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Windows 7: Need help for moving Win 7 boot manager

09 Sep 2010   #11
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

The problem is that Win7 is on an extended Logical partition which cannot be marked Active.

Conveniently, Partition Wizard CD can also Convert to Primary on the same rightlclick Modify menu where you find Mark As Active if the partition isn't Logical.

Follow these steps to delete old Vista System partition, delete old Linux Logical partition, convert remaining Win7 Logical partition to Primary, then resize it into the deleted partition space to the left so that Win7 is in the preferred lower (left hand) HD address.

Boot PW CD, Select 1 for screen res, rightclick D former Vista partition to Delete, OK.

Next righclick E former Linux partition to Delete, OK.

Next rightclick C Windows 7>Modify>Convert to Primary, OK.

Again rightclick C>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Then rightclick C>Resize, drag left grey border all the way to the left to take up deleted partitions space, OK. Apply all steps.

Now boot into Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, accept offered repair. Win7 won't start up yet so boot back into Repair, click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the MBR to Win7: Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


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10 Sep 2010   #12
guanyu210379

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

@Barefootkid : Linux Mint 9 is inside, but it is OK to terminate it, I haven't put anything inside.
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10 Sep 2010   #13
guanyu210379

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

@Gregrocker: OK. I'll download PW CD first, and then try your post
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10 Sep 2010   #14
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Barefootkid ran a virtual simulation of the E:Linux sub-partition delete within that Extended partition which also contains C:Windows 7. Once you delete E then it allows you to convert the rest of the Extended Logical partition to Primary which changes E to Unallocated space to match the deleted D:Vista partition.

So there should be no problem then resizing C into all of the space to its left if you follow the steps given.

Ask back any questions.
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10 Sep 2010   #15
guanyu210379

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

@Gregrocker: OK.
Nothing is inside all of the partitions except win7 boot manager and win7, I have moved all the data somewhere else.
I have also installed Mint 9 a few days ago, but not much is inside, and it is OK to be killed, destroying grub is also a piece of cake.
Basically, deleting any or all of those partition is OK since almost nothing is there.
It is just, I wanna keep my current Win 7 at this moment, that is all, beacuse I have many programs inside, and I don't want to do the from scratch re-installation at this point of time.
PW CD is already downloaded and burned to a CD, but I have to go to the office. I will do the steps tonight.
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10 Sep 2010   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I would suggest doing a wipe with PW of those partitions to over-write any old "Windows, Mint" code before you delete/resize them into Windows 7, the wipe process it outlined in Step Three of this tutorial at the link below.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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10 Sep 2010   #17
guanyu210379

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hmmm...wiping takes time......zzzzzzzzz...starting to get sleepy.....
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10 Sep 2010   #18
guanyu210379

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

zzzzz...thank goodness, I still have a laptop....zzzzzz
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10 Sep 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

It is a necessary evil though, it will eliminate any old code causing issues.
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10 Sep 2010   #20
guanyu210379

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

OK, Finished!! Thank you everyone!!
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