Deleting Win 7 but keeping other programs

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Nalim, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Nalim

    Nalim New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2014
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was using Win7 on an HD with all the programs like Excel. Recently, I installed Win 8.1 on a new SSD and disconnected the HD with Win7 on it. Can I, and if yes, how do I uninstall Win7 from the HD without affecting other program on the disk which I would like to use with Win8.1?
    Thanks.
     
  2. bassfisher6522

    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2008
    Messages:
    4,878
    Likes Received:
    317
    There's no way to "uninstall" an OS from a HDD. The only way to remove a OS that I know of is to format the HDD which wipes the drive clean.

    You could create a system image of just the data you want and save it to some other source, say and external storage drive, then format the HDD.
     
  3. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
    Staff Member Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    Joined:
    May 16, 2010
    Messages:
    5,454
    Likes Received:
    268
    As bassfisher says you can only move user data files to another system. When you install programs the install process make registry entries and many other system changes which are "tied" to the operating system under which you installed them. If you want those programs to run under Windows 8.1 then they must be re-installed under Windows 8.1.
     
    bassfisher6522 likes this.
  4. badrobot

    badrobot Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2012
    Messages:
    1,020
    Likes Received:
    102
    I agree with the 2 guys above. And you don't wanna get rid of Win 7. It's too golden the get rid of. I have 2 Win 8.1 machines and 1 Win 7.... Win 7 is my main machine.
     

Share This Page

Loading...