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A few months ago, I tried to install the Consumer Preview, but something went wrong, it failed, and I continued with Windows 7. However, I did notice I now had a dual boot menu at startup, asking me which OS to use. Consumer Preview was corrupt so I just continued with 7.

Today, I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and decided to do a clean install without reformatting. However, the Consumer Preview fragment is still on my computer and I don't know how to get rid of it.

Any help will be appreciated!

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You will have to locate the files on the hdd if they exist and just remove the boot.ini. – Ramhound Oct 26 '12 at 13:35
Where would they be? Somewhere in the Windows folder I assume, but I don't know where after. – BL5 Oct 26 '12 at 13:39

You can remove the entry from the boot menu by using msconfig. To do this:

  1. Press Windows to open the Start Screen and type msconfig:

    Searching for msconfig

  2. Launch it as an Administrator by pressing Ctrl+Enter. If prompted whether to run as an Administrator click Yes

  3. Switch to the Boot tab:

    Boot tab

  4. Select the entry you wish to delete and click Delete

Note that this will not remove any files associated with the failed installation - I would need more information than you have provided for that and it is a more dangerous operation to complete. I will be happy to go through this if you wish.

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This will remove a boot prompt, but won't remove any partition that might have been created or files (such as a Windows.000 folder) that might have been created. – Joel Coehoorn Oct 26 '12 at 16:01
That's why I explained that in my last paragraph ;) – Graham Wager Oct 26 '12 at 16:04

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