Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate

Posted: 01-26-2009, 09:35 AM

Hi,

Could anyone please help me uninstall windows 7 and retai
pre-installed Vista ultimate?

Could formatting the windows 7 partition from Vista solve the issue

I dont have the installation disc for vista. I was provided only wit
the vista recovery disc.

Thank you
Mahesh

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Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate


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Rick Rogers
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-26-2009, 10:50 AM
Hi,

You don't uninstall operating systems. Boot into Vista, format the volume
that contains Windows7.

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"mahesh_australia" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hi,
>
> Could anyone please help me uninstall windows 7 and retain
> pre-installed Vista ultimate?
>
> Could formatting the windows 7 partition from Vista solve the issue?
>
> I dont have the installation disc for vista. I was provided only with
> the vista recovery disc.
>
> Thank you,
> Mahesh.
>
>
> --
> mahesh_australia
lakmilis
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:40 PM

Ok well, 'retaining' Vista; if you mean to recover back to it as it wa
before W7, forget it. I believe, as I also downloaded the beta fo
testing, that it says upgrading is not possible or so (don't know, I'
still waiting for someone to help me with my vista slipstream fs)
Anyway.. But if you mean you want to use Vista Ultimate again but kno
that you have lost any previous Data.. then sure... all you do is whac
in the recovery DVD and run a 'reset to factory settings' option. Thi
way your laptop provider will format your drive and put on all the ol
stuff as was


mahesh_australia;950587 Wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Could anyone please help me uninstall windows 7 and retai
> pre-installed Vista ultimate?
>
> Could formatting the windows 7 partition from Vista solve the issue
>
> I dont have the installation disc for vista. I was provided only wit
> the vista recovery disc.
>
> Thank you
> Mahesh
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Gary Mount
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-26-2009, 01:58 PM
Your old install of vista should be found inside a folder called
windows.old.
You could move the three folders found there to the root of the drive,
replacing the windows 7 folders such as users, windows and program files,
and another folder if you are using 64bit version of vista, "program files
(x86)" or something like that.

You probably have to boot into a command prompt so that you can delete, move
or rename the windows 7 folders.
If the windows.old folder does not exist and you did not choose to keep your
old vista copy by dual booting, then you will have to utilize whatever
restore functionality was provided by your computer manufacturer.

I don't know what a vista recovery disk is, so I can't help you there.

"mahesh_australia" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hi,
>
> Could anyone please help me uninstall windows 7 and retain
> pre-installed Vista ultimate?
>
> Could formatting the windows 7 partition from Vista solve the issue?
>
> I dont have the installation disc for vista. I was provided only with
> the vista recovery disc.
>
> Thank you,
> Mahesh.
>
>
> --
> mahesh_australia
lakmilis
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-26-2009, 02:24 PM

I am meant to give W7 a go but right now I am waiting for someone t
help me out on some WAIK issues and structure on install on vista; bu
as far as I remember W7 demended a clean install. If that is the case h
won't have the windows.old.. Also moving it out to make w7 vista.. i
that what you mean? dear oh dear.. if that's feasible or anyon
succeeds, let me know.

recovery disc is basically OEM's screwing with the customer.. no
giving him a full copy of his OS he has purchased but leaving him wit
an image of the comp as installed by them with their partition info an
program list etc. If he runs it and reverts to factory settings, hi
comp is formatted and installed and configured as when he got i
(probably with home premium )

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John Barnett MVP
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-26-2009, 04:48 PM
As you state "Could formatting the windows 7 partition from Vista solve the
issue?" then one assumes that you are actually dual booting with Vista on
one partition and Windows 7 on another. If this is the case then, yes,
simply re-format the drive that contains Windows 7 and it will be removed.

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"mahesh_australia" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hi,
>
> Could anyone please help me uninstall windows 7 and retain
> pre-installed Vista ultimate?
>
> Could formatting the windows 7 partition from Vista solve the issue?
>
> I dont have the installation disc for vista. I was provided only with
> the vista recovery disc.
>
> Thank you,
> Mahesh.
>
>
> --
> mahesh_australia
mahesh_australia
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-27-2009, 01:57 AM

Hi John & Lakmilis,

I thank you for your input.

I created a new partition and did a clean install of Windows 7 withou
disturbing the existing factory installed vista partition.

Since installing Windows 7 made modifications to boot manager whic
displays the OS boot options after the BIOS information, do you think i
is safe to quick format Windows 7 partition from Vista?

You may give me the suggestion of inserting the Vista CD/DVD or th
recovery CD/DVD and choose Repair option. But since I updated the Vist
Ultimate to SP1, using the recovery DVD wont help changing to factor
settings. Is it possible to create a slip stream DVD using just only th
recovery DVD and SP1 exe file? I mean, I wanted to create a new recover
DVD for vista SP1 using my current manufacturer's recovery DVD & usin
the SP1 exe file?

Thanks again
Mahesh

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lakmilis
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-27-2009, 02:16 AM

(where's my quote buttons gone?

Mahesh.. slipstreaming a DVD is overkill... Luckily you have made
clean install on a different partition.. All is well and good then.

About W7 and bcd.. well.. I had two sata disks in my laptop and ha
Vista on disc1 , installed clean W7 on disk 2.. W7 seemed to just updat
the 'master disc', Vista BCD.. so when I took disc 1 out and moved sat
2 with W7 in slot 1, it wouldn't start. (So it wrote itself into th
Vista BCD).

Right.. In this case.. The simplest solution should be .. format W7 .
in fact.. why does it not even boot now you say? If somehow you
bootmanager has become 'corrupt' , then W7 should be fine on partition
and vista should be fine too...

Anyway.. ye the OEM's are chimps.. if you look for bootrec.exe yo
should get to a site which lets you download an image file of
'recovery manager' disc which includes bootrec.exe (I just copied i
from one of the discs once afaik). Anyway.. when you got that, burn i
onto a DVD disc (sure, can be RW), and when u r in console (just read u
on their site) you can do something like this on the vista drive

(in command prompt):

bootrec.exe /fixmb

bootsect.exe /fixboot (I don't really use this

if you have standard path C drive

c:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 all /forc

del c:\boot\bc

bootrec /rebuildbc

(reboot

even if your c doesnt have bootsector , this should work as long as yo
are on the vista drive in cmd and just doing the other commands but de
part.

Anyway... if this doesnt help, I will be more precise in my advice.
although by then , probably John or someone else has given you a mor
succint instruction

PS. I still don't get why though if you have dual boot, what th
problem is?

(have to look at your OP again) :

UPDATE: Ok,. if you mean you don't want W7 , just format it clean ye.
and if you mean W7 took over your BCD or for some weird reason your boo
doesnt work (you get some files missing error for example.. then do wha
I said above.

PPS. Try first to get into a command prompt in recovery with your vist
disc you have already! (If so, then you should have bootrec there too :

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mahesh_australia
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-27-2009, 05:34 AM

Hi Lakmilis

Thanks again...

I am going to
1. Format the W7 partition from Vist
2. Extend the Vista partitio
3. Re-start the computer to see if I can directly boot into vista

If not, I am going to insert the recovery disc obtained from m
manufacturer and I am sure it wont work as I updated my vista to SP1. I
this case, I will download the recovery manager and do as you say.

I will also try to create a recovery disc again from current Vista SP
& see if this works.

Will let you know the outcome.

Thank you.
Mahesh

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Gary Mount
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Re: Uninstall windows7 & retain vista ultimate
Posted: 01-27-2009, 12:19 PM
A clean install will move the old install into a windows.old folder.
I clean installed on 4 different machines and each time a windows.old folder
was created and the old install was moved to it.

"lakmilis" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> I am meant to give W7 a go but right now I am waiting for someone to
> help me out on some WAIK issues and structure on install on vista; but
> as far as I remember W7 demended a clean install. If that is the case he
> won't have the windows.old.. Also moving it out to make w7 vista.. is
> that what you mean? dear oh dear.. if that's feasible or anyone
> succeeds, let me know.
>
>
> recovery disc is basically OEM's screwing with the customer.. not
> giving him a full copy of his OS he has purchased but leaving him with
> an image of the comp as installed by them with their partition info and
> program list etc. If he runs it and reverts to factory settings, his
> comp is formatted and installed and configured as when he got it
> (probably with home premium ).
>
>
> --
> lakmilis
 
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