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Windows 7: Marking partition as active.

12 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, 64 Bit Build 7600
Marking partition as active.

Hello there.

I have a single Hard disk drive in my laptop which is divided into two partitions and in one partition is Windows vista Starter installed when I bought it..So I decided to use Multi boot and I installed Windows 7 Ultimate in the other partition...

Now my question is can I safely Mark my partition as Active where Windows 7 is installed?

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12 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

HI NecroticisM666, welcome to Sevenforums.

Firstly, can you please post a full screenshot of Disk Management? So that we can see whats going on: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista - Vista Forums

Secondly, what are you trying to accomplish here? Are you trying to get rid of the Vista installation?
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12 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64

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12 Oct 2011   #4

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Now my question is can I safely Mark my partition as Active where Windows 7 is installed?
NO, the boot partition needs to be marked active.
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12 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

First things first, is the hidden file bootmgr and hidden folder boot located on the partition where Win 7 is installed or on the Vista partition only?

If it's not on the partition where Win 7 is installed and you want to multi boot Vista and Win 7 then you need to edit your BCD store, no need to change the active partition, although I thought Win 7 setup would have done this.
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12 Oct 2011   #6
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You can do that but you certainly will not like the result because your system will not boot any more - neither Vista nor win7.

Bottom line: Don't muck around with it.
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