On my computers' Disk 0 I have two main partitions. The computer is "Dual Boot".
Partition A - Windows 2003 server OS (System, Active, Primary Partition)
Partition B - Windows 7 OS (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
I want to lose Partition A (Windows 2003 OS) and use if for something else or just simply reclaim the drive space. However I can't because ( as I understand it) it's the "Active Partition"
I did a some research and I've read I can change the Active Partition using "Disk Management". When I right click on the Windows 7 partition I see the option "Mark Partition as Active". And I searched in this forum and found a post with answers that seemingly confirms what I want to do.
However....I'm a little reluctant to do this. Is it as simple as that? I have this nagging feeling something might go wrong or..whatever...and then make the computer completely un-bootable having to reformat every blasted thing and completely lose my Widows 7 environment.
The bootloader and BCD file\folder exist on Partition A as well. The BCD file contains the path to \Windows as well as path to booting Windows Server 2003. Partition A also contains the bootloader for Windows Server 2003.
After making Partition B Active, you would need to copy over the Bootloader and folder containing all the BCD entries.
You then may also need to run a repair on the system by booting to WinRE