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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

19 Jun 2012   #141
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Although it could come in useful when different OS's get installed... I'll give it a go. Thanks again


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19 Jun 2012   #142
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If Win7 came preinstalled on the PC then use the Product Key on the COA sticker to activate it or you'll be wasting a $100+ value license purchased with the computer. Use any other retail Win7 you have somewhere else to get it's full value as well.
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21 Jun 2012   #143
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

The bloatware has a webcam software in with it, and I want to continue to use it so can any of you please recommend a good program for using it. Also will I need a wireless card driver, as as it is it uses atheros? Thanks
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21 Jun 2012   #144
gamis01

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How do I clone a Hybrid drive to a SSD

Sorry, first time posting and just realized I posted in someone elses post... thanks for the fast replies though...
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21 Jun 2012   #145
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Just from what I've learnt here, you've got 82mb unallocated which could be in use, an you don't need such a big system partition (199mb is fine)
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21 Jun 2012   #146
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

And at a second look, there's some more unallocated space between C partition and recovery.
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21 Jun 2012   #147
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

It isn't enough of a mess to bother with. I'm guessing you want to keep the Recovery partition on the chance it will still boot to run as it might if you kept the same exact partition structure. So any effort to gather the Unallocated slivers on either side of it into Recovery could affect whether Recovery will run. And shrinking System Reserved would also affect Recovery which is why it's larger here.

If you don't care about Factory Recovery but instead want to rely on backup imaging to restore if Win7 becomes unbootable, then you could delete that partition and extend C or use the space for storage. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Too bad you didn't consult us on the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which is a specialty of these forums. We could have helped you work out the OEM driver and/or software issues. For the most part, Win7 is driver complete in the installer and via optional Updates. However we have seen issues with Samsung Elantouch pad gesture features as well as webcam software enhancements that don't work correctly any way except in the factory install.
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21 Jun 2012   #148
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Well, it seems I've not learnt that much after all... Ah well, any good free webcam programs?
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22 Jun 2012   #149
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Anyway, I've done a clean install, and successfully activated it. Also now I've got an extra 15GB! Should I extend the system partition?


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22 Jun 2012   #150
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I do not see the extra 15gb in the screenshot.

Look for the webcam software and wireless driver on the HP Support Downloads webpage for your model.

Connect to the internet with the HP wireless driver and then do your Windows Updates which will include drivers in optional Updates. Only after these are all completed should you then check your Device Manager to import any drivers from the Support Downloads webpage for your exact model.

There will also be some software like webcam you'll want and possible some hotfixes needed to get performance smoothed out. This is all in the tutorial to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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