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Windows 7: Win 7 on Logical D: want to move to Primary C: or merge both

22 Feb 2012   #11
Kaktussoft

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You wanna remove winxp and reclaim the space to win7 isn't it?
Do you realy want it to be primary ... if so why?


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22 Feb 2012   #12
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

I didn't have a DVD or a big enough USB stick so I extracted the ISO to C:\Win7Install directory and ran the set up. I told it to install to the D: partition, where it did (though I wasn't aware at the time that this was a logical partition and that it wasnt going to convert it to primary/active/system) and during the required reboot for the installation of Win 7 it picked up that I had the set up files in my C: and completed the set up.

It was pretty straight forward. I believe I picked up the 'how to' from this forum.
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22 Feb 2012   #13
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You wanna remove winxp and reclaim the space to win7 isn't it?
Do you realy want it to be primary ... if so why?
I was under the impression that because the Win 7 partition on D: is Logical then I can not reclaim this space until it is Primary.

I have managed to set it to primary and it boots on its own, though there are still BOOTMGR files on C: so I'm not sure if they are still being used to boot or if the BOOTMGR file on D: is now being used - I could delete it and find out, but I have taken this hdd in and out so many times now I'm getting a little sick of it. There is nothing else on the C: where win XP used to live.

I'm not sure if it is even worth the effort to do all this as it wont really put me in much of a better situation anyway. Best bet is of course to reformat everything and clean install Win 7 - its just so teadious and time consuming. Maybe if I get bored.
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22 Feb 2012   #14
Kaktussoft

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is the win7 partition primary now ...nice
old winxp partition is empty now, only bootmgr and boot folder (hidden)? nice as well.
Which partition is active now?
Send full screenshot of diskmanagement please
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22 Feb 2012   #15
Kaktussoft

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just rename bootmgr on old winxp partition to be very sure. But if win7 partition is active and primary now ... it isn't using winxp partition anymore.

Send me output of
bcdedit /enum all

form elevated command prompt please
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22 Feb 2012   #16
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Response of bcdedit:

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
path \bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
default {current}
displayorder {current}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
locale en-US
recoverysequence {501b8831-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {51d6ef4b-5c13-11e1-86cc-806e6f6e6963}

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {501b8831-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
device ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\8300650a-28ea-11e1-950c-89ffff1265
ce\Winre.wim,{501b8832-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Recovery Environment (recovered)
locale
osdevice ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\8300650a-28ea-11e1-950c-89ffff1265
ce\Winre.wim,{501b8832-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
systemroot \windows
winpe Yes

Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier {51d6ef4b-5c13-11e1-86cc-806e6f6e6963}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
locale en-US
inherit {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice partition=D:
filepath \hiberfil.sys
pae Yes
debugoptionenabled No

Windows Memory Tester
---------------------
identifier {memdiag}
device partition=C:
path \boot\memtest.exe
description Windows Memory Diagnostic
locale en-US

Device options
--------------
identifier {501b8832-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
ramdisksdidevice partition=D:
ramdisksdipath \Recovery\8300650a-28ea-11e1-950c-89ffff1265ce\boot.sdi


computer management as it is currently...I did rename the partitions but you get the idea...


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22 Feb 2012   #17
Kaktussoft

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you didn't mark the win7 partition as active!!
Do what is decribed here Changing the Boot Partition - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
it copies boot bcd and bootmgr to win7 partition and mark it active. It does all you wanna do!
It just copies so it's save. If it fails to boot, you can mark the old winxp as active and you are back to where you're now. you need a "repair disk" or "installation dvd" in case of trouble!! marking winxp as active is impossible from an not booting system of course

after doing what's described on http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Changing+the+Boot+Partition don't reboot!!
First have a look at the newly created bcd store.

bcdedit /store d:\boot\bcd /enum all
and post output
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22 Feb 2012   #18
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

PW should not only see Win7 but if you want Win7 on D allow you to convert D to Primary, then you can follow these steps to resize into C while recovering the System boot files into Win7 by marking Active and running Startup Repair 3 times: Partition Recover Space Used by an Older OS

Are you following the tutorial above?
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22 Feb 2012   #19
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Changed the boot location using EasyBCD.
Result from CMD


Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device boot
path \bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
default {default}
displayorder {default}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {default}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
locale en-US
recoverysequence {501b8831-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {51d6ef4b-5c13-11e1-86cc-806e6f6e6963}

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {501b8831-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
device ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\8300650a-28ea-11e1-950c-89ffff1265
ce\Winre.wim,{501b8832-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Recovery Environment (recovered)
locale
osdevice ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\8300650a-28ea-11e1-950c-89ffff1265
ce\Winre.wim,{501b8832-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
systemroot \windows
winpe Yes

Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier {51d6ef4b-5c13-11e1-86cc-806e6f6e6963}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description Windows 7 Ultimate (recovered)
locale en-US
inherit {resumeloadersettings}
filedevice partition=D:
filepath \hiberfil.sys
pae Yes
debugoptionenabled No

Windows Memory Tester
---------------------
identifier {memdiag}
device boot
path \Boot\memtest.exe
description Windows Memory Diagnostic
locale en-US

Device options
--------------
identifier {501b8832-5c56-11e1-8122-fa93929f74d9}
ramdisksdidevice partition=D:
ramdisksdipath \Recovery\8300650a-28ea-11e1-950c-89ffff1265ce\boot.sdi
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22 Feb 2012   #20
derelict

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

PW should not only see Win7 but if you want Win7 on D allow you to convert D to Primary, then you can follow these steps to resize into C while recovering the System boot files into Win7 by marking Active and running Startup Repair 3 times: Partition Recover Space Used by an Older OS

Are you following the tutorial above?
I was, until I hit the section where I require Win 7 boot/recovery disk. I have no DVDs atm, and I have no CDs to burn the ISO for PM either.

I guess my outlook has changed slightly in that I if I can get my boot files off C: and on to D: that might suffice - which is what I believe we are doing now by using EasyBCD to move the BOOTMGR
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