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Windows 7: Possible to have C for two partitions in different installations?

22 Aug 2013   #1
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 
Possible to have C for two partitions in different installations?

I have Windows 7 on my laptop and I recently re-sized my partitions and restored the first backup when I received the computer to another partition. I then added the installation to the boot so I can use it. However, every time I boot the restored partition I receive "There was a problem starting iedkcs32 dll" along with many errors from multiple programs. I have verified that the file is there and think that this is happening because the drive is no longer C(and it was before it was backed up). Is it possible to have each installation have its own drive as C at the same time? Or better yet, do you have a solution to the problem?




Thanks for the help

-Ben


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22 Aug 2013   #2
SIW2

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If I understood that correctly, you need to fix the os letter of the restored image.

You could boot into the one that starts correctly, open regedit, load the system hive of the other one, and change the entry in mounted devices.

How did that happen? Most imaging programs will correct that automatically - what did you use to restore the image?
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22 Aug 2013   #3
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

I used EASEUS Partition Master to backup and restore as an alternative to Acronis which took too long. I just want to make clear I am not 100% sure that is the reason for the error, I am just assuming.
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22 Aug 2013   #4
SIW2

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It probably is the drive letter , as far as I know Easeus pm will copy the partition - not the same as restoring an image.

Boot into the win7 that is working properly, then tell us the drive letter the restored/copied win7 is on.

Then open a command prompt and type:

reg export HKLM\SYSTEM\MountedDevices c:\MD.REG

post up MD .REG
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22 Aug 2013   #5
SIW2

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This is taking a while, I will be going to sleep soon.
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22 Aug 2013   #6
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

The file is attached. I also noticed that my main installation can no longer hibernate. I am not sure if it is because I added the additional installation to the boot list but I don't know why it would mess that up.
G is the letter of the second installation


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File Type: reg MD.REG (49.1 KB, 1 views)
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22 Aug 2013   #7
SIW2

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D/L this zip, rt click it> properties>unblock>apply>ok. Unzip it and run as ADMINSTRATOR on the fix-g.cmd file.

You need to do that from within your first installation.

You should then be able to boot into the copied win7.
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22 Aug 2013   #8
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

Tried that and keep getting the error in picture. Not sure why it says that, regedit is not open.

You said you had to sleep soon and I don't want to hold you up.


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22 Aug 2013   #9
SIW2

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Are you sure it is on G?

Open regedit and look under HKEY USERS. If you find BEN, click BEN to highlight it and go to File>Unload hive

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Then run the .cmd as ADMIN again. I just tested here, works fine.


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22 Aug 2013   #10
ben946210

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 10 Home x64
 
 

Just restarted and tried again and it completed successfully. Will post in a moment if it worked.
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