Removing XP

#1
I have a dual-boot of Windows XP and Windows 7 where XP is installed first. Now, I want to remove the XP for good. I have search in this forum and found that the easiest way is to do:

EasyBCD 2.0 > BCD Backup/Repair > Change boot drive, and then point it to W7 when it asks.

OK. I have done that and reboot my PC. The boot screen still showing the option to choose whether I want to boot from XP or Win7. I chose Win 7. Once logged in, I checked on the Win 7 partition, and it shows the "Boot" folder and "bootmgr" system file. So, I guess it went fine.

Now, how do I get rid of the XP? Can I simply delete the partition? If I do that, would windows boot OK, meaning it will boot straight to Win 7 and not having an error (because the XP partition is now gone)? Or, should I remove the XP from the boot option first and then proceed with deleting the partition?

PS: I want to delete the XP partition (rather than re-formating it) because I want to move the Win 7 partition to the front/outer of the disk.

Thanks,
 
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JustinW

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#2
Delete the entry, than delete the partition. Disk management should allow you to extend Windows 7's partition.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
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#3
Disk Management won't allow you to extend your W7 partition at the start, only at the high end.
To reuse space in front of W7 you'll need to use a bootable 3rd-party W7-compatible partition manager.
 
#4
I did it last night and all went well. I used 3rd party partition manager to move the Win 7 partition to the front of the disk.

Thank you all.