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  1. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10
       24 Dec 2015 #1

    How do i set my Windows 10 Drive as primary?


    Hi all,
    Today, I tried to remove my old windows 7 (installed in drive D), dual booted with window 10.
    However, I couldn't remove it because it was a System, Active, and Primary Partition.
    And my Default Windows 10 drive C was Boot, Page file, Crash Dump, and Logical Drive (as shown in the picture)
    Can anybody please help me out removing windows 7 and setting windows 10 drive as primary and active?
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,606
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       25 Dec 2015 #2

    Hi, the easiest way to manipulate partitions like that is to use a 3rd party partition manager, in particular the boot disk from one.

    Here's one:
    Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

    Once you have that and have configured your PC to boot from it, you should be able to manipulate your partitions appropriately.

    Here's a guide that should help.
    Dual Boot - Delete a OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

    You may find you have to run Startup Repair from a Win 10 installation medium.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 335
    Windows 10x64 15007
       25 Dec 2015 #3

    Type msconfig in the run box and you can set Windows 10 as your default OS and remove the boot entry from seven there. You can do whatever you want with the seven partition from within Disk Management.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,894
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 Dec 2015 #4

    cyberrufus said: View Post
    Type msconfig in the run box and you can set Windows 10 as your default OS and remove the boot entry from seven there. You can do whatever you want with the seven partition from within Disk Management.
    That won't help the OP because the partition the computer is booting from is located on a hard drive that he wants to remove/reformat.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,894
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 Dec 2015 #5

    Diggs, with both hard drives installed, install EasyBCD:
    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

    Scroll down on the webpage, click register, then just click download, you don't need to enter email address or name.

    Then under the BCD Backup/Repair menu, select change boot drive. Move your BCD to the first partition on the Windows 10 disk - the one marked D: drive 29.29GB in your disk management screenshot. Then you should be good to go. Of course don't reformat the Windows 7 hard drive until you are sure you are booting with the single Windows 10 hard drive.

    Changing the Boot Partition
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  6. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 335
    Windows 10x64 15007
       25 Dec 2015 #6

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    That won't help the OP because the partition the computer is booting from is located on a hard drive that he wants to remove/reformat.
    He can change the default OS and then boot into 10.
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,894
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 Dec 2015 #7

    cyberrufus said: View Post
    He can change the default OS and then boot into 10.
    You do not understand his situation. His computer is currently booting from a hard drive that he wants to remove. The boot files need to be moved off the hard drive he wants to remove and onto the hard drive he wants to leave installed. It doesn't matter how much he changes the boot menu on his old drive, which is what you are suggesting. because when he removes the old drive he will still be left without a partition to boot from.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 335
    Windows 10x64 15007
       25 Dec 2015 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    You do not understand his situation.
    Perhaps you're correct because I read it as simply an attempt to get rid of 7 and the partition it was on. Seems like a pretty basic dual-boot issue to me.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,894
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 Dec 2015 #9

    cyberrufus said: View Post
    Perhaps you're correct because I read it as simply an attempt to get rid of 7 and the partition it was on. Seems like a pretty basic dual-boot issue to me.
    Wait.... you are more correct than I am :-). The OP wants to remove the partition that the boot files are located on, not a hard drive the boot files are located on. Your solution is a partial solution because it will get rid of the Windows 7 entry in the boot menu but still won't allow him to delete the Windows 7 partition because the boot files will still be on it.

    He can't move the boot files to any of the other partitions because they are logical partitions and you can't boot from logical partitions. So on to the real solution :-)
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,894
    Windows 10 Pro
       25 Dec 2015 #10

    Alright Diggs, here's what you really need to do, now that cyberrufus has shown me the real situation. Install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

    Shrink your Windows 7 partition by 500mb, creating the empty space in front of it. That will make 500mb empty space at the front of the disk. Create a FAT32 Primary partition in the empty space. Assign it a drive letter like T for temporary. (only the drive letter will be temporary, not the partition). You can do all that in Partition Wizard Free.

    After you get an empty T: drive on the 500mb FAT32 primary partition at the front of the disk, then go back to post #5 and use EasyBCD to move the boot files from D: drive to T: drive. Once that is done and booting up, then you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to remove the T: drive letter - NOT THE PARTITION! just the drive letter assigned to it!. Then you can remove the D: drive partition - or reformat it for data or whatever. Honestly - your hard drive is a mess with all those logical partitions.

    I bolded and underlined MB to make sure you see it is 500mb we are creating - not 500gb!
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