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Windows 7: Move boot files

10 Nov 2009   #1

windows 7 built 7100
Move boot files


I think I was stupid enought to not notice and installed the windows 7 in a disc, having as first boot device another disc. -.-

Is it possible to put those boot files to the disc they should be?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Nov 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64


Mark the 7 partition active.

Make the 7 HD first in Bios boot order.

Boot 7 dvd and run startup repair 3 times.

Hope it helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Nov 2009   #3

windows 7 built 7100

may i beg a question?

what's up with "Boot 7 dvd and run startup repair 3 times"

I've read these 3 times more then once, curious.

Do u think here's a chance of not working? (it's not like something extremely necessary to survive)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP


Startup repair automates all previous boot repair commands, but can only do one at a time since it assumes it's last fix should boot the OS. But if it doesn't, you need to go back to get additional repairs.

Since the final repair attempt it makes is rewriting the MBR, it often takes 3 runs to get that accomplished in Startup Repair.

The only instance where I see it fail here is when the boot has been derailed to a data drive that was not unplugged during install, or is not unplugged while the repair operations are undertaken.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Nov 2009   #5


The only instance where I see it fail here is when the boot has been derailed to a data drive that was not unplugged during install, or is not unplugged while the repair operations are undertaken.
This seems to be my case. I'm derailed to the drive I ran my win7 "expandedSetup" folder's contents (setup.exe) from.

I've tried fixing with the windows7 start up repair utility but it INSISTS that the OS is loading properly. Tis not.

I made things worse with easyBCD then somehow it's all OK again... so long as I have the crappy old IDE drive (H:) plugged in I can manage to boot my windows install.

Everything looks good from every angle I look at it from Microsoft utilities and even easyBCD's normal view:

Entry #1

Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: D:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

but I see a clue when I study the boot.ini(?) in debug mode using easyBCD:

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=H:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {032f3278-d091-11de-ad3d-9531cb837b3f}
resumeobject {032f3277-d091-11de-ad3d-9531cb837b3f}
displayorder {032f3278-d091-11de-ad3d-9531cb837b3f}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30
That's the bugger I think... H: is the old IDE drive I ran setup from and need plugged in to do a boot to WIN7 on my D: drive.

I hate relying on that drive for my system. Any ideas for when Win7 "bootfix" doesn't fix?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP


Download and burn free Partition Wizard and boot into it to delete the derailed boot drive with its files, which you may want to copy first onto the Win7 desktop if you don't have them.

Then mark the Windows 7 partition active using PW, boot into the Win7 installer Repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times, as there are multiple issues to fix.

You could also use diskpart commands to force delete the problem partition from Windows 7, then run a repair install from the Win7 desktop using the files you have copied there. A repair install in Win7 is an Upgrade over itself, which saves all programs, files and settings while reinstalling the OS and reconfiguring the boot.

But the partition to which the boot was derailed needs to be gone first, and any other drives not involved in unplugged.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2009   #7


Thanks Greg.

What I ended updoing:

Copied data off derailed boot drive H:
Booted Partition Wizard
Could NOT pull trigger deleting it as it was my only way in and the following bothered me:

What I saw on EasyBCD was "push button fix" for Vista. Program dated April 08.

Took a look and found beta v2.0 Windows 7 "ready".

Ran it. Pushed the "rebuild MCDyadathingamabog".

Restarted with only my W7 drive and booted up perfect.

It really repaired the boot instructions as promised.

THEN I booted to PW and deleted the derailed partition as you suggested to clean things up.

Your solution may have worked fine for me but I wanted to try a "W7 compliant" version of easyBCD first and I stalled enough to find it.

So I used part of your solution. Thanks!

And again, beta 2.0 of easybcd, did for my W7 boot problem, what the prior version would not.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP


Glad it worked for ya.

It must have marked Win7 part active, too, allowing you to finally delete G:
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Easy 2 is awesome - Mahmoud has done a fantastic job.

Still beta - though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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