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Clean Install - Windows 8

  1. #30


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Yeah, would be nice. But my grandkids are 6000 miles away. I think I will use my Toshiba laptop instead. There it is easy to flip out the SSD. Unfortunately there I do not have eSata, only USB3. But I have been booting from that before with the Win8 to go. And I do have a USB3 open enclosure.


    There went that idea, but using the laptop is an even better one.

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  2. #31


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks Shawn for your continued support.

    USB3 will be a bit slower than eSata, but I think it will still be good enough. I plan to use Win8 only for academic exercises - not as my main production system. I was doing quite well with the prereleases in vBox - it can't be any worse.
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  3. #32


    Posts : 29
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    I want to install Win 8 Pro on my SSD over a Win 7 installation and avoid creating the System Reserved Partition. Can you clarify step 8? Do I:
    1. Delete the partition containing Win7 first
    2. Format this partition so it's not unallocated
    before continuing?

    In the very last step, for someone whose not very savvy, what drivers am I likely to need to update? (When I installed Win 7 about 4 years ago I didn't update any drivers and the system seemed to work ok.)

    Is there any advice on the forum about managing Win 8 on a small SSD? (Too small to hold all my personal files as well as Windows.)

    Many thanks
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  4. #33


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    If you predefine a primary active partition and install into that, you should not get the seperaste system partition.
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  5. #34


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Peter, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    As Wolfgang posted above, since this would be dual booting, the Windows 8 installation will not create a system reserved partition since their is already an "active" Windows 7 partition.

    In addition, if this is a Windows 8 upgrade copy, then see this instead.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #35


    Posts : 29
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Thanks for your replies, but I don't think I have made my intentions very clear. I was wanting to do away with Win 7 completely and move over to Win 8. Just don't want that annoying System Reserved Partition to appear.
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  7. #36


    Posts : 21,825
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ah, ok.

    In that case, could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window first? This way we will be sure to give you accurate advice on what should be deleted.

    For now, you would delete the Windows 7 partition and the "System Reservered" partition created by Windows 7 if there to leave the Windows 7 disk unallocated. You would then format the unallocated space, and select it to install Windows 8 to. Windows 8 will not create a "System Reservered" partition when installed to an already formatted drive, or a drive that already has partitions on it.
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  8. #37


    Posts : 29
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Here's a screenshot of disk management.
    You will see that there is no System Reserved Partition - I followed some tips in Seven Forums to get rid!
    C: is my SSD on which I wish to install Win 8.
    I've read advice to disconnect all other drives before the installation - is this best?
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  9. #38


    Posts : 29
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Not sure what happened to that screenshot - trying again!

    Can't seem to get the screenshot to appear despite attaching it twice.

    Anyway if you assume I have only one drive C: (SSD) as all the others will be disconnected prior to installation of Windows 8, there will be just one partition containing Windows 7 and my programs. There is no System Reserved Partition. To put it in a nutshell this is how I would like things to remain after installing Windows 8.
    Last edited by PeterAstle; 01 Dec 2012 at 07:10.
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  10. #39


    Posts : 4
    windows 8 pro


    Cool and Simple to follow as usual
    Thanks
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