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    Correcting a dual-boot setup failure




    LANGALIST PLUS

    Correcting a dual-boot setup failure


    By Fred Langa

    Windows' built-in setup tools sometimes can't handle complex configurations.

    When that happens, third-party partitioning utilities and boot managers are the solution.


    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/correcting-a-dual-boot-setup-failure/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    That was a good article but any clone will be prone to failure with "winload.exe.....is missing or corrupt" or other boot errors
    this is what I do in in a simple method and I usually never have a issue
    1. Use a third party Boot manager
    2. Generalize and prepare the BCD as per http://www.multibooters.co.uk/cloning.html
    bcdedit /set {current} osdevice boot
    bcdedit /set {current} device boot
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device boot
    bcdedit /set {memdiag} device boot

    Follow the directions to set Hibernation Object or turn Hibernation off


    3. Do whole drive sector-by-sector cloning
    4. Slave the drive and remote registry edit the SYSTEM from the registry from slaved drive
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
    delete all the Mounted devices
    this fixes drive letter assignment

    5. Reboot and add the cloned drive to the boot manager (with swap option if available)
    6. Boot the cloned drive and you are done

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    Again, a good article Fred. BTW: another cool boot manager is XOSL. This graphical boot manager has started a "new life" at SourceForge.
    Take a look at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/xosl-ow/

    Best regards,
    Sverre Holtskog

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    Hello Fred,
    'Been a longtime reader and subscriber of your work. Good stuff.
    Some years ago, in Langa List, you encouraged the use of BING from Terabyte Unlimited as a boot and partition manager.
    Just curious if you still use this software.
    Regards
    Bernard Boonstra

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    In the discussion of the problem of deleting old Norton files from the recycle bin, the guy with the problem wrote: "Unfortunately, it was not a simple matter to delete these files. Buried on the Symantec website, I finally found a method for removing these files by using a Command-line script. Not only did I reclaim a ton of C: drive space, it also cut my antivirus scan time dramatically."

    It would be very nice if you provided a link to that method. I have a similar problem with files in the bin that I cannot delete. Thanks.

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