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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

06 Jun 2012   #41
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
As windows 7 came preinatalled on my PC, I have no install discs other than the recovery discs I made.
So download a Windows 7 ISO from mydigitallife.info and burn it to a disc. It will give you a clean install with your current Product Key.


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06 Jun 2012   #42
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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Leave the System Reserved partition alone. I see that it is at 199 MB, which is larger than the default 100MB. The size it is now is as perfect as it gets. Remember, without it you can not access the recovery console, which means that without a Windows 7 repair or install disc, if the computer became unbootable, you would be stuck.
As windows 7 came preinatalled on my PC, I have no install discs other than the recovery discs I made.
Exactly my point. The recovery console gives options to restore your computer from the system images you have made with Windows Backup and Restore, do startup repair and several other options. You can also do this from a Windows 7 disc, which you do not have currently. Ignatzatsonic will happily help you make a Windows 7 install disc if you would like.

The best advice I can give is, if you don't feel comfortable doing it, don't. It seems that you feel uncomfortable doing some of the things we have mentioned, so if I were you I would leave well enough alone.
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06 Jun 2012   #43
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Sorry if I seem cautious, I'm just trying to work it out in my head.

So your saying, that if I feel comfortable with it, it would be fine to delete the HP_tools partition, create a new partition, and install the new OS on there. While also to keep the option of a windows 7 restore, that could be done without the HP_tools partition and without discs as long as I keep the recovery partition. And don't touch the system partition.
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06 Jun 2012   #44
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Well, if you put another OS on this PC and later use the recovery partition to "restore" your PC, that would wipe out your new OS and leave you with whatever the PC shipped with.

Personally-----I would hose it all and do a clean install with a downloaded ISO to get HP completely out of my life.
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06 Jun 2012   #45
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

You are right to seem cautious. It was just a piece of general advice that I find comes in handy, especially when make changes on a computer.

You can delete the HP_Tools partition AND the recovery partition. What needs to stay is the System Reserve partition. I mention it because it seemed that ignatzatsonic was recommending removing it, which some do not realize is needed for certain functions to work properly.
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06 Jun 2012   #46
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Well, if you put another OS on this PC and later use the recovery partition to "restore" your PC, that would wipe out your new OS and leave you with whatever the PC shipped with.

Personally-----I would hose it all and do a clean install with a downloaded ISO to get HP completely out of my life.
But if I did that would I still have a recovery partition that I could use to restore the system without using discs?
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06 Jun 2012   #47
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Well, if you put another OS on this PC and later use the recovery partition to "restore" your PC, that would wipe out your new OS and leave you with whatever the PC shipped with.

Personally-----I would hose it all and do a clean install with a downloaded ISO to get HP completely out of my life.
But if I did that would I still have a recovery partition that I could use to restore the system without using discs?
No.

You would repair or reinstall with the very same installation disc. You would restore with an image if you did not want to reinstall.

Anybody who builds their own PC does NOT have a recovery partition and the sun continues to rise in the east.
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06 Jun 2012   #48
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
You are right to seem cautious. It was just a piece of general advice that I find comes in handy, especially when make changes on a computer.

You can delete the HP_Tools partition AND the recovery partition. What needs to stay is the System Reserve partition. I mention it because it seemed that ignatzatsonic was recommending removing it, which some do not realize is needed for certain functions to work properly.
I have no intension to remove the recovery partition, but just anther question, would removing the HP partition mean the recovery process was slightly different? Ie not going through HP's recovery manager, and having different options to when the partition was in place.
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06 Jun 2012   #49
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Well, if you put another OS on this PC and later use the recovery partition to "restore" your PC, that would wipe out your new OS and leave you with whatever the PC shipped with.

Personally-----I would hose it all and do a clean install with a downloaded ISO to get HP completely out of my life.
But if I did that would I still have a recovery partition that I could use to restore the system without using discs?
No.

You would repair or reinstall with the very same installation disc. You would restore with an image if you did not want to reinstall.

Anybody who builds their own PC does NOT have a recovery partition and the sun continues to rise in the east.
Well I've downloaded the iso, so I'll take reinstalling everything into consideration, as I'll be able to restore my settings and files through windows backup. But a thought that has just come into my head is, would I still be able to use windows update as I have a mate who has had various windows os's installed, but when he tries to update it mucks up the system or something.
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06 Jun 2012   #50
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

As far as I can tell from what I've read, the recovery partition is useless without the HP_Tools partition. Doing a clean install on OEM computers (OEM means made by HP, Dell, Toshiba etc.) can be a bit tricky. In order to activate Windows you almost always have to activate by phone, a lengthy by relatively simple tesk. Also, some software that comes on OEM computer is necessary to use it properly, but cannot be easily reinstalled. For example, my friend has a ASUS computer that he paid $1500 for. He decided to do a clean install of Windows 7 and delete all the partitions on his hard drive without making recovery disk or a system image. He can no longer play blu-rays or get his webcam to work properly. Not saying the same would happen to you, just that it is something to consider. As long as you get Windows activated and you don't lose functionality, then everything else should be fine, including Windows updates. I can't say what your friend's issue with it is.

I have to ask why do you want to install a different OS anyways? Is there something about Windows 7 that does not meet your needs?
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