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Deleting an old version of windows vista

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suspended5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Hi,

Does anyone know how I can delete an old version of windows.

I reinstalled Vista but the old version of vista is still there even though I told setup to overwrite existing files!

I now currently have 2 versions installed and I have to choose which one I want to load Pre-boot. I tried just right clicking and deleting but it stops deleting on the last few files and then I have to click cancel and all the files are still there.

Thanks for anyhelp
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suspended5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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#1
format the hard drive before you install the operating system.
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StevenA2000_uk
format the hard drive before you install the operating system.

Its a bit late now, I've already installed the operating system. Saying that though the installations are on seperate hardrives one is C:/ and one is D:/

So if I reformat D (the one with the version of windows I don't want) then it will delete all files within?

Edited By: jonny619447 on Jan 01, 2011 16:18
suspended#3
Nope, I can't format it.

"Windows was unable to complete the format"
#4
if i was you i would do another clean installation and completely wipe everything from the hard drive before installing the new one..(remembering to delete any partitions)...otherwise if you just want to format the hard drive becareful with the bootloader..if normal formatting doesn't work, go to Run then compmgmt.msc then on the left hadside click disk management delete the partitions on the 'D' drive and create new ones in place..

thats just one solution, it might not be the best so becareful.
suspended#5
The thing is they are on two different hard drives so is it not possible to maybe use a program like "unlocker".

Also If I am in the version of windows that I want to keep and the old version I dont want anymore is on the other hard drive why can I not format it?
#6
Which version of Windows was installed first, the one on C or D?

Is this a Desktop PC and have you perhaps added a new hard disk?

If so was the "old" C drive (that had the original Windows on it) now the D drive?

One way to get rid of D is to go into "Disk Management" within Windows and delete the D partition - if it will let you (you can add it back later).

However if you do this it may stop your Vista on C booting as the code to ask the question "what version of Windows do you want to boot" may be lost when you delete the D partition.
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guilbert53
Which version of Windows was installed first, the one on C or D?Is this a Desktop PC and have you perhaps added a new hard disk? If so was the "old" C drive (that had the original Windows on it) now the D drive?One way to get rid of D is to go into "Disk Management" within Windows and delete the D partition - if it will let you (you can add it back later).However if you do this it may stop your Vista on C booting as the code to ask the question "what version of Windows do you want to boot" may be lost when you delete the D partition.

The one on D:/ was installed first. it is named D:\Vista and the C drive is name C:\Data

Nope its a laptop, the drives are only 30 odd Gigs anyway
suspended#8
This is what disc management says about the status of the drives, the interesting point of it is that it says the original (old) vista on drive D is "active"

http://i54.tinypic.com/2v9yiq8.jpg

Edited By: jonny619447 on Jan 01, 2011 16:49
#9
Can you not just Boot from CD & then delete the 2 Partitions.
#10
>>>>>I reinstalled Vista but the old version of vista is still there even though I told setup to overwrite existing files!

It did overwrite existing files, but all the files on the old DDDD drive, not CCCC drive.

Seems the "Vista D" drive was the old C drive.

When you installed the second Vista it went on the old "data" partition (probably the old D drive) and it made it C.

I think it best to do a fresh Vista install, but during the install, when you get to the window that says "Where do you want to install Windows" select the "advanced" option in the bottom right (see screen shot below)

On the advanced page delete ALL the partitions (C and D).

Then create a new partition, which can be all the disk if you want.

Exit from this window and continue the install

See "Where do you want to install Windows" window below

http://maximumpcguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/vista_clean_install8.png






Edited By: guilbert53 on Jan 01, 2011 17:20
#11
If you have nothing you need on either partition, I would 100% say format them both and start again.

Put Win 7 on it too while you're at it :)
suspended#12
Ok, thanks everyone for your help and advice. I am going to follow guilbert53's advice.

Babbbooey your right there mate. Either win7 or xp. vista is crap!
#13
I upgraded from vista to win7 , haven't really noticed a big difference in the 2 OS , wish I hadn't bothered really and kept my money. Microsoft ripoff imo.

Edited By: Joey Bloggsy on Jan 01, 2011 22:15
#14
your right dcx but I'm old and can wait for an extra second for an application to load, what I meant was the overall appearance and general usage are more or less the same.
It does have a better feel to it as well but for the money - it probably wasn't worth it imo and I shouldav waited for the next os to come out or summit.

We vista users were hard done

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