What did Windows 7 leave behind?


J

Justin

BillW50 <BillW50@aol.kom> said:
I installed Windows 7 on three machines. And I promised myself I would
use them for a year. Two machines I had dualbooting XP/7. Well after the
year I still didn't like it.

Deleted the W7 partition, fixed XP boot by FIXMBR and FIXBOOT. Deleted
BOOTMGR, BOOTSECTOR, and the BOOT folder. I am thinking that all signs
of Windows 7 should be gone.

I used to make backups, but now I am cloning drives instead. Much, much,
better. Anyway Paragon Drive Copy v11 can copy live which is also very
nice. Although Paragon thinks it is doing me a favor by making the copy
bootable by Windows 7. So some part of Windows 7 is still on my XP
system which is tipping Paragon off that Windows 7 is still there.

Anybody know what it can be?
I suggest you download and use DBAN (Darik's Book and Nuke). Perform a
quick wipe of zeros and then reinstall. You don't have to wait for the
whole drive to be wiped, just let it run for a few minutes so the first
bunch of tracks get zeroed out.
I have seen all versions of Windows leave behind various remnants.
 
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RnR

I installed Windows 7 on three machines. And I promised myself I would
use them for a year. Two machines I had dualbooting XP/7. Well after the
year I still didn't like it.

Deleted the W7 partition, fixed XP boot by FIXMBR and FIXBOOT. Deleted
BOOTMGR, BOOTSECTOR, and the BOOT folder. I am thinking that all signs
of Windows 7 should be gone.

I used to make backups, but now I am cloning drives instead. Much, much,
better. Anyway Paragon Drive Copy v11 can copy live which is also very
nice. Although Paragon thinks it is doing me a favor by making the copy
bootable by Windows 7. So some part of Windows 7 is still on my XP
system which is tipping Paragon off that Windows 7 is still there.

Anybody know what it can be?

Common' Bill, you know it takes MS more than a year to get any OS
right <grin> !!!! -RnR-
 
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BillW50

In
Justin said:
I suggest you download and use DBAN (Darik's Book and Nuke). Perform
a quick wipe of zeros and then reinstall. You don't have to wait for
the whole drive to be wiped, just let it run for a few minutes so the
first bunch of tracks get zeroed out.
I have seen all versions of Windows leave behind various remnants.
Thanks for the suggestion Justin. Although a reinstall is the last thing
I want to do and I don't reinstall Windows from scratch anymore if I can
help it. I would rather use a backup of this XP before Windows 7 was
installed. Then I am sure Paragon wouldn't see that Windows 7 wasn't
here at all. Thus it would stop setting up a clone copy to be bootable
by Windows 7.
 

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