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Which partition does Windows boot off of?

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Which partition does Windows boot off of?


    Hey guys, just wondering: what partition does Windows have boot files?

    I messed my system up and I am in Linux and have the option to make either my:

    1-System reserve or
    2-Windows installed partition (C: )

    to make as primary bootable. Which one should I make the primary bootable? THANKS!

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Im assuming the primary reserve you are talking about is a OEM partition. The C drive is where windows should install if that is the only two partitions you have
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    If you are installing to BIOS PC, Windows 7/8 will be installed to partition 2.
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    If you are installing to uEFI BIOS PC, Windows 7/8 will be installed to partition 4.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hmm.. My UEFI only has 3 partitions, it doesn't have the Recovery partition. Only System and MSR and Primary.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I have 3 on UEFI, main, EFI and recovery partition.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Like this.

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  7. #7


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy300z View Post
    Hey guys, just wondering: what partition does Windows have boot files?

    I messed my system up and I am in Linux and have the option to make either my:

    1-System reserve or
    2-Windows installed partition (C: )

    to make as primary bootable. Which one should I make the primary bootable? THANKS!
    Usually the System reserve contains the bootloader


    That being said, i only have 3 partitions on an EFI setup myself. I assume the 4th one is the OEM recovery partition, and is not included on custom installations.
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