Uninstall or Remove Windows 8 from Dual Boot System having Win 7 & Win XP

All we know that recently Microsoft announced  their upcoming  version of windows ‘Windows 8’ .It’s a totally redesigned OS from Microsoft, having lots of improvements w.r.t performance as well as UI. Metro UI making it more attractive.We already discussed about key features of windows 8 in our earlier post.Many peoples using windows 8 developer preview or consumer preview.Both are development release from Microsoft  for checking further compatibility.

Uninstall / Remove Windows 8Our recent windows 8 post help many people to dual boot their systems with win 7 & win xp.We know that its not a stable release from Microsoft, that’s why many users facing  incompatibility issue 🙁 , so they prefer to uninstall Window 8 from their dual boot .We also got lots of comments regarding ‘Win 8 CP removing process’. After doing some sort of research finally we found out the Safe-Remove process of windows 8,which will keep all your previous os. Before I discuss  entire  process, you must consider  following points without fail.

  • You can uninstall windows 8 CP/DP  only if you have dual boot enable. i,e you must have Win 7 boot loader  as default.Your windows 8 is must  installed on separate partition.If you upgraded your win 7 to win 8 directly  then downgrade to win 7 is not possible. Don’t proceed if u have windows 8 default boot loader otherwise you will loose all your OS & of course you data 🙁
  • To configure Win 8  dual boot with win7 boot loader kindly refer trailing  section of our earlier post “Windows 8 Dual boot“, its highly recommended to do this !!! by following proper steps  your boot loader look like this

    Installing Windows XP Boot Loader Before Windows 8

    Boot loader for Windows 8

After full filling  all above points.restart your system & Boot it into windows 8 environment by login with  administrator privileged. Now execute following steps:

#Removing Windows 8 from Boot Loader:

1. Navigate to Drive:WindowsSystem32 and open cmd.exe file in administrator privileged(Simply Right-click on cmd.ex & say “Run as administrator“)

2. You will see command prompt,in that execute this command

bcdedit /enum /v

3. After executing this command you will get list of os which are present in current boot loader.Refer following image

Windows 8 boot  Identifier code

4. Identify the Windows 8 boot-loader by looking at description field and take a note of identifier string in win 8 section (Arrow in above image),Don’t copy it otherwise some malfunctioning will happen,type it manually !!!

5. Now execute this command

bcdedit /delete

Example:bcdedit /delete {1e901d4b-d56e-11de-b7c1-e1ae3e88597f}

After removing Windows 8 from boo

6.After successful execution of above command,you will remove win 8 from boot menu ,now your boot loader look like  this  🙂

Removing Win8 from boot menu

Removing Win8 from boot menu

# Removing partition

1. In above process we just break the link of win8 & boot loader,now we have to remove the partition.To do this reboot your PC & boot it into win 7/win xp

2. Now you will see win 8 drive, simply format it by Right-clicking-> format

Formatting Windows 8 partition

3. This will remove all folders and files associated with win 8 and now you can utilize that drive for storage purpose

4. Enjoy your old version of Windows till  windows 8  stable  release 🙂

[note]I personally successfully uninstall win 8 from my system. If you have any queries kindly share with us,we will try to solve them.[/note]

9 thoughts on “Uninstall or Remove Windows 8 from Dual Boot System having Win 7 & Win XP

  1. victoria alex says:

    great article have been worrying how to remove windows 8 with a dual boot. As always a great informative article and can’t wait for the new stabilzed version of windows 8 . I guess you will be keeping us updated when this will be . Thanks for sharing

  2. A very good article

  3. Great answer. I’m 78 years old and wish you could uninstall win 8 for me. Not sure I can do this.

  4. Great article. I just installed Win8 Pro and this article showed me how to get rid of Windows7. Windows7 is a good operating system but Windows 8 is much better!!! Now my Win8 machine boots even faster!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  5. this is my problem .
    I hv sony vaio sve15125cn with win8 , now I want to install win7 (another drive) also ,but I hv got error” drive 0 partition n are gpt “.
    how can install win7 ???
    thanks .

    • Hi look like some issue is their in GPT,as you are trying to install Win7 into fresh copy of win8. see this http://goo.gl/n1rH2 it will help you for sure.But keep in mind before doing any step 1st take your backup into other portable hard derive. Let me know if you need any help

  6. bcdedit is NOT a valid command ?????????

    • Hi Don
      Your PATH variable needs to include the C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows folders, that’s probably why it’s not finding those commands.

      You can fix it by:

      – Click Start, right-click “Computer”, and select “Properties”

      – Click the “Advanced System Settings” in the left pane

      – Click the “Advanced” tab

      – Click the “Environment Variables…” button near the bottom of the dialogue box

      – Change the value of the PATH variable in the upper box if it exists there, or in the lower box if it doesn’t. Be sure to separate each folder name with a “;” (semicolon) character.

      let me know if you need any help regarding same.

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