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Windows 7: remove system reserve partition

16 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
remove system reserve partition

without going into a lot of details i have a need to install win 7 again. what i want to do is shrink my current c partition and install a clean copy of 7 in the new partition. this way i can just take my time building it back up before deleting my current c. what i would like to do is get rid of the system reserve partition. i know i have installed 7 without getting this in the past, what i cannot seem to understand is why i got it on my current install. i just could not seem to opt out of it during the drive selection part of the install. i figure that before i shrink my partition i will need to get rid of the system reserve partition. so lets start there.

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16 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
without going into a lot of details i have a need to install win 7 again. what i want to do is shrink my current c partition and install a clean copy of 7 in the new partition. this way i can just take my time building it back up before deleting my current c. what i would like to do is get rid of the system reserve partition. i know i have installed 7 without getting this in the past, what i cannot seem to understand is why i got it on my current install. i just could not seem to opt out of it during the drive selection part of the install. i figure that before i shrink my partition i will need to get rid of the system reserve partition. so lets start there.
Its the part that has bitlocker encryption etc (the 100mb partiton) and is usally hidden,if your using ultimate it was always there

As for needing to remove it to shrink the partiton,you dont have to.
Just shrink the partiton.Format the empty space as NTFS and primary and active.That will give oyu the partiton needed to install the new version of the OS.
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16 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

and when i boot the win bootloader will see both os's? as for the reserve partition i was under the impression that it had the boot files in it and those files could be transferred to c, which is what i would rather have.
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16 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
and when i boot the win bootloader will see both os's? as for the reserve partition i was under the impression that it had the boot files in it and those files could be transferred to c, which is what i would rather have.
You should as both will be on the same drive,if not go into the OS and press Windows Key+R and type MSCONFIG and see ifit shows it up and if not EasyBCD shoulds be able to fix it.

No,as you can see in your drive map in the brackets it says "Boot"
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16 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

if the boot files are actually on c then the second copy of 7 should have no problem in seeing the first copy. wish me luck. i'm restarting to do the shrinking, and relaunch to see if i have to do a boot repair before installing the second copy.
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16 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
if the boot files are actually on c then the second copy of 7 should have no problem in seeing the first copy. wish me luck. i'm restarting to do the shrinking, and relaunch to see if i have to do a boot repair before installing the second copy.
Good luck
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16 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Minotar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
if the boot files are actually on c then the second copy of 7 should have no problem in seeing the first copy. wish me luck. i'm restarting to do the shrinking, and relaunch to see if i have to do a boot repair before installing the second copy.
Good luck
it is done. i did not even have to use the startup repair. i knew i was running a fifty / fifty chance of having to do so. it took so long because i had to uninstall rollback rx first. now i will go and in 7 on the other partition.
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16 Jan 2010   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
and when i boot the win bootloader will see both os's? as for the reserve partition i was under the impression that it had the boot files in it and those files could be transferred to c, which is what i would rather have.
Then use Partition Wizard bootable CD to Delete 100mb System reserved partition, Resize Windows 7 into its space then Modify>Set Active.

Now recover the MBR into Windows 7 partition by booting into Windows 7 DVD repair console, clicking through to recovery tools to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times.

Now install Windows 7 to the second partition, which will update the MBR to set up a Dual Boot menu.
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16 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
and when i boot the win bootloader will see both os's? as for the reserve partition i was under the impression that it had the boot files in it and those files could be transferred to c, which is what i would rather have.
Then use Partition Wizard bootable CD to Delete 100mb System reserved partition, Resize Windows 7 into its space then Modify>Set Active.

Now recover the MBR into Windows 7 partition by booting into Windows 7 DVD repair console, clicking through to recovery tools to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times.

Now install Windows 7 to the second partition, which will update the MBR to set up a Dual Boot menu.
thanks for the info but i decided just to leave the system reserved partition alone. i now have the following. g is the new install. the only question i have left really is once i have the new install fully loaded and tweaked and i go to remove the old win 7, am i just going to have to run the startup repair console to fix the mbr after stretching the new install to include the partition that was used by the old install or is there something else i will have to do? thanks for the help so far guy's.


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16 Jan 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irate pacifist View Post
and when i boot the win bootloader will see both os's? as for the reserve partition i was under the impression that it had the boot files in it and those files could be transferred to c, which is what i would rather have.
Then use Partition Wizard bootable CD to Delete 100mb System reserved partition, Resize Windows 7 into its space then Modify>Set Active.

Now recover the MBR into Windows 7 partition by booting into Windows 7 DVD repair console, clicking through to recovery tools to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times.

Now install Windows 7 to the second partition, which will update the MBR to set up a Dual Boot menu.
thanks for the info but i decided just to leave the system reserved partition alone. i now have the following. g is the new install. the only question i have left really is once i have the new install fully loaded and tweaked and i go to remove the old win 7, am i just going to have to run the startup repair console to fix the mbr after stretching the new install to include the partition that was used by the old install or is there something else i will have to do? thanks for the help so far guy's.
You should be fine as long as you run the start up repair.
If it fails use the command line in the Repair console and use
bootrec /fixmbr or bootrec /fixboot

Dan
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