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Dual Boot System - Which Partition Holds Windows 8

  1. #11


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Windows installer will use an existing active partition as system. It then deposits the windows files on the partition you pointed it at. System will be an active partition. You may have several disks , each of them with an Active partition. Only one will be system.
    Right, that's exactly what happened. It was an empty drive, but I had windows 7 already installed on the IDE drive. I also had a TB drive in the middle holding storage. I installed Windows 8 fresh and it used the active partition to store the bootloader.

    I suppose there is a way to fix this.

    Wynona's computer boots from the EFI partition? Her Main Drive has everything but "System" on it.

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  2. #12


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Wynona's computer boots from the EFI partition? Her Main Drive has everything but "System" on it.
    Nayh, that's the older computer, which (I think) is capable of UEFI, but I never activated it because I knew nothing about it. That computer is at least 7 to 10 years old and doesn't even have a DVI port on it. Shades of VGA! I don't have a clue when EFI/UEFI came out.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Its been around for a few years, but it was in a different form, most laptops from 2008-2010 have a UEFI partition, but it only contains Testing Programs.

    Windows 8 takes this and changes it into the big mess we have today.
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