How to Remove Earlier Version of Windows in Windows 8

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Hey Guys,
I am sure you are here because you also got frustrated selecting your OS every time you start your Laptop or PC.


The Problem of  'Earlier Version of OS ' and 'Choose an Operating System' is quite annoying and common at the same time.
So In this Article I am going to Show you a Simple, Easiest, and Fastest Method to remove this selection and run the deafult OS.

After When I upgraded my system from Windows 7 32 bit to Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit , It all worked fine.
But the next time when I started my PC it just stopped asking to 'Choose an Operating System' and below there was Windows 7 and First was Windows 8.


I selected Windows 8 and moved on.
but this error of 'Earlier Version of Windows' and Choose an Operating System' Came up with me every next time when I start up my PC.

Later then after I thought and decided to solve this issue of 'Earlier Version of Windows' and 'Choose an Operating System'

Most Probably this issue occurs when one installs a fresh copy of latest Os and there remain some files of Old OS even after deleting the previous OS.
and due to this Windows get Confused which OS to load as it considers and finds that there are two different OS in the Harddrive.

So considering that you won't need any use of Earlier Version of Windows Lets move on 'How to Delete Earlier Version of Windows'

This Method works on All OS of Windows from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 pro

So if you are on Windows 7 or Windows 8 not to worry


  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start Search box, type cmd, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.
  3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
Alternative Method for Windows 8 users

  1. Just go to Bottom-Left Most Corner of Screen 
  2. Press Right Mouse Click
  3. Select Command Promp (Admin)

If asks for Continue > Ofcourse you need to Press Continue or Yes or Whatever may be.

Lets move to Next Step

  1. Once the command prompt is open, type the command ‘bcdedit’ and hit enter.
  2. You will see a bunch of text coming up, search for the ‘Windows Legacy OS Loader’.
  3. In that tab, you should be able to see {ntldr} – this is the thing that needs to be deleted.
  4. In order to do that, type bcdedit /delete {ntldr} /f … There are spaces in between the command, which must be appropriately followed.
  5. After that, you will see a message that “The Operation Completed Successfully”.
  6. You need to restart your computer after that, and you will not see the Earlier Version of Windows option again in the Windows 8 Boot Menu.

This was all that solved for me.


If you still face the problem , please do Comment I would be there to solve for you.