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Windows 7: Acer Recovery DVD Won't Create 100MB System Reserved Partition

24 Oct 2012   #1
LinuxMint

Windows 7 Starter
 
 
Acer Recovery DVD Won't Create 100MB System Reserved Partition

Greetings,

When I first purchased my Acer AspireOne D255 back in 2010, I immediately deleted Windows 7 Starter and installed a dual-boot of XP Home and Ubuntu. However, recently I decided that I want Windows 7 back on the Netbook, so I ordered Recovery DVDs from Acer.

I would like to set up an encrypted dual boot between Windows 7 Starter & Kubuntu 12.04. I found a great tutorial online explaining how to do this:

[not sure if I'm allowed to post links to other sites]http:// stonesifer.org/2011/07/01/dual-boot-windows-7-encrypted-with-ubuntu-1104-encrypted/

Problem is that the tutorial won't work for me because I don't have the 100 MB System Reserved Partition. I want to follow this particular tutorial because it's very simple, and it ensures that if I switch to a different Distro later I won't have to reinstall Windows 7.

Now I did successfully follow the "Option One" instruction here to use Disk Management to create a System Partition:

System Reserved : Create Using Disk Management

All this accomplished however is creating a small partition that is not active, and certainly not at the front of the disk, and definitely not set as a System Partition.

Please help! I've spent way too many hours / days at this trying to figure this out on my own.

Edit: I have been using the "Disk Utility" in a Lubuntu 12.04 LiveCD to partition the drive...


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24 Oct 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

You should first install Windows 7 in the vanilla fashion - that will create the 100MB System Reserved partition and the usual System partition (usually C)

Then follow the tutorial you linked. Be very careful with Truecrypt. Create a backup of the volume header : see STEP 3 here:
TRUECRYPT - Encrypt Data Folders
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24 Oct 2012   #3
LinuxMint

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

You should first install Windows 7 in the vanilla fashion - that will create the 100MB System Reserved partition and the usual System partition (usually C)

Then follow the tutorial you linked. Be very careful with Truecrypt. Create a backup of the volume header : see STEP 3 here:
TRUECRYPT - Encrypt Data Folders
I'm sorry but I'm not exactly sure what you mean by installing in the "Vanilla Fashion." I have formatted the drive as NTFS using the Lubuntu LiveDVD. I then install install the Acer Recovery DVDs using the option that will erase/destroy all previous data. Bizarrely the Acer disk will not format the drive as NTFS, so if I don't already have the drive set up as NTFS it won't install.

The only possible thing I think you could mean, is to install the Acer Recovery DVDs to the entire C: drive without any partitions. Is that what you mean?
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24 Oct 2012   #4
gregrocker

 

Most tech enthusiasts would never run the bloated factory preinstall but prefer to get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

The way which seems to work best is to Dual Boot Ubuntu with EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
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25 Oct 2012   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What he means is: Don`t create a partition for windows 7 . Just delete the install partition and that should leave it as unallocated space. Install 7 on that and it will then create the system reserved partition and the C: partition in that unallocated space.
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25 Oct 2012   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

A vanilla Windows 7 installation is just the standard installation of Windows 7 from a DVD/USB. Please see Greg's post for a tutorial on how to do that.
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25 Oct 2012   #7
LinuxMint

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Most tech enthusiasts would never run the bloated factory preinstall but prefer to get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

The way which seems to work best is to Dual Boot Ubuntu with EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
I'll see what all junk I get with Acer. I don't really care for the hassle of activating Windows over the phone. Programs like IObit uninstaller and a manual search of the registry should help get the crap off of Acer.
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25 Oct 2012   #8
LinuxMint

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What he means is: Don`t create a partition for windows 7 . Just delete the install partition and that should leave it as unallocated space. Install 7 on that and it will then create the system reserved partition and the C: partition in that unallocated space.
Well, I hope you are right. I've done the Acer Recovery too many times lately. I'll give it another shot as unallocated space. I do plan to buy the Windows 7 Retail Upgrade DVD as well, so that will for sure enable me to create this 100 MB partition.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
A vanilla Windows 7 installation is just the standard installation of Windows 7 from a DVD/USB. Please see Greg's post for a tutorial on how to do that.
Thanks for the help!
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25 Oct 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

You can get a considerable price break by buying Anytime Upgrade to Home Premium then just insert it's key into Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums

I've never had to activate a Clean Reinstall over the phone. Just activate on the internet.

If not you can come close with Clean Up Factory Bloatware
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25 Oct 2012   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Who knows how the Acer Recovery discs will set up the partitions. Send us a snip of disk management after you do the install so we can all see.
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