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Windows 7: Create HP Recovery Partition

03 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
Create HP Recovery Partition

Hello All,
I have seen this thread: request: HP Recovery partition/dvd of Windows 7. I want to make a recovery partition on a clean install of windows 7. This is what I did:
1. Download HP Recovery Manager for Windows Vista
2. Install it.
3. Go to C:\Windows\SMINST\RAMDSK\Windows\SYSTEM32
4. Run Shrink.exe

Before when I ran it it said it couldn't create a recovery partition. To run it asks me to click next when it says "This installer will create a recovery partition and an initial restore point" and I did. But now when I run it as administrator it says its verifying the file system and it says it is preparing the harddrive for recovery partition creation and gives me an error : "Resizing of the windows partition failed or the disk is not recognized!The recovery partition cannot be may try to delete files i the Windows partition, defragment the drive and/opr use a 3rd party tool to reduce the windows partition in size.". I tried everything.

On the screen it gives me the error it said it will restart the PC in a few seconds and it counts down and it shows click finish to restart. When I wait or click finish it just closes and does not restart my computer.

I reinstalled it lots of times.

In Shrink.exe.log it says this:

Shrink.EXE - 4, 0, 2, 59 - Compiled on Feb  7 2007 14:08:38 - Executed on May 16 2012 19:26:18

UP is C:\
RP Extra size=0 MB
CGen::GetDirSize : ENTER CGen::GetDirSize(CString strDir=C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RPFiles)
CGen::GetDirSize : RETURNED 0

Size of [C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\RPFiles]=0 (0 MB)
. - 0 (0 MB)
.. - 0 (0 MB)
install.wim - 2188587580 (2087 MB)
Size of [C:\System Recovery\PRELOAD]=2188587580 (2087 MB)
CDisk::CloseDiskInformation : ENTER CDisk::CloseDiskInformation()
CDisk::CloseDiskInformation : EXIT

GetRPSize=3971166780 (3787 MB)
RP Size : 3787
UP locked
001-Estimated RP size=-1 MB
CDisk::CloseDiskInformation : ENTER CDisk::CloseDiskInformation()
CDisk::CloseDiskInformation : EXIT

-> 16/05/2012 - 19:26:30
Also I have a 32-bit computer.
Any help will be appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Jun 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Why do you want a Recovery partition on the same HD, which can fail and lose the ability to recover.

A much better plan is to save a Windows 7 backup image externally so you can reimage with the Windows 7 boot CD/DVD in 20 minutes to the same or a replacement HD.

I would also consider with HP getting a far superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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