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Windows 7: Windows 8 and 7 install EFI partition new hard drive

07 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Windows 8 and 7 install EFI partition new hard drive

I have a new HP envy t215 desktop with intel I7 Processor on a Megatrends MB with an EFI partitionThe computer came with windows 7 pro but I want to temporally installWindows 8.

I want to remove the hard drive with Windows 7 Pro and insert a new 1TB Sata drive for a fresh install of windows 8. I have an almost new 1TB Sata WD hard drive formatted GPT/NTFS.I have completely wiped the hard drive. I will have to have the EFI partition on the windows hard drive.

The real question is will the windows 8 OEM software create the correct partitions when the system is installed.I know I need the EFI partition and the operating system partition at a minimum.

Any help would be much appreciated


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07 Jun 2014   #2
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If you want to install to UEFI and the PC is already set that way for Windows 7, then you need to boot the Windows 7 DVD as a UEFI device, since the HD is blank it should not be a problem for the installer to format it as a GPT disk and include the EFI System partition.

Let us know if there are any problems.
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