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Windows 7: Win7 installation boots into recovery partition?!

10 Nov 2009   #21
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BSkiLLs View Post
Why did you do it this way ?? to actually kinda make your own win7 recovery partition ??

plus was this a fresh FULL clean install or an upgrade ??

Just wondering as im dealing with something like this at the moment and trying to come up with some idea's for something to work for what i need / trying to do.
If you are trying to make a custom recovery partition for Win7, it is easy to do.

Just type backup into the start box, in the Backup Center click "Create an Image" and see how much space it wants for a recov image by clicking DVD choice temporarily.

Then go into Disk Management and shrink partition(s) to create a new one formatted primary. Now when you refresh "Create an Image" utility it will show that partition as a drive to save your recovery image.

Be sure to copy the Recov image to an external source in case of HDD failure.

If you need to reimage your HDD (or a replacement) boot into the Win7 installer or Repair disk and "Recover Using an Image" which will find the image in the HDD drive or external and reimage your HDD flawlessly in 15 minutes.


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10 Nov 2009   #22
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I think they may be looking for a bootable recovery partition - that is reliable.
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10 Nov 2009   #23
gregrocker

 

You know of one?

How is this superior to booting from the installer and having Repair console detect the recovery image on a drive or external, then reimage that or another HDD?
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10 Nov 2009   #24
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

They all do it afaik Paragon, Macrium , Acronis , etc.

Boot straight in and recover.

Somewhat similar to the oem recovery partitions - except you have your own images on there.

The programs are superior to the Windows one as well, imo.

They also do this:

A bootable archive is created by adding a special bootable section when backing up the data to CD/DVDs. Thus you will be able to restore the data from these archives by simply booting from these CD/DVDs.
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10 Nov 2009   #25
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
They all do it afaik Paragon, Macrium , Acronis , etc.

Boot straight in and recover.

Somewhat similar to the oem recovery partitions - except you have your own images on there.

The programs are superior to the Windows one as well, imo.

They also do this:

A bootable archive is created by adding a special bootable section when backing up the data to CD/DVDs. Thus you will be able to restore the data from these archives by simply booting from these CD/DVDs.
Do you suggest deleting recov partition after making these disks, before installing 7?

OP here seems to have a recov part sitting on his boot sector which is not allowing to delete, possibly because it is locked. He thinks it is booting into this part.

Would forcing delete using diskpart or EISA override delete, then allow him to move active Vista onto that space and recover the boot by Win7 startup repair?
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10 Nov 2009   #26
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Curious error.

Probably worth deleting the oem partition if the OP doesn't want it.
Diskpart override should do the job.

Depending on the construction the oem has chosen - PW may be able to do it - from the boot cd - not by starting it from within Windows.

Gparted may also do it.
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10 Nov 2009   #27
Lazume

Windows 7
 
 

A big thank you to everyone who has been helping. The problem was solved by using the Diskpart override command. The OEM recovery partition has to be deleted for it to work. This problem is solved!

A note to those who wants to dual-boot Vista and 7--if your computer keeps booting to the OEM recovery partition, do this:

Reinstall Windows 7 again and take advantage of a boot menu that shows up in the middle of the installation in order to boot to Vista.

Then go to Vista, use diskpart override to delete recovery.

And then reinstall 7!
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10 Nov 2009   #28
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You have Gateway with a vista rec partition - according to your specs.

Don't suppose you checked the partition type, before deleting it?
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10 Nov 2009   #29
Lazume

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You have Gateway with a vista rec partition - according to your specs.
Yes, Vista OEM.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Don't suppose you checked the partition type, before deleting it?
It's an NTFS...
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10 Nov 2009   #30
gregrocker

 

Did you leave unallocated space where the recov partition was, or use Partition Wizard to extend Vista over into that space?

This is what you will also do when you want to get rid of Vista: use Partition Wizard to Mark Win7 active, delete Vista part, rightclick>Move/Resize Win7 sliding it's border over to include deleted Vista + Recov. unallocated space.

Then run Startup Repair 3 times.
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