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Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

What is the correct method to remove/wipe Windows 7 Beta for a clean install of Windows 7 RC on a multi-boot system.

At present I have four OS partitions, one of which is Win 7 Beta on drive H:, and three XP home on drives E: F: and G:, the Win 7 boot-loader gives the option of loading Win 7 or starting the XP boot-loader for previous installations. As I see it, I cannot just format the Win 7 partition as this will not take account of the Win 7 boot-loader on drive C:.

This particular problem will arise again for me in Jan 2010 when Win 7 RC expires as I shall not be installing a full release of Win 7 on this old computer.


RE: Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

If the Hidden and System Folder called Boot, and the Hidden and System File called BootMgr reside on a XP Partition I doubt you will have any problems.  You should just format the Windows 7 Partition from XP and then install RC Candidate into that Partition.  Windows 7 will use the original Folder and File first mentioned.

If these Folder and File are on the old Windows 7 Partition (which they probably aren't) then you can repair the boot loading files necessary to get XP (or Windows 7) going again via these programs.


Used EasyBCD

RE: Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

Thanks Linney

The file and folder you have referred to reside on drive C:. This does not have an OS on it, so I will format the drive containing Win 7 Beta, and in due course, when Win 7 RC expires, I presume that another format of the Win 7 RC partition plus the deletion of the folder and file on drive C: will remove Win 7 RC completely.

RE: Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

No problems with what you plan (famous last words).  The only problem you may encounter is one day when you decide to format C: as that sounds like the Partition which has all you booting files on it.  What's the betting that by the time you have finished with the release candidate that you will be loading the release to manufacture version of Windows 7 anyway but that, I suppose, may be on a new machine if your lucky and well heeled.

RE: Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot


plus the deletion of the folder and file on drive C: will remove Win 7 RC completely.
you will probably find that those files and folders will not allow themselves to be deleted... at least on my system they did not...


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RE: Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

If the Boot folder files cause a problem for you see this article concerning the file called BCD in that folder.

927392 How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment
to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista

RE: Windows 7 and XP Home multi boot

Thank you both for your replies.

As a precaution I have copied the Win 7 and XP boot files to a USB stick, which I have just used to reboot my system.
Knowing that I can boot from the USB stick, I can then format C: drive to clear everything out if required.



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