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Windows 7: Very strange issue.

28 Jun 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

As stated Docs and Settings in Win7 is only an enabling junction point. Just ignore it. If you're worried about infection run a full Malwarebytes scan monthly.

It appears Win7 is booting off of C now which holds the System Active flag.

This means that even though the Win7 System Reserved boot partition was issued at install, it is no longer functioning to boot Win7 on its own because the System flag has been removed from it and placed on C somehow.

If you remove the XP HD, you would need to make sure in Disk Mgmt that System REserved is still marked Active, then boot the Win7 DVD Repair Console or REpair CD to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System boot files back to the System Reserved partition.

Once both HD's have System Active boot files on them, you can boot either by setting the preferred one first to boot in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot the other use the Dell F12 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

System Reserved should also not have a drive letter so that nothing tries to write to and corrupt it. You can remove the F in Disk Mgmt.


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28 Jun 2011   #12
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
I can tell you why. YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSE to have access to "Documents and Settings" it is NOT a folder. There is a very good reason why all of the Junctions used for compatibility give an "Access Denied" message.

Why...why is this so hard to grasp?! I feel like a broken record.
You are correct on the D&S stuff, and I'm surprised I didn't catch it, BUT that doesn't explain the crossover between two completely different drive letters. That doesn't have anything to do with the junction point.
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28 Jun 2011   #13
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
You are correct on the D&S stuff, and I'm surprised I didn't catch it, BUT that doesn't explain the crossover between two completely different drive letters. That doesn't have anything to do with the junction point.
Actually it does. The Junction is an absolute path to C:\Users. Junctions use an absolute path, not relative which can be done with Symlinks. So even tho it is on another drive it will still point to C:\Users. Thus you get the above.
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28 Jun 2011   #14
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

How did it get on the second drive?
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28 Jun 2011   #15
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Obviously Drive G is from a different Windows 7 computer.
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30 Jun 2011   #16
RhapsodyOfFire

32 bit Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
You are correct on the D&S stuff, and I'm surprised I didn't catch it, BUT that doesn't explain the crossover between two completely different drive letters. That doesn't have anything to do with the junction point.
Actually it does. The Junction is an absolute path to C:\Users. Junctions use an absolute path, not relative which can be done with Symlinks. So even tho it is on another drive it will still point to C:\Users. Thus you get the above.
The last thing hard to comprehend is why it shows the junction being in drive G and the folder of my user profile Momchil inside being in G not in C where it really is.
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30 Jun 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

Because junction points are used in Win7 for compatibiity when interacting with XP file system.

Is this an active Dual Boot XP and Win7? Did you read my comments above about the repairs which will be necessary to remove XP because Win7's boot files were placed on the XP partition?
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 Very strange issue.




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