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Windows 7: How to move BCD to a different partition?

24 Jan 2010   #1

Win 7 Home Premium
How to move BCD to a different partition?

Hello, I presently have two hard disks. First one (bootable) has XP. Second disk has Win 7. Presently BCD (boot dir) is installed in XPs partition.
I would like to remove XP disk altogether and make Win7disk bootable. But that will render Windows 7 unbootable since BCD is now not accessible.
Is there a way to quickly alter BCD in such a way as to boot from Windows 7 disk?

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24 Jan 2010   #2

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1) Remove the Win XP HD.

2) make your Win 7 the first HD in BIOS.

3) do a startup repair 3 to 4 times.

Startup Repair
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24 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64

What theog suggests will probably work if the Win 7 partition is marked active.
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24 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


In order to assure your Windows 7 partition is marked active, boot the Windows 7 DVD Repair console, click through to recovery tools list, open a Command Prompt and type:

SELECT DISK # (# for Windows 7 HD)
SELECT PARTITION # (# for Windows 7 partition)

Now return to Recovery Tools list and run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Windows 7 partition, as it will attempt to repair MBR first before writing it.
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