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Windows 7: 10 gig recovery partiton

06 Dec 2009   #11
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Have never heard of the 100mb Windows 7 boot/repair partition installed with Windows 7 being formatted FAT32
I have the same 100MB partition on my Dell Vista system. Seems to be something specific to Dell. I also have utilities that you can run from the BIOS. I always thought they came from there - but I may be wrong.

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06 Dec 2009   #12

Genuine windows 7X64

Success, i now have a single 149Gig Windows 7 HD, but how do i get the windows 7 system restore files on the HD in case i have to repair it.? I did create a repair disk when i first installed Windows 7.
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06 Dec 2009   #13
Microsoft MVP


System restore is turned on at Start>rightclick Computer>Properties>Advanced>System Protection>Configure

Your installer DVD and Repair CD are how you would boot into the WIndows 7 Repair console to use Recovery Tools like Startup Repair, Line Commands, or SysRestore from boot. You also reimage your HD (or a replacement) from there.

Be sure to save externally a Win7 Backup image so you never have to reinstall Win7 again, just reimage in 15 minutes.
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06 Dec 2009   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

It is already there.

If you want to add it to the boot menu, type bcdedit /enum all /v , find the {Identifier} and add it to the menu.


Windows Boot Loader
identifier {b48cfc66-d1fe-11de-92d0-001966657855}
device ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\fef675fc-c5fd-11de-9bca-d0fdd828c7
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Recovery Environment
osdevice ramdisk=[D:]\Recovery\fef675fc-c5fd-11de-9bca-d0fdd828c7
systemroot \windows
winpe Yes

bcdedit /displayorder {b48cfc66-d1fe-11de-92d0-001966657855} /addlast
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06 Dec 2009   #15

Genuine windows 7X64

If its already there and if the repair CD will function there is not need to add it to the boot menu. ? and thanks for those who helped me.
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06 Dec 2009   #16
Microsoft MVP


When you have time over the next few weeks, suggest you boot from Partition Wizard, check the file system and run a surface scan on your HD, just to be sure the moving operation didn't compromise anything. I check mine regularly anyway.

Glad to help. Knew you could handle it when you posted PW screenie at beginning.
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06 Dec 2009   #17

Genuine windows 7X64

ok make a PW boot disk and it works, but i could not find where it say to check system files, or is that what it check before i get the following, ( which i closed out and booted to the PW disk management ) doing as surface scan now

1 DO NOT take the following opertations movin//resizin windows vista, windows 2008, windows 7

2.creating/ deletind any partitons before the system partitons of winodws 2000, XP,2003
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06 Dec 2009   #18
Microsoft MVP


Those warnings are for users who do not know how to recover the MBR into their Win7 partition like you now do. It boots, right?

I get Check File system on my right click context menu when running PW from desktop (check Fix errors, too).

It should also be on booted PW right click menu, along with HD Surface Scan
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06 Dec 2009   #19

Genuine windows 7X64

Yes it boots, will do a system file check once its done with surface scan.
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06 Dec 2009   #20

Genuine windows 7X64

surface scan .... is ok.... no errors.
system files errors.
great job guys . thanks
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