Windows 7 - Advice required to remove old Windows XP from dual boot.
Posted on 2010-01-02
I have a system that boots off an 80Gb hard drive. The system was initially a Windows XP (SP3) setup.
When Windows 7 was released (Full release version) I popped another 80Gb hard drive into the system and installed Windows 7 on that - nice and easy to roll back if it was proving unstable!
The system appears to be booting from the 'new' Windows 7 boot manager rather than the older style XP one. The boot gives me the options you would expect, to either boot to Windows 7 or boot to XP. The second disk I put in is intepreted as the 'C' drive so it looks like windows 7 is now the primary OS and is controlling the boot process.
Now that I have a solid Windows 7 platform I no longer need to keep that old XP install. I want to clear off the original disk and use it for something more useful!
In XP, playing around with the OS bootstrap was a doddle - just modify that boot.ini file to your hearts content, but in Windows 7 I have no idea how to effectivly remove the XP bootstrap. I know I can set the timeout on the boot loader to '0' but that doesn't stop the message flashing up for a split second before continuing to load Windows 7. Besides it isnt REALLY a fix - more of a fudge that leaves dead references in my boot menu - and that would simply never do!
I am looking for the real solution to this that allows me to have full control over my booting in the same way I had full control in XP. I also need to make sure that I don't end up a blind alley with no working boot to Windows 7 either!
Any help would be grealty appreciated.