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How remove Windows XP installation partition in a dual-boot environment with Vista Ultimate?

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I have been dual-booting Windows XP Pro and Vista Ultimate for more than 6 months.  I do not use Windows XP Pro at all, so I want to get rid of the partition on which resides Win XP.  I have used EasyBCD to get rid of the Win XP boot prompt and now my computer automatically boots into Vista without asking me into which OS I desire to boot.  However, Vista Computer Management will not allow for me to format the XP partition because it is still labeled as a system partition.

How can I delete the XP partition and reclaim that space exclusively for Vista without losing data from the Vista partition?

Setup:
250 GB SATA HDD with Win XP (installed 1st) on a 47 GB partition and Vista installed on the other partition.
Win XP partition listed as Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
Vista partition listed as Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Logical Drive)
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by:Merete
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some good steps here how experienced are you?
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=200232
http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/extend_partition_using_vista_dvd.htm

Always make backups of your files in Vista first.
Do you know about the disc manager in Vista?
http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/viewstory.php?t=78111
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You can try this way:
- Insert the Windows Vista DVD.
- Select repair your instalation of windows
- Click next for the list of tools
- Select comand prompt and type format x: /y /q /fs:NTFS  where " x " is the drive letter or partition that contain XP
- After that is complete type exit.
- Remove Vista DVD and restart system.

At last, you also need to remove the legacy prompt from the Vista Boot record use the program like VistaBootPRO 3.1 to remove it.
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by:willcomp
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Was XP alraedy installed when Vista was installed? If so, the Vista boot loader is most likely on XP partition and deleting that partition will render Vista unusable. You can shrink the partition, but don't completely remove it.
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by:edsager
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Thank you all for your suggestions.

Merete:  I am familiar with Vista's Disk Manager and the links are interesting, but unfortunately, none of the information found therein provide a solution for me.  When I try to use the Disk Management, I am not allowed to delete the XP partition because it is still labeled as a system partition.  The only solution I saw from the links was to do a clean install of Vista.  That is just not an option.  I use Acronis TrueImage for backups, but I have not had a lot of luck with Acronis TI when I needed it most.

PUNKY:  I would like to try your suggestion, and I almost did so before posing my question, but I am concerned about the problem mentioned in willcomp's suggestion.  Could you please address the problem in willcomp's suggestion?

willcomp:  As stated in the original question, XP was installed first.  The concern you mentioned is exactly what I have found from Microsoft's website and many others.  Is there no way to get around that?  Could I repair the boot loader after deleting the partition?  Is there a way to delete the partition without formatting the entire disk?  

Please follow the following links, as it shows what I have done thus far:

http://www.syschat.com/remove-xp-xp-vista-dual-boot-1927.html 

http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=864 (Entry #2)

Thank you,
edsager
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There is no way I'm aware of to repair Vista install if you delete the XP partition completely. You can shrink the partition to reclaim most disk space.
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Very interesting that setting up a dual-boot system is so easy, but removing all traces of it and getting control over all my available hard drive space is impossible without reinstallation of Vista.

What about the Acronis product, Acronis® Disk Director Suite 10.0?  Will that help in any way?

What about copying the boot files from XP to Vista?

Thanks,
edsager
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by:edsager
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Or what about installing Vista 64-bit on the XP partition?  Would that allow for Vista to take over all the booting files and then afford me the opportunity to delete the unwanted Vista 64 partition?

Thanks,
edsager
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by:willcomp
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You cannot delete that partition if you want Vista bootable. Period. If you install Vista 64, boot manager is still on that partition and always will be.
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I apologize for waiting so long to respond.  I did find a solution with the help of another website.

In addition to doing http://www.syschat.com/remove-xp-xp-vista-dual-boot-1927.html and http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=864 (Entry #2), I also did the steps found at the following discussion:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?p=1089943#post1089943 

I now only have Vista booting and have been able to eliminate the XP Pro partition and merge it with the Vista partition with the help of Acronis Disk Director, and I have no errors or booting problems.

With the help of Acronis gurus, I was able to find a solution to my own problem.

Thanks,
edsager
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by:willcomp
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That's interesting to know. Does require Acronis Disk Director though.

Post a question in Community Support requesting a refund since you found solution elsewhere.
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