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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

17 Jun 2012   #131
gregrocker

 

It depends on whether you want to keep the Recovery and Tools partition, or wipe the slate clean to have the full disk for just Win7. If you choose the latter be sure to make your Recovery Disks and save a Win7 backup image so you have a path back to where you are now.

If you want to keep Recovery and Tools then I'd keep System, otherwise delete all partitions and create new ones as you wish, or just click Next to let the installer create one partition and format for you.


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19 Jun 2012   #132
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Should I use the downloaded iso on the website you linked burnt onto a disc, or should I use an official installation disc?
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19 Jun 2012   #133
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
Should I use the downloaded iso on the website you linked burnt onto a disc, or should I use an official installation disc?
Official, given the choice.

It shouldn't matter, but that avoids most of the chance of a defective disk or bad burn.
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19 Jun 2012   #134
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

OK, thanks. I'll try the official one then the download if it doesn't work. I presume I'll still have to enter the product ID?
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19 Jun 2012   #135
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
OK, thanks. I'll try the official one then the download if it doesn't work. I presume I'll still have to enter the product ID?
No.

You will need to enter the Product Key if you intend to activate. You can go 30 days without activation.
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19 Jun 2012   #136
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Well, I do want to have the full thing on my PC for longer than 30 days. Should I use the code on the label, or the one that came with the disc, as the current install was pre-insatlled.
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19 Jun 2012   #137
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you are installing from a purchased official disk, use the Product Key that came with that disk.
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19 Jun 2012   #138
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

So I guess I'll use the code that came on the sticker if I use the downloaded iso. Thanks, I may be back with more questions if something goes wrong.
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19 Jun 2012   #139
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I haven't read the full thread. However, you may want to image each partition of the HP configuration using free Macrium Reflect. Then you are safe to return to the original HP configuration if required.
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19 Jun 2012   #140
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I don't blame you for not reading it all. I've got recovery discs, which can restore all partitions but it will be like a new install, but I can just restore my files and I'll be fine. Thanks though.
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