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System Reserved Partiton question when installing W8

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    W7 Pro 64bit

    System Reserved Partiton question when installing W8


    I want to install W8 Pro onto the second partition of my laptop that already has W7 Pro installed. What are the correct settings for the second partition(simple, active, primary,etc) so that the existing System Reserved partition used by W7 won't get clobbered? Is this even possible?

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

    the correct settings for the second partition(simple, active, primary,etc)
    Do not mark ACTIVE.
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    W7 Pro 64bit


    Thank you for your assistance. I have one last question to ask and you might know the answer. I have four partitions on the laptop.
    W7 Systetm Reserved 100MB marked as OEM
    Dell Recovery Partition 9.7gb marked as ACTIVE and primary
    W7 180gb OS(C) partition marked as primary, simple, boot, crash etc.
    D 100gb marked as primay and simple with no operating system on it. This is the one I want to put W8 in.

    Question.
    Am I going to run into problems with too many primary partitions or no room for the W8 System Reserved thing?
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by 52Yankee View Post
    Thank you for your assistance. I have one last question to ask and you might know the answer. I have four partitions on the laptop.
    W7 Systetm Reserved 100MB marked as OEM
    Dell Recovery Partition 9.7gb marked as ACTIVE and primary
    W7 180gb OS(C) partition marked as primary, simple, boot, crash etc.
    D 100gb marked as primay and simple with no operating system on it. This is the one I want to put W8 in.

    Question.
    Am I going to run into problems with too many primary partitions or no room for the W8 System Reserved thing?
    I find it better to use a different hard drive to try a new OS, that way if you have any problems with the install or drivers all you have to do is install your original hard drive until you can fix the problem.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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