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Windows 7: Trouble in Partition

28 Dec 2011   #11
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The 4.64 gb may be the Dell Recovery partition. Boot into Partition Wizard to rightclick>Explore it to see what's in it.

Did you do anything with partitions other except Shrink XP to install Win7?

If the Dell came with XP then it would be an XP Recovery partition and may not run now - you can try cueing it up to see: Dell Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings

You'll need to burn the PW CD ISO file to CD first to boot it, yes.

Then follow the steps I gave earlier to convert C to Primary, mark it Active, Rebuild MBR and if necessary run Startup Repairs to move the System boot files to C.

Once C boots and is marked System Active, you can boot back into PW CD to delete D and Resize C into it's space if you want.

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28 Dec 2011   #12


Gesundheit. (ACHU).
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29 Dec 2011   #13

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I don't see a Q partition in your picture. Which partition are you referring to?
I believe the Q partition referred to is probably associated with Microsoft's Office 2010 Starter, which for example comes pre-installed on Lenovo K330 IdeaCenter desktop machines I've purchased for family members.

You can use this limited functionality Office product for free, but it includes only Word and Excel. It also presents some advertising from Microsoft. Upgrade to a fully-featured licensed version can done directly.

Anyway, the Q drive is a pointer to a virtual file system that Office Starter accesses. Having a Q drive does not add any extra space on your system. It also cannot be removed or deleted, and attempts to even look at its contents produces "access denied".
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29 Dec 2011   #14


From another thread in Backup and Restore, the Q drive will interfere with some VSS commands (shadow inquiries). You can get around this by disabling 2 services that begin with Application Virtualization.
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10 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7

Ok so this is my first post and my problem has probably been resolved elsewhere but this is where i stand. My version of Windows 7 was said to be not genuine so I decided to try something else. In my quest for a new OS I came across Ubuntu and liked what I saw so I downloaded and installed via flash drive. I didn't really like the user interface so I deleted everything from the 180gb partition I created for Ubuntu and now that area is just shown as free space when I look at it under the disk management section of my computer.

What I want is to get that "free space" back to C. How do I go about doing that.

Should I just make C smaller and move everything to the larger "free space" partition? if so how should I do that?

Also, after resolving this problem, what should I do as far as making Windows 7 genuine?

thanks for any help you may give
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10 Jan 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP


Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu. Screen Shots
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