How to move Vista boot manager to new W7 installation

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    Adding this later for clarification. This is a situation where you have the Windows Boot manager and mbr installed on a partition conating Vista. You have Windows 7 installed on another partition and now wish to recover the Vista partition. This will mean you have to change the entire boot procedure from the Vista partition to the Windows 7 partition, without destroying you Win7 installation.

    There are many ways to skin this cat.This is one recommended method. (Probably quicker to reinstall Windows 7) but:::

    Download VistaBootPro from |MG| VistaBootPRO 3.3.0 Download

    Step I.
    Start the Application. It'll redirect you to the BCD backup page. Click on browse to save a backup copy somehwre safe (NOT the windows Vista partition!) Call it something obvious (Backup)

    [​IMG]

    Step II.
    Go to the root directory or partition, of the drive where the BCD is installed (Your Vista partition?)

    In Windows Explorer make sure you have in Tools->Folder Options-> View -> "show hidden files" & Uncheck "hide protected files (See picture below)
    "
    Copy
    i. bootmgr
    ii. BOOT (folder)

    Paste these into the root directory of the drive where Windows 7 is installed.

    It will give an error copying 2 file's i.e BCD and BCD.log, saying they are currently being used by another application. Skip these files

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Step III.
    Goto the folder where you backed up the BCD earlier( in step I.)
    Rename the files like this (make another backup first).

    xxx.bcd -> BCD
    xxx.bcd.log -> BCD.LOG
    xxx.bcd.log1 -> BCD.LOG1
    xxx.bcd.log2 -> BCD.LOG2

    Copy all these files and paste them into the C:\Boot folder, replacing all files.

    Step IV.
    Reboot, and, if needed, go into the Bios and change HDD Priority from Drive D: to Drive C:.
    Boot up the Windows 7 DVD
    Select repair my computer.
    You should then be OK

    Here is another:
    This is the recommended method. Probably quicker to reinstall Windos 7 but:::

    Download VistaBootPro from |MG| VistaBootPRO 3.3.0 Download

    Step I.
    Start the Application. It'll redirect you to the BCD backup page. Click on browse to save a backup copy somehwre safe (NOT the windows Vista partition!) Call it something obvious (Backup)

    [​IMG]

    Step II.
    Go to the root directory or partition, of the drive where the BCD is installed (Your Vista partition?)

    In Windows Explorer make sure you have in Tools->Folder Options-> View -> "show hidden files" & Uncheck "hide protected files (See picture below)
    "
    Copy
    i. bootmgr
    ii. BOOT (folder)

    Paste these into the root directory of the drive where Windows 7 is installed.

    It will give an error copying 2 file's i.e BCD and BCD.log, saying they are currently being used by another application. Skip these files

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Step III.
    Goto the folder where you backed up the BCD earlier( in step I.)
    Rename the files like this (make another backup first).

    xxx.bcd -> BCD
    xxx.bcd.log -> BCD.LOG
    xxx.bcd.log1 -> BCD.LOG1
    xxx.bcd.log2 -> BCD.LOG2

    Copy all these files and paste them into the C:\Boot folder, replacing all files.

    Step IV.
    Reboot, and, if needed, go into the Bios and change HDD Priority from Drive D: to Drive C:.
    You should now be OK.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2009
    davehc, Dec 9, 2009
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