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How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

Q: How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

Hi,
It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,
-pkd

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A: How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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Hi,
I have a dual-boot system Ubuntu/Windows 7. The Master boot loader is GRUB.
It worked fine until yesterday when, for some reason, Windows 7 refused to load anymore. I tried to repair with chkdsk, found and repaired some disk errors, but now the boot loader is damaged. The problem I have is that after selecting Windows from the GRUB list I get the installed version entry but I can't have access to Repair through F8 and thus I am not able to continue on the installation DVD. The problem I think would be simple, by writing a new boot using bootrec, but I don't have access to the console.
I've seen a solution/tutorial on this forum except that it requires to remove Linux, which is not at all my scope.
Thanks

A:Recover Windows 7 boot on dual boot system with GRUB masterboot

   Information
Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.

NOTE: Make sure no USB drives are plugged in.
Do not use a USB Pendrive for Startup Repair.


1) Use the Rebuild BCD in this tutorial:
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows



2) Fix MBR.



NOTE: As you have Linux installed, the above only works for 1 in 1000, must likely you will need to reinstall.
Good luck.

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Loading...
Error 22
_

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

Options:
fdisk /mbr
FIXBOOT
FIXMBR

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.
 

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Hi I am looking at Grub4dos since my recent foray into all things bootloaders. I am gaining a little footing with what I can and can't do (practically!) Although it was definitely trickier than I thought (or I just don't have the same time like I used to... ) Anyhow, I am looking at Grub because it sounds easier to learn the Grub2, and all my systems are pre EFI bios setups. I am looking for a 'Hoyle' maintainable setup. Therefore I decided to "initially" install W7 on C: and XP on D: (both on primary partitions)

But... also I have an existing XP image that was originally installed on C: Now I read somewhere, someone had a setup that would boot into a Master boot loader, presumably Grub, and then select one of two OSs and assign it C: and run it. and the other would become D: while leaving E,F,G, etc intact. That would really be a sweet setup for me because I could then use my existing XP image still since it would still think it is on C while running...

So my question is before I dive headlong into Grub. I know it would be the ideal bootloader for multi (pre EFI bios) But can it assign letters to partitions? so as to switch C and D like that while leaving other partitions assigns as they are? Just looking for a little confirmation and any tips. Here goes nothin'...

A:Dual Boot W7/XP using Grub - Can grub assign letters to partitions?

Why would you need to use Grub?

Take look at this:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I have a dual boot environment with two Win XP installed on different disks, XP1 and XP2 . XP1 was installed first and contains the boot files (NTLDR, boot.ini...) and XP2 came second. Now, I would like to keep XP2 and get rid of XP1. How can i delete XP1 since it contains the boot files? if i delete XP1 i am afraid to not be able to boot on XP2..., thanks
 

A:Solved: removing a boot partition in a dual boot system

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I'm a little embarrassed to say that I can't figure out which partition holds Windows 8 on my Dual Boot 7/8 system. I want to delete Windows 8 64 bit and reinstall Windows 8 32 bit, then update to Windows 8.1. I'm doing this because the system's old enough that 64 bit 8.1 won't install but maybe 32 bit will. I won't know unless I try.

Soooo . . . I need to figure out which partition Windows 8 is on so I can format the drive and reinstall.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

A:Dual Boot System - Which Partition Holds Windows 8

You will usually find there is a windows flag icon on the drive you are currently booted into.

Or check disk management for the word Boot on one of the partitions - that is the one you are currently in.

Or have a look at the partitions in windows explorer. 8 will have a thing on it called swapfile.sys (you need to have hidden and system files showing to see it ).

When you have figured that out, probably a good idea to label the partitions so you know what they are.

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Hello everyone!

I need help deleting the XP partition in my dual-boot system with Windows 7. I don't need to use de Windows XP OS and I just wan't to delete it. I must also add that I used the EasyBCD software to create the dual-boot menu, but I installed it in the Win XP OS.
Thanks in advance and appreciate your help.

I have attached a screenshot of my Disk Managment partitions.

A:I need help deleting the Windows XP partition in a dual-boot system

Boot into Windows 7 and type msconfig in the start-search box.Click on the boot tab and check if the windows xp is listed there.Open disk management,right click on XP partition and select delete volume.Make sure you back up all your data from the XP partition first.

Now open msconfig again,click on boot tab and delete the Windows XP from the list.Restart your system.If windows 7 doesn't boot up then try Start up repair Startup Repair to repair the MBR boot files.

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With an XP Pro/W7 Pro Dual boot configuration, is it possible to do the following (see screen shot or DiskMgmt info of current config below):
1. Move boot data from XP partition to the W7 (extended) partition
2. Make W7 partition the Primary System partition
3. Format the XP partition
4. Extend/Expand the W7 partition on to the available partition
I have seen and tried many of the so called solutions currently posted with no success. I can't help but notice that Microsoft does not currently offer a solution.
Alternatively, if the above is not currently possible (which seems to be the case), can I do the following:
1. Backup W7 and my documents partition to another drive
2. Format the system drive
3. Re-install W7
4. Successfully restore W7 with the backup (retaining all programs & drivers).
If this is all that needs to be done, it's a no-brainer and should be recommended as the work around from MS. My only fear to taking this leap is for some possible unforseen reason, the restore function will not work with the new build.
Thanks in advance for any "sure and sound advice".
SojourningAlien
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Currently booted into W7
DiskMgmt
Disk0 - 74.53GB - Online
WXP (D:)
9.77GB NTFS
Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
My Documents (E:)
40.75GB NTFS
Healthy (Logical Drive)
W7 (C:)
23.93GB NTFS
Healthy (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Logical Drive)
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A:Removal of XP System boot partition from a W7 Dual boot

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. You 'll have to convert the Win7 Logical partition there to Primary first so that you can mark Win7 Active, then delete XP, resize Documents/Win7 extended partition into delete XP space, then boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD to run Startup repair up to 3 separate times to write MBR to Win7.

[This is complicated by the Win7 partition being a part of Documents extended partition. You may need to include the Documents partition in all of the operations below involving Win7 partition. If you want to separate and move the Documents partition, or liquidate it into Win7 , ask back for additional steps.]

Boot PW CD, select 1 for screen resolution, rightclick Win7 logical partition>Modify>Convert to Primary, OK.

Rightclick converted Win7 Primary partition>Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Rightclick XP partition>Delete, OK.

Rightclick Win7 partition>Resize>slide left grey border to the left to take up deleted XP space, OK. Apply all steps.

Win7 will not now boot, so boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, click through to Recovery tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots, to write the MBR to Win7 until it starts.

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I have two partitions on my HDD. A 'suspect' Windows 7 Home (that originally came with my 'refurbished' second hand laptop) is installed in the only Primary partition. A legitimate copy of Windows 7 Professional is (now) installed in an Extended Logical partition. My laptop boots up in Windows 7 Professional, if no other selection is made. I now wish to remove the suspect installation, and revert to having just one partition containing my Windows 7 Professional, without formatting the whole HDD and reinstallng/restoring everything currently on the second, logical partition. Is this possible, and if so, how?

A:Removing Windows 7 from the Primary partition of a Dual Boot system.

What kind of BIOS you have? UEFI or Legacy (MBR)?
Can you give us a snapshot of disk manager?
Do you have a external HDD to make a backup image of your Win 7 pro partition?

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Hi guys, my hd is gone. It was on a notebook. Thanks god I had a image system backup few days ago.

Now... I'd like to dual boot that system on my desktop running Windows 7 and dual boot them.



So can I reduce the size of my desktop hd, and then restore the system image from my laptop to that partition?

How can I dual boot them?

THank you

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I have two partitions on my HDD. A 'suspect' Windows 7 Home (that originally came with my 'refurbished' second hand laptop) is installed in the only Primary partition. A legitimate copy of Windows 7 Professional is (now) installed in an Extended Logical partition. My laptop boots up in Windows 7 Professional, if no other selection is made. I now wish to remove the suspect installation, and revert to having just one partition containing my Windows 7 Professional, without formatting the whole HDD and reinstallng/restoring everything currently on the second, logical partition. Is this possible, and if so, how?

A:Removing Windows 7 from the Primary partition of a Dual Boot system.

What kind of BIOS you have? UEFI or Legacy (MBR)?
Can you give us a snapshot of disk manager?
Do you have a external HDD to make a backup image of your Win 7 pro partition?

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thank u so much for this good tutorial,i have downloaded the windows 7 7264 for x86,my problem is that now i have two operating systems:
1)XP Sp2
2)Linux Fedora

now my boot loader is GRUB and with that i select which of them start,the default is windows Xp, now i want to delete linux and just have windows xp and then install windows 7.
so i think i shoud first change bootloader and then install windows7,but i don't know how to do this this.can u plz help me?

another thing where can i see windows7 requirements,and the file system for installing it shoud be NTFS is it right?
at least how many GBs shoud i have for installing it?

tnx

A:Remove GRUB with XP as dual boot to install Windows 7?

any solution?

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Hi all,

I Have a desktop compaq pc since 2011 with windows 8 installed,
This pc not formated/resetted since 2011 ( 6 years) and i have also installed in marsh 2014 reimage repair and freeven because of fake java/Dropbox installations by a suspicious sites,

In 2015 we are infected respectively by Filefact smart file advisor, alcoholsoft/filefacts toolbar with hxxp://start.filefacts.com in default homepage in marsh 2015, then Fix-It Registry Optimizer in October 2015, and ZoneAlarm Toolbar in december 2015,

After installations on december 31th 2015 i have installed Abbyy Finereader 12 Trial version and Daemon Tools Lite, but with a suspicious site and one Boxore icon appears on desktop,

One day later late in evening, i have installed all Avanuest Trial version, one of theses is the malicious Registry First Aid rogue installed,

After purchased a logitec webcam on Amazon at marsh, i go to download the new Cyberlink VideoMeeting+ on a curious site and the Systweak suite comes on my desktop/windows explorer with regcleanpro and advanced systemprotector,

In rage, i go take multiples scans, disinfections apps and logs during all the marsh 2016 month, and now her results:
Adsfix: http://www.cjoint.com/doc/16_03/FCgsgvvNhzn_AdsFix-04-03-2016-01-59-32.txt
Zhpdiag: ZHPDiag.txt
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: tmp-29690-Malwarebytes Anti-Malware-rapport426775351.txt
Roguekiller: roguekiller-rapport.txt
Pre_scan: http://www.cjoint.com/doc/16_03/FCgshkgXs2n_Pre-Scan-06-03-2016-12-20-12.txt
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I essentially decided to use my hard-drive for two different forms of Windows XP 32 and 64-bit. This was some time ago, and it ended up with the 64-bit partition (C:\) as my system partition. The 32-bit partition (E:\) was considered a logical drive, and I used it almost entirely, due to the fact that my CD Key for 64-bit will no longer work, for whatever reason.

Eventually, I decided that I needed the space from the old, unused 64-bit partition, and since both partitions had Windows installed on them, I thought it'd be no problem to just delete 64-bit and merge the remaining space with my 32-bit partition.

Unfortunately, before I got that far, I found out that my 32-bit partition no longer will boot. After reading up on it, I found out about the system partition and all that stuff that I messed up by deleting the 64-bit partition.

I've tried to use the recovery console via boot CD, but when using BootCFG, the /SCAN function doesn't recognize the 32-bit partition. I've verified that the files are still there (installed another partition with windows and checked via explorer), but even with an edited boot.ini, the Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit partition won't boot beyond the blue screen, windows logo after "Welcome".

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A:Multiboot, Accidentally deleted System Partition. Cannot boot other partition

Oh. Also, when in Windows Setup, the 32-bit partition in question can be seen, and is stated as "in a format not suitable to Windows Installation" or similar. I can enter it in Recovery Console, but it does not recognize that Windows is installed on it. Partition table?

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Hi everyone,

I was experimenting with Elementary OS when it went a little wonky, just became unresponsive and features had broken. Couldn't really figure out the problem so I just decided to uninstall it. I deleted the partitions that it had been installed on and tried to restart into Windows.

I got a screen much like the one in the attachment below.

I did some searching on my other computer and found out that GRUB is the bootloader for linux and replaces Windows bootloader when you install it. I also found that to restore windows bootloader, you're gonna need a Recovery disk.

So I made a recovery disk using my Windows 8 laptop (Using a Flash Drive), plugged it into my crippled computer, booted from the USB, followed the instructions that I had accumulated from multiple websites explaining what to do.

The specific instructions were to go to the command prompt within the recovery disk and type:

Code:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
I also had tried:

Code:
bootrec.exe /fixboot
since another site had suggested trying that. They both said that the operation was successful.

I was then told that I should be able to reboot into Windows good as new. Well I can't. I'm still getting the same GRUB rescue screen linked above.

So that's the problem
Here's various bits that may be helpful:

Crippled PC -
Windows 8.1 Pro
250GB SSD - Windows install (NOTE: When trying to reset it gave me the message saying that the drive with Windows installed was locked and that ... Read more

A:Solved: Deleted dual boot Linux - Can't boot windows

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So.. I was trying to get a dual boot setup of Win7 and Ubuntu where I had 1 partition for Win7, another for Ubuntu, and a third neutral partition accessible from either OS where I would house all of my data. The problem is, my computer already had 3 partitions set up: Win7, the system boot partition, and one called PQService. Because I could not find a tutorial to delete pqservice, I decided to delete my system partition, even though this seemed a little more risky (apparently it was lol.) I used this tutorial: TeraByte Unlimited Knowledge Base to copy the boot files to the windows partition and delete it. I then booted into a Live CD of Ubuntu, and used Gparted to move my win7 partition in order to get rid of the 100MB of unallocated hard drive space. I then attempted to restart my computer into Windows and i got an error saying that windows could not boot because of some recent hardware changes.
Is there anyway I could get back into windows without reinstalling it? Do I need to figure out some way to restore my System partition? Is there someway I could get windows to boot without doing either of those?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:Deleted System Partition Win7 Now It Wont Boot. Please Help.

Try doing a repair using the installation disk.

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Because of the differences in the system restore technologies between windows 7 and windows XP, when booting out of XP and into Win 7 Pro the Win 7 restore points will have been deleted. My scenareo is XP - original system on first physical disk (boot loaders are here) and Win 7 on third physical disk, with second physical disk just for data.
There are various tutorials about doing the registry fix in XP as in KB926185, by using the registry hack HKLM\System\MountedDevices\Offline and setting the other system DWord to 1. However, I have done this and it doesn't fix the problem, as I keep up to date images, its not mission critical but it would be great if I could finally resolve it. Has anyone else had the problem with this registry fix not working (I cannot use bitlocker because I don't have Ultimate). Mike

A:System restore points deleted on Win 7 in dual boot with XP

System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete - Vista Forums

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Hi.
I'm currently dual booting with Vista and Backtrack 3 (a slackware linux distro) using grub and Easy BCD. The other day I deleted the 'NST' folder in my Vista c:\ and now i cannot seem to boot into Backtrack 3 as there was info in that folder that must have been used.
For some reason now, EasyBCD will not let me add another entry to my bootup so I need those old files that were in my NST folder.

MBR looks like this for the BT3 bootup portion:

Entry 3
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Name: BACKTRACK 3
BCD ID: {d9d43170-6007-11dd-8b43-8943620ecd66}
Boot Drive: C:
System Bootloader: \NST\nst_grub-5F6A92CF71032E4FDDA8EB8D0E76CEC9.mbr

could someone please help me as i need to add some folder/file to my c:\ for BT3 to bootup now. What exactly did the nst_grub-5F6A92CF71032E4FDDA8EB8D0E76CEC9.mbr file contain?

thanks

A:Grub NST folder deleted -cannot boot into linux

problem solved.
when I created the entry EasyBCD would create a new NST folder in the c:\program files\easycbd\boot\nst
I just created a new entry, copied that folder to c:\ and renamed the file to nst_grub-5F6A92CF71032E4FDDA8EB8D0E76CEC9.mbr and it worked

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In a dual boot system with 2 hard drives, one for Vista and one for Win 7, do both OS partitions need to be "Active & Boot & System"?

A:Partition in Dual boot system

If you are installing the OS to each HD with only one HD plug in at time, & use the Dell F12 boot menu, YES.

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hi there

iīve been trying to install linux on my PC for a while .. iīve tried Red Hat, knoppix, SUSE 9.2, Fedora core 3 and core 4 ... not that they dont get installed BUT cannot make the system dualboot.... and because i can not get the internet configured properly , I end up deleting linux ..
Since this year i still havenīt tried any linux yet ... i decided to have another go.... downloaded Fedora Core 5 (since its quiet a new release)...

The only way i maneged to install FC 5 is when i unplugged the XP SATA drive from the PC otherwise there was a no go... (it was the same for the other linux versions aswell) as soon as i unpluged the XP hdd the installation ran as smooth as a hot knive through butter

by the way FC5 is installed on a IDE(PATA) drive and the XP is on a SATA drive

now i have FC5 and XP on the PC but if i want to boot XP i have to unplug the FC5 HDD...
when i was installing FC5 i also installed GRUB with XP(as a non-detected during install)... when i choose to run XP from the GRUB menu i get an error..(no device ..)

the entry for XP in GRUB :

rootnoverify (hd0, 0)
chainloader +1

how can i change the GRUB code to make it look for XP on the SATA drive........ the posts and forums iīve looked so far donīt help much , at least they donīt help me... iīm sure the solution is probably a simple one...

any help would be apreciated

PS : I can start FC5 from GRUB no problem... and iīve set XP as default (in GRUB)..
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A:dual boot and GRUB... help ...

Assuming Windows is actually able to boot with the changed drive ordering..

The rootnoverify line says which BIOS hard drive GRUB should look at. You can try sth like "rootnoverify (hd1,0)"

Mind you, operating systems usually fail to boot when hard drive ordering changes.
 

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Yes, I know this question belongs in the kali linux forum. Here it is there:
https://forums.kali.org/showthread.p...e-does-GRUB-go
This forum is just way more helpful.
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I am trying to do a dual boot on windows 10 with a Gateway NE56R49U laptop.
My partitions are in the following picture: [ ext4 is where Kali is going]
http://imgur.com/B7gAo3v

Which partition do I install GRUB to?
ie: (/dev/sda)

Do I have to do anything to get it to boot correctly since linux requires Legacy Bios and Windows requires UEFI? If so, what? If I wanted to install Ubuntu, should I do that first and then install Kali? Would that make this easier for me?

I appreciate all the help I can get.
Thanks.

A:Where would I put GRUB for a dual boot?

It depends which bootloader you want to use. Personally, I use Grub, specifically Burg - this is what it looks like:

I have Mint and Windows on my SSD (dev/sda) - which has Grub in that MBR.

Recently I messed with the partitions on my second HDD (dev/sdb) and lost Windows boot - Grub's osprober found windows OK but windows still would not boot
Macruim Reflect's "fix Windows boot" only managed to overwrite Grub, but the boot error persisted.
The way I fixed it was re-installing Grub from Live, then running diskpart from the Win install media to get the system and windows drive letters - ran chkdsk /f /r on both those - came out clean - what fixed it was bcdboot [windows drive letter]:/windows.

Just relaying my experience as something to bear in mind when setting yours up.

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I have a 1.5TB HD of which I originally created 3 partitions of around 500GB each (C, D, and E). I have Drive C: which is my main Windows 7 Ultimate x64 partition. I had an older installation of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 residing on Drive D:. I simply use Drive E: as storage of large media like movies, software, music, or anything else and it does not have an operating system installed.

Yesterday I decided it was time to format my old Windows installation on Drive D: hoping to merge it with my storage drive E: Big mistake, because it turned out Drive D: was my system partition. When my computer tried rebooting after completing the format I got a hang while the post screen says "Loading Operating System..." indefinitely. I initially panicked and tried to re-install windows 7 with my install DVD back onto Drive D: and it still wouldn't boot.

That's when I found a few promising discussions on this forum that gave me hope; mainly starting on the third page of this following thread between user rogerfour and the always helpful gregrocker: Changing the System Partition?

As Gregrocker suggests, I downloaded and burned a bootable image of Partition Wizard. Unfortunately, my entire disk and all the partitions are listed as Dynamic Disk instead of Basic. When I try and do anything inside Partition Wizard it gives an error popup saying it does not support Dynamic Disks in the free version! (╯?□?)╯︵ ┻━┻

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A:Accidentally Deleted system partition. Cannot boot. Dynamic Drives.

Dynamic disks are pretty much to be avoided at all costs. It usually happens when a user tries to make a 4th partition. A warning should come up asking if you want to convert to dynamic. The correct answer should be "no!!!!!".

Is your data backed up?

You probably have to convert dynamic back to basic. It's doable and there may be a tutorial on this forum about it--if not, there are instructions on the net if you google.

It isn't pretty and your data is at some risk if not backed up.

Are you using version 4.2 of Partition Wizard?

Greg should see this and can give you more details.

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I currently have a functioning dual-boot system. WinXP was installed first on the first partition, which is marked "System, Active, Primary." Win7 was installed on the second partition, also a Primary. Using EasyBDC both OSs show up correctly in the Boot menu and I can selectively boot into either OS.

Now, the question. I want to either (1) move WinXP to a new partition and only have the boot information on the System Partition or (2) create a new System Partition, leaving WinXP & the associated legacy Apps where they are.

Bottom line: I want a System Partition with only the Boot information and what ever else is required on a System Partition, no OS; a Primary Partition with WinXP as it currently is installed with the Apps, and a Primary Partition with Win7 and those Apps.

At this point I don't know which is easier, leaving the existing WinXP where it is and create a System partition for boot or moving the WinXP to a new partition and leaving the existing System partition alone.

I'm not very comfortable with bootmgr and ntldr ----- I sure don't want to mess up my existing dual-boot which is working correctly. And when I look in the existing hidden BOOT folder and see all those sub-folders, I keep thinking maybe I should just leave this alone.

Also, I have read the Dual-Boot WinXP & Win7 tutorial on the forum - but that seems more for a new install of an additional OS. I don't want to have to reinstall either existing OS. It sure looks like leav... Read more

A:Move OS from System Partition (Win XP & Win 7 Dual Boot)

What you could do is create a small 200GB primary partition. Make sure though that you do not have already more than 3 primary partitions on that disk (check in Disk Management). Give that little partition a letter and copy the bootmgr there (see tutorial). Use the letter of this little partition in lieu of C:\.

Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD

The bootmgr will be copied and the little partition will be activated and the XP partition will be deactivated. The original bootmgr will still remain on the XP partition, but it serves no function any more since the partition will be deactivated. Should anything ever happen to your little partition, you could reactivate the XP partition (and deactivate the little partition) and things would be as they are now.

Note: If you already have 4 primary partitions on that disk, post back and we will fix that first. Under no circumstance try to create any additional partition if you have already 4 primaries. You would end up in deep yogurt with all dynamic partitions.

And may I ask why you want to do that ??

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Dear readers,

I have recently installed a 64bit version of Windows 7 on my computer without removing the old one(32bit). The reason for not removing the old one was that my DVD writer broke so I had to install the 64bit version while still using the 32bit version. I borrowed a friend's memory stick, put the window 7 disc's contents on the USB. I then made it into an image and mounted it.

The installation was perfectly fine, got new drivers and all, but when I tried to format(or delete) the C partition on which I have my 32bit windows installed it displayed the following error message http://puu.sh/1YRwa
I then stopped the old OS from booting, but I'm stuck here. I still can not format the partition, as it's still a system partition.

How do I make the C partition a normal partition and turn the E partition into the system partition?
Here's a screenshot of the disk management http://puu.sh/1YRBK

Regards,
hollowandi

A:Dual Boot - Can not remove one of the OS's, system partition

You can not delete C: as C: is the only bootable partition.
Logical partitions are not OS bootable.

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I hope 'Aura' sees this as his previous help (on the original computer)  had a glitch. He advised, 'Also, simply right-click on D: (which has the XP)  and select Delete'
(I'm trying this on another computer which has the same setup.)
 
This does not work as Windows says that it cannot delete this, presumably as it has the boot stuff on it? The link to see my configuration is:- http://puu.sh/iNLa7/e51a2c566c.png
 
D; is called BOOT and C: has Boot in the description.
 
Trying this again under Disk Management the Delete volume is greyed out but was not when I first tried it so Windows presumably 'knew' I had tried before - very clever?
 
Any advice please - thanks.

A:How to delete XP OS partition from a dual boot Win 7/XP system?

The only way you would be able to delete this partition is offline using a bootable disk or USB. If you delete the D: boot partition which is marked active, you would lose the ability to boot Windows 7. In order to get Windows 7 to boot again you would need to repair it. Send Aura a PM and reference this thread if you want him to reply.

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I created a dual boot system quite some time ago and all was well until . . .

RTM partition was completely up-to-date. I had recently updated to Windows 10 Build 10251 on the Insider partition.

I turned the machine off on Sunday January 31, left town, and returned Saturday February 6. All was well with the dual boot when I turned the system off before leaving. When I turned the system on last night, it booted directly into the Insider Partition. There seems to be no option to boot into the RTM partition.

Help!

A:Dual Boot System - RTM Partition No Longer Available

Does the RTM partition still exist? If it does, IMO, it's only missing from boot manager.

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I created a dual boot system quite some time ago and all was well until . . .

RTM partition was completely up-to-date. I had recently updated to Windows 10 Build 10251 on the Insider partition.

I turned the machine off on Sunday January 31, left town, and returned Saturday February 6. All was well with the dual boot when I turned the system off before leaving. When I turned the system on last night, it booted directly into the Insider Partition. There seems to be no option to boot into the RTM partition.

Help!

A:Dual Boot System - RTM Partition No Longer Available

Does the RTM partition still exist? If it does, IMO, it's only missing from boot manager.

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I want to delete my XP partition and reclaim the space for my Win 7 partition that I already have installed and I want to move my 7 partition to the front of the drive. My PC started out with XP and I installed 7 in a separate partition, when I boot up 7 is the OS selected to boot.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4013/...d683216c_b.jpg
here is a screen shot of my drive broken down C:XP;E:Media;G:Win7;
I want to delete C: and move G: to the front
will I have to move any Boot info from the XP partition to the 7 part and if so what files do I need to copy I looked in the 7 root folder and I did not see any boot files/folders but I did on the XP part

A:I want to delete my XP partition on a dual boot system

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Back up your files and a Win7 Backup Image as copying operations can fail. You will also need your Win7 DVD or Repair CD.

Boot PW CD, allow files to (strangely) load , select 1 for Screen Res, rightclick C: to Delete, OK.

Next right click G: partition, select Modify>Set to Active, OK.

Again right click G: partition, select Copy, follow prompts to copy G: into the space where C: was, click OK. Verify G: is still marked Active. Apply all steps.

System MBR must be recovered into Win7 now by booting Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, clicking through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots as it will attempt to repair and finally write the MBR to Win7.

Others may suggest using imaging software to copy over the partition which is another option.

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I am stuck.

Fresh install of everything:
* 10mb partition in the front for Grub to live
* Allowed Win7 (enterprise, 64bit) to make its 100mb partition next
* Win7 "C" drive next (175gb)
* Ubuntu (ext3) partition next (~75gb)
Everything was going ok - both Win7 & Ubuntu were co-existing nicely. Ran Symantec Ghost and made an image of the whole disk. Even copied the image back to the computer - and it worked great.

Began installing apps into Win7 - in particular, Visual Studio 2008. Ran Windows Update, installed ok - but wanted to restart. Restarted.

Now in infinite loop where it flashes "grub" on the screen and goes right back to the Bios screen and boots again.
Searched this forum - tried to run a win7 Startup Repair as recommended. Nadda.
Tried to copy the disk image back to the computer and start over w/ installing apps.
STILL NADDA
Now I'm stuck. Advice?

A:Dual boot - now Grub is trashed

Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony - windows 7 - Lifehacker

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Ok.., Hi Guys & Girls.

To start off - Moderators you may like to move this post to another thread if its not suited here!.

I have spent a week of nights trying every posted solution I could find in the end I had to come up with a solution of my own.., I have posted this in the hope that it helps anyone with a similar problem.

My objective was to dual boot Vista and XP on a HP laptop "So one HDD" with a linux distro installed on a backup partition along with images of the vista and xp drives. -Laptops are for a mobile classroom-.

I wanted both of the installations to look like they were the only os when the pc has booted, So both vista and xp installed to their own C: drive. while being unable to see the other os's partition.

Up front problems:

-I only have a copy of the Vista restore cd's for the laptop and no normal Vista install cd.

-I needed to hide one drive from another.

-I did not know how to go about installing two different copy's of windows on the same hard drive without having different partition letters/drive letters.

-I needed a backup solution that would work under linux so that the students couldn't just play with it.
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There may be better solutions around -Here is mine-

This is in order of events.

-Restore vista install from recovery cd's
-shrink the vista partition = Right click on computer go to manage "disk management"
-Reboot into... Read more

A:Dual Boot Vista & XP with Grub

If there are any questions please let me know and I will get back to you when I can ... Cheers.. l8r

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I have hp 1000 laptop.operation system is windows 7 ultimate.
500gb hard drive with 100gb (C),185bg (E),180gb (F) partitions,Fist I had accidentily deleted E and F with partition magic soft ware.after that those partitions were invisible. so then i try to activated in devise manager.then i restart and now i can't log in.(boot failure)
is there any way to recover all my partitions.......

A:How to recover my deleted system partition

Download Partition Wizard and burn to CD with Windows Image Burner.

Boot and run the Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

Once all partitions are recovered, post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Forums. Tell us exactly what you want to do and we will give you the steps.

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I just recently received a dual-boot laptop that originally had Vista but is now running Windows 7 Home Basic - it will no longer boot in Vista. This computer has a single hard drive that is partitioned with the C drive (Vista) having the bulk of the storage and only 10GB are left for the partition with Windows 7 (the D drive). This makes the computer run very slow and there is no space to install many programs.

http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...1&d=1314387860

What I want to do is get rid of Vista, the partition, and everything currently on the C drive so that I can use the whole hard drive with Windows 7. But I see that System files are on the C drive and don't want to format that drive and completely mess up the laptop. Is there a manageable way to accomplish this without having to reinstall Windows 7? I am by no means a computer guru and any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

A:Need to Remove System Partition on Dual-Boot Laptop

Take look at this tutorial:
Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

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My Lenovo y450 notebook came with Win7 Premium x64 installed. I set it up to Dual Boot with XP Pro. I used EasyBCD and everything went rather smoothly.
My issue is that XP recognized the 200mb System partition (created by the factory install of win7) as the C partition. This causes issues when attempting to install the XP drivers as they try to extract to the C partition. The driver installation error instructs me to free up more space on the C partition. Note: XP is installed on the D partition.
I have tried several things and after much research, I'm not quite sure what to do. I assigned a drive letter ('S') to the 200mb partition in win7. This didn't change anything in XP. I cannot reassign the drive letter in XP because it is a system drive. I know you can change drive letters of system drives via the registry, however I fear this may screw with the boot files.
Is there any known fix for this? I do not mind installing XP again, if necessary. I was thinking about using a partition utility to temporarily expand the 200mb partition to allow enough space to extract the XP drivers. However, I fear I may encounter other issues in the future with XP installed on the D partition.

Thank you very much for any helpful replies.

A:XP Dual Boot issue - 200mb System Partition

Have a read through the second section of this tutorial
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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how do I delete 1 copy of XP on a dual boot system on the same partition?

thats basically my question I really need to know how, thanks in advanced
- ej1elliot-

A:how do I delete 1 copy of XP on a dual boot system on the same partition?

I didn't realize it was possible to have the same OS on ONE partition. I could be wrong, as I've never done this before. To my knowledge you need two partitions to have two OS's. You should be able to load into one OS and delete the partition you don't need. Then you would have to fix your boot.ini file so it doesn't show both OS's.

Regards,

Brandon

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I have two system in my PC. Both are XP Pro SP2.

At first there was only one on primary active partition. I wonder if try to install a clean copy for game play.
For that I have 'shrink' primary partition and create second primary partition using Power Quest Partition Magic 8 to perform this.
Installation of additional system was successful my previous system partition been mapped as H: disk. I have added my previous installation to new ones boot.ini.

Problem starts when I was trying to log in to this old system copy. First of all users account was incorrect. It was the same as in new copy :? There was no way to log in system just logged off by it self.
I fought that is because active partition was been set to this new installation. Using Acronis Disk Manager i have switched active partition to first primary. And boot again.
It seems to be fine. There was my usual users account from first XP. But when logging system switch his system partition to second one. At first it did all fine normal desktop look display driver loaded but after a few seconds there is a black screen, unload display driver, desktop shrink, errors about missing dlls, blank shortcats on desktop ... in disk manager system partition is incorrect set to second primary instead of first one.
What is finally "pissed me off" ... when add the new XP copy to old systems boot.ini the same appears in it :/
I am in pain :? gave me a help hand !!
 

A:dual boot XP - system partition mapping incorrect.

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Hi
I get the message 'no bootable partition in table' when starting the computer.
However, the computer is ok and the HDD has no problems, I know this because i using grub and 'boot windows', everything starts up fine.
How can i fix this?
Thanks for any help

Also, strangely, if i use the XP CD, and choose to boot to there, but when i say it says 'press any key to boot from cd', if i leave it, it will also boot fine.

A:no bootable partition in table - but can still boot with grub

Are you trying to dual boot with a version of Linux? Sounds like the Linux partition may be gone.


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Originally Posted by Falc


Hi
I get the message 'no bootable partition in table' when starting the computer.
However, the computer is ok and the HDD has no problems, I know this because i using grub and 'boot windows', everything starts up fine.
How can i fix this?
Thanks for any help

Also, strangely, if i use the XP CD, and choose to boot to there, but when i say it says 'press any key to boot from cd', if i leave it, it will also boot fine.

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Ok so I have W7 and Ubuntu desktop installed on my HDD. I used gparted and deleted my ubuntu partition and set it NTFS. But I forgot about the GRUB loader. Now when I boot up, I get the "error 22".

Anyways, how do I set it so I can just boot W7?

Also! I'm on a netbook so it has to be a USB method.

A:Dual Boot: Ubuntu and W7 Grub issue

Wlecome to the "Grub error club" as well as the Se7enforums! RyanfromtheShhiir

That's what the repair tools section on the 7 dvd are for correcting mbr entries and other things preventing Windows from a normal startup! In your case you have to load the 7 installer again from the usb source(external hard drive, usb key) that you used to see 7 installed for this.

Right when the installer finishes loading to the point where you select the language and location and you move on to the next screen for the "Install Now" button look down below that for the repair tools link. That will then go through the detection process for the installation you have on and bring you to a menu of options where you then simply click on the Startup Repair. Startup Repair

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I have a Windows 8.1/Ubuntu dual boot system. Can anyone give me instructions on how to get rid of the GRUB loader to end up with Windows as the default loading OS that will give me the Windows blue 'Please choose an operating system' screen when I turn the system on?

Thanks in advance!

A:8.1/Ubuntu dual boot GRUB query

For loading Ubuntu, you need the Grub. If you want to het rid of Grub, you will have to get rid of Ubuntu too.

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I upgraded the BIOS of my H50-55 Lenovo desktop via the instructions from this page. It went fine, except that afterwards I could no longer dual boot to Linux (the GRUB menu didn't show up); instead, I'd go directly into Windows 10.
 
Since the BIOS upgrade overwrote the dual boot changes to UEFI firmware settings, I had to follow these intructions to change them back again, which fixed the problem.
 
NOTE: those instructions are for dual booting to Ubuntu.  If you have Fedora instead, replace 
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi
with
bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\fedora\grubx64.efi
 
Other Linux distributions will require other adjustments, though the basic idea is the same.
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.
 

A:H50-55 - [SOLUTION] Dual boot (GRUB) disappears af...

Thanks for posting your solution !

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Hi,

I have just completely reinstalled my laptop after problems with dual booting before (using Norton Partition Magic). I reinstalled XP - after creating 4 partitions on my 40GB laptops drive:

7GB NTFS Windows
5GB EXT2 Linux
500MB SWAP
25GB FAT32 - shared data storage for both OS's

I installed XP, all fine, then installed SuSe 10.1, also all fine.

Booted to both (via the SuSe loader) (Windows is just another option). Updated both, and had bit of play around...didnt change anything thogugh, only really installed a few apps on the windows install.
So, anyway, now when I start the laptop it just comes up with:

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (636k lower / 1039174k upper memory)

[Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the forst word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename. ]

grub>

And that's it.....now I really have no clue where to go from here>?! I know you can edit the grub config - maybe that;s why it['s not booting the OS....
I didnt use any other boot loader as this did the job fine before...
Any ideas? Even how to check the config?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Dual Boot Laptop only loads GRUB cli.

OK, I've looked into this a bit, and it seems there's some bad config in the grub.conf file.
So, I tried to load the kernel:

root (hd0,6)
kernel (hd0,6)/boot/vmlinuz
boot

And it loads the kernel but it fails to mount the root.

The actual error is:

VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,6)
Please appeand a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not suncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unkonwn-block (8,6)

HELP!! (
 

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Hi - Can not find the answer to this anywhere, so far . . .

I run Windows 7 and Win8CP in a dual boot setup. I want to "upgrade" to Release Preview
and install it on the same partition where CP now resides. I tried installing while in CP by
opening the Windows Explorer Folder and finding the DVD drive with the .iso and then click
on "Setup". Installing from within Win8CP seems to be right but is it? I'd like to be sure that
it will install to the correct Drive (partition). Guidance, anyone? Thanks!

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I need to dual boot both 64 and 32bit windows 7.. I have a device that just will not work on 64bit..

So, I'm trying to put a 32bit install on a 50gb partition of one of my disks.
However, when I go to select the partition, the install says
Windows was unable to create a system partition or locate an existing partition

Can I have some help, here? :X

A:Unable to create/locate system partition.. Dual boot

Please post what device this is. And have you checked to see if that device will work at all with Windows 7? Could be it doesn't have drivers for 7. As far as I know there are no Devices that would not work on 64bit 7 and would work on 32bit 7. It either works on 7, 32 or 64 bit, or it doesn't.

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I upgraded the BIOS of my H50-55 Lenovo desktop via the instructions from this page. It went fine, except that afterwards I could no longer dual boot to Linux (the GRUB menu didn't show up); instead, I'd go directly into Windows 10. Since the BIOS upgrade overwrote the dual boot changes to UEFI firmware settings, I had to follow these intructions to change them back again, which fixed the problem. NOTE: those instructions are for dual booting to Ubuntu.  If you have Fedora instead, replace bcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efiwithbcdedit /set {bootmgr} path \EFI\fedora\grubx64.efi Other Linux distributions will require other adjustments, though the basic idea is the same.

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I have followed the instructions over at think geek for uninstalling Linux and have run the bootsec.exe /fixmbr... but on startup it still is getting stuck at the minimal Grub menu. Do I need to also remove the first partition (seen in pic) all the way to the left, the 260 MB one, is that what the grub menu is. Then re-run the fixmbr command?

Thank you

A:Trying to uninstall Linux from Dual Boot, still gets stuck at Grub

I once had dual boot setup with Windows 10 and Linux.

This is the tutorial I used to remove the dual boot setup.

How to Uninstall a Linux Dual-Boot System From Your Computer
http://www.howtogeek.com/141818/how-...your-computer/

Pay attention to the instructions starting from:
Fix the Windows Boot Loader
excerpt:
Linux has now been removed from your computer, but its boot loader persists. We?ll need to use a Windows installer disc to overwrite the Linux boot loader with the Windows boot loader.

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I installed Windows 8.1 to try.
The problem is that it stopped working and gives me troubleshooting boot menu .
I have Windows xp on the machine too that's working fine.
So now every time I open my pc, I get the boot menu where it says Windows 8 can't start. What u want to do. Run troubleshooting or boot in earlier version
I go ahead and select earlier version.
I just want to remove this menu and remove the entire Windows 8. I just want to go directly to Windows xp

A:Dual boot system (Windows 8.1 and xp), how to edit boot menu from xp

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management. To do this from XP, press the Prnt Scrn button, open built-in Paint to paste the screenshot in, Save File, attach back here in reply box using paper clip icon. Screenshot with Paint

If XP is still System Active in Disk Mgmt, then normally you can just delete 8, remove the boot entry in msconfig>Boot, but we need to see the screenshot to be sure of no unexpected configurations.

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Hi, I need some advice. I'm helping my brother to set up a dual-boot of Win7 & Win7.
The reason for this strange setup is because my brother wants to have his own Win7 system, separately from his son who keeps causing trouble with trojans/viruses & online games. I have several questions before I do this.

What is the fastest way of installing the OS twice with some basic applications on it?
Is it possible to just re-image the first installation to the 2nd partition & make some changes on it to avoid reinstalling everything twice ? It would save time a lot.
But then, what changes should I make to the system to make it dual-boot? Will that be complicated or even possible ?

Thanks

A:Making a copy of Win7 system to 2nd partition & enabling dual-boot ?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Serville


Hi, I need some advice. I'm helping my brother to set up a dual-boot of Win7 & Win7.
The reason for this strange setup is because my brother wants to have his own Win7 system, separately from his son who keeps causing trouble with trojans/viruses & online games. I have several questions before I do this.

What is the fastest way of installing the OS twice with some basic applications on it?
Is it possible to just re-image the first installation to the 2nd partition & make some changes on it to avoid reinstalling everything twice ? It would save time a lot.
But then, what changes should I make to the system to make it dual-boot? Will that be complicated or even possible ?

Thanks


I would suggest creating a separate limited user account. Much easier and will accomplish the same thing. The following link will provide details;

Setting up user accounts in Windows 7

You can also do your own search and find several articles on "how to set up a limited user account".

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