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Windows 7: Moving bootmanager from "Storage" partition to "System" partition


06 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate N x64
 
 
Moving bootmanager from "Storage" partition to "System" partition

Hey, whats up? New here.

Right now my hard drive is split up into two partitions: System and Storage. However, when installing 7, for some odd reason, the installer put the boot manager (I think it is the boot manager) on my Storage partition, when I want it on the System partition. Is there a way I can non-destructively move the boot manager to the System partition and redirect to boot from there, instead of being located on the Storage partition and booting from the System partition. In essence, I want to move it and tell it to boot from itself. Is there a way to non-destructively do that?

Also, according to this tutorial (Product Key Number - Uninstall and Deactivate in Windows) I can deactivate 7. I was wondering, does that free up the install key for another use or is that use of the key permanently lost even though I deactivated 7?

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06 Jun 2011   #2
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As long as it is not OEM version, you can move Windows 7 to any computer of your choice as often as you want - as long as it is on only one computer at a time. Just uninstall it first by running from Elevated Command Prompt the command slmgr -upk., or If you don't want the old installation just delete it using the Installation DVD or a partition manager.

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings showing all columns, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, and we will give you the steps to move the System boot files to Windows 7 partition.
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06 Jun 2011   #3

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06 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate N x64
 
 

Here's the drive mapping.
Moving bootmanager from "Storage" partition to "System" partition-drive-mapping.png

Windows installed to the System partition, but the installer put bootmgr and BOOTSECT.BAK on the Storage partition. How would I safely move them to the System partition and still have a working installation?


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06 Jun 2011   #5

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Mark Drive C: active
Mark Drive D: inactive
Partition - Mark as Active


You may need to do a Startup Repair after marking drives.
Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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06 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate N x64
 
 

I've done that before, but it didn't move the boot manager, it only forced me to use the recovery console to remark D: as active. Is there a way to move the boot manager to C: along with marking it as active?
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06 Jun 2011   #7

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06 Jun 2011   #8
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How many times did you run Startup Repair with reboots after marking C Active and D Inactive?

The Startup Repair utility is automated to write the boot files to the Active partition if they are missing, but you have to run it up to three separate times with reboots.

You can also use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to mark C Active and D Inactive, then click on the HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Rebuild MBR which may preclude the need to do the Repairs.
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