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Windows 7: How do I create Windows 7 Recovery Partition


08 Jan 2013   #1

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How do I create Windows 7 Recovery Partition

OK what I need to do is complicated. I have been searching for hours and cannot come up with a solution.
I have a computer with Windows 8 Pre-installed. It has a recover partition. I have disabled UEFI in the BIOS until I can finish installing Windows 7. I do not have any blank DVDs or access to a USB drive. What I want to do is delete the files in the Windows 8 recovery partition and put Windows 7 installer there. Then boot from that and replace Windows 8 with Windows 7. I have the drivers already downloaded to go onto the recovery partition. I have been unable to find any resources online to do this. I already Have a Windows 7 ISO ready to go.


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08 Jan 2013   #2

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How do I get over 100 views and no responses?
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08 Jan 2013   #3

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08 Jan 2013   #4

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shrink win8 partition and create a new partition (at least 5GB) in the unallocated space and one size 45GB. Format 5GB partition NTFS. Extract the ISO to that 5GB partition. Mark 5GB partition active. And try to boot. When booting do a clean install to 45GB partition. Post back when done.

This is very dangerous btw. If you don't be able to boot from dvd or usb.... you can't mark original partition active in case it fails.
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08 Jan 2013   #5

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In Windows 7, this feature is installed on all computers, and is stored in the 200MB partition if you install using a single partition scheme. However, if you install on a drive that has multiple partitions, the recovery environment is stored in a folder in the root of your installation drive, so if you install to a partition with a label of C:\ it will be located at C:\Recovery.

To access the System Recovery Environment in Windows 7, simply boot your PC, just before the system loads the Windows operating system; hit the [F8] Function 8 key on your keyboard which will launch the Advanced Boot Options menu. There you will see a new option 'Repair Your Computer', select this option and hit 'Enter' on your keyboard.
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08 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 8
 
 

Thanks for the Help Guys but hp did not give me all the drivers i needed and im not going through if i cant get the video and audio drivers.
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08 Jan 2013   #7

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As OP has a uEFI GPT HDD drive setup, there is no ACTIVE partition.

Also by shinking C:, the C: & the new partition will be converted to Dynamic partitions.
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08 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 8
 
 

is there a way i can install windows 7 onto a separate partition without removing windows 8 and keeping UEFI intact for testing?
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08 Jan 2013   #9

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Yes, you can.

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

Warning.
Before making the partition for Windows 7, delete the OEM Recovery partition at the end of HDD drive.
If you shink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition will be converted to Dynamic partitions.

Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista


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08 Jan 2013   #10
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Let us know how it's going.

Since you mentioned you already disabled UEFI you can also proceed with these steps which always seem to work to more easily Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7
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