Shrinking and extending partition

#1
Will any problems arise if I shrink and extend these partitions? What OS should I do this from? I'm triple booting XP, Vista, W7 on two physical drives. Thanks.

 

Terry60

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#2
You can shrink Vista, but not extend W7.
Not directly from Windows, that is.
It won't allow a movement of the start position of the partition.
The BCD identifies the OS by a UID which is a combination of the disk signature and the partition start location. Moving the start breaks the boot, so Windows doesn't allow it.
You can do what you want with a bootable 3rd party partition manager, but you'll need to repair the BCD afterwards
Recovering the Vista Bootloader from the DVD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
unless the partition manager is very new and auto-fixes the BCD for you.
 
#3
I used Paragon Partition manager from within windows, rebooted and it did its thing. Worked perfectly, and preserved my boot manager too. Thanks.