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Removing Vista from Dual-Boot System Vista + Windows 7

Q: Removing Vista from Dual-Boot System Vista + Windows 7

Hey guys, I've been looking through the forum and found some similar posts, but wanted to make sure that I understand everything before actually proceeding. I have a HP HDX 16t which came with Vista Home Premium 64 bit. I used the Windows 7 Upgrade Disk to do a clean install of Win7 on a new partition (I only have one hard drive). I would now like to remove Vista completely. I am attaching a pic of what my Disk Management shows. Thanks in advance for any help.

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A: Removing Vista from Dual-Boot System Vista + Windows 7

This great new tutorial from Barefootkid will show you with pictures exactly how to accomplish this using the best partitioning tool for Win7: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Use Option One in the tutorial and substitute your Vista partition for the 100mb boot partition he refers to there.

Read the Note as once you delete Vista partition then Resize Win7 into its disk space and mark Win7 active, you'll need to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Win7 and start it up.

Back up your files and a system image externally as Resizing operations can fail although we have not had one fail in a couple hundred of these operations we have helped with here.

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I have a Windows XP/Vista dual boot machine. I have 2 hard drives, one contains the Windows XP operating system (SATA 0) the other Vista (SATA 1). I have decided to remove Windows XP. For the moment I have just unplugged the XP drive that is on SATA 0 and turned the SATA 0 drive off in the bios. Everything appears to boot fine although on initial boot up it takes about 5-10 seconds until the Vista boot screens appears, almost as if the computer is searching for something.

I plan to format the XP drive and use it to store data. My question is, is this an appropriate way to remove XP from a dual boot configuration? I am concerned that I need to make changes to the Vista configuration but I am not sure.

One last note in my system I believe I installed XP first then install added Vista to create a multiboot system.

I would appreciate any insight that you may have.

A:Removing Windows XP from a Vista Dual Boot System

the bootloader you are using is probably that of vista.. try booting with the vista dvd.. then go to command prompt.. type Bootrec.exe /FixMbr to fix vista's bootloader and try booting again..

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I've seen a lot of the threads that tell how to dual boot XP and Vista and even the other one today that tells how to get rid of the XP Partition.

But how does one get rid of the Vista Partition without hosing one's system?

A:removing Vista from a Dual Boot System

Getting rid of Vista is pretty easy as the system always boots from the XP drive initially - just format the partition. You'll then need to either FIXMBR or something to get rid of the boot menu from the XP drive (the details of which I honestly can't remember, though I'm sure someone here will enlighten!)

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I am trying to remove Windows 7 from my system. For humor's sake, I am having too many compatibility issues with Windows 7; so, for the sake of disk space, I am removing Windows 7. I am currently set with dual-boot Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows Vista Ultimate on two separate hard drives. Windows 7 is installed on C: and Vista is on D:. I am comfortable with losing all the data on the C: drive; however, after some research, I have some concerns.

I noticed that there is a system folder named "Boot" on C:/, that doesn't exist on D:/. This concerns me, I'm thinking the D: drive would not boot the system by simply formatting C: and switching the cables. Could I simply copy the "Boot" folder to D:/? I realize that there would be some boot manager editing required; however, I don't know what changes to make. Though I am comfortable with making those changes, if I knew which changes to make. I have used the bcdedit command previously, but simply re-typed what was already written.

Could anyone help me with this, I do not want to turn a 'congested' system into a 'non-working' system? I am running a Lenovo ThinkCentre M52 8113-Y7U with a Pentium 4 631. It is an OEM build. Vista is running sp1, though I am unsure about 7. I could find out, if necessary. I would greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks.

A:Removing Windows 7 from dual-boot 7/Vista

After you delete your W/7 partition, boot off of the Vista DVD and choose Repair Your Computer. This will do bootcfg for you and editing out the W/7 from the boot file.

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I have Vista on a separate disk from Windows 7. Windows 7 is on one of my partitions on the disk. I tried to format the disk with vista by going in to My Computer, and right clicking on the disk and formating it like that, but it says that Windows was unable to complete the format. I unchecked quick format and put the allocation to default instead of 4096 bytes.
I'm doing it this way because when I go to disk management, it keeps loading, but nothing is shown. I have had it open for a long time now, and still nothing is showing. All it says is "Loading disk configuration." When I close Disk Management and open it again, it stays at "Connection to Virtual Disk Service."
Virtual Disk Service is set to start manually, and it is started.
Is there any other way I can format the disk, or do I have to do it this way. I still want Disk Management to work though.

EDIT:I did some searching and I found out what the allocation unit size is. Is it better for me to decrease the allocation unit size if I'm using the disk as a backup?

A:Removing Vista in a Dual Boot with Windows 7

Download and burn free Partition Wizard bootable CD, boot it, select 1 for screen res, rightclick Win7, Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Now rightclick Vista to Delete, OK., Apply all steps.

Set Win7 as first HD to boot (after DVD) in BIOS setup.

Next boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7.

If Disk Management will still not open, run sfc /scannow as Admin. If this fails, then run a Repair Install

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With the help of this forum and the Partition Wizard I have successfully installed Windows 7 64 bit on a separate partition (H) on my hard drive and I now have a dual boot system. The other partition (C:OS) runs Vista 32 bit OS.

The problem I have is that all my programs, files and settings are on the Vista partition. So I would like to remove Vista and merge the two partitions so that Windows 7 has access to my existing data and programs.

I have read a number of threads re merging, etc but I can't find one that specifically refers to my issue.

Thanks for your help.

A:Removing Vista from Dual Boot but retaining progs on Vista partition

Hi Paul, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Your issue is a typical upgrade issue, Internet in general and our forums in particular are full of advice in how to do it. As there's no way you can transfer your installed programs to your new Windows 7 installation, you have exactly two options.

Option 1, finish what you have already started:Copy your personal files from Vista partition to respective folders on Seven partition. You can do it manually or for instance using Windows Easy Transfer. Notice that your installed programs will not work on Seven even if you copy them and their folders to Seven
Delete the Vista partition
Use the free space (old Vista partition) to increase the size of the Seven partition
Re-install all your programs

Option 2, start from beginning:Do an in-place upgrade install, installing Seven on top of your Vista instead of clean install to another partition as you have done now. This option keeps all your installed programs and files exactly where there are now, no need to re-install them


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I have attached the screen shot from Disk Manager which shows how I installed Windows 7 on a machine that origianally ran Vista.

After I used Windows 7 I have not used Vista for over a year so I moved the Windows 7 to the start of the HDD using Partition wizard and some instructions on the web.

I now want to delete all the vista files and stop the dual boot getting the PC to go straight in to Windows 7.

Grateful for any help - searching the web showed dual boot but with 7 as the secondary OS and not the primary.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3327 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 509906 MB, Free - 305018 MB; D: Total - 205479 MB, Free - 183636 MB; E: Total - 715401 MB, Free - 300404 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5Q-PRO
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Many thanks

A:Solved: Removing Vista From Windows 7 dual boot

Click the Start orb - type run into the search box - type msconfig in the run box - Boot tab - you can set the Windows 7 to be default and delete any other entries.

I don't know where the Vista is, but note that your Master Boot Record is in that partition Windows has labeled "E" in your first screen shot. If you are going to delete or format that partition you should make the Windows 7 partition be the 'System" one and use your installation DVD to repair the MBR.

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Hello all,

Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here....

I've got a dual boot system at the moment - screenshot attached of my Disk Management screen if that helps.

I would like to remove the Vista OS and reclaim the space now that I've transferred everything over to 7 and have a backup.

I've deleted the Vista Boot entry in msconfig's Boot section, and have looked at these posts on this forum but don't seem to be getting anywhere -

Dual booting vista and windows 7, want to remove vista all together

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

As you can see from my screenshot - E: is the old, 32bit Vista partition (system active, primary partition). C: is the new, 64bit Windows 7 partition.

I'd like to remove E, and expand C, but I don't have the option to format E: when I right click.

If anyone has any tips or can point me in the right direction, it would be most appreciated. Have downloaded EasyBCD 1.7.2, although from their website I don't see Windows 7 as being supported

Thanks in advance,

A:Removing Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Welcome to SevenForums, Darren!

It looks as if you have Windows 7 on a logical drive. While it is possible to boot to Windows on a logical drive, it would require the 100MB system partition Windows 7 creates on installation.

How hard would it be to start over? You do not want Vista anymore, so if you start the installation process, you can delete the Vista and 7 partitions, and create a new, Primary one.

Let us know if you need help, and we will be happy to assist you.

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I am dual booting Vista and Windows7 RC 7100. They are both on the same Hard Drive on different partitions. I have made the decision to stick with the new OS (Windows7) and give Vista the boot. So I want to get rid of the extra partition and revert to a single OS (Windows7). I don?t want to reformat the whole hard drive and completely re-install the windows7 operating system. I want to remove Vista from the dual boot menu and keep windows7. Then I want to format the Vista Partition. How can I do this and keep my present installation of Windows7 without having to reinstall Windows7?

Hope this is explained clearly.

FyrmnJ in Philly

A:Remove Windows Vista From Dual Boot System

Right-click Computer -> Click Properties. On the left panel you should see "Advanced system settings". Click that. You should be brought to the system properties familiar to NT 5.0 and 5.1 (2000 and XP). Click the Settings button in the Startup and Recovery box.

Vista and 7 no longer allow you to edit the boot file from here since it uses a newer boot system. This screen will still allow you to just boot straight to 7. Make sure the Default Operating System is set to 7. Uncheck "Time to display list of operating systems:" and hit OK. Now you won't SEE Vista as an option anymore.

Now it's time to REMOVE it. Right-click Computer -> Click Manage -> Select Disk Management. Vista and 7 use a separate partition for the boot record. DO NOT touch this partition. Find the partition Vista is on, right-click it, and click Delete Volume. Hit 'Yes' on the confirmation screen and you're done with Vista. You can now extend 7 onto that partition.

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I have a Dual Boot System with XP Pro and Vista. XP is my main OS. I need to remove Vista from my PC because it is causing some lagging on the computer. How do I remove Vista w/o damaging my Windows XP Installation? Please get back to me as soon as possible by email..[email protected]

A:Removing Vista on a Dual Boot w/ XP Pro

Format the partition with Vista on it, then edit the boot.ini on the c: partition to remove the Vista boot option.

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Just looking for some help with removing Vista so I can stop having to deal with low disk space. Here is what I want to do:

1. Erase partition D (Vista partition).
2. Backup partition E onto external drive
3. Erase partition E and the extended partition.
4. Extend drive C to take up the whole drive

I wasn't sure how to do it with the "System" flag being on partition D.

Thanks for the help!

A:Removing Vista from Dual Boot

Burn to CD free Partition Wizard bootable CD v.5.2: Partition Wizard

Now in Disk Management, mark C Active.

Reboot into Win7 DVD or Repair CD to Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own. System Repair Disc - Create

Boot the PW CD, confirm that C is now System Active. If so, rightclick E then D to Delete, click Ok after each. Now rightclick C to Resize, drag right grey border all the way to the right, click OK, Apply all steps.

In PW v.5.2 C should resize into Logical Free Space just like Primary Unallocated Space without Logical having to be converted to Primary first. If not, post back for further steps.

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Okay, so i have spent the past two days researching how to fix my particular problem and can't get a (consistent, good) answer. I am on a HP Pavilion laptop dv6000, which came with Vista (32 bit). I have since added Linux/Ubuntu on a different partition on the same disk (as a primary). Lastly i added Windows 7 Pro ... so i have a tri-boot i guess you could say. For some reason, the 7 was added as/on a logical drive. However it happened, i've decided to stick with 7 and remove Vista (I'm also considering removing Ubuntu as well, but issues with removing grub and dealing with the boot record etc have changed my mind on that). Problem is, i when i try to format the Vista part, i get the "Windows was unable to complete the part" message.

From what i've read in my googling, i'm assuming my MBR and bootsect and all that good stuff is on the Vista part. I'm also assuming my Grub and linux boot files are on the Vista part too. So, first i guess i need to convert the 7 partition from a logical drive to an active primary, which despite what people recommend, Paragon cannot do (option is greyed out). Then i need to somehow move the MBR over to 7? I'm googled out and frustrated, any suggestions? I've attached a screenshot of my disk manager ...


A:Removing dual boot Vista and 7

Instead of messing with all of this, I recommend you create a system image of your seven system and reformat your entire hard drive. Once you've done that you can format it the way you like and then place the image back onto the appropriate partition.

Granted you may still have to move the MBR and such but it'll allow you to keep all of your files and wipe everything out.

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I have a dual boot setup on 2 physical disks. the first install was Vista 64 bit and then i added Windows 7 ultimate 64. I would like to remove the Vista 64 so i am just using W7

I have tried to find info on the best way to do this but it all mostly talks about XP.

i know that my bootloader is stored on the vista drive. i know it is in boot\bcd
i don't know where i should copy this file too on the w7 drive. when i installed W7 i didn't use the option to have the 200mb drive created.

Can anyone please tell me the steps required please.

thanks in advance

A:Removing Dual Boot Vista 64

Quote: Originally Posted by dread74


I have a dual boot setup on 2 physical disks. the first install was Vista 64 bit and then i added Windows 7 ultimate 64. I would like to remove the Vista 64 so i am just using W7

I have tried to find info on the best way to do this but it all mostly talks about XP.

i know that my bootloader is stored on the vista drive. i know it is in boot\bcd
i don't know where i should copy this file too on the w7 drive. when i installed W7 i didn't use the option to have the 200mb drive created.

Can anyone please tell me the steps required please.

thanks in advance

It would be the best that you post a screenshot of your disk management to understand the situation correctly ( http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html ).

Roughly it can be said that as you installed vista earlied, it is the primary and system active partition. For the pourpous of recovery you must need the Free Download Partition Wizard . At first, download it and burn in a cd. Without this tool , the process will be very hard.

In if you upload the disk management window, it would be easier to understand the entire situation.

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Hi all,

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 System. It came with Windows Vista Home Basic when I purchased it 2 years back.

I installed Windows 7 as a dual boot with windows vista on it(with tut from here ) and it ran very smoothly. I am happy with my dual boot system. But off late, I am facing problem of low hard disk space(as seen in SS). This is because most of programs like MS office, few games, Acrobat, Winamp etc are installed twice, one in C: (Vista) and once in D: (Win 7)

Now I am very happy with 7 and want to remove Vista. Pls link me to a tutorial that can help me to remove it. I want to remove C: and E: (Vista's Recovery which came by default with system)

I want to retain my existing programs, settings in win 7 as it is. Untouched. I want to merge those C and E into one. Pls instruct me how to do it.

A:Removing Vista and its Recovery from Dual Boot with 7

Hello Inspiron15.


I just finished the new tutorial.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

I just started a tutorial today (8 Sept) specific to recovering the space from the first partition on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) how to recover C: into D: but it won't be done until later today, I hope.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below, in Option Two it shows how to recover that space though it's titled as recover the "System Reserved" partition but the steps are exactly same for what you need to accomplish.

The best way would be to do a partition specific wipe of the C: partition first, then recover the space into D: that is outlined in Option Three, it over-writes everything on the partition giving you the best possible space to recover into the Windows 7 D: partition.

Have a thorough look through the entire tutorial before you start to get an understanding.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

You will have to mark the D: partition as "Active" so that Windows 7 will boot independently, it is listed under Option Two of the tutorial above but this tutorial at the link below gives a better understanding of the process.

Do this first of all to get Windows 7 booting as "System, Active" first.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I had xp and vista installed on two seperate partitions that I created using parition magic. I went in and formated the partion with vista and used Partition magic to reallocate the space back to my c partition with xp.

The problem now is that I still get the screen asking which os I want to load on bootup. I have tried going into the recovery console and running fixboot, but I get an error saying can not find the system drive, or the drive specified is not valid When I run chkdisk it also gives me an error The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems

Does anyone have any suggestions to remove the dual boot screen?

A:Help Removing Vista from a dual boot configuration

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I have a Win8 / Vista dual boot - Win8 on SSD on C: and Vista on HDD on D: (data only on E: )
I have not used Vista since installing Win8 and now want to remove to free up some space and remove dual boot

Is there an option to keep my files on the drive but simply remove the Vista OS folder and remove the dual boot option? Or do I need to follow process here and "delete volume" and then copy all the files across again from backup?

If I do need to "delete volume"
my first issue is that this option is greyed out and cannot be selected for D: drive? How can I sort this?
also what do I do with 11GB recovery partition and 3.54GB OEM partition?

pic attached (hopefully)
many thanks

A:Removing Vista from dual boot with Win8

Physically disconnect the old Acer Vista HD Drive.
Make the Windows 8 SSD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.
Than do a Auto Repair first,

How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

When Windows is booting OK, replace the old Acer Vista HD Drive back in as Disk 1, & make sure you mark the D: partition on the HD Drive INACTIVE:
Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have Vista on one drive and Windows 7 on a separate hdd dual booting.
I want to remove the Vista drive and only retain Windows 7, so that I only need to have one drive to boot from and to backup the Windows 7 OS drive.
I have no further use for Vista, I haven?t used it for months. Space no problem, just a nuisance to have to include it in the image backup and make larger files.
Vista is drive C: Windows 7 is F:
I have 32 bit Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade disks and Repair disk.
4 hdd?s installed and 2 DVD Writers.
Any help on an easy solution would be much appreciated.

A:Removing Vista drive from dual boot with W7

Hello Jonmor68.

Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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Help...... I decided last night to remove the XP partition from my dual boot and keep Vista Home Premium. When I made the dual boot I already had XP installed and just partitioned the drive and installed vista on the second partition using Vista boot pro to change the boot order. I searched last night and came upon this website http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/removing-xp-on-a-dula-boot-config and used it to remove the partition. Before I started I used vista boot pro on the vista partition and deleted the XP entry so that it would only boot into Vista. I then booted using Gparted and deleted the XP partition and resized my vista partition. When I restarted it came up with an error message so I booted into the Vista DVD to repair but it doesnt give me the option to select my vista drive to repair. I think the XP partiton may have been the sytem partition!!! Help please


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My computer started out running Vista some time ago, and when the time came to move on to Windows 7, I decided it would be easiest to migrate by dual booting. I shrunk the vista partition and created a new one for 7 on the same drive.

Now I am running out of space on my main partition (only 2GB free) where 300GB is being taken up by the now redundant Vista partition.

Under disk management, the vista drive is the active partition. I have looked around to find steps to get rid of vista in this case, but havn't found a definate procedure, mainly that I will need to fiddle with the MBR.

Could someone give a step by step method to remove Vista, I really don't want to have to re-install windows because of a careless error - again.

A:Removing Vista from Win7 dual boot

AFAIK your Win7 has been installed in a "D" drive with its boot loader bootmgr in the "C" drive. Since Vista is in the "C" drive too so the same boot loader boots both systems.

I stand to be corrected but your Win7 will not boot if you remove the "C" partition, forcing the Win7 to become the "C" drive and rebuild the BCD inside the Win7 partition.

What you can do is to abandon the Vista partition and use it as a boot partition. In such a case you can use Win7 disk management to resize Vista partition to a smaller size and then expand Win7 to absorb the unallocated space. You can keep vista or simply nuke its folders but not the files in the "C" drives and the /boot directories.

I had Win7 booted from a pure data-only NTFS partition before. My current Xp, Win2k, Vista and Win7 are all installed in the logical partitions booted by a primary Dos Fat32 partition as the "C" drive. You can rebuild the BCD if Win7 doesn't boot but it definitely need to be in the "D" drive as originally installed. The files in the "C" drive can be rebuilt and obtainable from the Win7 installation DVD booted up to the Command Prompt. However if you just nuke the unwanted system folder of Vista and shrink the partition then there would be to worry about the booting process.

There is of course another solution and that is to migrate the two systems to a larger hard disk. For laptop you can go to 500Gb and ... Read more

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I have a somewhat wierd setup. I dual boot vista, but i dual boot between a 32bit and a 64bit version (no xp, all vista).
Now, i don't need the 32bit version any more, so i want to get rid of it, but i want to make sure i do it correctly, and don't end up restoring it all.

I installed the 32bit last, so it is the default option in the bootmenu, which i really want to get rid off.

Any experiences with this?

A:removing dual boot vista correctly.

Hi nicolai,

you may want to have a look at this ...

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

which allows you to edit the vista bootloader (install and run from x64 version which should be where the Bootloader runs from as this was first install)

once you disable the 32bit from appearing in your boot menu should be a simple matter to clear/reformat it's partition using the Inbuilt Disk management or your favourite 3rd party app

hope this helps

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I had Vista and Win 7 Ultimate dual booting each on a separate partition of the same hard drive. Vista was installed first.

I used EasyBCD to (a) remove Vista from the boot menu and (b) set Windows to boot directly into Win 7.
This worked.

I then used GParted to remove the Vista partition and add the space to Win 7.

I then used my Win 7 Ultimate disk to do a startup repair because Bootmgr was 'missing' since it was on the Vista partition. This also appeared to work because the computer boots into my login screen and shows the local domain that I log into.

However, after logging in, the 'Preparing your desktop' screen appears for a long time, and then a blue-blank desktop appears with the 'Win 7 Build 7601 This copy of windows is not genuine' message in the lower right.

This copy of Win 7 Ultimate is from my subscription to the Microsoft Action Pack.

Is there a way to fix this without having to re-install Windows 7?


A:Win 7 Genuine Message after Removing Vista Dual Boot

In order to completely troubleshoot Windows validation & activation issues, please perform the following:

1. Download and save this tool to your desktop:

2. Run the tool, and then click Copy - ignore any errors if they appear

3. Use CTRL+V to paste the unedited results of the tool here in your next reply

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Hi, I installed Windows 7 on a second hard drive (WD 500GB c) to create a dual boot with Vista (OS d). This has been working great and I have fully transferred over to Windows 7.

Now I want to remove the Vista drive (OS d) and format it to use for data only or in future purchase a larger capacity hd for data. I think my MBR is on the Vista drive so how can I do this safely and easily?

I have attached a screenshot from disc manager.

A:Removing Vista drive from a dual boot with Windows 7 on seperate drive

Unplug Disk 0 , and then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times . It will add the Windows 7 boot files in the WD 500 GB disk 1.

(But if you want to make the boot files in a separate partition (which is a usual situation with a clean install), you may see System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management .)

Now you are able to Boot up windows 7 directly .... so you may easily format the Vista disk, if you want, either using the option three of the tutorial Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD , or Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command or SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation .

Hope it helps .

EDIT : If you dont want to format the vista drive, you will need to delete the windows 7 boot entry from it . Download and install EasyBCD , Click on the "Edit Boot Menu" button and Click on delete , and save .
Now , you can use the either OS using the boot menu key of your computer, selecting which disk is to boo up during start up the computer.

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I bought HP laptop with the above said model from HP on 1st of september 2007 in sweden.
but i want to install Orcad v15.7 on my laptop but this software is compatible only for upto windows 2003 server or previous version of microsoft operating systems.
so when i want to install windows XP operating system, i couldn't able to install since it was saying that it didnt recognize the hard disk and its necessary drivers in hard disk as well.

since I bought this laptop only to use orcad v15.7 version(latest version) as my primary need. when i approached their service point they said it is not possible and you can find it in our website also about non compatibility of the other operating systems even it is from microsoft also.
but they did not say while i am buying laptop from them about the compatibility of other operating system it is due to faith on HP laptops..but now they say that it will not.
then it is of o use to buy laptop from HP since they are controlling the freedom of choice of choosing operating system to use on HP laptops by the customer.
It is simply cheating the customer.

if any body suggests about how to get hardware drivers to install on HP laptop.
it would be a great help for me.

thanks and regards,

A:installing a dual boot windows operating system with vista on HP pavilion dv6500 lapt

Try and read this.

It mentions finding the intel SATA driver, putting it on a floppy, and pressing F6 during the WinXP install and loading the SATA drivers.
Then WinXP installer should find the hard drive.

However if you want to keep Vista around, you will have to resize your partition before attempting to install XP.
To do this you would need Partition Magic or GParted.

Then when you do install XP you have no guarantee that you will be able to find drivers for everything. Since HP doesn't seem to want to support XP, you will probably have to try installing drivers from the hardware makers. For example if the motherboard uses an Intel chipset, you will need the reference drivers from intel. I think it uses a GeForce video chipset, so you would need drivers from Nividia. You would also need ethernet drivers from whoever made the network chipset.
Its going to be a bit of searching.

If you can return it, try and find someone still making xp laptops, or at least still offering drivers for the hardware if you choose to install xp.

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Is it possible to set up a dual-boot system with Windows Vista OEM on one hard drive and install Windows 7 Upgrade on another hard drive? Windows 7 would be the primary and Windows Vista would be the secondary.

A:Set Up Dual-Boot System with Windows Vista OEM & Windows 7 Upgrade?

Easiest is to install each with the other HD unplugged, then set preferred as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, trigger other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This keeps each independent to come and go as you please.

If you don't like that method then you can install EasyBCD to Win7 to add Vista to a Win7 Dual Boot menu which will leave them independent.

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Hi everyone! I have heard that there are many driver problems in Windows Vista. A friend of mine has a laptop with Vista Home Premium and it can not read CDs and DVDs! The laptop is bought last week! I have Windows XP SP2 and I am thinking about getting it transformed into ..."Vista", but I fear possible CPU problems. It is not a good idea, is it? But there is another choice: dual-boot XP and Vista. So, I made this poll for you to help me, if you want. Which choice is better? Thanks!

A:Windows Vista, Vista Emulator Or Dual Boot?

That would depend entirely on your system...For example how much RAM do you have installed? What type of processor do you have? How new is your system (older systems don't handle Vista well)? Whether you are able to get compatible drivers for all of your printers and other goodies that will work for both Vista and XP (if going to try Dual-Boot). There are a lot of things to consider.

Myself, I'll just stay with XP...I kinda' like it....

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how to dual boot system between vista and xp

A:how to dual boot system between vista and xp

I installed XP first and allocated the required drive space by creating
a partition during installation.
Then I installed vista on the remaining space and it automatically
setup a boot loader.
I wanted XP to boot by default,so I found a small application online
that adjusted the vista boot file to set it as default and reset the timer to
5 seconds instead of 30.

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Hello guys,

Currently, when I boot, my mobo checks for my Adaptec4805SAS MBR, which is handled by Vista Boot Manager, which consists on two options:
Boot Windows Vista (One logic drive inside a RAID array)
Boot Windows XP (another logic drive inside ANOTHER RAID array)

I've run the update assessment tool from Microsoft and it tells me there is no worries about the Adaptec driver (Does it means its embedded on the original DVD?)

I'm wondering if Windows 7 will let me choose the Vista partition, format and install on it, replacing the "Boot Windows Vista" entry on the boot manager, but keeping the Windows XP entry.

Is it going to be that way? Does Windows 7 REPLACE (with DELETION) Windows Vista Boot Manager?

Thanks early!

A:How to Upgrade Vista to W7 on a Dual Boot System

Yes, Win7 will reconfigure the Dual Boot accurately.

The only complication might be in the RAID array which can sometimes confuse the installer, but if it worked for Vista then it should be okay for Win7.

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I've finally managed to install and dual boot an XP/Vista system.

I was just about to do a defragmentation on the drive when it struck me that it might not be as simple as before.

Does anyone know how a defragmenting a dual OS system works? I would assume that I would go about and defragment each OS separately. If I boot to XP I would defrag XP, and then boot to Vista and defrag Vista right?

The problem is that I want to use "Ultimate Defrag" which can defrag chosen files to the outer rings of the disk.

Since this is a dual OS in two different partitions, at installation, where in the drive do the XP and Vista get installed on the disk, respectively?

Does one OS get priorities over the other in relationship of disk location?

If I use Ultimate Defrag to put some of the XP files in the outer rings won't there be a conflict if I try to do the same with some Vista files once I boot to Vista?

Would love to know some of the mechanics of defragmentation for a dual boot.


Paulo A.

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I bought a new VAIO notebook running Vista Home Premium. Not happy with this Vista OS at all, so i installed Windows 7 Ultimate. But the problem i am facing is the machine boots ONLY to Windows 7, and I now have NO way to run Vista (even though I see that all the Vista files are still in place on the C-drive). CAN YOU HELP ME KNOW HOW TO REACTIVATE THIS VISTA OS? (Note: VAIO comes with NO Vista-discs.)
Plz reply for solution

A:How to get the Dual OS Boot Option at System Startup "Windows 7/Vista"

Hi and welcome to TSF first I have removed your email all help is given via this thread and it also takes away the problem of being spammed since this is a open forum and spammers can read the pages, how did you install win 7 ie upgrade or full retail ? did you format the partition ?

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i have dell laptop with vista as primary and i have installed xp as a second OS and it worked fine as a dual boot system and
Recently i was formatted vista and installed now the peoblem arises i can boot into vista but whe i press the xp it shows the message

status: 0xc000000f

Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is misssing or corruptClick to expand...

i couldn't find the files boot.ini ,ntldr,ntdetect.com in my system............
pls help me i have lot of applications in my xp

A:XP won't boot in dual boot system with Vista as primary

You should try reinstalling XP

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Hello esteemed helpers of the woefully betrounced victims of 'snazzy' new OS's... I'm a bit newbish when it comes to this stuff, but I'll try to be thorough:

Goal: Dual-boot OS option upon startup; one being XP and the other Vista
Computer: HP Pavilion Elite m1977c, Intel Quad Core Duo Q6700, 3GB RAM, 320 GB HD (x2)
Factory Installed OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)

Status -

*Of the two HDs only the first one has been used, the second is entirely untouched
*The 0 location HD came from HP with Vista on the C: partition, and System Restore on a 10GB D: partition
*I've currently backed up all necessary personal files
*I've also burned a backup set of Vista system recovery disks
*I have a new Windows XP Pro SP2 install disk, with product key
*I have 'shrunk' the C: partition that Vista is located in to make room for 40GB of unallocated space (future home for XP)

Where it stands -

My plan, after reading up on the process at apc.com and a few other sources, was to partition some space on the 0 location HD where Vista is currently located for XP to reside. Then was going to install XP into that unallocated space, formatting it (etc) during the XP setup process. When I tried to install XP from CD while in Vista (i.e. from desktop environment), the option to "Install Windows XP Professional" was 'greyed out' and unable to be clicked. After monkeying around with it I was finally able to select the "install" option, but shortly thereafter received an ... Read more

A:Trouble Setting Up Vista (+xp) Dual-boot System

Hi, no doubt you will get plenty of help with this, I bought this mag in Aus a few months ago and had a great article on daul boot with Visat and XP lucky they posted it on the web so I hope it helps http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp

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i hav a sytem with vista pre installed on it. I wanted to install sever 2003 on the same hard drive but another partition. i created the partition but once i finished the installation, system cannot locate vista any more. i know that vista got a different boot manger which causes the problem. But is there any way i could get around so that i can have server 2003 and vista on dual boot mode?

thanks in advance,


A:dual boot server 2003 on vista system

you could use a os selctor like acronis os selector or Use the BCDEdit (Vista/Longhorn) utility or check out www.pro-networks.org
for "Vista Boot Pro 3.3".

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I have two partitions on my HDD. A 'suspect' Windows 7 Home (that originally came with my 'refurbished' second hand laptop) is installed in the only Primary partition. A legitimate copy of Windows 7 Professional is (now) installed in an Extended Logical partition. My laptop boots up in Windows 7 Professional, if no other selection is made. I now wish to remove the suspect installation, and revert to having just one partition containing my Windows 7 Professional, without formatting the whole HDD and reinstallng/restoring everything currently on the second, logical partition. Is this possible, and if so, how?

A:Removing Windows 7 from the Primary partition of a Dual Boot system.

What kind of BIOS you have? UEFI or Legacy (MBR)?
Can you give us a snapshot of disk manager?
Do you have a external HDD to make a backup image of your Win 7 pro partition?

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I have two partitions on my HDD. A 'suspect' Windows 7 Home (that originally came with my 'refurbished' second hand laptop) is installed in the only Primary partition. A legitimate copy of Windows 7 Professional is (now) installed in an Extended Logical partition. My laptop boots up in Windows 7 Professional, if no other selection is made. I now wish to remove the suspect installation, and revert to having just one partition containing my Windows 7 Professional, without formatting the whole HDD and reinstallng/restoring everything currently on the second, logical partition. Is this possible, and if so, how?

A:Removing Windows 7 from the Primary partition of a Dual Boot system.

What kind of BIOS you have? UEFI or Legacy (MBR)?
Can you give us a snapshot of disk manager?
Do you have a external HDD to make a backup image of your Win 7 pro partition?

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I would like to........wait for it..........

'Install XP on a separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - with no Vista DVD'

There, I think that says it all. I bought the HP Pavillion dv9000 with Vista preinstalled - no installation CD or anything, just a partition for emergency recovery. Now, I do a lot of music technology and there are so many hardware/software issues regarding audio that I would like to have a seperate XP os to boot into for this purpose.

The question is: can this be done without a Vista installation disc? After all, why would I have the disc when it is preinstalled? And no, I dont want to have to download it from a cheap torrent site.

-I have the second HD for XP
-I have my old XP installation disc and registration
-I can disable SATA from the BIOS
-I can get the XP drivers for the laptop (it used to ship with XP, if I am correct)

Please help, I seem to be spending most of my life trying to configure the damn thing than being productive.

A:Install XP on separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - no vista dvd

My HP Pavilion that came with Vista, didn't do what my XP did nicely, although with much better hardware. I'm an artist/photographer, now, so mostly use Photoshop and Painter,
and preferred XP, which worked nicer with my color management. Here's what I did, and
hope this helps anyone else after all the web searching I did and found this entry. Decided to register to post a reply, thinking better late than never.

With the decline in HDD prices, I got a Western Digital 500GB disk to put XP on to dual boot with the existing 500GB Vista. Don't plan on using the WD data Lifeguard software, but you won't need it. The new drive had only the flat SATA for power connection, but the Hitachi it came with had Molex, also for power. Since the PC had only 1 SATA power plug, daisy chained with 2 other molex, I switched them and have both discs together (or you can buy an adapter). You may also need to supply an SATA cable as mine came with none, but WD can tell you from your order number. Now with 2 disks, I booted Vista and using the Disk Management screen (control panel>administrative tools>compuer management>disk management) you can find your blank disk and format it by right clicking on it. Easy enough.

Now boot the XP install CD. This was easy with my BIOS, ESC, for boot device choice.
But first, to avoid SATA problems using F10 for SETUP, use the advanced tab and change
the SATA property to IDE. LOTS easier than F6 later, and finding the right dr... Read more

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Managed to install XP Pro OK as per guidelines and it boots OK either to Vista or XP. Sound OK in Vista, however, when in XP I have no sound. I'm at a loss as to what I need to do to get sound going in XP, so if anyone here can help would appreciate it very much.

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I have two drives (C and D) with Vista on one and Win 7 on the other (not sure if they're actual drives or partitions of a single drive, how do I tell?). I am dual booting and never use Vista. Starting to need the disk space and want to delete Vista. Is this difficult in this scenario?

A:Remove Vista from Vista / Win7 Dual Boot - Separate Drives

No, shouldn't be difficult.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can see your setup.

Get to disk management by typing those 2 words into the start button search box.

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I have a Dell XPS 730x with 4 internal harddrives (2 are WD Raptor drives). I'm currently running Vista Home Premium x64 that came with the system on 1 Raptor and want to try Vista Ultimate x64 on the other Raptor. My questions are:

1. Can I do this as long as I can select which drive to boot from without problems with the MBR?

2. If it's not as simple as selecting the boot drive, what software do you recommend to edit the BCD? I know of 2, Easybcd and VistaBootPro.

Thanks in advance for any input,

A:Dual Boot Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate?

this does work to dual boot vista, just install ultimate on a second hard drive to be safe

The installation options

You can approach the dual-boot installation operation in one of two ways -- by cold booting from the Windows Vista DVD or by inserting the Windows Vista DVD while Windows XP is running. As you can imagine, you'll encounter slightly different introductory screens depending on which approach you use, but once you get stared the operation is essentially the same.
While both methods will produce the same result, I prefer the cold booting from the DVD method. The main reason is that you don't have to worry about any interference from antivirus/antispyware/firewall software on your existing Windows XP installation.
Performing the installation

Once you have your second partition or second hard disk operational, just insert your Windows Vista DVD, restart the system, and boot from the DVD. Once the system boots from the DVD, Windows Vista?s Setup will begin loading and will display the screen shown in Figure A.
Figure A:
Windows Vista?s Setup will take a few moments to load files before the installation actually commences. In a few moments, you?ll see the screen that prompts you to choose the regional and language options, as shown in Figure B. As you can see, the default settings are for U.S. and English and if that?s you, you can just click Next to move on.
Figure B:
The default settings on the regional and language screen are for the U.S. a... Read more

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Just a simple Google gives me hundreds of threads on dual booting Vista and XP, or XP and 98, but I have found none on dual booting Vista and Windows 98SE.

I am currently using a drive with an OS and a Data partition, with Vista as the only OS. I have found that it is a PAIN to run older kid's games in Vista. Many don't work, and many require admin rights to run.

So..I would really like to create a third partition (or use a separate drive) to install Windows 98, and dual boot between Vista and 98. I have the tools to do partitionwork (BootItNG and Partition Magic), but I'd prefer not use these for controlling the dual boot.

Is there a way to install Windows 98 on a third partition or separate drive, next to my existing Vista install, and then use Vista's boot loader to dual boot?

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Hi there,

I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate (32bit) and would like to play World of Warcraft however my Intel 82865g chipset doesn't have recent drivers available and it is currently incompatible with windows Vista.

So, I want to create a partition with XP installed so that the drivers will work and I can play WoW.

However, despite being able to create a partition, I cannot find a way of installing Win XP. I have tried booting from an XP CD but my PC seems to give up and move onto booting from the hard-disk instead and starts up Vista. Why can't I boot from the CD?

Does anyone know how I can successfully install XP on a separate partition with Vista already installed or am I going to have to format and do it the long way, starting with XP and partitioning Vista?


A:Vista/XP Dual Boot Partition (vista pre-installed)

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I have done this many times with XP Pro. Two entirely different hard drives.

Make a dynamic file by file copy of C to D, then configure the boot menu to boot to either one.

So, if C should die, boot to identical D. Has saved me and business clents many times.

But alas, whatever is used as bootini in Vista seems a bit more difficult.

If I have two identical hard drives with the same vista OS, how do I configure the bootini menu to boot to either one?

many thanks

A:Two Drives, dual boot Vista/Vista? bootmenu?

To configure bootmgr in Vista is command bcdedit (command bcdedit /? display all options of these command) but simply and better way is to use EasyBCD ->Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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at first i only had xp on my machine then one day i decided to try to dual boot it with vista x64. and i found that vista x64 was great. so i decided to remove all os and clean install my vista x64 on my machine but then when i tried to boot up. it boots slower compared to the time when i dual boot xp with vista. my welcome screen loads slower. is there any prob? or is it really like this.? thnx and sorry for my english.

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Hi people,

I have just taken delivery of a brand new fully loaded beast running Vista Home Premium 64bit. All is wonderful...except I have one critical piece of application software that wont run on a 64bit OS.

Fortunately I have Vista Ultimate SP1 32bit that was installed on my recently deceased laptop (originally the laptop came with XP). So in theory I have everything I need to set up a dual booting PC but I am unclear as how to do this.

Is there an idiots guide anywhere around for Vista 64 and Vista 32 dual boots? Seen plenty of XP and Vista suggestions but will the same process work?

Or are there better solutions to my problem?


A:Dual Boot - Vista 64bit and Vista 32bit - How?

yes it is the same process, but in your case since it is already installed on both you will need a boot manager.

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My approach to backups is obviously different than most users. I have a duplicate hard drive with EasyBCD 1.7.2 [thanks to somebody on this forum] and it has been perfect for 6 months.

On Saturdays, I live copy drive one to drive two and can dual boot to either one. I know that I have a perfectly functioning backup.

Until three nights ago when I installed the Monster MS Office Suite. Since then, drive one wil not boot, and the BCD option does not even appear.

Blinking cursor from hell.

So, in CMOS, I swamped drive sequence to boot to drive two first. Works perfectly, and I can select drive one which works perfectly. But oddly enough, now it will not allow me to boot to drive two.

Inside Easy BCD, I try to 'add' the second drive [which is F] but it pops U into the box. I don't have a U drive, and it does not work.

So, i "think" this is a BCD problem, but can't get it to show my bootable drives, C and F.

A:Dual boot Vista/Vista amd Easy BCD1.7.2

What happens when you boot the second drive? I haven't used EasyBCD since I learned how to use the command prompt for this stuff. You can't edit it so that the second drive is F? I remember being able to do that.

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I have 3 OS installed on my PC. Win XP SP 1 , vista ultimate and vista home basic. I would like to uninstall home basic now and leave the remaing tow on my PC.

How do I do that without fatally affecting the remaing 2 OS?
Appreciate reciving a useful solution.....

A:How to Uninstall Vista on a dual boot computer with 2 vista OS

Which OS was first installed?

Which OS was installed, 2ndly?

Did you use any 3rd party software during the installation process? For example, did you use VistaBootPro?

Was either [ or were both ] Vistas installed as upgrades?

Which versions of Vista, # of bits, too, please?

Are either of the Vistas Beta?



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Hi, as most who sign up. I've been a long time lurker (using the forum to find solutions to help others as I didn't use 7 myself). So first a big thanks to all contributors Now I'm finally at a point where XP just doesn't cut it any longer. I installed Vista 32 bit because I had a licence that I hadn't used in years (old OEM from a laptop, phone activated without problems on the desktop)... anyway I wanted a proper Win 7 64 bit, and now I have it .

I am now dual booting XP and Vista.
XP is on the first HDD and Vista on the second.
I want to install 7 and wipe out Vista.
Can I just start the Windows 7 installation and let it wipe out Vista by selecting to use the whole disk that Vista is on, or do I need to... fixmbr, format Vista HD and then install Windows 7?

A:XP/Vista dual boot. Install 7, kick out Vista. How to?

Quote: Originally Posted by Chakonari

Hi, as most who sign up. I've been a long time lurker (using the forum to find solutions to help others as I didn't use 7 myself). So first a big thanks to all contributors Now I'm finally at a point where XP just doesn't cut it any longer. I installed Vista 32 bit because I had a licence that I hadn't used in years (old OEM from a laptop, phone activated without problems on the desktop)... anyway I wanted a proper Win 7 64 bit, and now I have it .

I am now dual booting XP and Vista.
XP is on the first HDD and Vista on the second.
I want to install 7 and wipe out Vista.
Can I just start the Windows 7 installation and let it wipe out Vista by selecting to use the whole disk that Vista is on, or do I need to... fixmbr, format Vista HD and then install Windows 7?

It can be even simpler than that:
Shut down the computer
Disconnect the Vista drive
Turn it back on and boot to the Windows 7 DVD
Install using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation
When you get to the part where you can select the XP drive, click "Drive options (advanced)".
In this order, click Delete, New, Format and then Next
When you finally get to the Desktop after the installation, shut down
Reconnect the Vista drive
Turn the computer on and go directly into the BIOS
Make sure the Windows 7 drive is the first in the boot priority
Save and Exit

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