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Windows 7: Removing the active partition in a dual boot setup

09 Mar 2010   #31
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

From what I read, the not genuine and activation are two different issues. You can have an activated copy of Win 7 and still have it show as not genuine.

It sounds like recovering a partition is a fairly normal operation, but it isn't. It is an emergency operation, and the recovery rarely gives as 100% restore.


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09 Mar 2010   #32
iseeuu

 
 

kktk;

I hesitate to post in your thread again, as you did not seem to like my earlier suggestions.

However, if this helps: This web site: Multibooters, Vista Dual and Multibooting - Drive Letter Problems suggests you can boot into Windows 7 safemode, start regedit in Administrator mode and open this reg entry: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices". You can change a drive letter, delete the drive entry or entries and let Windows assign a new letter when it restarts, or remove the entire folder and allow Windows to rebuild the folder when it restarts.

Removing the active partition in a dual boot setup-fix_drive_letter_01.png

Hope this helps.
Robert


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09 Mar 2010   #33
kktk

 
 

Its not that I hesitate to follow your suggestions :)
Its that I dont understand many things---so I dont know what I am doing! :) So I tend to go for one option vs another....I did land up following parts of it to get rid of the existing active primary partition and then convert my logical drive to a primary partition and set it to active and then run the repair.

So as it stands now---i have a few issues.
1. No "C" being assigned.
2. Windows booting up with a "preparing your desktop" and then not really giving me one except the message that the copy isnt genuine.

Thanks to all for helping me understand.
Win7 setup is quite different from the earlier versions----oh well you learn something everyday.
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09 Mar 2010   #34
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kktk View Post
But is this causing the licensing issue? or will it get me past the errors where I am not able to launch the setup.exe from the new task window like you wanted me to ? and then I will have to re-activate again?
The issue is likely that the drive letter has slipped, especially since you browsed the HD using Partition Wizard and Win7 now has a new letter (correct?).

So burn Paragon Rescue to CD, follow SIW2's steps to set the Drive letter back correctly.

It worked in both cases previously where it was tried here to fix similar problem.
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09 Mar 2010   #35
kktk

 
 

Got it---will do this tonight.
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09 Mar 2010   #36
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Well spotted Greg. That does appear to be the problem.

It's a bit fiddly , but much easier with the Rescue Kit than trying to do it manually.
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09 Mar 2010   #37
kktk

 
 

Man..I'm running into some problems here or what! ? :)
Now I cant seem to get Rescue Kit going--this is funny even for me :)
It hangs on loading in normal mode or safe mode....even low graphics mode.

I'll keep trying.
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09 Mar 2010   #38
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Are you booting the CD?

Make sure CD drive is set to boot first in BIOS setup, before HD.

Maybe you need to try burning another CD? If it allows you to choose your own burner, then use ImgBurn at 4x with verify - it never fails.
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09 Mar 2010   #39
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It's booting ok, just not loading. That is very unusual - I haven't come across any difficulties with the v9 Linux kernel.
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09 Mar 2010   #40
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Here is another solution that worked to solve this problem in Win7 (although tutorial is for Vista) using Task Manager:

Multibooters, Vista Dual and Multibooting - Drive Letter Problems
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