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Windows 7: System + Boot partition - Can I boot to a 3rd partition

15 Apr 2014   #1

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System + Boot partition - Can I boot to a 3rd partition


My HP machine came with a system partition E: and boot partition C:
See screenshot

Its windows 7 MBR - BIOS-

System + Boot partition - Can I boot to a 3rd partition-easeus.jpg

1. How come EaseUS petition Master shows me both partitions are not active - I always thought that C had to be marked "active".

2. I resized C: and made F:

Is it possible for me to Install a new Installation of windows 7 on F

How would i get it to boot to F


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2014   #2


What is your goal? If you want to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then everything needed is in the blue link to get and keep a perfect install. Read the SPecial Note to HP Owners at the end as there may be even an easier way to do it.

You wouldn't want to install a second Win7 because you'd have to buy another license. Just ditch the bloated mess which comes with HP and go completely clean to enjoy native Win7 performance for the first time on there.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Apr 2014   #3
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The C partition need not be active if the bootmgr sits in another partition - apparently in the E partition in your case.

I am puzzled like Greg - why would you want to have 2 Windows on the same disk. Either you do a completly new install like Greg suggests, or you make C a bit bigger (e.g. 50GB) and move your user files to F.
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