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Windows 7: Partition

02 Aug 2014   #1
mcsphog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
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I have a quad core HP laptop with UEFI and Windows 8 (Hate it). Installed Windows 7 after finding the proper drivers. The question I have is that, what is the install difference between Ultimate and Professional in regards to how it names the partitions at installation? Why does one do the GPT partition and the other a MBR? Is there a way to change how Professional sets up the partition so it's not GPT to use Windows 7 Professional? Thanks for your help.


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02 Aug 2014   #2
gregrocker

 

What Windows Loader?
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02 Aug 2014   #3
cyanna

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

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after turning off the UEFI
You can't boot off a GPT partition if you have turned off UEFI. Well you can but not without jumping through hoops and it's not something I recommend.
So what exactly did you turn off? UEFI and you boot in legacy only or do you mean after turning off Secure boot?
Do you still have Ultimate installed on that computer?
In any case both Ultimate and Professional 64 bits support UEFI and GPT (or BIOS and NTFS...)
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02 Aug 2014   #4
mcsphog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I guess to simplify it, why does Ultimate partition and format a hard drive using a normal NTFS MBR with 2 partitions one being system, but Professional seems to add 3 partitions including a MSR partition although installs and works. Trying figure out why the different partitioning and naming between the two versions.
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02 Aug 2014   #5
cyanna

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Probably because you had different settings in BIOS: UEFI or not. The extra MSR partition is what you get on GPT disks.
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02 Aug 2014   #6
mcsphog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Did not touch the BIOS between installing the two as a test so that's not it. Must be a different partition format execution file in the software.
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03 Aug 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

Where are you getting Win7? Which version do you have a license for?
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03 Aug 2014   #8
cyanna

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

There are no differences in installation requirements and procedure for w7 ultimate and professional.
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05 Aug 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Windows does not name partitions, you do. You should convert it to MBR if it isn`t already. It`s very simple.

Use option #2 Step #2

Convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk

While all Windows can boot from a MBR disk, you can only boot from a GPT disk if you have a operating system that supports GPT and your motherboard has a EFI BIOS and is enabled. Windows 7 and Vista does support booting from a GPT disk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table
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