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

09 Sep 2009   #21
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, W10 Preview - Second remote tower Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

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
Sairuscz

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 WIN7 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 w7 DVD and start installing w7 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 win7.
-now you have all important booting files on the drive with w7 because you selected it as first boot device.

WARNING-Just dont install it on the same drive where is W7 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 W7 on it.

4)boot from W7 DVD again. But go to the Repair section. It will repair your booting files
. So it will not try to load NEW W7 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
Bare Foot Kid
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 WIN7 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 w7 DVD and start installing w7 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 win7.
-now you have all important booting files on the drive with w7 because you selected it as first boot device.

WARNING-Just dont install it on the same drive where is W7 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 W7 on it.

4)boot from W7 DVD again. But go to the Repair section. It will repair your booting files
. So it will not try to load NEW W7 installation but the old one.

Sorry about my English :-). But I think that you get the point.
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25 Sep 2010   #25
gregrocker
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 Win7 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 Win7 Startup Repair.
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