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Windows 7: Install windows to a separate partition

27 Apr 2012   #11
joncy92

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
GRUB on the HD can corrupt Win7 beyond repair.

I would wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command from the latest Win7 official DVD available in tutorial below, using DISKPART At PC Startup.

Then follow these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are the same for retail. Use only the tools and methods in the tutorial to get and maintain a perfect install.

If problems persist work through these Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums.

If you cannot boot use these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot - Windows 7 Forums
The laptop has failed several times when grub or anything other than windows on the system.


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27 Apr 2012   #12
gregrocker

 

Then wipe the HD and Clean Reinstall as given.

If problems persist work through the Troubleshooting steps.
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27 Apr 2012   #13
joncy92

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Then wipe the HD and Clean Reinstall as given.

If problems persist work through the Troubleshooting steps.
Heh I've done that 3 times in the last month
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27 Apr 2012   #14
gregrocker

 

Exactly how was the HD wiped of boot code from GRUB?
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28 Apr 2012   #15
joncy92

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What do you mean?
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28 Apr 2012   #16
gregrocker

 

If you had GRUB on the HD then it needs wiping with Diskpart Clean Command as advised earlier. Use the Command Line in System Recovery Options .

You reply that you've already wiped the HD so I wanted to know how you wiped it.

This is an interactive process whereby we give you steps which you complete and report back, then we give you more steps if necessary. But no steps can be skipped.
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28 Apr 2012   #17
joncy92

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

the last time grub was on the system I booted gparted and formatted all partition then deleted them and made a new partition table. since then i've booted linux off a usb drive
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28 Apr 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

That's why I've given you the Diskpart Clean Command (twice now) since formatting does nothing useful to overcome GRUB or other corruption. You need to overwrite the boot sector code with zeroes.

Are you not able to back up data externally first? You can get 25gb free storage right now on Skydrive with each Windows Live ID.
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28 Apr 2012   #19
joncy92

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
That's why I've given you the Diskpart Clean Command (twice now) since formatting does nothing useful to overcome GRUB or other corruption. You need to overwrite the boot sector code with zeroes.

Until this is tried we really can't start troubleshooting since it is the first step.

Are you not able to back up data externally first? You can get 25gb free storage right now on Skydrive with each Windows Live ID.

Apologies for the misunderstanding. However I don't need troubleshooting... The problem I came here with was a way I can install users and windows to separate partition, and on re-install automatically install the old users from the users partition.

Thanks.
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28 Apr 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

Joncy, if you had GRUB on the HD you should wipe it with Diskpart first.

Then boot the Win7 installer, use Custom install Drive Options to make the Win7 and your data partitions the size and position you want.

After install copy your User folders from external back up into the data partition, rightclick on each to link them to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

This is by far the easiest method to do this and avoid potential issues with linking the actual shell User folders to another partition. Just remember to place files in the library listing for the data partition and occasionally drag any files that have fallen into the OS partition User folders over into the data partition from within the related library.

For Downloads you'll need to create the Library during the rightlick linking process.

If you want to move the actual shell User folders to data partition then use this method: User Folders - Change Default Location. However you may find unfixable permissioning and other issues as have I and others.
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