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Windows 7: Drive Letter assignment for OS, want multiple OSs to think they are C:

07 Sep 2014   #11
SIW2

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07 Sep 2014   #12
tizbad2k

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and XP 32
 
 

Ok so I did it. Same problem with non genuine windows and unable to run any executables. Do I have to rebuild the bcd or something?
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07 Sep 2014   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did it say it completed successfully?

If so, there is something else wrong. Nothing whatsoever to do with bcd store.

If your imaged windows now knows which volume it is on, the other possibility is the image wasn't restored correctly - some bits missing/corrupt.
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07 Sep 2014   #14
tizbad2k

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and XP 32
 
 

In fact your solution did work. I was just impatient. It took a long time to login, and during that period it still displayed not genuine in the background.

I do wish I could learn more about his subject. I just learn quick fixes when I run into an issue and people help me out. I would like to have a much deeper knowledge about this subject.
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07 Sep 2014   #15
gregrocker

 

You want to replace the XP on Disk1 and Win7 drive on Disk0 in the second screenshot with the images applied to Disk2, is that correct?

You'll notice that as suspected XP was booting both of the original OS's on their separate drives, as signifed by the System flag on Disk1 XP. That appears to not have transferred to the SSD. You can unplug the two other drives to see if the new SSD images will boot but I doubt it since there is no System Flag.

What I would do in that case is: with all other drives unplugged, move the Partition Marked Active on the new SSD to Win7 partition, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and holds the System flag.

You can then install to Win7 EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required) to add XP on the Add OS Entry tab, letting it autocomplete the drive letter if possible.

If you plug back in the other drives, boot each with the BIOS Boot menu key. I would move the SSD to Disk0 and make sure it remains HD set to boot first.

Most imaging suites allow you to specify a drive letter or "Auto" to confer the drive letter to the newly imaged partition. You either missed it or the imaging suite failed to ask or apply it. Our professor SIW2 provided a script he created to do this. You may have also missed the choice to transfer the MBR and Track0 which would have conferred the System flag.
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08 Sep 2014   #16
tizbad2k

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, and XP 32
 
 

Thank you, this is all very useful information. Currently the system works as it should.

Win7 and XP both boot from the new SSD, and Win7 handles the boot choice.

I really appreciate everyones help. It seems that Driveimage XML either didnt do what I wanted it to, or I missed some options. Which is odd because I used it before to image XP from and HDD to the current old SSD.

Maybe I had imaged it as raw last time (I didnt image it as RAW this time) ? Not sure if that would have made a difference.

This forum is really great, I think Ill be reading it just for fun even when I dont have issues.

Im an electrical engineer with an ok background in basic computer architecture, but I stopped learning about that after basic processor design and assembly coding. I actually design analog microchips now, but I have always been interested in this subject.
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