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System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot
I have now created this as an actual tutorial that can be viewed at this link below.
This is what I started with, I'm going to use the free, bootable Partition Wizard CD to shrink the C:\Vista partition to create a partition for the Windows 7 "System Reserved" and a partition to install Windows 7 to ahead (to the left) of the C:\Vista partition.
3) Then in the left pane "Operation Pending" column click Apply and then Yes for the "Apply Changes" conformation dialog box.
5) You Must restart the PC after the shrink has completed so the existing OS can accept the changes to the partition structure and it will require a restart that you must do to complete the process.
Remove the PWBD and at the upper left corner at "General" click exit to restart the PC, it would be a good idea to do a couple restarts to let the OS accept the changes without issues.
6) Boot back to Partition Wizard and right click the new unallocated space and click create.
Just be sure to make it a Primary partition as PW defaults to logical, a Label here is not necessary as you will add the labels in the next step.
Don't be concerned with drive letters as the OS will give them letters when you boot back to let the OS accept these new changes, though they will have to be removed before the Windows 7 install.
8) Now do the same to create the SysResv, making sure that it's created as a Primary partition as Windows will not boot / is not able to boot from an "Extended/Logical" partition and the SysResv will be the partition where the boot files will be created for the dual boot.
If you are short on Primary partitions you could create the Windows 7 partition as a Logical for the install and then when/if you remove the existing Windows (Vista?) install you could use the PWBD to convert it to a primary at a later time.
11) Now at the left pane Operations Pending column click Apply, then Yes for the conformation dialog box to finish creating/formatting the partitions; the snip below is what you will have.
Now boot back into the OS so it can accept these new changes to the partition structure and to make sure all is well, I suggest you restart the OS a couple times just to make sure.
You also need to remove the drive letters and mark the SysResv partition as "Active" so the boot files will be created there; I'll cover that briefly below.
Note to XP users: Windows XP must be left as the "System, Active" partition for the install of Windows 7, if not you will have to use EasyBCD to first, repair the XP boot files, then you will have to run startup repairs to Windows 7 to get it booting again, then add an entry for XP for it to be added to the Windows (dual boot) boot menu; it is possible to accomplish though it's a lot of work.first boot device as the ODD in the BIOS and install Windows 7 to the created partition.
I suggest you use the installer to format both partitions during the installation to avoid any potential file system errors; click Drive Options (advanced) at this dialog box; don't change anything else though.
15) Here it is! EasyBCD from within Windows 7 but that's the easiest part of this process.
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|24 Oct 2010||#7|
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I didn't use my bootable Partition Wizard. Since I was working on an external HDD I used the installed minitool Partition Wizard. I was just making 3 partitions to a 1TB disk, assigning drive letters and volume names. Left all the operations pending in the left pane. Went to apply and the application failed (event ID 1000, task category 100). When I applied the activities for each partition in turn it was fine - maybe that's what your supposed to do.
I know I could use MS disk management for this simple task but it gave me an opportunity to experiment with PW.
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