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#1 zzzz

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 12:07 PM

format my computer HDD which contains a dual boot Win 7 and an unwanted XP OS? (I know that to delete that XP is not an easy task so have left it there)

 

I assume if I just do the upgrade the Win 10 will just overwrite the Win 7 partition and leave the unwanted XP still taking up space?

 

So, can I put the Win 10 on an external drive and use that, somehow, to load it onto the formatted computer HDD?

 

Thanks for advice.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 12:14 PM

Hi zzzz :)

It would be easier if you made a bootable installation media (CD, DVD or USB) with the Windows 10 .iso, boot from it and then use a Custom installation to delete all your current partitions, create just one and then install Windows 10 on it.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 12:48 PM

Yep, ^^^^ or if you don't trust hard drives like i do, then you can split into 2 partitions one for the OS, and the other for your saved data, makes it easy when it comes to os reinstalls.



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 02:18 PM

Thanks for those responses.

 

I don't know how MS is going to present this 'upgrade' . How will I access this bootable Win 10 .iso? Will they present it in such a format ? Or is it the usual way?

 

I'm rather a novice in these aspects. I did make one for Linux Mint some time ago  but I could never get it to work. 



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 02:34 PM

Are you talking about the Windows 10 upgrade? If you reserved your Windows copy via the "Get Windows 10" app from the KB3035583, the Windows 10 upgrade will be downloaded locally on your system, and on completion, you'll be prompted with a message asking you if you want to upgrade now, or later. This won't be via an ".iso" form, but an in-place upgrade. Windows 10 .iso will be available online and from there you could create a bootable installation media. For now, you don't have to worry until July 29th since Windows 10 isn't officially released yet.

On a side note, if you want to get rid of your Windows XP partition, I can help you with that, it's really easy.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 04:10 AM

if you want to boot windows 10 from external drive, so have to migrating windows system partition or data partition to external drive hard , which is slow and painful process, because you have to waste a lot of time installing everything from scratch and tweaking all your applications and settings, but you can try to use AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to migrate operating system to hard disk without reinstalling everything.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 05:17 AM

He doesn't have Windows 10 installed already.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:06 AM

daisydiarys - interesting but I think I'll leave that alone!

 

Yes for the Win 10 upgrade there is plenty of time from July 29th.

 

Aura - expelling my XP partition is off topic here but I'd like to know your 'easy' method. Can you give a link to your method?

 

I know it is not just a question of deleting or moving that partition - Following instructions to set up the dual boot it had a 5 page addendum on how to get rid of the XP - it was quite tricky so I didn't attempt it.



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 01:06 PM

5 pages of instructions? It's basically deleting the partition and then expanding the other one using the free space you created by deleting that partition. It's really simple as that :)

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 03:05 PM

Well this is exactly what the instructions said not to do! This was some time ago and I can't remember the reasons now.

 

Unfortunately I am now abroad  until next week and cannot access that info. (it's all printed out). If I can I'll try to somehow get it to you for your comments - I'd be interested. 

 

In the meantime I'll see if I can look back in my history to get at it.  Until then....

 

Thanks for your attention on this matter.



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 03:16 PM

I found it pretty quickly. The instructions for 'deleting' XP  are in two parts, even!!, and are from 'Computer Shopper'.

 

Here are the two links:

http://www.computershopper.com/software/howto/windows-7/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-and-windows-xp/(page)/7

 

 

 

http://www.computershopper.com/software/howto/windows-7/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-and-windows-xp/(page)/8

 

What do you make of it?



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 04:28 PM

It's long for nothing. Alright, if you go in msconfig, under the Boottab, how many Windows do you see listed?

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 04:35 AM

One, the Win 7



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Posted 13 June 2015 - 09:15 AM

And if you go in the Windows Disk Management Utility, how many partitions do you see?

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 10:35 AM

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