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Dual-Boot Partitioning. Windows has active partition.

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plo124 View Post
    I meant to make the OEM disk.
    Check your HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app, some Models YES, some NO.

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    Oh no, It needs 15GB, and I don't have a 15GB flash drive.
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    Ok, I found a 32GB one, and its copying at this moment.

    Which would I install first, Wubi, or Win8.1, because they both edit the bootloader, and I don't want the Windows 8 graphical bootloader when it has to start up first, but I don't want wubi to think only Windows8 is there, because Windows 7 has my 2 years work of Java programming on it, and my personal files.
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    Always back up, back up, back up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft

    Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)

    Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the packaging. The product key will look something like this:
    XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX

    Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD.
    Backup User and System Files - Windows 7 Help Forums

    than install Windows 8.
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    I just don't want to delete the OS, I can still recover the data, unless its over-written, just unplug the harddrive, and shove it in a harddrive adapter on a live PC.

    Would I install Ubuntu first or last? Because they both edit the boot loader.

    ****Edit****
    Would I defragment my PC before shrinking the volume, because there might be data on the shrunk part.
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    ok, I'm using a program called 'Smart Defrag' to try and move the files away from the part I want to snip off, but I ran into some problems:
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    Black tiles means unmoveable
    Which bootable options would you suggest?
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  8. #18


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    Windows Defrag does nothing, it doesn't open.

    I got Windows 8 working, and now I want to expand (I just wiped the 16gb partition, so I don't have much space left),
    After trying to install a program on Windows 8, it copied lots of files to C:/ which Windows 7 is on, and I can't delete them, and its on the end of the C:/ which I want to push off, leaving my disk like this:
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    Note the black unmovable data at the bottom.

    I tried deleting in Windows 8, and it says I don't have permission, should I use Ubuntu and forcefully remove them, or might they be system files.
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    I don't know what the last 2 random folder names are, but they are unmovable

    And Im not sure what all of the random folders are there in the first place, only the last 2 have items in them, and I had these prior to installing Windows 7. The other ones are empty, except for the last 2, which has lots of folders with numbers, e.g. 1025, and these are all locked out from me.
    Theres also some other files, one being setup.exe, and the folders are almost identical.
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    The OS partition is always C:

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    Did you run Disk clean up?
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    Im fine with how it is, but I've just chopped off 30GB of space to make an extended partition for Windows 8 documents, is there any way I can make the app's install in the new partition opposed to the Windows 8 one?

    **** Edit ****
    The only changes in the partitions after installing Windows8.1, is in Win8.1, it says the HP_TOOLS is 'E' drive.
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