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Windows 7: Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

14 Apr 2018   #200
Sevendaez

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
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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 ):

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

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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07 Oct 2018   #203
cdoublejj

64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
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 ):

diskpart
sel vol d:
act
exi
bcdboot d:\windows /s d:
bootsect /nt60 /mbr ALL
it only showed as D: in the motherboard swap utility and the windows install / repair utility. I have no idea if them obbo swap util changed it to D: as it saw it that way or if it's just windows PE doing it. i'm having hard time getting the boot rebuilt, i'm sure part of it was the fact it's a dual boot. i don't care about getting linux working since it was old version anyways. rebuilding the BCD should seta fresh windows bootloader and it should be the default as grub would either be written and or new active makers set anyways.


EDIT: well i wasn't scientific as i punched all sorts of commands but, i did your last and it works and it's C:\ once booted ! Thank you much ! Now I know it's just the way PE sees it.

Slightly off topics in the XP days you could have the windows install to D:, some card readers caused that if they were plugged in during installation of XP.
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