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How to unistall windows?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by jsmith, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. jsmith

    jsmith Flightless Bird

    Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as XP.
    Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or select
    an earlier version of windows.
    If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added, or
    as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the option to
    choose w7 at bootup?
     
  2. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    > By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as XP.
    > Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or select
    > an earlier version of windows.
    > If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    > screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    > So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added, or
    > as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the option to
    > choose w7 at bootup?
    >
    >


    You can edit the boot loader with EasyBCD and remove the Win7 entry:
    http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
     
  3. jsmith

    jsmith Flightless Bird

    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    news:QsCdnaDbCr5nX-rWnZ2dnUVZ8jqdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    > "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    >> By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as
    >> XP.
    >> Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or
    >> select an earlier version of windows.
    >> If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    >> screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    >> So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added,
    >> or as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the option
    >> to choose w7 at bootup?

    >
    > You can edit the boot loader with EasyBCD and remove the Win7 entry:
    > http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

    =============

    Just to expand...
    ....
    The hard drive partition (C) I currently use has XP installed...used it for
    years...do not want to loose any files etc on it.

    Just invested in Windows 7 Home Premium. Intended to install it onto another
    hard drive but by mistake clicked the C drive!...it seemed to install ok
    right up to the completing installation...then black screen. At this point
    realised my mistake.
    So turned off pc...turn on pc...get a message do I wish to boot using
    win7...or a previous version of Windows.
    Clicked w7....result black screen...
    ....tried again this time chose previous version of Windows (viz XP)...and XP
    loads ok.
    So what I'm trying to do is delete any W7 files I installed by mistake on
    the C drive..or at least stop throwing up the message at boot up giving me
    two choices of Windows...
    ....but...most important...don't want to loose stuff :)
     
  4. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message news:hl8mjg$14u$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    > news:QsCdnaDbCr5nX-rWnZ2dnUVZ8jqdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    >> news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    >>> By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as
    >>> XP.
    >>> Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or
    >>> select an earlier version of windows.
    >>> If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    >>> screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    >>> So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added,
    >>> or as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the option
    >>> to choose w7 at bootup?

    >>
    >> You can edit the boot loader with EasyBCD and remove the Win7 entry:
    >> http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

    > =============
    >
    > Just to expand...
    > ...
    > The hard drive partition (C) I currently use has XP installed...used it for
    > years...do not want to loose any files etc on it.
    >
    > Just invested in Windows 7 Home Premium. Intended to install it onto another
    > hard drive but by mistake clicked the C drive!...it seemed to install ok
    > right up to the completing installation...then black screen. At this point
    > realised my mistake.
    > So turned off pc...turn on pc...get a message do I wish to boot using
    > win7...or a previous version of Windows.
    > Clicked w7....result black screen...
    > ...tried again this time chose previous version of Windows (viz XP)...and XP
    > loads ok.
    > So what I'm trying to do is delete any W7 files I installed by mistake on
    > the C drive..or at least stop throwing up the message at boot up giving me
    > two choices of Windows...
    > ...but...most important...don't want to loose stuff :)
    >
    >


    EasyBCD will allow you to edit the boot options, so you can boot straight into XP.
    Once there you should be able to delete any Win7 stuff.
     
  5. Sir_George

    Sir_George Flightless Bird

    John,

    Dave has provided the correct answer. His second reply provides further
    details, but you probably don't need to remove the Win 7 files unless you
    have limited disk space.

    --
    Sir_George

    "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:hl8mjg$14u$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    > news:QsCdnaDbCr5nX-rWnZ2dnUVZ8jqdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    >> news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    >>> By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as
    >>> XP.
    >>> Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or
    >>> select an earlier version of windows.
    >>> If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    >>> screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    >>> So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added,
    >>> or as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the
    >>> option to choose w7 at bootup?

    >>
    >> You can edit the boot loader with EasyBCD and remove the Win7 entry:
    >> http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

    > =============
    >
    > Just to expand...
    > ...
    > The hard drive partition (C) I currently use has XP installed...used it
    > for years...do not want to loose any files etc on it.
    >
    > Just invested in Windows 7 Home Premium. Intended to install it onto
    > another hard drive but by mistake clicked the C drive!...it seemed to
    > install ok right up to the completing installation...then black screen. At
    > this point realised my mistake.
    > So turned off pc...turn on pc...get a message do I wish to boot using
    > win7...or a previous version of Windows.
    > Clicked w7....result black screen...
    > ...tried again this time chose previous version of Windows (viz XP)...and
    > XP loads ok.
    > So what I'm trying to do is delete any W7 files I installed by mistake on
    > the C drive..or at least stop throwing up the message at boot up giving me
    > two choices of Windows...
    > ...but...most important...don't want to loose stuff :)
    >
     
  6. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Sir_George wrote:
    > John,
    >
    > Dave has provided the correct answer. His second reply provides further
    > details, but you probably don't need to remove the Win 7 files unless
    > you have limited disk space.
    >



    He might as well delete the Windows 7 files -- they are not going
    to ever be useful on his C: main partition alongside his XP install.

    -Al-
     
  7. relic

    relic Flightless Bird

    "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    > By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as
    > XP.
    > Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or
    > select an earlier version of windows.
    > If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    > screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    > So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added,
    > or as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the option
    > to choose w7 at bootup?


    Microsoft.com will usually have your answer, try this:

    "How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows
    installation by using the Windows.old folder"
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760/
     
  8. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "relic" <relic211@cjb.net> wrote in message news:3h67sf.4k6.17.1@news.alt.net...
    >
    > "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    >> By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as
    >> XP.
    >> Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or
    >> select an earlier version of windows.
    >> If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    >> screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    >> So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added,
    >> or as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the option
    >> to choose w7 at bootup?

    >
    > Microsoft.com will usually have your answer, try this:
    >
    > "How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows
    > installation by using the Windows.old folder"
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760/
    >
    >


    But the OP can't boot into Win7, he gets a black
    screen, whereas his XP boots OK.
     
  9. relic

    relic Flightless Bird

    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    news:m8ydnbzq9tWzzeXWnZ2dnUVZ8o6dnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    > "relic" <relic211@cjb.net> wrote in message
    > news:3h67sf.4k6.17.1@news.alt.net...
    >>
    >> "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    >> news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>> Yes, how to un install windows 7 software?
    >>> By mistake I loaded w7 onto a hard disk partition that I want to keep as
    >>> XP.
    >>> Now when booting I get a message I have to select either windows 7 or
    >>> select an earlier version of windows.
    >>> If I select w7 (which I think didn't load properly anyway) I get a black
    >>> screen, if select previous version the XP loads ok.
    >>> So, how can I get rid from this hard disc all those w7 files I've added,
    >>> or as a minimum identify and delete the files that says I have the
    >>> option to choose w7 at bootup?

    >>
    >> Microsoft.com will usually have your answer, try this:
    >>
    >> "How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows
    >> installation by using the Windows.old folder"
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971760/
    >>

    >
    > But the OP can't boot into Win7, he gets a black screen, whereas his XP
    > boots OK.


    Try this, Remove W-7 from XP:
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/...vista-leaving-windows-xp-on-dual-boot-system/
     
  10. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> écrivait
    news:hl8mjg$14u$1@news.eternal-september.org:

    >
    > "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    > news:QsCdnaDbCr5nX-rWnZ2dnUVZ8jqdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >>
    >> "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    >> news:hl8c54$osl$1@news.eternal-september.org...


    <snip>

    > ...but...most important...don't want to loose stuff :)
    >
    >

    If you don't want to loose stuff the best thing to do is to copy that stuff
    on external devices, that can be external hard disks, writable CDs or DVDs,
    USB keys (I wouldn't them for long time archiving though) or memory cards.

    Most hard disks are mechanical devices and they eventually fail, when this
    happens if you don't have copies of your "stuff", you lose it, it's as
    simple as that.

    HTH
     
  11. jsmith

    jsmith Flightless Bird

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:mfWdn.64795$Db2.39391@edtnps83...
    > Sir_George wrote:
    >> John,
    >>
    >> Dave has provided the correct answer. His second reply provides further
    >> details, but you probably don't need to remove the Win 7 files unless
    >> you have limited disk space.
    >>

    >
    >
    > He might as well delete the Windows 7 files -- they are not going to ever
    > be useful on his C: main partition alongside his XP install.
    >

    ==========
    Thanks for all the help..yes found the w7 folder!...all now sorted. Thank
    you.
     
  12. jsmith

    jsmith Flightless Bird

    "jsmith" <John@nospamthanks.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:hlh20a$8od$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    > news:mfWdn.64795$Db2.39391@edtnps83...
    >> Sir_George wrote:
    >>> John,
    >>>
    >>> Dave has provided the correct answer. His second reply provides further
    >>> details, but you probably don't need to remove the Win 7 files unless
    >>> you have limited disk space.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> He might as well delete the Windows 7 files -- they are not going to ever
    >> be useful on his C: main partition alongside his XP install.
    >>

    > ==========
    > Thanks for all the help..yes found the w7 folder!...all now sorted. Thank
    > you.

    =======================
    ....well, not quite!!!..:-

    My hard drive has 3 partitions, C, E and F.
    C has XP. E and F have non working Windows 7 software.

    I want to delete all files and folders from E and F.

    Until today was presented with three options at booting...W7, W7 or an
    earlier windows version XP.
    At least that has been sorted today..taking advice from helpful helpdesk
    fellas...used original XP disc/recovery console/fixboot..now when booting
    just loads XP as required...so thats ok.

    I did try fixmbr also but whimped out as in unfamiliar territory when
    getting the warning...:-
    This computer appears to have a non-standard or invalid master boot record.

    FIXMBR may damage your partition tables if you proceed

    This could cause all the partitions on the current hard disk to be come
    inaccessible.

    If you are not having problems accessing your drive do not continue!



    Further info...when running msconfig/boot.ini

    I note there's 4 added lines at the top;-

    ;

    ;Warning:Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems,

    ;Warning:Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options,

    ;

    ...then proceeds as usual with

    [boot loader]

    timeout=30

    etc


    When I try to delete the W7 files and folders from E and F..get the
    note....Cannot delete ***.**..access denied either write protected or in
    use...

    Just wondered if the original advice still holds?...Any advice appreciated.
     

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