1.    12 Sep 2015 #1
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    Dual boot: Safe to delete 1 OS ?


    Hello !

    Currently, I have dual boot Win7 and Win10. And the only reason I have Win7 is because the drivers for a printer were not updated to Win10. Now recently HP did just that, and I no longer need Win7.

    The way I have it set up is that I have Win7 on one partition, Win10 on another (100GB each) and the rest is Storage. Is it safe to simply remove and format the partition that has Win7 on it ?

    Thanks.
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  2.    12 Sep 2015 #2
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    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by Marron View Post
    Hello !

    Currently, I have dual boot Win7 and Win10. And the only reason I have Win7 is because the drivers for a printer were not updated to Win10. Now recently HP did just that, and I no longer need Win7.

    The way I have it set up is that I have Win7 on one partition, Win10 on another (100GB each) and the rest is Storage. Is it safe to simply remove and format the partition that has Win7 on it ?

    Thanks.
    Go to MSCONFIG (Win key+r, type in msconfig)... will get something similar to this:Click image for larger version. 

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    Delete the OS you no longer want. Go to Disk Management, Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	37028and on the OS drive, right click the partition of the unwanted OS, and delete. Now unallocated , free space.

    EDIT: BACKUP FIRST!! Just good practice.... And after the steps above... reboot...
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  3.    12 Sep 2015 #3
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    As long as it isn't the active partition with the boot files the computer is using to boot with.
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  4.    14 Apr 2016 #4
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    win8.1 64b

    Commander,
    If it were the active partition would booting to repair then to command line and doing the MBR BOOT REPAIR AND BOOT/FIX correct things?
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  5.    14 Apr 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by trbodden View Post
    Commander,
    If it were the active partition would booting to repair then to command line and doing the MBR BOOT REPAIR AND BOOT/FIX correct things?
    Probably. Khi's recovery drive has EasyBCD and Macrium Reflect which both definitely could be used to restore the boot files.
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  6.    14 Apr 2016 #6
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    win8.1 64b

    Not familiar with Khi but impressed with diskpart and it's many commands.

    edit:Guess I meant bootrec
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  7.    14 Apr 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by trbodden View Post
    Not familiar with Khi but impressed with diskpart and it's many commands.

    edit:Guess I meant bootrec
    Navy is correct Macrium is excellent for finding and repairing the boot records on all partitions at the same time. Kyhi's rescue is here Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Page 43 - Windows 10 Forums and has recently been updated. Also, you can get the free version of Macrium here: Macrium Reflect Free
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