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Windows 7: Replace RC in multiboot & Get boot files on 100MB part.

25 Feb 2010   #11
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debugged View Post
Robert (iseeuu) - I still want to know how to delete the boot files after copying to S: , for future reference, and I'm not sure if the bcdboot move really took.
This is awesome news. Glad your experiments have gone so well.

When you say: "would not let me delete" do you mean you were denied permission, or access, or something else? I had to take ownership of the boot files, they were "owned" by system so I had to give them to my Admin user, before editing or moving (or deleting) them.

I also had some difficulty initially creating the needed 100MB space. Usually it was larger than I wanted, but it can be any size even 200MB is not much to sacrifice in a 1TB hard drive. But I found it is best to actually create the partition in 7. It will make it show as 100MB. Then one can go back later and move the second partition over to take up any unallocated space left over. Windows will not allow certain changes to an "Active" partition once you have booted to it.

Cheers!
Robert


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26 Feb 2010   #12
debugged

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Oh, so you managed to delete the boot files by taking ownership - of course! I was rather too hopefully thinking that should automatically happen. I'll try again as soon as I have the chance.

Not much experience here in moving, copying partitions, and all of it unsatisfactory so far - I don't see how I could move the S: partition in front of the XP partition if there is no unallocated space there, and I couldn't get Partition Wizard to make the space - it resolutely refused to allow any changes. XP was not the active partition at the time. It was a logical drive in an extended partition, if that is relevant. If it happens again, I'll post the diskmgmt screenshot.

Using the System Reserve partition as I have it now is good, as it saves a couple of steps when reinstalling an OS. Now, is there a way to get Windows 7 boot back from XP after an reinstall of XP, without booting the Windows 7 DVD and doing a Startup Repair? That really would make reinstalls a doddle.
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26 Feb 2010   #13
iseeuu

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debugged View Post
Oh, so you managed to delete the boot files by taking ownership - of course! I was rather too hopefully thinking that should automatically happen. I'll try again as soon as I have the chance.
This link shows how I took ownership of "boot.ini" in order to edit it: https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ndows-7-a.html

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debugged View Post
Not much experience here in moving, copying partitions, and all of it unsatisfactory so far - I don't see how I could move the S: partition in front of the XP partition if there is no unallocated space there, and I couldn't get Partition Wizard to make the space - it resolutely refused to allow any changes. XP was not the active partition at the time. It was a logical drive in an extended partition, if that is relevant. If it happens again, I'll post the diskmgmt screenshot.
To create the unallocated space you would have to first shrink the logical partition leaving the empty space in the front, then shrink the Extended partition into the empty space. You can not shrink the logical partition by shrinking the extended partition.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by debugged View Post
Using the System Reserve partition as I have it now is good, as it saves a couple of steps when reinstalling an OS. Now, is there a way to get Windows 7 boot back from XP after an reinstall of XP, without booting the Windows 7 DVD and doing a Startup Repair? That really would make reinstalls a doddle.
In this link I recommend marking the XP partition "Active" before beginning the install of XP: https://www.sevenforums.com/installat...wont-boot.html

The same could apply to a repair install or reinstall of XP. While this is not the only way to do it, it simplifies access to XP until the repair, reinstall is complete. Then marking the 100MB partition active again returns control of the boot menu back to bootmgr, and the dual booting menu. If the XP partition is not moved, say from partition(3) to partition(4), then the boot.ini file in the 100MB reserved partition will not be affected by any reinstall activity in the XP partition and will boot to the repaired XP partition as soon as the 100MB partition is marked "Active".

Cheers!
Robert
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