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#1 mikey11

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:31 PM

I have attached a picture of the screen options i am getting everytime i boot up a windows vista computer.....i have to choose every time to boot up windows vista or windows 7 (recovered)

 

the computer works perfectly fine when i choose vista (its a licensed windows vista computer)

 

the windows vista OS is only about 4 months old installed on this hard drive and its activated,

 

at one point in time i connected a hard drive from another computer via USB to this computer with windows 7 on it to do some repair work on the windows 7 drive, but i never copied anything (that i know of) to my hard drive,

 

i have checked the partitions on the drive and there are none, there are no seperate windows 7 partitions,

 

how do i get rid of this? and why is it doing this?....it sounds like there are two OS now installed on the computer? but to my knowledge there are not,

 

i dont really wanna wipe the drive if i dont have to

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 01:15 PM

Try going to system configuration >boot tab. (You can get to it from either administrative tools, or typing msconfig in the search box).

if there is a windows 7 option, highlight and delete that option. Press ok and restart. See if that removes your problem.  


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 01:33 PM

Try going to system configuration >boot tab. (You can get to it from either administrative tools, or typing msconfig in the search box).

if there is a windows 7 option, highlight and delete that option. Press ok and restart. See if that removes your problem.  

 

 

thanks a lot, that worked!

 

one additional question.....do you think there is windows 7 software now on the drive that could be removed?

 

the only reason i ask is because after this happened it seemed like a lot more hard drive space was taken up (and still is) then normal



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 07:54 PM

How much space are you talking about?  

 

Just to clarify, You booted into Windows 7 when you hooked up the other drive?

 

I would think that just boot manager was changed when you were working with the other drive.  I see no reason why 7 would have installed anything on your Vista partition.  In a dual boot configuration, the 2 OS's are completely separate, whether on a different partition or a different HD.  Also, if your Vista installation was accidentally changed, you would be having all kinds of problems. 

 

You probably just started to notice the hard drive space more after this happened.  (System Restore alone can eat up 20-25GBs in a couple of weeks on a 250GB HD, before it starts deleting old restore points).

 

If your system's running well I would suggest you just stick to a regular maintenance routine, (i.e. updates, cleanups, scheduled defrags, chkdsk /f, etc.)  

 

Don't know if you use CCleaner, but I highly recommend it. (though i would disable the new monitoring feature in options)  If you are lax about cleanup, you will probably get several gigs back on a default cleanup run.

 

Good luck, and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Mark 


Edited by MarkMCS, 12 June 2015 - 08:56 PM.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:19 PM

In addition to what Mark has said I recommend doing an Extended Cleanup:

 

>cmd, Run as admin
Type, cleanmgr sageset:01  Hit ENTER
In the window that appears check almost all the boxes.  Highlight each item, gives a blurb telling about each & whether ok to included or not.  Hit OK
Now, again, in cmd type, cleanmgr sagerun:01  Hit ENTER

 

This can, also, wisely be configured as a Scheduled Task to be run automatically daily.

Cheers,
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Edited by Drew1903, 12 June 2015 - 11:20 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 10:25 AM

How much space are you talking about?  

 

Just to clarify, You booted into Windows 7 when you hooked up the other drive?

 

I would think that just boot manager was changed when you were working with the other drive.  I see no reason why 7 would have installed anything on your Vista partition.  In a dual boot configuration, the 2 OS's are completely separate, whether on a different partition or a different HD.  Also, if your Vista installation was accidentally changed, you would be having all kinds of problems. 

 

You probably just started to notice the hard drive space more after this happened.  (System Restore alone can eat up 20-25GBs in a couple of weeks on a 250GB HD, before it starts deleting old restore points).

 

If your system's running well I would suggest you just stick to a regular maintenance routine, (i.e. updates, cleanups, scheduled defrags, chkdsk /f, etc.)  

 

Don't know if you use CCleaner, but I highly recommend it. (though i would disable the new monitoring feature in options)  If you are lax about cleanup, you will probably get several gigs back on a default cleanup run.

 

Good luck, and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Mark 

 

 

i never booted the vista computer from the windows 7 drive, all i did was connect it with USB to check out the health of the drive and copy some files, but the computer was always running with the Vista OS, maybe its my imagination that more dish space is takan up, thanks for your help


In addition to what Mark has said I recommend doing an Extended Cleanup:

 

>cmd, Run as admin
Type, cleanmgr sageset:01  Hit ENTER
In the window that appears check almost all the boxes.  Highlight each item, gives a blurb telling about each & whether ok to included or not.  Hit OK
Now, again, in cmd type, cleanmgr sagerun:01  Hit ENTER

 

This can, also, wisely be configured as a Scheduled Task to be run automatically daily.

Cheers,
Drew
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thanks i will try that



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Posted 13 June 2015 - 10:07 PM

You're welcome.

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