Windows 7 and XP dual boot on different HDs. Want to get rid of XP.


XP is on partition 1 on Disk 0 , Windows 7 is on partition 2 on disk 1. I know how to clone them both with Acronis as backup after I have booted in to XP and saved "boot" folder and bootmgr to my Windows 7 root. I also know that after formatting XP partition I can install Windows 7 on disk 0 partition 1. I then use Windows 7 repair disk to fix mbr or whatever. The system boots and everything is fine except that now I get a notice that windows 7 is not genuine.
Is this because Windows boot manager as seen below needs changing.
I should mention that I originally had XP and installed Windows 7 later and therefore my boot files for W7 are on XP partition
I am using EasyBCD 2 build 97 My drives are SATA

Do I have to change line 2 to "device partition=C"
Or is more involved

Thanks in advance.

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=D:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {6fed4777-0cdd-11df-9056-d076d4d8e837}
resumeobject {6fed4776-0cdd-11df-9056-d076d4d8e837}
displayorder {466f5a88-0af2-4f76-9038-095b170dc21c}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 5

Windows Legacy OS Loader
identifier {466f5a88-0af2-4f76-9038-095b170dc21c}
device partition=D:
path \ntldr
description Earlier Version of Windows

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {6fed4777-0cdd-11df-9056-d076d4d8e837}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
recoverysequence {6fed4778-0cdd-11df-9056-d076d4d8e837}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {6fed4776-0cdd-11df-9056-d076d4d8e837}
nx OptIn
numproc 2
usefirmwarepcisettings No
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Use EasyBCD 2.0 latest build
BCD Install/Repair
Change boot drive
point it to C: when prompted.
reboot after changing the BIOS boot sequence to put the W7 HDD first.
Use EasyBCD 2.0 latest build
BCD Install/Repair
Change boot drive
point it to C: when prompted.
I used Acronis to install my image of W7 on the other disk instead of changing bot sequence and everything works fine except windows now tells me my copy is not genuine
Great :smile:

Just re-activate over the internet or call the activation hotline and explain what happened. When Windows detects big changes to the hardware or hard drive layout it thinks there's a possibility it may have been copied to a different machine altogether and deactivates out of paranoia :smile:
When I shuffled my quad boot around and 3 versions of Windows found themselves on different HDDs, reactivation online was all that was needed.
Longhorn systems are, as CG said, extremely paranoid, but reactivation in my experience is not a problem. It just means that the old configuration is de-activated in the MS DB, so that 2 copies cannot continue for the price of 1.
Do you still need to do it manually by calling the hotline, or can it work it out over the internet nowadays?
No phone call necessary for a HDD change
(though when I moved XP into my new PC previously, (every piece of kit different), that required a phone call)