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Windows 7: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

21 Jul 2012   #60
farmerinthedell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello, here is my situation.
I just purchased a refurbished laptop and when I turn it on the 'Windows Boot Manager' screen comes on with two choices to boot into:

Windows 7
System Restore

It seems to boot into Windows 7 ok.

Here is what the Windows Disk Management looks like right now:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD-disk-management.jpg

When I boot into the Minitool Partition Wizard CD it shows that the System Partition has:

Capacity of 8 GB

Used Space of 192.28 MB

Unused Space of 7.81 GB

My first concern is that I would like to be able to boot directly into Windows without having to go through the Windows Boot Manager

and secondly, I would like to get rid of the 8 GB partition and possibly add it to the Windows partition.

Is this the right plan to get this done?

1) Move the Bootmgr to C:\ with Easy BCD

2) Using Partition Wizard format the 8 GB partition and then extend C into the unallocated space.

Will doing the above allow me to boot directly into Windows without having to go through the Windows Boot Manager screen?

Is there anything else I need to do?

TIA.




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21 Jul 2012   #61
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In theory your plan is OK. What is strange though is that Disk Management shows the 8GB partition as 100% free and PW shows 192MB of data which could be the bootmgr (it's a bit big though).
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22 Jul 2012   #62
farmerinthedell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for your quick response to my post.

Yeah, I am not sure what is going on here.

I used EasyBCD to move the bootmgr over to the Windows drive and now it is the active drive.
However, when I deleted the 8 GB partition and tried to move the Windows partition in to the new unallocated space, PW would not let me move into all of the 8 GB.
8 MB of the unallocated space was left. No matter what I tried it would not budge so I made a partition of it.

Here is what my hard disk looks like currently in Disk Management:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD-disk-management1.jpg

(ignore Patriot (G drive, it is a removable USB drive I had connected when this screen shot was taken.)

Now that I can see the Mystery drive in Computer I opened it up to see what was on there and the window is empty! Even after I enabled 'show hidden files and folders'.

Here are the Mystery drives Properties:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD-mystery-props.jpg

Oh, and one last thing… when the laptop is booting up, it still boots into the Windows Boot Manager with the same 2 options to boot into as before.

Any suggestions for me?


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22 Jul 2012   #63
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Clean the bootmgr. See Step3 of this tutorial: Dual Boot - Delete a OS
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22 Jul 2012   #64
farmerinthedell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks again!
That solved the issue of the Windows Boot Manager coming on-screen.
The computer now boots directly into the Windows 7 login screen.

However, I still have not been able to move the Windows partition into that 8 MB partition.
When I delete that partition in PW it is automatically converted into a logical drive (from a primary).
Not sure if that means anything.
Is there a way of finding out what is on that 3.74 MB of used space on that partititon?

Any suggestions for this issue would be great appreciated.
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23 Jul 2012   #65
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is a way to look at the content of that partition: Partitions - View Hidden Partitions

Else I would forget about the 8MB. It is such a little space and not worth standing on your head for it. But if you absolutely want to add it to another partition, post a picture of your Disk Management and we'll see what is the best approach.
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24 Jul 2012   #66
farmerinthedell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I followed those steps and the only folder visible on that drive is called System Volume Information with one file visible in it called MountPointManagerRemoteDatabase.
A quick online search shows that the folder has something to do with the Restore Point feature in Windows.
When that drive was still visible on my system I tried to delete the file but it did not work.
As of now my Disk Management Window looks like this:

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD-disk-management2.jpg

Is there anything I can do to get those files off that partition?
I know it seems kind of silly to do all this work for an extra 8 MB but since this is a new to me computer I would prefer to get it set up just right.
Thanks again.


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24 Jul 2012   #67
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I'd rather you left the 8MB alone. It is too much of a risc to muck around with it.
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26 Jul 2012   #68
farmerinthedell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

So if I leave the partitions as they are shown in the screenshot from my last message do I have any reason to worry that the hidden partition will cause any issues to crop up in the future?
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26 Jul 2012   #69
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, that little partition won't bother you.
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