Uninstalling windows question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by robotjaw, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. robotjaw macrumors newbie

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    hey everyone, new here and i know you guys can help me out!

    i want to delete windows off my macbook pro and reinstall a new version cause the one i have no was a trail of 7 from long ago. if i follow the steps on the apple site to uninstall windows and just have my OSX operating system again will i lose anything from my OSX operating system? or will it just make the harddrive one partition again? i use it for school and cant afford to lose all the stuff i have on it. thank you for your time!

    also, if i were to just upgrade windows from an updater to a legit version would i somehow wipe out my OSX operating system?
     
  2. mashsensor macrumors member

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    your windows has its own partition, you wont erase your osx.
    to wipe windows off, just use bootcamp, it takes seconds.
     
  3. robotjaw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you! just didnt wanna lose anything haha i always freak out about this stuff.

    also, i just want to install a legit version of 7 on it. is there a way i can do that without deleting windows and reinstalling it? can i just upgrade it?
     
  4. apd macrumors member

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    You can boot the Mac into Windows and then install a fresh copy over the existing install. Being a longtime windows user (converted to Mac about a year ago) I would strongly suggest you do a completely fresh install - windows is not good at preserving settings etc without getting in a tangle (unless the current OS is win 7 and you are only making it legit).
     
  5. robotjaw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea i was just gonna do a fresh install of the windows 7 over the one i have already. i was just afraid somehow it would install OVER my OSX i do NOT want that to happen
     
  6. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    You should be fine. Just take note of the size of your windows partition, and be extra careful when selecting your C drive in Windows installer. I believe bootcamp assistant names your windows partition as C, so you'll know where to put Windows.

    I would also make a Time Machine or CCC backup of OS X (if you're not already doing it regularly), just as a precaution.
     

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