Move Boot folder

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Just reinstalled Windows 7 and forgot to disconnect all other drives resulting in the OS being installed on C drive and the boot folder going to D
How can I move this folder back to the C drive?
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curious if this is possible .. i always doo a fresh install
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You can also disconnect the other drives and do a repair install of win7 and delete the other partition when running.
Haven't confirmed, but you should also be able to boot to disc and use the repair boot option, again with other drives disconnected.
Be sure to have an image backup of your drive.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html 
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I agree with senad, use EasyBCD.  Here is a relevant page of the on-line documentation for that program on moving the bootloader:

http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Changing+the+Vista+Boot+Drive
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Looked at EasyBCD but since it seems more Vista orientated and all options name Vista as the action to take I was adverse to trying it
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I'll give you method a try in the next day or so when I can spare a few hours in case things go wrong ;)
Is there not a way to edit the boot file to change the device to look at the C drive?

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You can edit the boot file but that doesn't change the location of the boot partition, or am I not reading your question right?
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It should work in Windows 7 since Win7 uses the same bootloader as Vista.

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How to set the boot manager display order
At the command prompt, type:
Bcdedit.exe /display {ID} {ID1} {ID2} …
or
Bcdedit.exe /displayorder {ID} [/addlast|/addfirst|/remove]

Boot Configuration Data Editor Frequently Asked Questions

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721886(WS.10).aspx


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GaryC123, any feedback?
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Sorry for taking so long to get back - been  very busy

EasyBCD did not work.
Unplugged all drives except the system one, booted up and as expected came up with the boot error.  So rebooted with the Windows disk, clicked on repair and a few mins later everything was back as it should be - surprising painless and quick!
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Sorry for taking so long to get back - been very busy

EasyBCD did not work.
Unplugged all drives except the system one, booted up and as expected came up with the boot error. So rebooted with the Windows disk, clicked on repair and a few mins later everything was back as it should be - surprising painless and quick!

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Thanks for the follow up and glad it worked for you.

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