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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

06 Jun 2012   #51
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

No Windows 7 does more than what I need it to, I got asked about it ages ago and never did anything about it but I've recently just fancied the challenge, if you want to call it that, of doing a dual boot system. Also could you recommend a boot loader that would work well? And also how to actually apply it to the system?


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06 Jun 2012   #52
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I thought something like Chameleon would work, but its only for Mac apparently. So would GRUB do the trick?
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06 Jun 2012   #53
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
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?
How could I lose functionality? Surely all the drivers for the devices will just be downloaded when required? Also, would it be possible to combine hp_tools and recovery partitions, maintaining the restore function without the CD's, and therefore freeing up a partition?
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06 Jun 2012   #54
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Can't help with the boot loader. If you're doing it just to do it, I recommend either buying an older used computer to experiment on, or stick to VMs. If you put some time into it you could probably learn how to make them run better. Besides, most people do VMs instead of dual-booting these days.


EDIT: In reply to your issue abotu losing functionality, my friend losing the ability to play blu-rays is a good example. Windows seven doesn't have the ability built-in. You have to use software called CyberLink PowerDVD. Since he reinstalled Windows, ASUS seems unwilling to help him get it back without paying for it, and I believe he told me it would cost around $80 to buy it. I don't know enough about your computer to know if you would face such an issue or not. I'm also not familiar with what all HP has that you can download from their support site. All of their software may be available on their, assuming you even need it. Truth is, in your case, I would just leave things as they are. What ever decisions you make are your own of course.
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06 Jun 2012   #55
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

If I found the restore discs I made would I be able to restore without the recovery partition?
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06 Jun 2012   #56
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes.
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06 Jun 2012   #57
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Would it put all the HP stuff back on?
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06 Jun 2012   #58
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes, it would.
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06 Jun 2012   #59
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

That may be the answer. So if I get rid of one of the partitions, HP_tools or recovery, the other of the two won't work?
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06 Jun 2012   #60
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomtom111 View Post
That may be the answer. So if I get rid of one of the partitions, HP_tools or recovery, the other of the two won't work?
What exactly is it that you would like to accomplish?

What other OS would you like to Dual Boot? If it's Linux the best method is here to avoid GRUB corrupting Win7: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

I gave you the best way to add another OS partition earlier based on three years experience of adding another OS to Win7 HP's where the user wishes to keep Recovery and Diag Tools intact.

However most tech enthusiasts do not run the grossly bloated HP preinstall but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. There are special notes at the end of the tutorial for HP owners.
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