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11 Jul 2010  
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shayx View Post
wipe vista..don't understand...there is no vista installed its just an empty volume.
the cd is hp recovery cd but its a full vista installation like any other.
i get to the partition choose in vista installation and it says partition 3 logical, i can't install on it.

is there a quick way to make it primary like using diskpart or some other tool like hirens?
i need to install and ship it pronto.
SInce you need to reformat the Vista target partition as Primary anyway, I suggested wiping it because in rare cases underlying code (like GRUB) can block install.

But you can Delete, Create a New Primary partition, and format using DISKPART commands I typed out for you in last post.

Vista should update boot critical files to first Active partition (SysReserved) however if it writes them into the Vista partition, then you'll need to install EasyBCD 2.0 beta to add XP and WIn7 back to the Multi-Boot Menu.
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