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Windows 7: Unable to delete old partition

09 Feb 2014   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
cannot find file

Ive done everything here(used the bcdedit command line) and I still get "the store export operation has failed. the system cannot find the path specified" im trying to get ultimate to boot and ive been working for 3 days on it now. please help me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Broken 32,

Just to expand on sup3rsprt post.

It is not to do with the MBR.

The problem is that the Vista partition is the "System " partition - it contains files needed to boot into 7.

If you want to delete the Vista partition , you can Make the 7 partition the system one like this:

1. Go to folder options and make sure hidden files and Protected operating sytem files are showing.

2. Copy and paste bootmgr and the pale yellow Boot folder from Vista partition to 7 partition. ( You will get a message bcd is in use and can't be copied - skip it and copy the rest)

Attachment 15488
3. Open an elevated command prompt ( type cmd in start search - when it pops up, rt click and run as admin. )

At the prompt >, type:

bcdedit /export C:\Boot\bcd

It will look like this:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7100]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\System32>bcdedit /export C:\Boot\bcd

press enter , close cmd prompt.

4. Go to Disk Management and rt click 7 partition - select Mark as Active.

5. Restart.

7 is now the "System" partition - don't worry about the auxiliary o/s files - they were created on restart.

Hope it helps.

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09 Feb 2014   #12
Microsoft MVP


This thread is so old that it came before we settled on the best method to move the Win7 boot partition which is always to Mark Partition Active the target partition, then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. You can then recover the space from an older install if needed using Partition Recover Space Used by an Older OS .

If you have any problems with this then post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can help you sort it.
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