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Article ID: 2709878 - Last Review: October 2, 2012 - Revision: 4.0


When you start Windows 7, you may see a boot menu prompting you to select Windows Vista or Windows 7, even though Windows Vista is no longer installed.  If you upgraded from Windows Vista, you might still have some Vista files on your hard disk. Let's delete those files so Windows 7 can start normally.


Follow these steps to delete any traces of Windows Vista:

  • Click the Start button, type msconfig in the search box, and then press Enter to start the System Configuration utility.

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  • Click the Boot tab, select the Operating System that you want to delete, such as Windows Vista.
    Important:Do not delete Windows 7 (C:\Windows) :Current OS;Default OS.
  • Click Delete, click OK, and then restart your PC.

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For more information about boot partitions, see What are system partitions and boot partitions?

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Applies to
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
Additional support options
Ask The Microsoft Small Business Support Community
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