View Full Version : Dual boot removal

23-07-2009, 09:20 AM
I have a Vista/Xp dual boot and I no longer want the XP.
To recover the space on the hard drives dedicated to the XP can I just format them from Vista?

Or is it more fiddly than that?

23-07-2009, 02:23 PM
That depends, which was installed first?

24-07-2009, 08:10 AM
No idea, I had it done at the last upgrade but never had the time to do it myself.

24-07-2009, 08:18 AM
Left click "Computer" on Desktop. That will show you the disks and their dispositions ie XP as C:, Vista as D:.

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24-07-2009, 09:58 AM
Vista is the main boot and the one I want to keep

24-07-2009, 12:44 PM
Is it currently using the Vista Bootloader?

If its using that and not NTDR then all you need to do is delete the XP partition then run msconfig>check all boot paths


Rod J
24-07-2009, 04:07 PM
I'm dual booting WinXP and Win7 here. Win7 converted the bootloader to the Windows Bootloader which I'm pretty sure is installed on the XP partition. I'd imagine you would run into some booting problems if you just format the XP partition. I'm assuming your system would have had WinXP installed first then Vista installed and that a Vista install would be similar to Win7. I might be wrong though.