Vista Tutorial: How To Remove Windows 7 Beta
Article by George Norman
On 29 Jan 2009
Microsoft has extended the download availability of Windows 7 Beta 1, Build 7000, and there are even reports that the development process has moved to post-Beta with Build 7025 of the next iteration of the Windows operating system. But what it if you are fed up with dual booting Windows 7 Beta on your Vista and would like to get rid of the Beta installation and partition?

You follow this tutorial, of course. The first thing that must be mentioned is that if you installed Windows 7 as the single OS on your machine, then removing it should be as simple as performing a fresh install. Just remember to backup your data. Failure to do so will lead to you losing all the data stored on the partition where you installed Windows 7.

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To uninstall Windows 7 Beta from your Vista powered machine, follow these steps:
- Start -> Search -> type in “diskmgmt.msc” to access Disk Management”.
- Locate the partition you installed Windows 7 on, right click it and select “Delete Volume”.
- If you only had two partitions, then you should see it and some unallocated space (this is where Windows 7 was installed). Right click on the remaining partition, select “Extend Volume” and type in the amount of space available from the unallocated space.

If you followed all the steps accordingly, then you will no longer have the Windows 7 OS installed on your machine, nor do you have the Windows 7 partition on your HDD. The downside is that you might have broken the Vista boot loader – if that is the case then follow these steps:

- Boot up using the Vista DVD and select Repair your computer” when prompted. You will be asked which installation to repair: select Vista.
- When you get the “Choose a recovery tool” window, select “Startup Repair”. Click “Cancel” if after a reboot or at some point you are prompted to “System Restore”.



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