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Windows 7: removing VISTA (c:\) with win7 (J:\) - how???


09 Sep 2009   #21

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi NH,

Quote:
C:\Windows\System32>bcdedit /export f:\boot\bcd
The store export operation has failed.
The system cannot find the path specified.
That seems to indicate there is no folder called Boot on the F: drive.

Looking at the screenshot - it appears that F: is an optical drive.

Are you trying to copy the boot critical information from C to H ?

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09 Sep 2009   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

It depends on which 7 installation I am booted in. When booted on the WD Green Power 500gb model drive with that being C for the original setup with the RCs the test install is seen as F there.

It should have been the dvd drive since the first of two storage drives is D with another optical drive as E. Somehow the drive letters were shifted there. The quick install of 7 labeled TEST was for testing the Windows Easy Transfer tool seen in 7. Not being the boot host drive it never saw a boot folder for the BCD to begin with.
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25 Sep 2010   #23

win 7 x64
 
 
Easy solution - cheat :-)

I found an easy solution for recovering boot files.
I just used windows & installer to recover it for me automatically. You dont need to use any commands.

1)go to BIOS and set the hdd with Windows 7 as first boot device
-you should end up with error after reboot because there are no booting files on that drive - thats OK :-)

2)boot from Windows 7 DVD and start installing Windows 7 to any other HDD (can be the one with WIN VIS). . The installer is going to tell you that current OS will not be usable anymore. Click OK and install Windows 7.
-now you have all important booting files on the drive with Windows 7 because you selected it as first boot device.

WARNING-Just dont install it on the same drive where is Windows 7 that you want to get working :-)

3)after the file copying is done the installer will restart your PC.Turn your PC off and disconnect all HDDs except the one with Windows 7 on it.

4)boot from Windows 7 DVD again. But go to the Repair section. It will repair your booting files
. So it will not try to load NEW Windows 7 installation but the old one.

Sorry about my English :-). But I think that you get the point.
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25 Sep 2010   #24
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Sairuscz, welcome to Seven Forums!

Thanks for the info but that all is covered in the tutorial at the link below.

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sairuscz View Post
I found an easy solution for recovering boot files.
I just used windows & installer to recover it for me automatically. You dont need to use any commands.

1)go to BIOS and set the hdd with Windows 7 as first boot device
-you should end up with error after reboot because there are no booting files on that drive - thats OK :-)

2)boot from Windows 7 DVD and start installing Windows 7 to any other HDD (can be the one with WIN VIS). . The installer is going to tell you that current OS will not be usable anymore. Click OK and install Windows 7.
-now you have all important booting files on the drive with Windows 7 because you selected it as first boot device.

WARNING-Just dont install it on the same drive where is Windows 7 that you want to get working :-)

3)after the file copying is done the installer will restart your PC.Turn your PC off and disconnect all HDDs except the one with Windows 7 on it.

4)boot from Windows 7 DVD again. But go to the Repair section. It will repair your booting files
. So it will not try to load NEW Windows 7 installation but the old one.

Sorry about my English :-). But I think that you get the point.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Sep 2010   #25
Microsoft MVP

 

We have come a long way in the year since this thread was posted!

Hundreds of users have been helped to simply delete or unplug the old OS, mark Windows 7 active, then run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times.

What wasn't know at that time is that they automated all of the bootrec and bootsect commands in Windows 7 Startup Repair.
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