Ways to upgrade to Windows® 7 from Windows® Vista and uninstall Windows® 7 from a multiboot system
How do you upgrade your system to Windows 7 from Windows Vista? Why do you need to remove Windows 7 from a multiboot system?
Windows operating systems support multibooting with which you can install two Operating Systems on your system simultaneously and can use any of these to run the system. If you wish to remove Windows 7 from your multiboot system, you can do this with some simple methods. With this, you can make the system work with an old Operating System like Windows XP. You can easily uninstall Windows 7 from your dual boot system which runs another version of Windows, like Windows Vista. To uninstall Windows 7, you need to format the partition that includes Windows 7. You can also try deleting it entirely. With this, the earlier Operating System can reclaim the disk space.
Here are some tips to uninstall Windows Vista and upgrade to Windows 7 from a dual boot system:
- Steps to uninstall
- Things to be kept in mind while uninstalling Windows 7
- Tips to upgrade to Windows 7
Steps to uninstall
To uninstall Windows 7, you need to follow some simple steps. For this, you need to boot the system and insert the Windows 7 installation CD. The next step is to mount the ISO image of Windows 7 to any virtual drive. In the Command Prompt window you need to type in the name of virtual drive with the following command, 'bootbootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force'. It will remove the boot menu and can select the operating system to start. After removing the disk and restarting the system, you need to remove files and folders from Windows 7. Then, delete 'Boot.BAK' and BootSect.BAK in the Windows XP root system folder.
Things to be kept in mind while uninstalling Windows 7
Before you uninstall Windows 7, you need to back up your important programs, settings and files. You are advised to do so because the uninstallation process removes all the data from your system. You need to take care of not deleting or formatting earlier versions of Windows. It may corrupt the system and make it inoperable. You need to keep in mind that if the earlier version of Windows has been installed after Windows 7 installation, then the un-installation process of Windows 7 can damage the system.
Before you attempt to upgrade to Windows 7, you need to get a copy of Microsoft Upgrade Advisor. This is essential to test the compatibility of the Operating System with your existing programs and hardware devices. You need to create a DVD that will contain Windows 7 compatible device drivers. You must not turn off the system until the upgrade process is completed. To upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you need to insert the installation disc and then double-click 'setup.exe'. At the time of installation, you will get the option to accept the upgrade. Follow the instructions correctly to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
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