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Windows 7: Puzzling Active partition situation

13 Nov 2012   #11

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1

Yes, did unhide.

I'm running on fumes now, so will give this thought tomorrow. I could leave it be, but am interested in what happened.


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13 Nov 2012   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paul1149 View Post
I've got a Win7 Ultimate, 32bit installation that was upgraded from Vista Business 32bit.
Your current partition configuration is odd. If your system works ok and it meets your needs then you could leave it.
BUT if it was me, I would save my data and do a clean install and follow GregR's advice.

Now you have an upgrade disc (I assume) so I would simply do away with the system reserved partition in your clean install by installing to a pre formatted NTFS partition.
If you just want to run Windows 7 then you don't really need this system reserved.

If you need help with this I'm sure GregR will guide you.
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13 Nov 2012   #13

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1

As I thought soberly about this last night, I remembered that when I rescued this machine out of the mud I inherited valuable software that I do not have the disks for. I have a good stock of system images, but a reinstall is not advisable at this time.

So the question is whether I want to play with the SR partition and get it working, which would essentially be a tech exercise, or just leave it alone. Not sure at this point.... :)

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13 Nov 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP


Audit all installed software and their Product Keys using Belarc Advisor.

We can help you find any installers which are missing and unavailable on their website.

Since it's booting fine with the OEM partition Inactive then you can also just leave it. I think your Hibernate solution is to be found elsewhere. Did you work through all of the steps I first gave you?
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13 Nov 2012   #15

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1

Thanks again guys. I think the rational explanation is that the Windows 7 upgrade did not find enough free space in the SR and so switched the boot duties to the C partition. At some point I may expand the SR and switch over to it, but then it holds the Vista BCD, not the Win7, and I could be asking for more trouble. This might be a case where it's better to let sleeping dogs lie.

Be well.
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