Way to remove Windows® 7 from dual boot menu
How do you remove Windows 7 from dual boot menu? Why does this need to be done?
Windows 7 is the latest release from Microsoft with the goal of being compatible with applications and hardware better than any other operating system. It comes bundled with a lot of new features like touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, improved multi-core processors, boot performance and kernel improvements. It adds support for systems using multiple heterogeneous graphics cards from different vendors. For the developers, Windows 7 includes a new networking API with support for building SOAP-based web services in native code, new features to shorten application install times, reduced UAC prompts, simplified development of installation packages. The minimum system requirements require a 1GHz processor, 2GB RAM, DirectX9 graphics processor, 16GB of free disk space and a DVD drive to install the operating system.
The following points discuss the steps involved in removing Windows 7 from dual boot menu:
- Remove with System Configuration
- Deleting the partition
- Improve performance
Remove with system configuration
This is the quickest and easiest way to remove Windows 7 from your computer. Log off Windows 7 and log onto any other Windows operating system on your computer. Type 'msconfig' in the 'Run' box and click 'Ok'. If there any UAC prompts, click 'Yes'. A window called System Configuration will appear where you will have to select the Boot tab. You will see a list of operating systems running on your computer. Select Windows 7 and click the 'Delete' button at the bottom.
Deleting the partition
This is an alternative way of removing Windows 7 from your computer. Log off the Windows 7 and log into any other Windows operating system on your computer. Go to the Control Panel on your computer where in the search box, type 'Advanced Settings' and view the advanced system settings. Under the 'Advanced' tab settings, click on 'Startup and Recovery'. Go to the 'Settings' tab and change the default operating system to the one which you want. Exit the window and right click on 'My Computer'. Select 'Manage' and open 'Disk Management'. Find the Windows 7 partition, right click and select 'Delete Volume'. Windows 7 is removed and you can reclaim your partition.
To be on the safe side, use freeware to manage the bootloader. Use the Disk Cleanup tool which helps you to free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system so use the Disk Defragmenter tool that consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk.
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