Win7 Reinstallation Problem

  chessman2 07:46 AM 19 Dec 12

I have a Dell Laptop Studio 1555 and because of a problem with windows updates not working was eventually forced to reload windows with the supplied recovery disk.

All went well, but I accidentally installed win7 on the D drive instead of the C drive as intended twit! However, I repeated the process and this time ensured that the C drive was selected - success.

I now have a laptop that boots and stops presenting me with a choice of 2 windows 7 systems if I select the first one then it continues to boot and present me with the normal win7 screen and I have system warnings telling me that the D drive is very full.

Qstn. How can I best remove the unwanted 2nd installation of win7 on the D drive without affecting the restoration s/w so that my laptop will boot into windows as it used to?

Any help would be much appreciated.

  Chronos the 2nd 11:27 AM 19 Dec 12

Not sure what restoration s/w means. But surely you will have little else on the D drive other than Windows 7 which you have just installed? If that's the case format the D drive which will remove the installation.

  lotvic 11:43 AM 19 Dec 12

Better have a look at D drive before you wipe it completely, as well as the unintended install of W7 it may contain the restore to factory settings image files The image file contains W7 and all the drivers and is first choice way to reload W7 onto C drive. Here's the Dell instructions

  chessman2 11:36 AM 20 Dec 12

Many thanks for all the input from everyone. After much consideration I decided that it was too uncertain trying to remove only the unwanted files so opted to delete the contents of my D: Recovery drive.

However, the system does not want to allow me to do this and returns "Access Denied" messages. a request to format the D: is met with the response "Access denied as you do not have sufficient privileges. You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode."

I was sitting in the root of D: whilst running the windows Command Prompt utility (similar to MS DOS).

Any suggestions how I can overcome these showstoppers?

Once everything is removed I have a copy of Windows 7 from my other PC so if I ever need to load windows again I can use that as both the laptop and desktop PC are running the same version of windows.


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