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Windows 7: Can Windows 7 be installed on a FAT32 partition?

25 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7
Can Windows 7 be installed on a FAT32 partition?

I thought I'd come here for advice since there seems to be so much confusing information out on the internet. Maybe someone here can give me a definitive answer....

A friend of mine wants me to install Windows 7 on her Apple Mac (e.g. using Boot Camp). This is something I've already done on my own machine and I'm pretty competent, technically. My own installation uses NTFS for the Windows 7 partition but even though I'm quite computer literate, I've already been caught out by occasional permission problems and access rights issues. Personally, I can get around issues like this but my friend won't be able to. So if possible, I'd prefer to install Windows 7 onto a FAT 32 partition where she won't have to worry about any of this stuff. Does anyone know definitively if that's possible with Windows 7. Everywhere I look on the internet I seem to get a different answer!

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25 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Windows 7 can only be installed on NTFS volumes
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25 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7

Thanks. I've noticed that Windows 7 uses a lot of indirection for system folders (i.e. folders referencing other folders via hard links). I guess that feature isn't supported by FAT32. I've certainly never seen it on a FAT32 drive.
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