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Windows 7: Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

14 Apr 2018   #200

Windows 7 Pro x64

That never works. Didn't work this time. Because it's that stupid system reserved partition. Shouldn't this be the same?

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14 Apr 2018   #201

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

You didn't explain how you cloned it.

If you are using mbr scheme, you can mark the windows partition active and then use bcdboot command to create boot files on the windows partition.

In theory startup repair should fix the problem, but it is often better to use the commands manually.

E.G If your windows partition is labelled D: (as seen from booted winpe ):

sel vol d:
bcdboot d:\windows /s d:
bootsect /nt60 /mbr ALL
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14 Apr 2018   #202

Windows 7 Pro x64

I've used Acronis, but in the last year or so I've been using Macrium. In both cases, this has been an issue, and I forget how I fixed it last time.....but it has to do with 7 and the oem mobo. Doesn't matter whether it's just 7 or dual-boot 7/XP as in this case, the hardware error pops up when booting 7. What's weird is, only with the oem drives is there that 100mb system reserved partition. One of the three same machines I have has an Hitachi aftermarket drive, no apparent srp (not in Disk Management, nor Partition Wizard), and boots both OSs fine. The back-up/replacement Hitachi (both are 1TB) ginks. By the way, this is probably not relevant to this topic I'm thinking.
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