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Windows 7: My Win 7 Disk has 4 partitions, (2Drive letters) want to dual boot

20 Nov 2012   #11
Kaktussoft

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You have a good backup? How did you make it?


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20 Nov 2012   #12
dohouch

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Thanks for getting back to me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You end with 3 primary partitions and one extended. In that extended is your current C. But if you shrink C there's room for an other partition. Be sure you shrink C as explained in tutorial, so shrink the large partition
So 3 partitions +Extended=4.

So how can I
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
But if you shrink C there's room for an other partition.
=5(3 primary+1 extended +another for Win 8)

I'm lost now.


ORRRRRRRR -- If I have a "System Repair Disc " could I not remove the WinPE partition?
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20 Nov 2012   #13
dohouch

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You have a good backup? How did you make it?
within win7 "backup and restore"
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20 Nov 2012   #14
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dohouch View Post
Thanks for getting back to me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You end with 3 primary partitions and one extended. In that extended is your current C. But if you shrink C there's room for an other partition. Be sure you shrink C as explained in tutorial, so shrink the large partition
So 3 partitions +Extended=4.

So how can I
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
But if you shrink C there's room for an other partition.
=5(3 primary+1 extended +another for Win 8)

I'm lost now.
Primary partition=real partition
extended partition=a special primary partition (sort of)

So you have 4 real partitions (that's the max)
In that extended partition is win7 now. If you shrink win7 you can create more partitions in the extended partition.

If I give you more info it just confuses you!
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20 Nov 2012   #15
dohouch

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Fine and thanks. I need more time to decide whether I'm ready to jump off the high board. You've been a great help.
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20 Nov 2012   #16
gregrocker

 

To review:

Use Partition Wizard to convert C to Logical. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

In DIsk Mgmt shrink C to make as much space as you want for WIndows 8. Partition or Volume - Shrink

Buy the Win8 upgrade, download a bootable ISO file, burn to DVD using Windows Image BUrner, boot it to install to the space you made from C. You may partition it during install using Drive Options.

Decide if you want to keep Win7 before activating 8 since under the EULA you give up Win7 license for as long as you are using Win8. So if you decide to keep Win7 you can save Win8 to use elsewhere.
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21 Nov 2012   #17
dohouch

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@gregrocker, @Kaktussoft,- Thanks all.
I have a genuine reason for long-fingering this operation . I'm heading off for 3 weeks in a few days and would not be using my machine with Win 8 before 20 December.
I think I can use Win 8 for 90 days before activation, so loosing 30 days from this period, while I'm away is not the way to go IMHO.
thanks all
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21 Nov 2012   #18
Kaktussoft

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But you can convert C to logical now in partition wizard. And (after reboot) then shrink C a bit (so make space for win8) in disk management.
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21 Nov 2012   #19
dohouch

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@Kaktussoft:-
I ran XP from November 2002 to December 2011. I still have the old box with XP on it. Bought this new box with Win 7 pre-installed.
What I'm saying is, I'm not in the habit of moving partitions and OS's around my HDD as you might well be.

I'll be taking you away from your Christmas dinner, when something goes screwy after 20th December.
tnks
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21 Nov 2012   #20
Kaktussoft

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Not moving around at all!! Just shrink it a little. Have a nice christmas and greetings from santa claus
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