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Windows 7: Failure when attempting to copy boot files

20 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Failure when attempting to copy boot files

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Laptop: Lenovo X301
Problem: Failure when attempting to copy boot files

Morning All
I keep getting Failure when attempting to copy boot files when running the following command after imaging a new laptop:

D:\Windows\System32\bcdboot d:\Windows

How do i get this sorted out i have created a custom windows 7 image which will be deployed on all new laptops, but i need this to work oh and the reason its D:\Windows is that for some reason imagex allocates the sysyem partition on the hard drive as C: and the Windows partition as D:

Any help would be much appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 & XP

You can use Hiren's Boot CD 10.1 (HBCD)
HBCD contains tools that can accomplish your task.

Download Hiren's Boot CD 10.1 and burn it into CD

1st, make a full installation of Windows 7 on PC1 (including software).

2nd, Boot HBCD on PC1. Plug in USB Flash Drive.
>> Load into Mini Windows XP (choose from menu)
>> Use MBRWizard to backup(copy) MBR into image file to USB Flash Drive
>> Use Ghost32 to backup partition(s) into USB Flash Drive.
Use High compression will do good. Make sure USB Flash Drive is enough space.

3rd, Boot HBCD on PC2. Insert USB Flash Drive
>> Load into Mini Windows XP
>> Use Easeus Partition Master to create partition(s) similar to PC1
>> Use MBRWizard to restore MBR from USB Flash Drive.
>> Use Ghost32 to restore GHO partition image from USB Flash Drive into PC2's harddisk.

4th, Reboot when done. Your computer will boot into Windows 7 just fine.

You might use 2~4 hours to make a complete installation on PC1.
But, you'll just use 15 minutes to make PC2 able to boot into Windows 7 with all drivers and softwares complete install.

MBRWizard, Ghost32 and Easeus Partition Master are included in HBCD.
One CD, performs all the task.

About Hiren's Boot CD: Hiren's BootCD 10.1 -
Download Hiren's Boot CD: Hiren's Boot CD 10.1 and All Other Versions - HTTP Download

About MBRWizard & Tutorial: MBRWizard! - The MBR Management Utility
About Easeus Partition Master & Tutorial

Hope this will help.

Good Luck
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 64bit

Excellent i shall give it a go, is there any thing i have done wrong>
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 64bit

Out of interest does anyone else have this issue?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 & XP

In some of the cases, the system will create a 100MB System Reserve partition with no drive letter assigned, followed by your desire partition size of partition (which is the second partition) and the system will assign Drive C for the second partition.

Did you backup the 1st 100MB System Reserve partition?
Did you create and restore the 100MB System Reserve partition?

Did you take the right sequence in restoring the system?

1st > Create at least 2 partition
2nd > restore MBR
3rd > restore 100MB system reserve into 1st partition
4th > restore 2nd partition (Windows system), which the Drive letter has to be Drive C
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 64bit

ok im using Imagex not sure if this is any different to the named saoftware but this is what i do
1) Build a standard laptop as the master image.
2) Create an image using imagex by following microsoft's instructions X:\imagex.exe /capture C: G:\Win7X301.wim "Lenovo X301 Win7 Image" /compress fast /verify
3) Once the image is complete i try to dump the image onto a 2nd laptop (different machine) and i get the error stated in the title once i try and copy the boot configuration

Funny thing is every 1 in 20 or so works ok, its too random, im sure i have missed something somewhere.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 64bit

i didnt image the system partition no i didnt think i needed to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 64bit

These are the full step i used before dumping the image onto a new disk:
list disk
select disk 0
create partition primary size=300
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs label"System" quick
assign letter=s
create partition primary
select partition 2
format fs=ntfs label="Windows" quick
assign letter=c

1 question before i shutdown the machine to create the image should i have run sysprep? Would this make a difference?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64

I don't work in a business environment, but you have tried the Microsoft Backup and it will not work?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 & XP

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1ceman View Post
i didnt image the system partition no i didnt think i needed to.
The 100MB System Reserved Partition contains very important informations to boot into Windows 7. It is necessary to copy that partition too.

The 1st Master PC build the MBR which will process the 100MB System Reserved partition. Then, only the system will access Drive C.

Although I'm not sure what informations are store in 100MB system reserved partition, but, the PC won't boot into Windows 7 without the existence of the files contain in 100MB System Reserved Partition.

Unless, there is no 100MB System Reserved Partition built during your 1st Windows 7 installation on the so called Master PC1, then, you won't need to copy the 100MB System Reserved Partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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