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Windows 7: Modify startup repair partition

04 Mar 2014   #11
Alpha

Windows 7 64-bit, Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit
 
 

I think you are looking at a hidden partition. Is this a factory computer or custom built? If factory you are probably looking at essentially your windows disc, drivers, factory bloatware, ect all lumped together on a partition. The reason you can't get rid of it is because you have an OEM copy of windows and if you delete it you won't be able to use that copy of windows anymore. OEM is different then retail windows. Some computer companies lock the partition to the drive for a number of reasons: to force you to buy new parts from them, so you don't lose the data, because its cheaper, because they have a special arrangement with Microsoft.

You can probably remove it if you nuke the drive with Dban or repartition with Gparted in linux but you will most likely lose that copy of windows forever. The product key will sometimes only work with a certain partition.


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04 Mar 2014   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't think he has a 'hidden' partition. It would have shown up in his disk management. But that only shows 1 partition, the C partition.
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04 Mar 2014   #13
Alpha

Windows 7 64-bit, Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit
 
 

Sorry, yeah your right. I was reading multiple threads and got confused.
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04 Mar 2014   #14
in3D

Windows 8 32bit, Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I'm trying to make it so when the "Starting Windows" screen comes up and I press ctrl alt del and it goes to startup repair, instead of displaying the auto-repair dialog, notepad launches instead. That's exactly what I want to do. The part I'm stuck at is 7-zip is giving me "No such interface supported" errors when I try to modify the wim image.
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04 Mar 2014   #15
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1) What are you trying delete from the wim?

2) What effect do you think it will have ?

3)Do you have even the slightest idea what you are doing?
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04 Mar 2014   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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04 Mar 2014   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

This is how:

1) Mount winre.wim read write using dism or any wim mounting tool.

2) In system32 of the mounted .wim is a file called winpeshl.ini. Rt click it, untick the read only box, Apply, Ok.

Then change the contents to this:

Modify startup repair partition-winpeshl.ini.jpg

Save it, close the explorer window.

3) unmount the image with commit.


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05 Mar 2014   #18
in3D

Windows 8 32bit, Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thank you so much SIW2. Any way to do it with 7-zip or a graphical app? I was trying to delete X:\setup.exe and replace it with notepad renamed. I can explain what I'm doing but it might not make sense:

There's a glitch in RE with notepad that allows you to modify any file on the hdd, regardless of who owns it. The file open window is the trick.

Normally, you would have to wait for start up repair to finish it's diagnostic and THEN open the diagnostic report in notepad.

Now though, I can restart the computer, press ctrl alt del and viola! Unrestricted hdd access!
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13 Mar 2014   #19
in3D

Windows 8 32bit, Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Did I say something wrong?
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18 Mar 2014   #20
in3D

Windows 8 32bit, Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

OK, so I stopped using 7-zip and used dism. Now though, the mounted image is read only. I didn't use the /readonly option, so why is it doing that?
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