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catilley1092
06-22-2012, 09:40 PM
I should've taken care of this before installing Win 8 RP, but I didn't & now am going to have to fix it. XP MCE has been a true PITA to upkeep, it frequently freezes, is problematic, is out of tunes with the times, I want to get rid of it.

On this HDD, I'm tri-booting XP MCE, 7 Pro x64 & 8 RP x64. If it were just 7 Pro & XP MCE, it would be no problem, I'd use Mini Tool Partition Wizard Home Edition, format XP MCE, delete the partition, wipe the claimed space, move 7 Pro over & rebuild the MBR (another tool on this bootable CD). 7 Pro would start, I'd go to MSCONFIG to remove the boot option for "Earlier Version of Windows", reboot, & be done.

But now this is different, I don't know if this would work with Windows 8 RP. Plus XP MCE is the Active Partition. Does anyone know how I can get XP MCE off of here w/o a reinstall of Win 8 RP? I do have a backup of the entire HDD that I made yesterday morning.

Can anyone steer me in the right direction?

Cat

Medico
06-23-2012, 03:09 AM
I would still use Partition Wizard, from within Win 7, delete the XP partition, then resize the Win 7 partition to reclaim the space. Even if Win XP were installed first (I assume it was), the next partition should be Win 7, with Win 8 RP the 3rd partition.

Deleting and resizing the Win 7 partition should not do anything to the Win 8 RP partition. I assume your Disk Manager looks something like my modified example (Don't look at the top, I just modified the bottom section to show the example)

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If so then Partition Wizard will easily handle deleting the XP partition, then resizing the Win 7 partition and moving Win 7 to the front of the new larger partition. Once you click apply, the changes will take place after a reboot before Windows boots.

And if all else fails, you still have your Image to restore from.

catilley1092
06-23-2012, 08:30 AM
Thanks Ted, I'll give that a shot. Like I stated previously, this should've been taken care of before the RP install, but that's water under the bridge now. I have to deal with what I now have.

Hopefully, your suggestion will do the trick, & I'll check for an updated version of the Mini Tool Partition Wizard before proceeding. More & more of these apps are compatible with Windows 8, or so they say...

Cat

Medico
06-23-2012, 09:11 AM
I have used Partition Wizard with Win 8 so it should work.

catilley1092
06-23-2012, 09:35 AM
There is an updated version of Mini Tool Partition Wizard, that also supports Win 8, here. Note the new features, which includes

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. (http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html)

Here's the page for the downloads, including the Bootable CD.

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online (http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html)

I'm working on this now.

Cat

Medico
06-23-2012, 11:50 AM
Hope everything works out well. It should, I did something very similar to what you are doing. Partition Wizard works very well for these chores.

catilley1092
06-23-2012, 07:56 PM
Didn't get it done....only a clean install was the solution. None of the repair tools on the updated Mini Tool CD helped with this, yes, the deletion & resizing of partitions, but couldn't fix the boot. Not with either the Win 7 or 8 RP install disks. Not planning all afternoon on this, I did what I felt the best thing to do.

Deleted both Windows 7 & 8 RP, wiped the space where all had resided, & started over fresh with a clean Win 8 RP x64 install, w/o Win 7 beside of it. Like I had already stated, this should have been taken care of prior to the RP install, where it was still a dual boot install, & manageable for me. On many occasions, I've removed the first of a dual boot partition beside of Windows 7 & recovered it fine. The only thing that I didn't try to salvage Win 7 with was the sfc /scannow command, by which time I'd decided I had enough.

Besides, I already have, w/o that install, 3 installs of Win 7 x64, 2 of Pro, 1 Ultimate. How many test beds do I need? The Ultimate install is my "test bed", the other two are my OEM installs. One extra is plenty for testing, & it's well backed up.

Anyway, many thanks to you Ted, for offering advice that may could have saved the other, but it's no major loss. At least I now have a good HDD for Win 8 RP, those three partitions were wiped with the Mini Tool option, so it's on a sterile HDD. And two less redundant Windows installs to keep up.

Tired of testing out the old, ready to move on to the new.

Cat

Medico
06-24-2012, 03:51 AM
Sorry, I wonder of EasyBCD could have fixed the MBR. I would suspect so. You would have had to use EasyBCD from Win 7 after the deletion of Win XP, and before the reboot to finish the resize and move of Win 7 . I should have thought of this sooner. I guess my old brain had a case of cerebral flatulence. Of course the MBR would have resided on the Win XP partition. I suspect several other methods would have worked as well. The MBR can be fixed from outside Windows (I had to do this when I deleted a Linux mint installation about a year ago)

Glad everything is working to your satisfaction.

catilley1092
06-24-2012, 08:26 AM
Yes, everything is working fine. Still setting up a few minor things, plus getting rid of things in the Data & VM partitions pertaining to those removed OS's. The VM partition was no problem cleaning up, a format emptied that partition.

This will most likely be the home where Windows 8 Pro x64 Retail will be, now's a good time as any to prepare the HDD for it. I don't like to wait until the last minute to do these things, I tend to plan for the future.

What I did do, was left the empty space beside of Win 8 RP, as I'll probably install Ubuntu 12.04 there, using EasyBCD to choose between OS's. I don't want GRUB to be the default boot loader for both OS's.

Cat