Heres my situation: I have Windows 7 already installed on my computer, but i want Windows Vista installed as a second OS. I thought it would be simple, make a primary partition and install it. But it wasnt even close to being that easy. I have a preset partition called "system" that was set by HP. This is set as the active partition. When I try to install windows vista i get an error:
this computer does not have enough space for temporary files.
Windows installation needs atleast 481 megabytes (MB) of space on
any partition for temporary files. To install Windows, free enough space
and restart the installation.
Error Code: 0x80070103
I found out that when i was trying to install vista that it was looking at the active partition to place temporary files. The system partition only has 199 MB. I tried to extend the system partition, but the option is browned out. I tried to extend it from the command line next using diskpart, but still i was not able to extend it. So i just made a new partition with enough space to install vista and set that as the active partition. When i did that, i could no longer boot windows 7. Its an either or thing, it just wont let me have both. I cannot delete the active system partition because it contains boot files for windows 7, which is why when i changed the active partition i was not able to boot windows 7. I do not want to rebuild my machine, i just want to force the system partition to extend to 5 GB. What can i do?
I also tried to backup the system partition so i could transfer the files to a larger partition, but i cant do that either. And whatever files are on this partition, i cannot view them from explorer, even if i change the file settings to view hidden files and folders.