I have a hd with win10 and win7. Cannot delete win7 partition


  1. Posts : 23
    windows 10
       #1

    I have a hd with win10 and win7. Cannot delete win7 partition


    I have a dual boot with win10 and win7 on the same 1TB HD. Disk management will not allow me to delete the win 7 partition. I need that disk space back! Delete is greyed out. How can I get around this problem?
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  2. Posts : 17,437
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    First, please post a screenshot of disk management and make sure to drag the columns wider so we can see all the data in the columns:

    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials

    It might be that your boot files are also on the Windows 7 partition.
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  3. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10
       #3

    Have you tried a third party tool, like the free version of MiniTool Partition Wizard (MTPW)? But first, as NavyLCDR says, you must make sure that you won't be shooting yourself in the foot, and making your system unbootable if you do delete that partition. Because you're messing with boot stuff (the easiest pathway to an unbootable system, when things go wrong), make sure you've got a current image backup and a bootable recovery device or DVD prepared before you start messing about.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Last edited by EdTittel; 20 Jul 2017 at 11:52. Reason: Remove redundancies
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  4. Posts : 23
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Here is the screen shot

    I have a hd with win10 and win7. Cannot delete win7 partition-screenhunter_75-jul.-20-21.01.jpg
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  5. Posts : 17,437
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    Your computer is currently booting from the Windows 7 Pro x32 partition. Delete that partition and you will break booting. Use EASYBCD to move the boot files to the Windows 10 partition. The System and Active flags inside the parenthesis of the Windows 7 partition is what indicates that is where the computer is booting from.

    EasyBCD:
    EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies

    Changing the Boot Partition

    After you change the boot partition, reboot the computer. Go back to disk management and make sure the Active and System flags move to the Windows 10 partition inside the parenthesis. Then delete the Windows 7 partition.
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