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Windows 7: Windows 7 and XP Dual Boot / Move Win7 installation to new drive / BCD

10 May 2016   #1

Windows 7 Pro Dual Boot with Windows XP Pro
Windows 7 and XP Dual Boot / Move Win7 installation to new drive / BCD

OK I have a Dual Boot XP / Win7 Pro desktop that my family uses. A few years ago, I got a legal copy of Windows 7 Pro, and I installed it on a second hard drive. The intent was to get my family off of the WinXP OS eventually. This computer has been dual booting fine for about 3 years.

The second Hard drive is from a Raid array that was decommissioned at work. Last year, I got concerned that the first hard drive hard drive was 5+ years old, and the second drive was also pretty old. I bought a fast Barracuda 1TB drive, and I moved the WinXP OS to a 500GB partion on new drive. Unfortunately, the 1000GB was 20 megabytes to small to move the Win7 install.

My wife was concerned that even Chrome is dropping support for XP. I found out that Windows7 can resize a partition, so I recently made the XP Partition smaller. Now I was able to use EASEUS to move the Windows & installation off the WD drive, and into the second partition on the new drive.

At this point everything works.

So after copying the Win7 partition to the new drive, I booted into Win7 on the old drive. Drive administrator sees all three partitions:

Drive 0:
Part 1: XP_C_DRIVE (drive letter D: )
Part 2: W7_C_DRIVE (drive letter G: )
Drive 1:
Part 1: OLD_W7_C_DRIVE* (drive letter C: ) Note Drive label re-named, so I would not get confused).
I tried 3 different tools to add a third entry in the boot menu, pointing to the second partition of Drive 0. The plan was, once I was satisfied that the moved partition worked, I would remove the entry pointing to the "Old" installation, and remove the drive.
"DualBootRepair 10"
"Visual BCD Editor"
Command line BCD
I added the new entry, and rebooted. The computer crashed before displaying the boot menu. I managed to "Recover" the installation on the "OLD_W7_C_Drive". I fiddled with it for many hours, and now I have a boot menu with three entries:
Old Windows 7 (Recovered)
Windows XP
New Windows 7.

Old Windows 7 and Windows XP work fine. However, if I try to boot into "New Windows 7", I can log in, it says "Preparing your desktop" for 5 minutes, then a little message appears in the lower right corner:
Windows 7
Build 7601
This Copy of Windows is Not Genuine

So I gave up for the time being. That was two weeks ago. I can boot into XP and Win7 using the original partitions. I changed the default entry to boot Windows 7, so the family gets used to Win 7 with Classic Shell. My wife is OK with that, but she needs data from her XP desktop. I need to get the Win 7 installation moved, so that I can run the User Transfer utility to transfer the files (and be done with it).

I found a link on this forum that is close to what I want to do:
Windows 7 Dual Boot / Move one installation / BCD?

The thing is, in that post, the person was trying to move a Windows installation off of the second partition of Drive 0, and move it to the First partition of Drive 1. I want to do exactly the opposite. The Windows Not Genuine thing has me really puzzled.

Something I thought of but have not yet tried:
- Disconnect the Drive containing OLD_W7_C_DRIVE
- Boot into Windows XP.
- Save a copy of the BCD
- Run the BCD Edit tools from XP.
- If that does not work, Boot using the Win 7 install DVD, and BCDedit from the recovery command prompt.

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