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comment Installing Windows 7 on Drive 1 installs boot partition to wrong drive
IVint67: Then I can't get the files that should reside in the 100MB partition. The 100MB partition is "tailored" for the motherboard in question, thats why you can't just install Windows 7 on a Another computer and then move the disk to a new computer. Then I just get "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE" BSOD.
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comment Installing Windows 7 on Drive 1 installs boot partition to wrong drive
No. Its a special case. It wont boot USB, wont boot Optical, only a HDD. So thats why I had to copy over the W7 installation files to a fixed HDD. And no, it won't work swapping SATA Cables. Then it just attempt to boot the empty drive, fail booting and then hang on a blank screen. MB wont proceed to next drive after failed booting one.
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comment Installing Windows 7 on Drive 1 installs boot partition to wrong drive
It doesn't. It only writes MBR. You also need to write a 100MB system reserved partition.
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comment Installing Windows 7 on Drive 1 installs boot partition to wrong drive
It does install correctly. But the boot partition is written to Disk 0, destroying the install medium, (so the install medium has to be copied from the W7 DVD again) and the Windows 7 files is written to Disk 1. I could use a Live CD to move the 100MB boot partition from Disk 0 to Disk 1, but then I would overwrite the beginning of the Windows 7 installation. So the best would be if I could get it right for the first time by changing some configuration or file in the install medium. Install medium is writable, and I have the possibility to mount the boot.Wim and install.Wim files.
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comment Installing Windows 7 on Drive 1 installs boot partition to wrong drive
Sickest: No. The 100MB partition is written to the wrong drive. When you install Windows 7, it ask you where you want to install Windows 7. I select Drive 1. Then it stubbornly writes the 100MB system partition to Drive 0, and then inställs the rest of files on Drive 1. What I want to do, is to pretend Drive 0 does not exist at all as installation target, so BOTH the 100MB partition AND the W7 files are written to Drive 1.
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comment Installing Windows 7 on Drive 1 installs boot partition to wrong drive
The problem is that the motherboard wont proceed to drive 0 after failed from booting the empty drive 1. So the installation medium (drive 0) has to be set as first in boot order. Basically, I have one SATA drive with Windows 7 installer on it, and one SATA where Windows 7 should be installed on. I select Drive 1 in setup screen, and Windows Setup stubbornly still writes the boot partition to Drive 0.
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comment Where are Windows 7 activation file stored?
As you understand, I intend to run the same drive for 2 computers. Activating the second computer will overwrite the activation for the first computer.
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comment Where are Windows 7 activation file stored?
Yes it does, but the result of the comparation is stored in like a encrypted blob in some file somewhere. Thats why you don't have to activate every day, only activate once and then its activated. The problem is that if I change PC from PC1 to PC2, and it need a reactivation, if I then slmgr the CD key of the PC2, the activation file of PC1 will be overwritten. Thats why I need to move out the activation file of PC1 Before activating PC2.
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asked Where are Windows 7 activation file stored?
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comment Booting multiple Windows 7 from same image and then applying correct CD key
Yes, but since the system will boot from a read-only image, the "activation information" (b) in the text file, will be lost, like a reformat was done. The question is where the information of a sucessful activation is stored, so I can copy that information to a writable medium via a start-up-script Before shutting down, and at each bootup, replace the activation information again, so the computer stay activated after initial activation. Note that ALL computers boot from the same read-only image, so its not a simple matter of "activating" the read-only image.
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comment Booting multiple Windows 7 from same image and then applying correct CD key
The problem is that it cost about 200$ per computer, and we cannot really afford it. They wont turn in the old OEM licenses either. They said that its not possible to purchase a "upgrade to windows 8" for the reason that Windows 7 needs to be installed and activated for a upgrade to be done, and thus it defeats the whole purpose of using VLKs. So basically, the only option was to buy new non-upgrade keys.
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comment Booting multiple Windows 7 from same image and then applying correct CD key
Yes, it does work with slmgr. However, the activation needs to be done after each updating of key, and if we activate the same computer at each bootup (about 1-5 times/day), wonder what happens? Maybe microsoft will block the key as stolen. So, how can the activation be solved? Is theres some activation file somewhere containing the activation, that I can copy and store on the server, and then replace when slmgr has done its work?