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Windows 7: Installation oversight...

15 Aug 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
Installation oversight...

Hi folks!

Was able to successfully install Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit on a Windows Vista Home Premium computer using the following tutorial by gregrocker (...sure miss him...):
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

However, what possessed me to do the following, I do not know.

In Disk Management, the computer showed a (C) drive (Boot partition, etc.) 287GB, and a (D) drive titled Factory Image 11.8GB.

In the installation process, when the 'Where do you want to install Windows' prompt appeared, the two drives mentioned above were showing.

Selected the (C) drive from the list of drives, then, went to Drive Options (Advanced) on the same prompt, and Deleted (C ) It then showed as Unallocated space.
From there, pressed on and the prompt 'Installing Windows' took over.

In retrospect, should have also deleted (D) Factory Image. Would presume this Factory Image is for Windows Vista Home Premium. There should be no need for that now that Windows 7 is installed.

What is the best, and easiest way, to remove this Factory Image drive?

Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2016   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

You should be able to use Disk Management

right click on my computer, select manage, then disk management, you should then be able to delete the partition, and as this should be at the end of the drive you should also be able to extend the C: drive into the empty space.

If you are not sure you can run disk management and post a screen shot of it (showing as much info as possible), and we can offer more specific guidance. Windows own tool is a bit limited so I and many others use a 3rd party option which is wizard based and also free.

First item here ...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2016   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Start over and clean all existing partitions :)
Also afterwords manually install KB3020369 & KB3172605 before you check for updates for the first time
It will save a lot of grief searching for updates :)
Win-7 32 bit
Win-7 64 bit

KB3172605 newest update client is in this update but KB3020369 is required to install it.
Win-7 32 bit
Win-7 64 bit
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Aug 2016   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

Just delete it to unallocated space, then add it to C.

It may be marked Active and Disk Management won`t let you, if that`s the case just install and use Partition Wizard to mark it inactive and delete it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2016   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for the helpful info, Barman58, TrashZone, and AddRAM!

The Windows 7 installation went flawlessly, so I prefer not to start over, if possible.

On the Windows Updates, changed its Settings to:
Never check for Updates

Also unchecked the box:
Give me recommended Updates the same way I receive important updates.
Then, restarted the machine.

Next, installed KB3020369 for 32 bit, and restarted once again.
Installed KB3172605 and restarted.

Last, installed 32 bit optional Convenience Rollup KB3125574 for all Updates since SP1.
Restarted again, checked for Updates, and installed the ones found.

Used the Change Settings option to get them back to back to Automatic.
After that, checked for upates some more, until all Important and Optional Updates were installed.

Actually, the Windows Updates also installed without any issues. Happy camper!!

Sometime tomorrow will run Disk Management on the computer in question, and post a screen shot of it.
Would appreciate your opinions on whatever it shows.

Thanks again!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2016   #6

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

This one is an option KB3125574
It has some quirks with it though so I haven't used it personally
Just installing Important updates first has worked out well so far and cull through the recommended and optional ones for known unneeded ones still works = we all have our lists of updates to avoid

Depending on where D is it sounds like it's in front of C so if on a ssd make sure you align C after deleting D.
I'm personally not a fan of moving the entire install to the left with mini tool or partition wizard although it is an option :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Aug 2016   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium

Here it goes. The Factory Image is at the end...

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Aug 2016   #8

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Shouldn't be any problem to delete
Not sure how it got to the right though that is a nice trick
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Aug 2016   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium

Was able to delete the Factory Image and the area became Unallocated space. However, I do not recall how to add that Unallocated space to (C). Would appreciate some guidance on this. A capture of the current status of Disk Management follows. Thanks!

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16 Aug 2016   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You should be able to extend C right there in Windows Disk Management, using a menu.

Look for "extend volume" under action menu/all tasks.
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