The terminology can be confusing at times.
System means the volume that contains the bootmgr and the \boot folder.
This has to be the Active Primary Partition. There should only be one
active partition in your system.
The Boot Partition is the partition that contains \Windows. It may be same
as the "system" partition, and it may be active and it may be Primary, but
it doesn't have to be Active, Primary, or a System partition.
|>old vista partition's status is:" Healthy (System, Active, Primary
So in this case this partition is listed as Active and Primary, plus there
are boot files on it, so it's listed as "System"
I suspect this is the first one that is enumerated.
|> my working vista partition is: "Healthy (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash
Dump, Primary Partition)"
This is also listed as Active, which it shouldn't be,
So it's hard to say which one you are truely booting from.
you can run diskpart to change the status from Active to Inactive which
affect what is shown, but if any of the boot code resides on the old Vista
Volume you may not boot again.
You would then have to repair by booting to the DVD and choosing the repair
option. That may also require you to run diskpart and reset the correct
volume as active again.
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|> From: Nir <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|> Newsgroups: microsoft.public.windows.vista.installation_setup
|> Subject: Re: Vista partition is not a system partition
|> Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2008 13:07:50 -0800 (PST)
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|> On Jan 26, 11:39 am, "AJR" <ajr...@comcast.net> wrote:
|> > It is a result of the way you installed Vista.
|> > The "default" (for want of a beter title) way of installation is to
|> > system files and boot files on separate partitions/drive - however
|> > be both installed on the same partition which is the majority of
|> > installations
|> > If you delete or remove the "old" drive Vista will not boot - no system
|> > files available.
|> > You may be able to use bcdedit or a third party boot manager such as
|> > VistaBootPro for correction.
|> > <wein...@gmail.com> wrote in message
|> > > I've got a really weird scenario:
|> > > I've installed Vista on one of my partitions, after a few days it got
|> > > corrupted, so i've installed another version on a different partition
|> > > (different disk as well). I've since deleted the first vista
|> > > installation.
|> > > Now vista works perfectly on my other partition, no problems.
|> > > when looking at the disk management I can see that the old vista
|> > > partition's status is:" Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)"
|> > > whereas my working vista partition is: "Healthy (Boot, Page File,
|> > > Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)"
|> > > My vista partition is not a system partition. This causes some
|> > > problems, as I can't format the old vista partition.
|> > > Trying to disable the disk at startup and booting with the Vista DVD
|> > > doesn't help (it recognizes some problem but when rebooting, nothing
|> > > happens, no loading of anything).
|> > > Is there a way to assign the 'System' attribute to another partition
|> > > and/or to remove the 'System' attribute from a partition?
|> Thanks AJR, however I don't really understand one thing - my system
|> files and system root are all in the new partition, all I have in the
|> old partition is roughly 13MB containing the boot folder, of which I
|> have the same in the new partition. I don't have any other system
|> files, of in fact other files on the older partition.
|> I've tried VistaBootPro, but there's nothing I can do there to help me
|> resolve the problem. All it says is that the boot manager is in the
|> old partition, and the rest is in the new one.