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Upgraded out of Windows 7 only to have left-over corruption

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by bsacco, Feb 20, 2019.

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  1. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    A big thanks to those that assisted me in getting my Broken WIN 7 & up and running again so that I could find a pathway to upgrade to WIN 10.

    So, as of yesterday, I became a WIN 10 User. There are a few things to report.

    Upon installing WIN 10 and using my WIN 7 Product KEY to activate WIN 10 using Microsoft's "Team India - Level One support person" I am left with a main issue.

    1) The upgrade to WIN 10 worked but now when I start up I am asked to either pick WIN 10 or WIN 7 (old recovered and corrupt) OS. Obviously, I can't use a corrupted WIN 7 OS even if I wanted to and in addition I don't have any software that requires me to run WIN 7. Cut-to-the-chase - I don't need WIN 7 OS installed on my C Drive. The question I have is how do I delete this install of WIN 7 without deleting either my installed programs or my WIN 10 OS install? I am sure hoping that I don't need to NUKE everything on my C Drive and do a CLEAN INSTALL. I'm trying to avoid that at almost all cost.

    Thanks in advance.

    bob
     
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    Deleting an operating system also deletes all installed programs. Isn't that kinda obvious?

    If you want to delete Windows 7 but not delete Windows 10 then do exactly that.


    Huh? First question is what do you mean by your "C Drive"? When you boot to Vista or later versions of Windows the partition in which Windows is installed is designated the "C Drive."


    Assuming that the partition in which Windows 7 is installed is not the boot ("active") partition you can just delete the partition or delete its contents. And make Windows 10 be the default boot and either remove Windows 7 from the boot menu or make the delay zero or one second.
     
  3. snuffleufflegus

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    If i remember correctly (correct me if im wrong anyone) by upgrading to windows 10,you are left with a "Windows.Old" file of windows 7 in start menu/my computer/C:
    I have came across this before.By deleting the "windows.old" file,it no longer gave me an option of booting into another windows.It worked that way in windows 7 anyway.I would think it would work in windows 10.
    Before doing so,i would wait for advice from a more experienced tech to collaborate.
     
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    I have heard that you have 30 days when Windows 10 automatically removes the Windows 7 OS from your system. This is due to that if you want to revert back you may do so before the 30 days.
    If you don't need Windows 7 anymore and have backed up all your documents you may just make a fresh install of Windows 10 and whatever programs you had.
     
  5. bsacco

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    I've uploaded an image of the startup situation I described.

    I'd like to DELETE the Win 7 startup option.

    1. Can that be done?
    2. Does anyone have step-by-step instructions?
    3. Last question...I promise;) How do you know if your WIN 10 upgrade install was done on a (clean-enough) C Drive? That is, I'm always wondering if I should do a clean install. It's nagging at me all the time. Though, the prospect of gathering up all my programs and reinstalling creates skidmarks...;)
     

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    Post a screenshot of Disk Management please, expand it's window to show all the details first.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    That is pretty easily done if Microsoft hasn't crippled msconfig. In a Run box (Windows logo key + r will launch one) type the command msconfig and click on OK. On the boot tab you should see two entries. Make sure the entry for Windows 10 is the default and then remove/delete the other one. Click on Apply.

    Be sure to follow Allan's instructions if you still want to also "delete this install of WIN 7."
     
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