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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    mike, what size are you partitions? A 350MB and a windows partition?
    Just one partition (111.78 GB) spanning whole SSD Kingston V300, 120GB, nothing else on it.
    Click image for larger version
    Partition G: holds Win 10tp for dual boot. Other partitions are all for data.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    type reagent /info at cmd prompt

    lets see where windows put it.. or did you install by image
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  3. #13


    Win 8.1 from Reflect image cleaned up and 10TP straight on prepared disk.

    Are you sure this "reagent /info" is spelled right ?
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  4. #14


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    reagentc /info

    I forgot the c

    you don't have it because you installed from an image, most likely or it's on another disk

    Attachment 54918
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    reagentc /info

    I forgot the c

    you don't have it because you installed from an image, most likely or it's on another disk
    There you go.

    Windows RE status: Enabled
    Windows RE location: \\?\GLOBALROOT\device\harddisk2\partition1\Recovery\WindowsRE
    Boot Configuration Data (BCD) identifier: 481fae43-d60e-11e3-b4b8-9e947a45a107
    Recovery image location:
    Recovery image index: 0
    Custom image location:
    Custom image index: 0
    I told you, it's cleaned up full disk image but 10TP was installed straight. Fonzie doesn't have that either just standard Win7 100MB.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    it is on your system root..

    Attachment 54919

    This is the default mbr-bios partition from an installation from the setup disk
    That 350MB has winre and boot files

    I would assume your windows boot files are on the windows 10 system partition, since you dual boot.
    I would also assume that your winre in a recovery folder either on the root or in windows on drive C

    He can keep his current partition structure, but with out deleting the oem recovery partition, the windows 8 installation will install winre there by default..

    I think it would easier for him to run a diskpart script that will recreate the D partition and install windows. then restore the DATA Image to D
    Last edited by KYHI; 06 Dec 2014 at 13:16.
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  7. #17


    I'll see where it is in 10 TP when I switch to it later.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 15
    windows 8.1


    Hi KYHI,

    No I don't need to backup the D drive. I am happy with my reset initiative so far - touchwood!

    I suppose, if at all I need to do a real clean install, I can just delete the C drive components and let Windows 8 installed on this C drive? I fancy not to have the Lenovo stuff on my PC...if possible...just good old MS Windows 8.1

    Cheers!
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by fonzie View Post
    Hi KYHI,

    No I don't need to backup the D drive. I am happy with my reset initiative so far - touchwood!

    I suppose, if at all I need to do a real clean install, I can just delete the C drive components and let Windows 8 installed on this C drive? I fancy not to have the Lenovo stuff on my PC...if possible...just good old MS Windows 8.1

    Cheers!
    To do that you would have to put disk in another computer or boot from another device because you can't do it from windows itself. You can start installation from optical disk or USB and will have options to get rid of all partitions and make new ones from installation itself. The fact that you don't need to save anything makes it much easier to decide.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    ok, just boot the pc from windows setup, when you get to the partition menu, remove all the partitions..

    Setup will now create it's own partitions.. (three partitions if booted via BIOS and four partitions if booted via UEFI)

    By default windows will install to partition 3 on a bios booted PC
    and partition 4 on a UEFI booted PC
    (basically the last partition windows setup creates)

    If you want to recreate the data "D" partition (which I favor) after setup creates the needed partitions, remove the last one and split it's size in half, thus creating two partitions outta that one..

    Then select the first partition "YOU" created as the install windows to partition.. Leaving the last partition "YOU" created for your data "D" drive

    The reason I favor the "C" and "D" partitions is because if windows goes poop - My personal Data is still there on "D" and if the drive goes poop then you have cloud backup storage..

    But I don't like the cloud, because I don't know where it is or who has access via the cloud to my personal stuff..
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