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Windows 7: Where Should the Active go?

26 Aug 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

The SysResv should be "System Active" with no drive letter if there are no other bootable OSs on other HDDs on the same machine.


On machines with multiple OSs on separate HDDs each should be Active but there will be only a single Windows System partition.


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26 Aug 2011   #12
AirPower4ever

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

In my situation, all 9 computers have only one operating system which is Windows 7 Pro. So just to make sure, I need to make the System Reserve "Active"?
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26 Aug 2011   #13
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
In the first snip ...

If there is not another bootable OS on Disk 1, it would be best to remove the drive letter from the "System Reserved" and to mark the SysResv as Active and run the 3 separate startup repairs to (re)create the Windows System boot files to the SysResv partition.



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In snip 2 ...

You can create a SysResv if you wish.
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26 Aug 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes have a look at this tutorial linked below.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


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26 Aug 2011   #15
AirPower4ever

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Okay, got it and again, sorry for the confusion. For my next question, the 9 computers. One computer does have a section for the system reserve, but there is nothing in there. How do I make that section contain the files for a system reserve?


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26 Aug 2011   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post

Yes have a look at this tutorial linked below.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times


First you have to create a Primary partition named "System Reserved" with no drive letter, then run the 3 separate startup repairs to (re)create the Windows System boot files the new SysResv partition.
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26 Aug 2011   #17
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You need to format the partition.
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26 Aug 2011   #18
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Just for arguments sake, why do you insist on making sysres out of that unallocated space? That computer already boots peacefully from the windows partition. Unless you need bitlocker you can just use partition wizard to pull the C: drive 101 mb to the left and live happily ever after. Actually if you're lazy and dont mind losing that 101 mb, just sit tight and do nothing.
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26 Aug 2011   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Just for arguments sake, why do you insist on making sysres out of that unallocated space? That computer already boots peacefully from the windows partition. Unless you need bitlocker you can just use partition wizard to pull the C: drive 101 mb to the left and live happily ever after. Actually if you're lazy and dont mind losing that 101 mb, just sit tight and do nothing.
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26 Aug 2011   #20
AirPower4ever

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I cannot remember when, but someone here in the forums, a while ago, said that you need the system reserve and was pretty animate about it. The reasoning sounded sound. I hear what you are both saying though. It does boot fine and I have no issues. I came here to find out which direction to go, if I should create it or like both of you said, leave it.

In the future, is there something I did wrong during the install of Windows 7 to prevent this? I mean, I do not remember during the install asking me if I want a system reserve and if you want to make system reserve your Active? Maybe it's something else I did (or my helping buddy) after the install.

Thanks for your help, both of you and again, accept my apologies for the thread mishap.
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