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Windows 7: Deleted System Reserved Partition

06 Feb 2014   #21
gregrocker

 

To start Win7 after deleting the System Reserved partition you'd Mark C Partition Active
then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts and holds the System Active flags.

Otherwise select Install Now, during the CUstom Install, use Drive options pictured in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7 to delete all partitions, create and format New one and do the Clean Reinstall.

Stick with only the tools and methods compiled for a perfect install in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and you will get and keep a perfect install for as long as you do.


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06 Feb 2014   #22
Dub Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium OA x64
 
 

I can't mark it as active because there is no partition for it.. it's just a 4096mb (offset 101mb) primary install partition, and a 461 GB partition.. the SR is only 100 MB...

I have to find this and fast because the 'system repair 3 times' thing aint working on repair disk or install disk... Do I need to create a partition? and if so how do I make it the system reserved partition ?
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06 Feb 2014   #23
Dub Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium OA x64
 
 

Your tutorials are helpful but there are a ton of them and nobody knows for sure which one pertains to my specific situation... I feel hopeless right now, nothing is working.

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Edit: okay I THINK I fixed that problem, not bootmrg error anymore but still get an error and I think it's because no windows is installed..

i'm sorry to post so much but my friend is wanting his computer fixed and I was becoming increasingly nervous. thanks for any suggestions
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06 Feb 2014   #24
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dub Zero View Post
I can't mark it as active because there is no partition for it.. it's just a 4096mb (offset 101mb) primary install partition, and a 461 GB partition.. the SR is only 100 MB...
What? You just said you have a primary install partition which is what you'd mark Active. Mark Partition Active

Why are you removing your friend's System REserved partition if you don't know what you're doing and can't follow clearly written steps to repair it?

Now mark the Win7 partition Active and run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times .
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06 Feb 2014   #25
IndustrialOne

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Dub Zero, if you wanna have a single-partition Windows7 install, have a backup OS on another partition or HDD to be able to work with it externally.

From another OS run a partitioning tool and remove the tiny partition before the C drive. Resize the C drive so it covers the space of the deleted partition.

Run a partitioning tool that runs on boot from a USB or CD, mark the main Win7 partition active and assign it its original C drive letter. Then reboot and let Startup repair adjust whatever it needs to.
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06 Feb 2014   #26
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IndustrialOne View Post
Dub Zero, if you wanna have a single-partition Windows7 install, have a backup OS on another partition or HDD to be able to work with it externally.

From another OS run a partitioning tool and remove the tiny partition before the C drive. Resize the C drive so it covers the space of the deleted partition.

Run a partitioning tool that runs on boot from a USB or CD, mark the main Win7 partition active and assign it its original C drive letter. Then reboot and let Startup repair adjust whatever it needs to.
Sorry, but this is not helpful and will confuse the OP. For one it does not work and then the OP would not have the faintest idea what you are talking about.

Why don't you let Greg sort it out. He knows what he is doing.
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06 Feb 2014   #27
IndustrialOne

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IndustrialOne View Post
Dub Zero, if you wanna have a single-partition Windows7 install, have a backup OS on another partition or HDD to be able to work with it externally.

From another OS run a partitioning tool and remove the tiny partition before the C drive. Resize the C drive so it covers the space of the deleted partition.

Run a partitioning tool that runs on boot from a USB or CD, mark the main Win7 partition active and assign it its original C drive letter. Then reboot and let Startup repair adjust whatever it needs to.
Sorry, but this is not helpful and will confuse the OP. For one it does not work and then the OP would not have the faintest idea what you are talking about.

Why don't you let Greg sort it out. He knows what he is doing.
This does work, I just tested it an hour before I made the post. I too did not wanna a double-partition installation so I removed the reserved partition. Mounting the primary partition was all that needed to be done for Startup Recovery to do its thing and be able to log back in.
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06 Feb 2014   #28
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. The OP already deleted his sytem partition

2. " Mounting the primary partition " - I guess you mean that you made the primary C partition active

3. " for Startup Recovery to do its thing " - would that be running startup/repair 3 times and rebooting every time

My point is that your instructions are vague and no uninitiated person can deal with it. If you want to help, be more specific and describe the steps.
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06 Feb 2014   #29
IndustrialOne

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

I thought the "System reserved partition" was the small 100MB partition before the C: partition that's used to assist bitlocker and run Startup Repair in the absence of the Windows 7 install DVD. Did I miss something? If it turns out I did, feel free to delete my posts in this thread.
Not my intention to mislead or clutter things up.
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06 Feb 2014   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The system reserved partition holds the bootmgr. It can also be used for bitlocker, but not in Home Premium. That is an Ultimate function. For startup/repair you nedd an installation ot repair DVD. There is no code in the system partition.

No need to delete your thread since it is quoted in my response anyhow. When the OP sees all that, he will probably understand. A deleted thread would only confuse him more.
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