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Windows 7: Changing the System Partition?

04 Nov 2009   #21

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
xp and win7 partitions on same drive

Hi all, I should have found this forum before I did what I did??? but here I am because of what I did.....
I have been running xp pro on drv c: and Windows 7 pro on drv x: (same hard drive) quite happily for a while now. It was all going great with a dual boot option but I decided now to go fully with Windows 7 - I love it! - and dump XP. Stupidly? I booted into Windows 7 and deleted the c: partition with the intention of using easus to clone the Windows 7 partition into the unallocated vacated space on c: what followed was and still is a nightmare for me which I still have not solved. So I borrowed a laptop and searched arouond and found this forum.
Well instead of cloning the partition - I went and re-booted the system thinking that Windows 7 would be the default - of course you all know that this could not happen - we are always wiser after the event !!
So now I am stuck with Windows 7 still on a 26 gig partition on my system Hard drive with an unallocated 57 gig partition that used to be c: and a third partition which was untouched by all this with some data files. How do I know? I used the Ultimate boot cd so that I could peek into the hard drive. But I cant seem to find an answer with this cd.
How now do I get to boot from Windows 7 - I dont want to format and re install again as I have an awful lot of stuff on Windows 7 already.
Is there some brilliant answer to all of this please?? Help I need my computer back.........

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04 Nov 2009   #22

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rogerfour View Post
Hi all, I should have found this forum before I did what I did??? but here I am because of what I did.....
I have been running xp pro on drv c: and Windows 7 pro on drv x: (same hard drive) quite happily for a while now. It was all going great with a dual boot option but I decided now to go fully with Windows 7 - I love it! - and dump XP. Stupidly? I booted into Windows 7 and deleted the c: partition with the intention of using easus to clone the Windows 7 partition into the unallocated vacated space on c: what followed was and still is a nightmare for me which I still have not solved. So I borrowed a laptop and searched arouond and found this forum.
Well instead of cloning the partition - I went and re-booted the system thinking that Windows 7 would be the default - of course you all know that this could not happen - we are always wiser after the event !!
So now I am stuck with Windows 7 still on a 26 gig partition on my system Hard drive with an unallocated 57 gig partition that used to be c: and a third partition which was untouched by all this with some data files. How do I know? I used the Ultimate boot cd so that I could peek into the hard drive. But I cant seem to find an answer with this cd.
How now do I get to boot from Windows 7 - I dont want to format and re install again as I have an awful lot of stuff on Windows 7 already.
Is there some brilliant answer to all of this please?? Help I need my computer back.........
It can be solved with some work.

But I have to go to bed, it's 4:48am here.

Tomorrow I'll check and see if anyone has replied.
If not, I'll post how to do it.

Greetings
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04 Nov 2009   #23
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi. Welcome to Dual Boots Anonymous. I'm Greg.

Seems the only thing more popular than Windows 7 now is getting out of dual boots, each one it's own near-death experience.

Use your second machine to download and burn free Partition Wizard bootable disk.

Boot into PW, right click on Windows 7 partition and Mark Active.

You can also right click and Move/Resize Windows 7 to take up the old deleted XP space if you want. Be aware that Moving operations can fail, so you should wait if you aren't fully backed up yet.

When these operations complete, boot into the Windows 7 installer>Repair my Computer and run Startup Repair 3 times, as it will have multiple issues to fix.

This should solve it as it does for most, however if not we will need a screenshot of the PW disk map: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html
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05 Nov 2009   #24

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thanks Gregrocker I downloaded the program but the laptop does not have a burner unfortunately, but If I am able to get into the pc using the ultimate boot cd I think it has a burner software on it. If not can I mount it from poweriso or something and retrieve it from the laptop on the network?
I forgot to mention that on top of everything both my power supply and ups gave out whilst I was trying to recover the partitions (everyone kicks you when you\re down) - I just came back from the shop with a new PS so I will be putting that in right now. I will take the ups in to get fixed over the weekend. I will come back later when everything is hooked up. Thanks again.
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05 Nov 2009   #25

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hello Gregrokker, okay so I made Windows 7 partition active using easeus partition software and it shows c: as active primary but when I try to boot from c: it tells me ntldr missing press ctrl alt del
so I still cant get into Windows 7
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05 Nov 2009   #26
Microsoft MVP

 

I thought you said the deleted XP was C: so you want Windows 7 partition to be marked active.

Did you then run Startup Repair from the booted Windows 7 installer Repair console repeatedly? It needs to be run at least 3 times if there are multiple issues to fix.

I question if Easeus worked if you say C: is still marked active. Download free ImgBurn and burn a Partition Wizard disk, confirm Windows 7 marked active, Move Windows 7 onto XP's deleted space if you want to do that now, then run Startup repair 3 times to rewrite the boot loader.
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06 Nov 2009   #27

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Tell you the truth Gregrocker I don't have a clue as to what happened. I put in the new PSupply today and rebooted witjh the UBCD4win which is the only bootable disc that I have right now. I then ran easeus which is on the UBCD disc and it showed me that Windows 7 is noted as drive c: ?? I then clicked on it and made it active and it showed me that it was a primary active partition. So I tried to boot from c: but then the ntldr thingy came up. I have been sitting here infront of the screen for a total of about 5 days now with nothing to show.
I am punch drunk right now from re-booting - I am about to give up and re-install windows 7 but I will have to burn a few cd's tomorrow at work - partition wizard, win 7 repair disc, etc....
Can't believe this........
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06 Nov 2009   #28
Microsoft MVP

 

Well if you didn't have the Windows 7 installer or repair disk then it wouldn't have recovered by just marking Windows 7 partition active because it needs to have Startup repair run repeatedly to repair the bootloader.

Do you have a Windows 7 installer? If so, how many times have you run Startup Repair which is the most important step given that will correct most dual boot issues by reasserting the Windows 7 boot?

You are probably right at this point to reinstall Windows 7 because the steps aren't being followed which have repaired dozens of dual boots here. Boot from the installer, use Custom advanced tools to wipe the drive, create and format partitions as you wish.
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09 Nov 2009   #29

Win 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
re-installed

Hello Gregroker Well here I am again.... all sorted out with a new Windows 7 installation. I tried the startup repair several times but it just would not boot although it said that it had been fixed. Eventually I reinstalled a skeleton XP on a different partition and partition wizarded "c" free again and re-installed the new Win 7 into that C partition.
All is well thanks for all the information and instructions although I could not follow them accurately for a lack of cd burning facilities at home. Luckily I found this old bootable xp cd which saved the day. I am now equipped and armed to the teeth with several bootable cd's pertaining to windows 7 installation and repair.
Well - I learned a lot !!! I can tell you. Especially that you can't boot from a compressed hard drive !!! ... or that you can't boot from the bedroom when all the stuff is in the living room.
Maybe I can help someone else who might get into the same problem some time in the future.
Thanks again - one happy windows seven'er.
(By the way why can't my Windows 7 system see the laptop XP - the laptop can see Windows 7 no problem, everything seems to be shared properly. Maybe that's the subject of another post).
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09 Nov 2009   #30

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Roger, thanks for the feedback and pls do stick around to try to help others if you wish. Any help is appreciated!
Regarding Windows 7 seeing XP, make sure the Workgroup name is the same and that you shared the drive you want to be seen in XP. From Windows 7 type \\computername, with your XP's computer. It should show you the XP drive you shared. If not let us know (and it would then be a good idea to either check the networking forum or posting anew)
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