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Windows 7: Thought related to dual boot

07 Dec 2011   #21
koolkat77

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
koolkat, it's not worth the effort if things go wrong with your system.

Just take greg's advice and leave well alone. More grief for the sake of 100MB drive space just isn't worth it.
alrighty then


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07 Dec 2011   #22
seavixen32

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Koolkat, I wish my wife would do she is told with the same good grace you have done!
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07 Dec 2011   #23
koolkat77

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Koolkat, I wish my wife would do she is told with the same good grace you have done!

nice
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08 Dec 2011   #24
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Leave System Reserved alone. It needs no attention except to avoid messing with it. I don't now how it ended up in the middle of the drive, but it must have been moved there.
The common reason that the SR partition is 'in the middle' of the drive is that the manufacturers put it there - having put the Recovery partition(s) first on the disk, the only place it can then go is the next available free space (Mine starts around 25GB in). The important thing, as you say, is to leave well alone
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08 Dec 2011   #25
koolkat77

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Leave System Reserved alone. It needs no attention except to avoid messing with it. I don't now how it ended up in the middle of the drive, but it must have been moved there.
The common reason that the SR partition is 'in the middle' of the drive is that the manufacturers put it there - having put the Recovery partition(s) first on the disk, the only place it can then go is the next available free space (Mine starts around 25GB in). The important thing, as you say, is to leave well alone
So does it mean I didn't make the partitions correctly? I'm not sure so
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08 Dec 2011   #26
NoelDP

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It's not a problem.
I suspect that what happened was that you installed Win 7 first, then installed Vista into free space - this by default will have created the new System Reserved partition in the first available space on the disk.
You then set Win 7 as the default boot.

The SR partition probably still holds the boot records for both Vista and WIn7 - but because there's no Vista any more, and the default is for Win7, it's booting to that.
It's not exactly pretty - but unless it starts barfing, leave it alone
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08 Dec 2011   #27
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I agree. If your system is booting alright, you've nothing to worry about.

As the saying goes: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

You're worrying unnecessarily and you should know by now, if you do get any more problems, you know where to come for good advice.
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08 Dec 2011   #28
koolkat77

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Quote:
It's not a problem.
I suspect that what happened was that you installed Win 7 first, then installed Vista into free space - this by default will have created the new System Reserved partition in the first available space on the disk.
You then set Win 7 as the default boot.

The SR partition probably still holds the boot records for both Vista and WIn7 - but because there's no Vista any more, and the default is for Win7, it's booting to that.
It's not exactly pretty - but unless it starts barfing, leave it alone
alright. thank you for the explanation though

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I agree. If your system is booting alright, you've nothing to worry about.

As the saying goes: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

You're worrying unnecessarily and you should know by now, if you do get any more problems, you know where to come for good advice.
thanks again I was not worried anymore after what you told me last night
I was just wondering if I will have to reinstall again cause you guys said SR wasn't in the place its supposed to be. I will do a clean install once again when I purchase 2 more gigs of ram later, but thanks to all the three of you anyway
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08 Dec 2011   #29
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Obviously, it is your choice, but there is absolutely no need to re-install Windows if you decide to install more RAM.
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08 Dec 2011   #30
NoelDP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by koolkat77 View Post
I will do a clean install once again when I purchase 2 more gigs of ram later, but thanks to all the three of you anyway

I agree with SeaVixen - unless you're currently using the 32-bit version of Windows, there is no need to reinstall when increasing the RAM.
Even if you have the 32-bit version, unless the additional RAM takes you over 4GB, there's still no need to reinstall.
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