews, and RTM as soon as it was available on TechNet. I was happy enough with W8 to decide I would eventually delete W7. While the SSD is a comparatively recent addition it was set up to dual boot W7 & W8. The current W8 installation is a $40 W8 upgrade (not the full TechNet issue) originally on a separate partition on the SSD (while dual-booting.) I kept the dual-boot as one of the programs I use (ClickBook) wasn't compatible with W8, but W8 was my default boot. Then Blue Squirrel issued a beta upgrade to ClickBook which ran successfully on W8.

So - I decided that I didn't need W7 any more. I ensured that the boot files were in the W8 partiton, then wiped the W7 partiton, and resized the W8 partition to the full size of the SSD.

All appeared OK, until I tried to run the ClickBook app. While it starts and appears to run OK no pages are delivered to the (virtual) ClickBook printer. The ClickBook developers haven't been able to locate any issue, or suggest a fix.

I have a 3 month-old Dell XPS 14 which came with W7 pre-installed. I used a W8 upgrade to overwrite the W7 installation on that machine. Installed the ClickBook beta on that and it works and prints OK. Note that I did not attempt to set up a dual boot system on the lappy, just overwrote W7.

That made me wonder if the W8 installation on my desktop was linking to a file/library in the W7 installation while it was still present, and now can't find it. No error message appears. I am not conversant with chasing errors in the "Event Viewer" but do not see anything that I recognise as related to ClickBook.

Another thing which makes me suspect missing files/links is that when I tried to make a repair disk (since deleting the W7 partition) I received an error message that W8 couldn't find necessary files.

All this is leading up to my real question to the forum - can I use the repair function on a full W8 DVD from TechNet to repair my current installation? Without losing all my applications?

A related question - if I have to re-install (from the full TechNet DVD) will the Upgrade key be accepted?
 
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Imod said:
All this is leading up to my real question to the forum - can I use the repair function on a full Windows 8 DVD from TechNet to repair my current installation? Without losing all my applications?
YES & NO.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2293-refresh-windows-8-a.html

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This can be overcome by creating a Custom Recovery Image:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3610-refresh-windows-8-create-use-custom-recovery-image.html

A related question - if I have to re-install (from the full TechNet DVD) will the Upgrade key be accepted?
YES.
you can do a clean install:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13375-clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.html




ASUS P8Z77-V mobo (UEFI), Ivy Bridge i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, 224GB Intel SSD for OS,
As you a UEFI/ BIOS firmware:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...e-firmware-interface-install-windows-8-a.html
Than do the Refresh part of above tutorial.
 

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Thank you, theog. I'll attempt creating a Custom Recovery Image later - I hadn't noticed that tutorial. Thanks for the pointers.
 

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    Asus P8Z77-V
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    Gigabyte GeForce 650Ti+ Gigabyte GeForce 210
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RefreshImage was created and registered successfully. I read the tute -creating a Custom Recovery Image and the following discussion while the image was being created.
While I think that booting from the (TechNet) DVD and performing the refresh from there will insert any missing Windows files ("Repair Disk" reported that necessary files were missing) I am not certain if I am correct. A confirmation will be appreciated.
 

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    PC/Desktop
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    Intel i5 3570K
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z77-V
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GeForce 650Ti+ Gigabyte GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    Creative X-Fi Elite
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung SMS24A50 / 1 x SamsungXL20
    Screen Resolution
    2 x 1920 x 1200 / 1 x 1600 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    Intel SSD 240GB;
    Hitachi HDS721010DLE630
    Seagate ST31000524AS 1 TB
    Samsung HD103SJ (1TB)
    Crucial 128GB m4 SSD
    PSU
    Corsair 600W
    Case
    CoolerMaster Storm
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    Air - Fans
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    Microsoft 7000
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    Very variable !
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robert66

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@theog Hello sir, I have the (B) setup exactly the same as in pictures except drive letters are different, in my case C is windows 7 and win8,1 is on D , I just wanted to ask can you at least confirm that it worked for you extending the windows 8 partition to the left side using Paragon Software? and one other thing, in the end did the 350MB system reserved just appear from nowhere? because now as it is I can't seem to find where the 350MB of windows 8 is I don't see it in disk management i see only 100MB of windows 7. I'm not asking step by stem tutorial I don't want to bother you but if you can please confirm that the (B) setup went withot problems ?

Thank you
 

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@theog Hello sir, I have the (B) setup exactly the same as in pictures except drive letters are different, in my case C is windows 7 and win8,1 is on D , I just wanted to ask can you at least confirm that it worked for you extending the windows 8 partition to the left side using Paragon Software? and one other thing, in the end did the 350MB system reserved just appear from nowhere? because now as it is I can't seem to find where the 350MB of windows 8 is I don't see it in disk management i see only 100MB of windows 7. I'm not asking step by stem tutorial I don't want to bother you but if you can please confirm that the (B) setup went withot problems ?

Thank you
As you installed Windows 7 first to have the 100mb partition. (B setup)

Paragon software works fine.

partitions

Partition 1 = 100mb
Partition 2 = Windows 7 (delete this partition)
Partition 3 = Windows 8

Not test with Windows 8.1, as only come out 8 hours ago.
 
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@theog Hello sir, I have the (B) setup exactly the same as in pictures except drive letters are different, in my case C is windows 7 and win8,1 is on D , I just wanted to ask can you at least confirm that it worked for you extending the windows 8 partition to the left side using Paragon Software? and one other thing, in the end did the 350MB system reserved just appear from nowhere? because now as it is I can't seem to find where the 350MB of windows 8 is I don't see it in disk management i see only 100MB of windows 7. I'm not asking step by stem tutorial I don't want to bother you but if you can please confirm that the (B) setup went withot problems ?

Thank you
As you installed Windows 7 first to have the 100mb partition. (B setup)

Paragon software works fine.

partitions

Partition 1 = 100mb
Partition 2 = Windows 7 (delete this partition)
Partition 3 = Windows 8

Not test with Windows 8.1, as only come out 8 hours ago.


Well it worked I guess but a strange thing happened, there is no 350MB system reserved after I resized the win8.1 partition,
it is 100mb system reserved + (C ) 126MB with two hidden folders "$RECYCLE.BIN" and "System Volume Information"
I guess something went wrong my guess would be if I delete "System Volume Information" probably wont boot again

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robert66 said:
Well it worked I guess but a strange thing happened, there is no 350MB system reserved after I resized the Windows 8.1 partition,
it is 100mb system reserved + (C ) 126MB with two hidden folders "$RECYCLE.BIN" and "System Volume Information"
How did you make the 126mb partition?

You could delete the partition & add to the 100mb partition.
 

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