Remove Or Uninstall Windows 7/ Vista With XP Intact On A Dual-boot System

Remove Or Uninstall Windows 7/ Vista With XP Intact On A Dual-boot System

All Windows operating systems support dual-booting feature, wherein you are able to install two operating systems on a single machine and select any of them while booting up. If you have Windows XP running on your system, you may install Windows 7/ Vista as a second operating system to turn your PC into a dual-boot system.

For some reason, if you wish to remove the Windows 7/ Vista partition from your PC and revert back to the single OS, i.e. Windows XP, you may do so by following the below mentioned procedure. This procedure will efficiently remove or uninstall Windows 7/ Vista from your PC leaving the Windows XP OS with all the files and data intact.

Please Note that this tutorial should not be used if your dual boot PC is Windows Vista and Windows 7.

  • Boot your PC and logon to the desktop of Windows XP. 
  • Put the DVD installation disc of Windows 7/ Vista into the DVD-ROM/ CD-ROM of your system. 
  • As a second option, you may mount the DVD ISO image of Windows 7/ Vista onto any virtual drive. 
  • Open the Command Prompt or directly go to the Start Menu and select “Run” option to open the run command box. 
  • Within the run command box or Command Prompt, you need to type the command mentioned below and press the “Enter” key. 

[DVD Drive Letter]:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force 

  • If “D” happens to be your DVD drive, you need to type the following command: 

D:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force 

  • This step will basically remove the OS selection option from the boot menu. 
  • Next, reboot the system after removing the DVD disc. 
  • Your PC will now boot up with XP partition. 
  • All files and folders related to Windows 7/ Vista including Program Files, Windows and user folders need to be removed manually. You may also format the Windows 7/ Vista partition for cleaning it up instantly using Disk Manager, FDisk or any other third-party partition management software like EASEUS Partition Manager or Partition Magic. 
  • Finally go to the Window XP’s root system folder and delete the files “BootSect.BAK” and “Boot.BAK”. These two files are the backup surplus files of Windows 7/ Vista boot loader, which are no more useful in Windows XP system. 

Windows XP and Server 2003 use Master Boot Record (MBR) “NT52” whereas Windows Vista and Windows 7 use “NT60”. So, if you wish to uninstall Windows 7 from a dual-boot system having Windows 7 and Vista installed, you need to simply replace “NT52” in the above mentioned command by “NT60”, i.e. “[DVD Drive Letter]:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 ALL /force”.

A Shortcut to the above mentioned procedure:

You may also format the Windows 7/ Vista partition directly and restart the PC by running the Setup CD of Windows XP in order to fix the system partition. Alternatively, you may run the command “bootsect /nt52 c:” from the folder “\boot\” in the leftover operating system immediately so as to fix the boot partition.

While you try to fix the boot record following the un-installation of an OS from a multi-boot system, you need to use the installation DVD/CD of the higher version of operating system present on the PC for doing the repair.

For instance, if yours is a tri-boot system with Windows XP, Windows 7 and Vista and you uninstall Windows 7, you need to use installation DVD/CD of Windows Vista in order to repair your system. If you have restored your PC to only Windows XP, you need to use the setup CD of Windows XP.

Thumbs Up for the EASEUS Partition Master

Thumbs Up for the EASEUS Partition Master

Windows Server has come out with one of its best tools ever released. The Partition Manager that comes built in with the Windows Server is of great use and helps partitioning hard disks with great ease and efficiency. Microsoft has come up with an extremely smart application that supplements the Microsoft Server’s Partition Manager.

The EASEUS Partition Manager presents to you a diverse and robust collection of tools for drive management. This application is surely going to give stiff competition to Partition Magic along with various other drive partition applications.

 

The overall performance of this application has received thumbs up from its users and a part by part review of this application is given below:

The Interface of this program receives an impressing 4 stars. The applications first sight gives an impression of it being century old, but once you use it you get the actual feel of this awesome application. Its application and working is highly impressive.

It works exactly like the Partition Magic, but with a different name. The buttons and fields of this program are clear and can be identified easily. Even if you’re a first time user, you will easily be able to get a successful result. This highlights the user friendliness of this application, which is a very important aspect for a product to be successful.

 

The Features of this program get a full 5 stars. The Move and Resize Feature allows partitions to be resized in two ways: First, by dragging the left or right frame of the partition and get the desired size.

 You can also type the actual desired amount of the drive. In this way of obtaining a partition you just need to type in the exact size of the new disk (in bytes) and the results are obtained instantly. This operation is performed flawlessly and runs faster than the other application Partition Magic.

The Create and Delete Partition feature of this application helps us create a partition from the unallocated space of our hard drive. This function can also be carried out by other disk management tools, but what differentiates them is the ability to resize unallocated space while creating a partition.

 

It also allows deletion of partitions. The “Delete Partition & Destroy Data” feature helps us remove partitions completely and not allowing it to be recovered.

The Partition and Disk Copy feature is of great utility. It can also be classified as backup. A same disk or partition can be obtained using this feature of this application.

Some of the other useful features are format partition, convert partition, explore partition, unhide and hide partition etc. If you are confused and are unable to use any of the feature, then there’s a user guide to help you successfully play with your disk.

The System Requirement aspect of this program gets 5 stars. It is compatible with all the previous as well as current versions of Windows Operating Systems.

 

The Technical Support also gets 4 stars. As the support is based in China, the results will be obtained after 12 hours of your request. It only provides e-mail support. It also gives you an impressive thirty days cash back guarantee.

The Partition Master from EASEUS doesn’t provide support to dynamic disks. In fact none of such applications provide this feature. The hardware RAID feature of this application makes up for this loss.

The overall rating of this impressive application is 4.5 stars. You can download the trial version for free, whereas the full version or the server edition will cost you 149 US$. You can avail more information of this product from the following here