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Windows 7: WinRE - Advice on How to move to Boot (System Reserved) Partition?

29 Jan 2012   #1
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
WinRE - Advice on How to move to Boot (System Reserved) Partition?

Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone could help me with advice on how to move the Windows Recovery Environment from the Windows partition to the Boot (System Reserved partition)?

I am using Win7 Pro x64. I currently have a 250mb System Reserved partition. I extended this from 100mb as it was causing problems with the Win7 image backup.

I've been reading a few guides which say it's advisable to place Winre.wim into the System Reserved partition instead of on the windows partition but I'm not sure how to do this?

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.




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29 Jan 2012   #2
CreepinJesus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I can't help with this, I'm afraid, BUT I can possibly help with the 100MB "System Reserved" issue. Take a log at this ancient blog post I did: CreepinJesus.net - Windows 7 Backup Problem - Not Enough Space!? (I'm just throwing it out here just in case that's the problem you're having )
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29 Jan 2012   #3
gregrocker

 

We deal with these issues here every day and I've not heard of moving WinRE to SysReserved. If Win7 won't boot and it disappears off F8, I'd run System Recovery Options from Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk.
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29 Jan 2012   #4
TJG

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

There are instructions on how to do this during a new install in the docs for the WAIK 3.0, don't know about moving them.

TJG
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29 Jan 2012   #5
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Hi, thanks for the replies. My system reserved and recovery options are both working ok. I got the idea from looking at this forum:

Windows 7, "Repair your computer" F8 boot option not working (SOLVED) | Knowledge Base

If you look further down it tells details of how people have moved winre.wim into the boot partition. I think the only reason they've done it is in case they somehow can't access the Windows partition.

However, if you think it's a bad idea I'll take your advice and leave it alone.

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30 Jan 2012   #6
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

OK, so I've managed to find details on how to move WinRE into boot partition. I've enclosed a couple of screenshots. I just need a bit of advice and which bcdedit commands I would need to run.

The before shows how my system is set up now and the after is how my bcd entries should look. I have highlighted the items which would need to be changed.

Obviously the GUID's would be different as these were guides from another pc.

I'm unsure which bcdedit commands I would need to run. Also would I be able to do this from a WinPE 3.0 disk?

I'd greatly appreciate any help thanks guys!

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30 Jan 2012   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
We deal with these issues here every day and I've not heard of moving WinRE to SysReserved. If Win7 won't boot and it disappears off F8, I'd run System Recovery Options from Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk.
Have you done the above?

information   Information
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.
startup repair disc-create
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30 Jan 2012   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Looks like it would work fine that way.

You just need to run bcdedit to find your ramdisk entry - you probably only have one ( I have lots - but that is because I added them ).

Then just change them to point at the harddisk partition , exactly as in that post.

Probably easiest to do it with this :Attachment 195925

You can run it from pe if you like ( 32 bit , or 64 bit with wow support ).





It is also possible to add it in addition to the original entry, if you like.

So you can use a different Fkey to start it up, e.g. F9
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30 Jan 2012   #9
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Hi theog, no I haven't done the above yet as I'm unsure which commands to run.

I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to command prompts but I'm learning slowly.

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30 Jan 2012   #10
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Hi SIW2, would that utility help me find out the ramdisk entry?

I'm on a laptop running xp at the moment so I'm unable to try it until I get home later.
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