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Hi all, I have a HP pavilion a1305a desktop computer. Basically I have an 80gb hd loaded with xp and a 40gb loaded with windows 7 ultimate with a 240 gb hard drive to save things on. I am looking to sell the pc, so I want to remove everything except the two operating systems. I have no disks. Just wondering if I do a factory restore, will it delete windows 7? Is there any other ways to delete everything and keep both?

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Can I ask why you want to keep Win7 if it wasn't the original OS installed on the system?
If you are selling it why not take it back to factory new and sell it?
Without deleting the Win7 some of your personal info may remain on that partition.
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I would prefer to keep windows 7 as i will get more money for it. So is there anyway I can delete everything without delete the operating systems.
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Was XP the original OS and then Win7 added later?
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Yeah, it was
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OK so the primary partition is XP and WIn7 is the secondary.
That may be a problem trying to make it work correctly since the boot manager would be the XP and not win7.
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Hi, sorry not a very tec savy person. All i know is that when you boot the computer, the menu comes up and you can either load xp or windows 7, if you dont choose, it will load windows 7. thanks
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So is there anyway I can delete everything without delete the operating systems.

OK this statement is confusing because if you delete EVERYTHING then the drive is formatted.
If you are talking data we ll that is a little more complicated.
You can uninstall all your programs and wipe out all the bookmarks and emails but some of your info may remain in the registry.
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Basically, I want the computer like it was when it was bought. All data, programs, files, history gone. But I want windows 7 still there
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Using the built in recovery if it still exists would wipe the whole drive and return it to the way it was brand new. No Win7 installed.
How did the win 7 get installed?
Do you have a Win7 installation disk?
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What if I delete all the programs and files, will that be safe to sell to someone? I don't want people to have my information that's all
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You can uninstall all your programs and wipe out all the bookmarks and emails but some of your info may remain in the registry.
How did the win 7 get installed?
Do you have a Win7 installation disk?
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I bought it second hand and it came with it. Didnt get any discs
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So Win 7 was already setup as the second OS?
I'm trying to figure out if it is even possible to do this.
Please do the following.

Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On left side click on Disk Management
On right side you will see you hard drive.
Now I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply. Do the following to take a screenshot while the above is open and showing on your desktop.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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