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Installing fresh Windows 8 - partitions

  1. #1


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    Installing fresh Windows 8 - partitions


    So I'm going to install a fresh Windows 8 on my new Acer Aspire V5 laptop. When I come to the drive/partition window it asks "Where do you want to install Windows?". The following partitions already exist:



    • 1: Recovery | Type Recovery
    • 2: ESP | Type System
    • 3: (no name) | Type MSR (Reserved)
    • 4: Acer | Type Primary
    • 5: Push Button Reset | Type Recovery


    Is it safe to delete all these partitions?

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Did it come with Windows 8 oem already installed ?

    What version of Windows 8 are you going to install ?
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    It came with 8.0 installed - acer edition with acer software. I'm going to install 8.1 64-bit.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by joakim1 View Post
    It came with 8.0 installed - acer edition with acer software. I'm going to install 8.1 64-bit.
    Are you installing 8.1 from a disk or from the Store using a Microsoft account ?

    The more we know, the better the help responses.
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    Windows 8


    From a USB flash drive. But nevermind, i just deleted all the partitions. Gotta take some chances in life hehe. Now have 1 single partition and installing. Seems to work fine. I'll let ya know if i get troubles.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joakim1 View Post
    From a USB flash drive. But nevermind, i just deleted all the partitions. Gotta take some chances in life hehe. Now have 1 single partition and installing. Seems to work fine. I'll let ya know if i get troubles.
    It should create its own partitions.
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    Windows 8.1


    I hope you took the time to create your factory recovery discs, just in case you wanted to revert to an OEM structure in the future, because you have just killed all Acer recovery options so please do a system image backup as soon as you have your new "clean install" up and running.

    Now, don't get me wrong, I also prefer to do a clean install (over OEM) as you are doing right now; however, just make sure you backup you new installation ASAP so you have a viable way to recover going forward.

    Good luck.

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    Last edited by my2cents; 09 Nov 2013 at 06:16.
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