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Windows 7: Accidentally installed windows 7 on my Recovery Partition D:\


26 Feb 2012   #1

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Accidentally installed windows 7 on my Recovery Partition D:\

Hi

Can someone please help me?

I have a Dell Studio laptop, and recently tried to reformat it by reinstalling Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. However, I made a mistake and reinstalled Windows 7 on the Recovery Partition. Because of this, when I started up my computer I got two Windows 7 boot options, one in C: and another in the Recovery Partition, which normally should not be visible but is now labelled D:.

I reformatted the hard drive again by reinstalling Windows 7 on C:, but still got the 2 boot options when I started up. I used msconfig to delete the boot option on the Recovery Partition after this. However, each time I start up my computer Windows 7 loads very slowly, and I even got 2 crashes. I think the Windows 7 installed on the Recovery Partition might still be causing problems. Is there a way that I can remove this installation completely, both from the Recovery Partition and from the boot configuration on my computer?

Thanks

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26 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes. If you manage to get it installed on C: you could format D: from disk management. Or better yet just delete it when you install windows.
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26 Feb 2012   #3

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Yes. If you manage to get it installed on C: you could format D: from disk management. Or better yet just delete it when you install windows.
Thanks. I not sure about deleting D: yet, because Dell, my laptop's manufacturer has some files on restoring the computer to the original factory configuration on it. I only read somewhere that I can access this option by pressing F8 when I start my computer. Before I reformatted my computer I tried this, and it didn't work. After I reformatted my computer I tried this, and it didn't work either. But I wonder if installing windows 7 on D has corrupted this function, and I would still like to retain it.

As well, is there some other critical files that would be lost if I delete or reformat D:?

Can someone with a Dell computer help me on this?
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26 Feb 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Dell partition may be the active one.

You would need to pick out carefully the bits you installed to it by mistake.

Easy to make an error there.

Perhaps post a screenie of the contenst of your "D" partition.

Screenie of disk mgmt window would help, too.
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26 Feb 2012   #5

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Dell partition may be the active one.

You would need to pick out carefully the bits you installed to it by mistake.

Easy to make an error there.

Perhaps post a screenie of the contenst of your "D" partition.

Screenie of disk mgmt window would help, too.
Thanks, here are the images of my D partition contents and disk Mgmt


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26 Feb 2012   #6

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Dell partition is system.

That is fine.

TO access Dell recovery options you need to add the dell bootable wim to boot menu.

It maybe called winpe.wim or similar.

It will be on D somewhere - look in the folder named Dell - and all it's sub folders and post screenie.
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26 Feb 2012   #7

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Dell partition is system.

That is fine.

TO access Dell recovery options you need to add the dell bootable wim to boot menu.

It maybe called winpe.wim or similar.

It will be on D somewhere - look in the folder named Dell - and all it's sub folders and post screenie.
Just did this. The only 2 files in the Dell folder are:

catalog.ini (It is a configuration setting file)

and Factory.wim (Is this the file you are talking about, and how do you use it to access the recovery options?).
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26 Feb 2012   #8

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If factory.wim is large - 3gb or so - then that is the installation wim.

You are looking for the preinstallation wim - it is probably under 200mb.

It is possible you may have overwritten it - look in the folder recovery\{longnumber} as well.
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26 Feb 2012   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here are all the steps you need to perform. Read carefully: Dual Boot - Delete a OS

But your original recovery partition is probably gone. Call Dell for an installation disc. They send that for free - at least last time I checked.
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26 Feb 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi whs,

Dell is system .

He wants to retain dell recovery options.

Your tut - excellent tho it is - not appropriate here.
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