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Dual-Boot Partitioning. Windows has active partition.

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    Dual-Boot Partitioning. Windows has active partition.


    Hi Windows 8 users,
    I am considering triple-booting with:
    -Windows 7 (primary and default operating system)
    -Windows 8.1 (wanna use app-tools)
    -Ubuntu 13.04 (virus free, and can be used incase of system failure)

    This involves creating more partitions. I am no expert in partitioning, and I freak out when it says Bootloader not found, which I had last night when I did a driver update (its another story).

    This morning I've cleared out about 150gb, ready to make Ubuntu and Windows 8.1.
    This is my planned setup:
    -E Drive (Ubuntu), 25gb
    -F Drive (Win8.1), 40gb

    Only problem is, I already have 4 primary partitions, and the boot partition is the Windows 7 one, in the forum thread Can Not Creat a Primary Partition to Install Windows 8 CP The primary partition was the system one. This is a very similar case to mine, our laptop model's are even the same, except my diskmgmt.msc looks like this:
    Click image for larger version
    Where my active partition which loads first is Windows 7.

    I don't have any hardware such as GParted, or a backup computer to seek help incase I get an invalid boot again, so I really hope this works out.

    Any more information, just ask.

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


    Have you make the HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks for Windows 7?
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    windows 8.1
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    Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit


    Thank you @lifetec
    Can you please assist how I will manage the 4 primary partitions I have currently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Have you make the HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks for Windows 7?

    A waiting reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Have you make the HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks for Windows 7?

    A waiting reply.
    Whats HP OEM, and no, I don't have any CompactDisks to make any backups.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plo124 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Have you make the HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks for Windows 7?

    A waiting reply.
    Whats HP OEM, and no, I don't have any CompactDisks to make any backups.
    HP made your PC.

    information   Information
    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    startup repair disc-create


    When you have made your HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks for Windows 7, you can delete Partitions D: & HP_Tools.

    than install Windows 8.
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Plo124 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post


    A waiting reply.
    Whats HP OEM, and no, I don't have any CompactDisks to make any backups.
    HP made your PC.

    information   Information
    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    startup repair disc-create


    When you have made your HP OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks for Windows 7, you can delete Partitions D: & HP_Tools.

    than install Windows 8.
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    Can I use a USB stick?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Windows 7 Proffessional 64-bit


    I meant to make the OEM disk.
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