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Windows 7: Help with dual boot system.

26 Oct 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HDProman View Post
Thanks Gregrocker, I followed your instruction with only a few questions.

These images are digital photos and that is why they are blurry.

Partition Wizard did not work exactly as you said, probably my bad.

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I set the Windows 7 to active but the Vista partition must have been already set to inactive because this option was grayed out. Also I was not able to select to rebuild the MBR, grayed out, on the Windows 7 disk.

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When rebooting I was informed I am missing NTLDR, whatever that was. After running three, just like you said, Startup Repairs, I was able to boot.

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Now my only issue is how to eliminate this screen.

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As soon as I am able to remove the OS selection screen I am done.

Thanks again, Floyd

edit: I also created the system backup, thanks for good insurance advice.
Click Start and type msconfig in the Search field then click msconfig under the Programs list.

Click the Boot tab and delete the redundant boot entry. Apply, OK and restart your computer and you should be good to go.

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26 Oct 2011   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Looking at your screenshots in post 9, you may have done the instructions out of order.
Take a look at this tutorial:
Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS
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26 Oct 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP


That's OK, Vista went Inactuve when Win7 was marked Active on the same HD.

The only reason Rebuild MBR would not be available on an OS HD is because you didn't follow the step to click on the HD to highlight it first.

To remove Vista, follow the final steps to delete it and Resize Win7 into that space - to also take advantage of faster reads of OS in the lower (left hand) HD address. It should delete the Boot Menu along with Vista. If not delete it in msconfig>Boot tab.
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26 Oct 2011   #14

Window 7x64 Professional
Two More Things

Thanks to everyone, I am about to mark this thread as solved.

Only two small issues to solve. Probably not worth mentioning but, hey I am that kind of guy. Must know everything, drives my wife crazy.

Unallocated space still exist, I think I can fix this because of what I have learned over the last few day.

Help with dual boot system.-unallocated.jpg

Why is my OS now know as (recovered) and do I care and could I change it back the way it used to be?

Help with dual boot system.-recovered.jpg


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26 Oct 2011   #15

Window 7x64 Professional
Unallocated Space Not Gone

O.K., I seem to be able to follow instruction, however the unallocated space is not gone.

Help with dual boot system.-pw-thisok.jpg

Help with dual boot system.-pw-zerozero.jpg

The amount of unallocated space changed, I was expecting not to have any.


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26 Oct 2011   #16
Microsoft MVP


Strange that it will not Resize into the 31mb since it is already Unallocated and therefore can't be deleted any further.

Perhaps after trying again with the PW boot Cd you'll have to wait til time to reinstall or reimage and then wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean All to vanquish it.
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26 Oct 2011   #17

Window 7x64 Professional

Ran Partition Wizard.exe from Windows 7 and with one try no more unallocated space.

Help with dual boot system.-recovered.jpg

What about (recovered) added to Windows 7, can I change it back?

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26 Oct 2011   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

I'm assuming all you want to do now is edit the Windows 7 boot entry, which can be done from a command prompt, thus:

Boot into Windows then click Start and type cmd in the Search field.

Right-click cmd under the Programs list and choose Run as Administrator to open the command shell.

Type bcdedit then press Enter.

Look in the Windows Boot Loader section where you'll see the name Windows 7 Professional (recovered).

To edit this name go to the C: prompt at the bottom of the Boot Loader Section and type this command:

bcdedit /set description "Windows 7 Professional" then press Enter again. (Don't forget to include the inverted commas).

You should see a message that reads The operation completed successfully.

Type Exit and press Enter to close the command shell and reboot your computer.
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26 Oct 2011   #19
Microsoft MVP


I've only used EasyBCD to change the name back in the past. But I avoid CMD's if there's alternatives.

First I'd check if it will let you set a new label at Computer>rightclick C>Properties in the box at top, or on PW by rightclicking the HD.
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27 Oct 2011   #20

Window 7x64 Professional

Thanks to everyone I have no more issues as noted in this thread.
Problems solved.
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