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Windows 7: System + Boot partition - Can I boot to a 3rd partition

15 Apr 2014   #1

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System + Boot partition - Can I boot to a 3rd partition


My HP machine came with a system partition E: and boot partition C:
See screenshot

Its windows 7 MBR - BIOS-

1. How come EaseUS petition Master shows me both partitions are not active - I always thought that C had to be marked "active".

2. I resized C: and made F:

Is it possible for me to Install a new Installation of windows 7 on F

How would i get it to boot to F


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15 Apr 2014   #2
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What is your goal? If you want to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then everything needed is in the blue link to get and keep a perfect install. Read the SPecial Note to HP Owners at the end as there may be even an easier way to do it.

You wouldn't want to install a second Windows 7 because you'd have to buy another license. Just ditch the bloated mess which comes with HP and go completely clean to enjoy native Windows 7 performance for the first time on there.
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15 Apr 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The C partition need not be active if the bootmgr sits in another partition - apparently in the E partition in your case.

I am puzzled like Greg - why would you want to have 2 Windows on the same disk. Either you do a completly new install like Greg suggests, or you make C a bit bigger (e.g. 50GB) and move your user files to F.
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