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Windows 7: System Reserve Partition

09 Sep 2011   #11
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

If by system recovery, you refer to the capabilities of the "recovery partititon", then simply make yourself a system repair disc:
| type System Repair | Enter





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09 Sep 2011   #12
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
If by system recovery, you refer to the capabilities of the "recovery partititon", then simply make yourself a system repair disc:
| type System Repair | Enter


I created a System Recovery Disk for Windows 7x32 via Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/Backup and Restore/Create a System Recovery Disk. It is 144MB in size and contains two folders (Boot and Sources) and a file named bootmgr.
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09 Sep 2011   #13
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Why are the System Boot files on D if it is only for applications? Did you have it marked Active which tells the installer to place the boot files there?

D appears to be empty. I would mark Win7 partition Active in Disk management, reboot into Win7 DVD Repair console to run Startup Repair repeatedly with reboots until Win7 writes the System Boot Files to C and starts on its own.

Once this occurs, reboot and tap the F8 key repeatedly, choose the Win7 HD to boot, then tap the F8 key again repeatedly to see the Advanced Boot Tools menu. Is Repair console a choice?
I don't know what was marked active. D: contains only Microsoft Office which was not put there until just a couple days ago.

I can not get to the repair console by rebooting from the Installation CD and just using the F8 key.

F8 takes me to the "One Time Boot Menu". If I then boot from the location of the Installation Disk I will get to the W7 Installation Disk which begins by Loading Installation Files, Starts Installation, brings up Language Select Window and then an option to go to Repair Console.
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09 Sep 2011   #14
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
As Greg pointed out, this is a rather strange configuration. But the Win7 installer seems to place the bootmgr into the first partition it can find and if it does not find any, it creates the 100MB partition.

I have the same problem on one system where it placed the bootmger on the first HDD it found although I was installing on an SSD. I was aware of that but since I could not unplug this HDD during the installation, I let it go.

There is really nothing to worry about as long as you do not reformat D: - but if you rather have a "clean" setup, follow Gregs steps.
Thanks. I believe this puts me at ease.

I am seriously contemplating the relocation of all those Applications that got stuck in with the OS. Everything is working as is but it looks so disorganized and totally rediculous with MS Office the only thing on D: with all that unused space.

I don't know if it really matters but I would prefer having the OS stand alone in a separate partition. I have seen a couple systems with EVERYTHING co-mingled in a single partition. That just does not seem wise though it obviously works. I guess that is sorta what I have.
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09 Sep 2011   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Dusty,

You may be interested in:
User Folders - Change Default Location
How to Change the Default Location of Windows 7 User Folders

A convenient way of moving your documents, pictures, videos, and other user folders to another partition.
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09 Sep 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

Dusty, please follow the steps I wrote out exactly as given and not the last step first.

If you have any questions then ask back, but this time do them in order.
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09 Sep 2011   #17
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Dusty, please follow the steps I wrote out exactly as given and not the last step first. I think that I have done that. Since I am as illiterate as I am, I don't deliberately deviate from instructions.

If you have any questions then ask back, but this time do them in order.
Done as close as I could to exactly as directed. There was some deviation because I did not always understand. I think that there were three iterations before possible success.


Following is a snip of what the HD looks like in diskmgr now.

System Reserve Partition-after-bootmgr-repair.png

System Reserve Partition-after-bootmgr-repair-2.png

Using the F8 key, I am able to access the "Advanced Boot Tools". in the "Repair Console. Lacking instructions to do otherwise, I went to W7 normally from here.

The system booted into W7 with no intervention.

If I read and UNDERSTAND all of what has just happened, I have relocated the bootmgr from wherever it was to somewhere on disk 0 partition 0 (along with the OS).

In the snips above, the significant change being that partition 0 is Active and partition 1 is not.

What I do not understand is shown in the first snip (this thread). It shows Disk 0 Partition 1 as System, Active. That partition was never the location of the OS. The OS is on Disk 0 Partition 0.

Is this the location of the bootmgr and not the OS?

Also, I am curious about why the repair routine needed to be repeated two or three or four times to facilitate the repair.


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09 Sep 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks good.
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09 Sep 2011   #19
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dustywoodworker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Dusty, please follow the steps I wrote out exactly as given and not the last step first. I think that I have done that. Since I am as illiterate as I am, I don't deliberately deviate from instructions.

If you have any questions then ask back, but this time do them in order.
Done as close as I could to exactly as directed. There was some deviation because I did not always understand. I think that there were three iterations before possible success.


Following is a snip of what the HD looks like in diskmgr now.

Attachment 174567

Using the F8 key, I am able to access the "Advanced Boot Tools". in the "Repair Console. Lacking instructions to do otherwise, I went to W7 normally from here.

The system booted into W7 with no intervention.

If I read and UNDERSTAND all of what has just happened, I have relocated the bootmgr from wherever it was to somewhere on disk 0 partition 0 (along with the OS).

In the snip above, the significant change being that partition 0 is Active and partition 1 is not.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
What is the system reserve partition in Win 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Ok, here comes the cavalry. The only thing the sysres is required for is bitlocker, if you use that feature. Its not required for F8-Repair your computer to function (this is about the nth time I'm saying it and soon I'll start sounding like a parrot). So, IF you wish you can manage things without sysres quite nicely. But if you're lazy like me and already have it, let it be, its harmless and only takes a corner of your massive hard disk.


If you have installed Windows 7, you have the F8 option installed, or can use the Windows 7 DVD or use the Startup Repair CD

System Repair Disc - Create

You have the F8 option with or without system reserve partition.

Above is my reply to a delete post.
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09 Sep 2011   #20
dustywoodworker

Windows 7x32 Home Premium & XP SP3 x86
 
 

Once again, I want to say thank you to all who have responded to my call for help. Thankfully, it did not take two weeks for me to "catch on" this time.
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