HP ProBook® 4720s Windows® 7 Uninstallation
The important things that the user has to keep in mind to effectively uninstall Windows® 7 on the HP ProBook 4720s notebook.
HP ProBook 4720s is an excellent notebook that comes integrated with the Windows® XP Professional operating system, which is available to the user through the downgrade rights of Windows® 7 Professional. Nevertheless, in case the user wants to use the Windows® 7 operating system, he or she has to install it on the system. However, in this article, the three most important things that the user has to keep in mind to effectively uninstall Windows® 7 on HP ProBook 4720s are discussed.
- Things to keep in mind while uninstalling Windows® 7
- Essential steps to uninstall Windows® 7 on HP ProBook 4720s
- Uninstalling Windows® 7 on a multi-boot system
Things to keep in mind while uninstalling Windows® 7
For effective uninstallation of Windows ® 7 on HP ProBook 4720s, the user has to keep the following things in mind: While upgrading the system to Windows® 7, a clean install is done, where the user inserts the disc, boots the CD, and installs the Windows® 7 operating system. Therefore, Windows® creates a folder named ‘Windows.old’ which is nestled in the root of the Windows® partition with the previous Windows® operating system and data. However, the user can efficiently uninstall Windows® 7 by simply using the command prompt, and then typing specific commands to rename and move the folders between the different versions of Windows®.
Essential steps to uninstall Windows® 7 on HP ProBook 4720s
The user can effectively uninstall Windows® 7 on HP ProBook 4720s by performing the following steps: The user has to initially determine the existence of the ‘Windows.old’ folder, and then find out if there is sufficient space on the hard disk. Then, the user has to start the Windows® recovery environment and move the Windows® 7 folders to a new ‘Win7’ folder. The user has to essentially copy content and move it to the ‘Windows.old’ folder. Then, the user has to restore the boot sector for previous installation and restore the ‘Boot.ini’ file for the previous Windows® installation of Windows® XP. Close the command prompt window and click ‘Restart’. After the verification of the Windows® XP functionality, the user can remove the ‘C:/Win7’ folder for data recovery, if not needed.
The user can successfully uninstall Windows® 7 on a multi-boot system, if the older version of Windows® was installed first. In case, Windows® 7 is the second operating system, then the user has to boot the system with the older Windows® version, and either delete or format the partition with Windows® 7 installed on it. The user has to do this so that the older version of Windows® can reclaim the disk space and utilize it. The user has to click ‘My Computer’, choose ‘Manage’, and click ‘Disk Management’. Then, the user has to right-click ‘Volume’ where Windows® 7 is installed, and then choose ‘Format’ or ‘Delete Volume’. Then, to remove Windows® 7, the user has to select ‘Start’, ‘Control Panel’, ‘System’, ‘Security Administrative Tool’, and ‘System Configuration’, and then click the ‘Boot’ tab, click on the listing for Windows® 7, and, finally, click ‘Delete’ and restart the system.