How can I remove Windows 8 CPE from a dual boot installation with Windows 7?

Frank Pratt August 5, 2012

I currently have a Windows 7 & Windows 8 CPE on my desktop. I wish to keep Windows 7, and being satisfied with Windows 8, no longer need that OS, I’ll wait for the actual release in the fall.

So, how would I edit the boot menu to do so and once in Windows 7, using Computer Management, I can safely format the Windows 8 partition in one fell swoop?

  1. Benjamin Glass
    August 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Simply delete the partition Windows 8 is on, then expand the Windows 7 partition using some good partition software--say, GParted Linux. Then remove the Windows 8 entry from the boot screen by using the MSConfig utility.

  2. Tony Batty
    August 25, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Or your other bet is format the damn thing once and for all, since it will still be installed on your C drive partition

    August 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hello, you could just format the partition where windows 8 is and then use the bootrec command to fix the the boot and MBR. Here is more info on the bootrec command:

  4. James Gillespie
    August 11, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Log into Windows 7
    Click Start and Type Partition and select create and format hard disk partitions.
    Then format or delete the partition that you had windows 8 on.

  5. Usman Mubashir
    August 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I have encountered a similar problem, explore a boot manager program that will give you access to a .txt file, deleting some obvious lines from the text will resolve the problem.
    I upgraded my windows 7 to 8 and changed the settings from Computer Management.

  6. Lambvolution
    August 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    format the partition contains windows 8 under windows 7

  7. ha14
    August 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm
  8. Suman Acharya
    August 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    you can also delete OS from boot list using "msconfig"
    win logo+R
    type msconfig
    under boot tab there will be installed OS listed

    or you can edit boot configuration data by running command prompt as an administrator and type "bcdedit /?"
    you will be guided through.

    goto disk management , make sure the Windows 7 insatalled partion is active partition and delete the other partition with Win 8.

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