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Windows 7: Changing Win7 System/Boot Partition without Reinstall

20 Jun 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello rickjaard, welcome to Seven Forums!


If a drive letter for "Volume 1" is not showing in Windows disk management, you may need to use diskpart from an elevated command window to give it one and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Use the commands this way.
list volume

select volume 1

assign

exit

exit



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21 Jun 2011   #12
rickjaard

win-7 ultimate
 
 
Thank very much guys.

thanks very much guys,
i fix my problem with you guys is like fat kid playing dash-ball.
well don't want to bother you guys but my aero don't work i try this

cmd

net stop uxsms

net start uxsms

2.second

whent to performance info and tools and dont see the aero

what i heard about is,i have to turn off stardocks?
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21 Jun 2011   #13
rickjaard

win-7 ultimate
 
 

DESKTOP WINDOW MANAGER IS DISABLED I WHEN TO CMD WITH THE STEP ABOVE BUT IT NOT WORKING.
ALSO I HAVE THE PROGRAM SWITCHER THAT IS CONNECTED WITH AERO .

AS WELL, WHEN TO PERSONALIZE ;

THIS IS THE TROBLESHOOTONG REPORT

Code:
Issues found Desktop Window Manager is disabled
Desktop Window Manager is disabled
The Desktop Window Manager must be enabled in order to display Aero desktop effects such as transparency.
Detected
[IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/warning.png[/IMG] Enable the Desktop Window Manager
Completed
Code:
 
Potential issues that were checked The current theme doesn't support Aero The current theme doesn't support Aero The current theme Unsaved Theme doesn't support Aero desktop effects such as transparency. Issue not present
Video card doesn't support required display settings Video card doesn't support required display settings Your video card doesn't support DirectX 9.0 or higher, Pixel Shader Model 2.0 or higher, or doesn't have sufficient memory or memory bandwidth required to display Aero effects such as transparency. Issue not present
Color depth is set too low Color depth is set too low To render Aero effects, the color depth must be set to 32 bits. Issue not present
Mirror drivers don't support Aero effects Mirror drivers don't support Aero effects A running program uses a mirror driver (a type of display driver) which is not compatible with the Aero desktop experience. Issue not present
Current power settings don't support Aero desktop effects Current power settings don't support Aero desktop effects The Power Saver plan helps conserve power, and starts when your computer is running on battery power. When running your computer on battery power, Windows conserves power by disabling visual effects such as the Aero desktop experience. Issue not present
Aero effects not supported on this Windows edition Aero effects not supported on this Windows edition Some Aero features such as transparency are not included on certain Windows editions. Issue not present
Themes service isn't running Themes service isn't running Starting the Themes service will enable Aero desktop effects such as transparency. Issue not present
Transparency is disabled Transparency is disabled Transparency must be enabled in order to display transparent window borders. Issue not present
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service isn't running Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service isn't running The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service and the Desktop Window Manager process are used to display Aero desktop effects such as transparency. The service or process is currently stopped. Issue not present
Video card driver doesn't support Aero effects Video card driver doesn't support Aero effects The current video card driver isn't compatible with the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM). Issue not present
The Windows Experience Index has not been computed The Windows Experience Index has not been computed The Windows Experience Index base score measures the capability of your computer's hardware and software configuration and is one of many factors that determine whether the Aero desktop effects can run. Issue not present
Issues found Detection details 6 Desktop Window Manager is disabled Detected [IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/warning.png[/IMG] The Desktop Window Manager must be enabled in order to display Aero desktop effects such as transparency. Enable the Desktop Window Manager Completed Enabling the Desktop Window Manager will enable Aero effects such as transparency.
Potential issues that were checked Detection details 6 The current theme doesn't support Aero Issue not present
The current theme Unsaved Theme doesn't support Aero desktop effects such as transparency. [IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/info.png[/IMG] Theme settings Service status: running Theme: Unsaved Theme Visual style: Aero.msstyles
6 Video card doesn't support required display settings Issue not present
Your video card doesn't support DirectX 9.0 or higher, Pixel Shader Model 2.0 or higher, or doesn't have sufficient memory or memory bandwidth required to display Aero effects such as transparency. [IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/info.png[/IMG] Windows display assessment The file contains display related information based on the latest assessment. File Name: features.xml
Color depth is set too low Issue not present
To render Aero effects, the color depth must be set to 32 bits.
Mirror drivers don't support Aero effects Issue not present
A running program uses a mirror driver (a type of display driver) which is not compatible with the Aero desktop experience.
6 Current power settings don't support Aero desktop effects Issue not present
The Power Saver plan helps conserve power, and starts when your computer is running on battery power. When running your computer on battery power, Windows conserves power by disabling visual effects such as the Aero desktop experience. [IMG]res://sdiageng.dll/info.png[/IMG] Power settings Details of power source and active power scheme. Source: Outlet Active scheme: 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c (High performance)
Aero effects not supported on this Windows edition Issue not present
Some Aero features such as transparency are not included on certain Windows editions.
Themes service isn't running Issue not present
Starting the Themes service will enable Aero desktop effects such as transparency.
Transparency is disabled Issue not present
Transparency must be enabled in order to display transparent window borders.
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service isn't running Issue not present
The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager service and the Desktop Window Manager process are used to display Aero desktop effects such as transparency. The service or process is currently stopped.
Video card driver doesn't support Aero effects Issue not present
The current video card driver isn't compatible with the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
The Windows Experience Index has not been computed Issue not present
The Windows Experience Index base score measures the capability of your computer's hardware and software configuration and is one of many factors that determine whether the Aero desktop effects can run.
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21 Jun 2011   #14
rickjaard

win-7 ultimate
 
 

By the way i used to have two monitors and i installed the 3rd one
it might be the problem?
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20 Nov 2011   #15
etrnlxdarkness

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Really need help with this!!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi Shaun,

Good post , nice and clear with all the needed info.

You're on the right track.

D/l this .zip, rt click it Properties>Unblock> Apply>OK .

Attachment 48712

Extract the .zip and copy bootsect.exe into your C:\windows\System32 folder.

Open an elevated command ( type cmd in start search box - when the black box pops up - rt click it and run as admin.)

Type the following , and press enter after each line:

bcdboot c:\windows /s c:

bootsect /nt60 c: /mbr

diskpart

sel vol c

act

sel vol f

inact

exi

close cmd prompt. Restart. You're good.

You might want to go into Bios and set Disk 0 as first HD in Bios boot order - not essential.

You need to keep the C letter for the 7 partition ( which you want to do anyway).

The others you can change as you like. In Disk Management, Rt click the one you want to change and select "Change drive letters and paths".
Hello! I ran across this thread while searching on how to fix my own problem. It almost exactly matches my issue. I was wanting to know if this advice would also work for my issue.

I recently had a drive go bad and when i reinstalled windows on a different drive I forgot to unplug the other drives. So it installed the System partition and I think the boot files to another drive. So now when I go to run a Ghost backup it wants to backup the other drive as well. That drive is 1.5 TB and is 37% full of my Photography stuff. I don't want all that in my backup because its too big and takes too long and also it changes too often to be backed up like that.

Anyway, enough rambling, I would like to move any of the necessary System files over to the C drive where it should have been in the first place. I don't care if it creates the 100mb part or not. There is enough space there. I just don't want my other drives to be associated with the Windows drive. I am also planning to replace that drive with a new Seagate Barracuda SATA III drive in a couple weeks. So being able to Ghost the drive and restore the image to the new drive will be much easier if I don't have to worry about System files on another drive being effected.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

James

PS I have attached my Bcdedit and Comp Man snipes.

PSS Could you also explain to me what this actually does? I'm actually not a novice user I just wish to make sure this gets done right. I am fairly new to Win 7 and never even bothered with Vista so I am still learning all the new stuff. Lol


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20 Nov 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

Unplug the Photo Drive, swap it's cable to Win7 HD so it is in Disk0 slot where it should be, make sure it remains first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

Since Win7 partiiton is already correctly marked Active, you only need to boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own.

Once Win7 starts, power down to plug back in Photo HD, open an Elevated Command Prompt to mark Inactive all other partiitons besides Win7 which are currently wrongly marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two).
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20 Nov 2011   #17
etrnlxdarkness

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Thanks!! :)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug the Photo Drive, swap it's cable to Win7 HD so it is in Disk0 slot where it should be, make sure it remains first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

Since Win7 partiiton is already correctly marked Active, you only need to boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on its own.

Once Win7 starts, power down to plug back in Photo HD, open an Elevated Command Prompt to mark Inactive all other partiitons besides Win7 which are currently wrongly marked Active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two).
Thank you very much!

I am now up and running again and everything is in order. Thank you for your help and advice. It is very much appreciated. I am posting the new screenshots so you can see that it worked perfect. Also Win 7 auto ran chkdisk and repaired the Photo drive of the unnessasary files.


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20 Nov 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

Perfect. Always nice to see someone get it right.
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05 Dec 2011   #19
4th

Windows 7 Pro 32 & 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by etrnlxdarkness View Post
Hello! I ran across this thread while searching on how to fix my own problem. It almost exactly matches my issue. I was wanting to know if this advice would also work for my issue.

I recently had a drive go bad and when i reinstalled windows on a different drive I forgot to unplug the other drives. So it installed the System partition and I think the boot files to another drive. So now when I go to run a Ghost backup it wants to backup the other drive as well. That drive is 1.5 TB and is 37% full of my Photography stuff. I don't want all that in my backup because its too big and takes too long and also it changes too often to be backed up like that.

Anyway, enough rambling, I would like to move any of the necessary System files over to the C drive where it should have been in the first place. I don't care if it creates the 100mb part or not. There is enough space there. I just don't want my other drives to be associated with the Windows drive. I am also planning to replace that drive with a new Seagate Barracuda SATA III drive in a couple weeks. So being able to Ghost the drive and restore the image to the new drive will be much easier if I don't have to worry about System files on another drive being effected.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

James

PS I have attached my Bcdedit and Comp Man snipes.

PSS Could you also explain to me what this actually does? I'm actually not a novice user I just wish to make sure this gets done right. I am fairly new to Win 7 and never even bothered with Vista so I am still learning all the new stuff. Lol

Hello!

first of all sorry for my bad English!

i'm almost same condition with etrnlxdarkness. The difference is i'm using Windows server 2008, i need to move System files to C: disk. i've searched a lot and i didn't find same post like this, so does it work on windows server 2008 standard? should i use windows 7 DVD or windows server 2008 DVD? i have to be very careful on this i dont want lose my system.

I hope you can help me, tnx in advance for your assistance!


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05 Dec 2011   #20
gregrocker

 

It works the same. Mark C Active: Partition - Mark as Active

Unplug Disk0, swap its cable to C:Server HD, make sure it remains set to boot after DVD drive.

Boot the Server DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Server starts on its own.

You can then plug back in old DIsk0 to Disk3, use it as a data drive or boot it if needed using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key - until ready to delete it using Diskpart Delete Partition Override command or wipe HD with Clean command.
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