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Windows 7: problem removing system partition

18 Aug 2009   #1
bizoot

win 7 x64
 
 
problem removing system partition

Hey yall.
to sum up the issue:
I was using dual boot (win7 + vista)
wanted to remain only with win 7
formatted vista partition (don't know how I succeeded eventually...)
now, win 7 boots fine
but I still have the vista partition which is empty, except for BOOT FILES ON IT!!!! (win 7 partition does NOT have boot files or bootmgr).
when entering disk management, I cannot delete old vista partition (marked as system) but I really want to

what should I do?
THANKS!


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18 Aug 2009   #2
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Before you do anything else, do an image backup of BOTH partitions to a third partition or a second hard drive. Just in case!

1) Are both partitions on the same HDD?

2) If so, which one is the FIRST partition? The Win7 OS partition you want to keep or the empty, except for the bootloader, Vista partition that you want for delete?

Answer those two questions and someone will respond. I have not corrected this exact setup yet but am about to on one of my HDDs.....
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18 Aug 2009   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I get asked this often . It is quite straightforward.

Assuming 7 is on C (if not, use the appropriate drive letter).

1. Copy and paste bootmgr and the pale yellow Boot folder onto C.

(You will get a message bcd is in use and can't be copied - skip it and copy the rest).

-bootmgr-bootfolder.jpg

2. Open an elevated cmd prompt and type:

bcdedit /export C:\Boot\bcd

then press enter. Close cmd prompt.

3. In Disk Management , rt click C and Mark as Active. Reboot.

That's it.


Hi Muad,

I do this as a matter of course. I copy the bootfiles ( including bcd) as above - onto all the o/s partitions.

Then if needed, just marking any one of them Active switches system status to that partition ( only works on Primary partitions, of course).


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18 Aug 2009   #4
bizoot

win 7 x64
 
 

actually i couldn't wait so I did it myself and it works great
went to repair from win7 installation cd and did something over there...
only issue now is when I open "msconfig" and go to "boot" tab, I see there:
"windows 7 ultimate (recovered)".
should this bother me? this "recovered" issue?
thanks!
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18 Aug 2009   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure what you did - did you mark 7 partition Active before running startup repair?

Is 7 partition now showing as "System" in Disk Management?

If you want to get of the (recovered) bit, boot into 7, open an elevated cmd prompt and type:

bcdedit /set {current} description "Windows 7"

then press enter.

You can put any name you like between the " ".
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18 Aug 2009   #6
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bizoot View Post
actually i couldn't wait so I did it myself and it works great
went to repair from win7 installation cd and did something over there...
only issue now is when I open "msconfig" and go to "boot" tab, I see there:
"windows 7 ultimate (recovered)".
should this bother me? this "recovered" issue?
thanks!
The "(recovered)" status is normal because it was "recovered" by a Win7 bootcd repair operation.

You can edit the description per SIW2's instructions or using the EasyBCD tool.

P.S. I always, and still do, recommend an image backup when tinkering with the boot loaders. But to each their own.
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18 Aug 2009   #7
bizoot

win 7 x64
 
 

Thanks guys yur all great I got rid of this "recovered" issue...
All is working good so far...
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05 Mar 2010   #8
KurtF1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
I get asked this often . It is quite straightforward.

Assuming 7 is on C (if not, use the appropriate drive letter).

1. Copy and paste bootmgr and the pale yellow Boot folder onto C.

(You will get a message bcd is in use and can't be copied - skip it and copy the rest).

Attachment 23844

2. Open an elevated cmd prompt and type:

bcdedit /export C:\Boot\bcd

then press enter. Close cmd prompt.

3. In Disk Management , rt click C and Mark as Active. Reboot.

That's it.


Hi Muad,

I do this as a matter of course. I copy the bootfiles ( including bcd) as above - onto all the o/s partitions.

Then if needed, just marking any one of them Active switches system status to that partition ( only works on Primary partitions, of course).
hi, i have the same problem as the topic starter (thought i don't know why...), i followed your steps and it didn't helped... maybe there's something different in the problem (for example, in your third step u said to mark C: as active, but it already is)?
anyway what i would like to do is move the bootfiles from G: (where they are now) to C: not just copy them... i don't want my G: partition to be labeled as system, otherwise it will be included in the backup and it is 100gb of non sensible data ()
what can i do? i looked a bit into bcdedit but i'd prefer to be guided eheh
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05 Mar 2010   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You haven't given any information about your setup.

I would take a wild guess you have 2 hard drives.

Make the HD containing C the first in the bios boot order.
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05 Mar 2010   #10
KurtF1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

oops sorry! yes, i have more than 1 hd, actually this is the situation:

it's in italian but i hope u can understand... apart from "avvio" which means boot i think the rest it's pretty obvious...
anyway now i will reboot to check, but i'm pretty sure that the first drive in the bios it's alredy the right one...
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