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Windows 7: Move OS from System Partition (Win XP & Win 7 Dual Boot)

07 Apr 2013   #11
gregrocker

 

There's no good reason to create a System boot partition for XP and Win7 when it's working fine now. No one has ever asked to do that before and we've handled every conceivable operation involving the two OS's since before Win7 was released.

If you want to remove XP now then we'll give you the steps to do that which cover all parameters and not just moving the boot files which loses functionality for WinRe.

Is there some good reason you want to move the boot files out of XP to another boot partition? Doing so would not be that easy but would likely require Repairs to both OS's, and XP is too old to allow its boot files to go anywhere during install or repair except itself.

Someone here may know how to do this successfully but its the most pointless operation I can imagine.


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07 Apr 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No need to be confused. Greg is just scaring you. He is a purist and does not like to move the bootmgr around. He does that in a different way.

Your Disk0 looks good now. I personally would not change anything. If one of your systems goes south, you just restore that partition. And if the disk breaks, you have to put everything back anyhow.

And if you plan to remove one day the XP system, you can copy the bootmgr now or at that time to the Windows 7 partition or do it the way Greg will advise.
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07 Apr 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

Then how would you move the boot files for both XP and Win7 out of the XP partition into a boot partition and still have both of them bootable, Wolfgang - if all I'm doing is trying to scare her?
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07 Apr 2013   #14
Roxie2401

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Now I'm totally confused.

Do I understand that what whs gave me initially will not work, is not preferred, or is a disagreement with what Greg is saying?
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07 Apr 2013   #15
gregrocker

 

The steps given to move the boot files off XP would almost definitely stop it from booting.

You have not said you're ready to get rid of XP. You said you want that option later.

But even if you were ready to get rid of XP you shouldn't move the boot files with EasyBCD which deletes the link for the Repair Console from F8 Boot tools, the reason that marking 7 Active and running Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times has been the Best Practice developed by these forums since before Win7 was even released - used thousands of times without failure.
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07 Apr 2013   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Also, to add more confusion, why is H marked active, but you can attack that later. But Greg will tell you it shouldn`t be. And how to fix that.

I agree with Greg and you should leave it as is, it looks fine.

Except for H being marked active. Unless you put ( boot files ) on it on purpose.
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07 Apr 2013   #17
Roxie2401

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok - you have really confused me. Yes, he said it would not be active, but the Win7 is not active either. I thought "Active" was for the System partition and had nothing to do with which partition was booted. That was why I originally wanted a separate "System" partition, removed from the OS partitions.

So, taking a step back (but not what I really wanted to do), if we made the Win7 partition the System partition, would it then be "active" because (1) it was the System partition or (2) because it was the booted partition?
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07 Apr 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

To move the System boot files correctly takes more than moving the Active flag, you need to run Repairs to write the System boot files to the Active partition. That would only move the Win7 boot files, not the XP boot files which are sitting modified now on XP partition to Dual Boot Win7. Moving the Dual Boot files from XP would be nigh impossible and utterly pointless.

Again, when ready to remove XP mark Win7 partition Active and run 3 startup Repairs from Disk. When it starts and the System flag is on Win7 partition you can delete XP partition and recover its space using Partition Wizard Boot CD to Resize Partition - Video Help.
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07 Apr 2013   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am getting out of the loop. Although I have copied the bootmgr successfully many times, Greg may have a point in this special case. There are 2 bootmgrs and they may not both be moved by EasyBCD.

As already advised, I would leave it as is and take action when you want to get rid of the XP partition.
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08 Apr 2013   #20
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
There's no good reason to create a System boot partition for XP and Windows 7 when it's working fine now.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs
As already advised, I would leave it as is and take action when you want to get rid of the XP partition.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM
Also, to add more confusion, why is H marked active, but you can attack that later.
Just mark H: INACTIVE.
Partition - Mark as Inactive
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