How to uninstall windows 7
Delete Windows 7 b> Released in October 2009, Windows 7 is the most recent Microsoft Operating system (as of September 2010). It offers several advances over previous versions of windows, including improved media functions and networking. Windows 7 is not for everyone, however, and there are instances in which someone may wish to remove Windows 7 in favor of an earlier version. There are three ways to delete Windows 7, and the method you use depends on how it was originally installed.
b>Back up the data on your computer. Go to the Windows Start Menu. Select "Computer" and right-click on the "C" drive. Left-click on "Properties" and write down the amount of free space on your drive. Close out of the "C" drive properties and go to the Windows Start Menu. Type "Windows.old" in the "Search Programs and Files" box. If the "Windows.old" folder does not exist, skip the rest of this section and go to the section titled "Remove Windows 7 from a Computer with No Previous Operating System." Right-click the Windows.old folder, left-click on "Properties" and look at the of the folder. Compare the of the folder with the amount of free space on your drive you wrote down in Step 2. The Windows.old folder contains compressed files; if the folder is more than two times the of the amount of free space on your drive, skip the rest of this section and go to the section titled "Remove Windows 7 from a Computer with No Previous Operating System." For example: If you only have 10GB of free space on your C drive and the Windows.old file is 22GB large, when it expands it may use up the remaining 10GB and then some. Insert the Windows 7 installation disc and reboot your machine. Select the option to boot from CD/DVD when prompted. Set the language, time and location-specific settings and click "Next." Select "Repair Your Computer" from the list of installation options. Select your version of Windows 7 and click "Next." Click "Command Prompt" to open the command prompt window. Type the following commands, and hit the "Enter" key after each: C: Md Win7 Move Windows Win7\Windows Move "Program Files" "Win7\Program Files" Move Users Win7\Users Attrib --h --s --r ProgramData Move ProgramData Win7\ProgramData Rd "Documents and Settings" Type the following commands and hit the "Enter" key after each: move /y c:\Windows.old\Windows c:\ move /y "c:\Windows.old\Program Files" c:\ move /y c:\Windows.old\ProgramData c:\ move /y c:\Windows.old\Users c:\ move /y "c:\Windows.old\Documents and Settings" c Restore the boot sector for the earlier version of Windows with one of the following commands: For Vista, type: D:\boot\bootsect /nt52 c: For Windows XP or Windows 2000, type: D:\boot\bootsect /nt60 c: Type the following commands and hit the "Enter" key after each command: Attrib --h --s --r boot.ini.saved Copy boot.ini.saved boot.ini Close the Command Prompt window and reboot your computer. b> Remove Windows 7 From a Multi-Boot System Boot your computer to the Non-Windows 7 Operating system and back up your data. Go to the Windows Start Menu, select "Control Panel" and click "System and Security." Select "Administrative Tools" and double-click "Computer Management." Enter your Administrator Password if prompted. Click "Storage" on the left and select "Disk Management." Locate the drive or partition that is running the Windows 7 operating system. If you have both operating systems on the same partition, skip the rest of this section and go to the section titled "Remove Windows 7 from a Computer with No Previous Operating System." Right-click on the Windows 7 partition, click "Format" or "Delete" to remove Windows 7 from that partition. Click "OK" and reboot your computer. b> Remove Windows 7 from a Computer with No Previous Operating System Back up the data on your hard drive and insert the desired Windows installation disk, such as Windows Vista or Windows XP. Reboot your machine and select the option to boot from CD/DVD. Press "Enter" to start the installation process. Hit F8 to agree to the "Microsoft Software License Terms" and select the option to install a new version of the software. Select the C: drive and highlight the option to format and partition the drive. Press the "Enter" key. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Windows. The computer may reboot several times during the installation process. Enter your product key when prompted.
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