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Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8

  1. #61

    Hello there, partogi. Nice rig!

    I agree with Wynona. Generally if it's marked "Active" don't mess with it.

    Assuming it's a newer mobo, you must have Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) instead of the traditional BIOS. You may want to refer to these:

    Microsoft Reserved Partition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Windows and GPT FAQ

    Question on Windows 8 Reserved Partition?

    Hope those help.


    I want to add that I have no such partition since my Acer is older with traditional BIOS. As you can see below, my MBR is on C:

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 06 Feb 2014 at 19:30.

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  2. #62

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by partogi View Post
    Please have a look on my root drive partition:

    Is there anything wrong with that? What about this "System Reserved" partition. Should I merge it with C: on fresh install so that I would get better performance, maybe?
    Nope, leave it alone. This a partition Windows makes for MBR BIOS based PCs so things operate correctly. Besides, 350 megabytes won't add much to the C:\ drive nor performance.
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  3. #63

    Quote Originally Posted by pwhaas View Post
    How to Add Menu Items Under the (Windows 8.1) Right-Click or Context Menu.

    I made numerous attempts on updating 64-bit Windows 8 Pro
    client systems to 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro and/or doing a fresh
    install of 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro from an ISO DVD. In any of these
    cases I found the Windows 8.1 Shell Context Menus to be incomplete.
    Especially, they were missing the default/top Open entry for
    any Program Icon on the user's desktop.

    What I found is that ZipGenius is actually inserting
    itself into the list of items available in the Windows registry under
    placing an ZipGenius 6 entry there. Obviously, this entry
    is able to terminate the ContextMenuHandlers' parsing of the
    verb list, essentially leaving incomplete context menus to
    the user.

    A quick way to cancel these artifacts is to remove such
    entries from the ContextMenuHandlers' verb list.

    1. Open Regedit (Go to Startmenu\Run; type regedit)
    2. Expand until you are in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex
    3. Select ContextMenuHandlers
    Entries present, e.g.:
    Open With
    Open With EncryptionMenu
    . . . . . .
    ZipGenius 6
    . . . . . .

    Delete any potential entries by ZipGenius 6 under 3.

    Maybe it's worth to check if there are additional user applications out there
    that may impair the shell's context menus in similar ways.
    Geez! This is from just before Thanksgiving. I have to apologize for neglecting this one, especially from a first-time poster/member.

    Well, if you peer in > Welcome to Windows EightForums, pwhaas.

    Thanks for the suggestion. We'll look into this now that the "other guy" is back.
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  4. #64

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Ages ago, I posted on here to say that I didn't know how to restore Windows XP Backup files into Windows 8.

    Well it looks like people have figured out how to workaround this - here's a link to an article on Tech Republic describing how to do it.

    Restore a Windows XP backup in Windows 8 - TechRepublic

    There are a couple of caveats in there, but hopefully it might be useful to some former XP users.
    Thanks so much for coming back to post this, David. Good stuff! We'll look into it.
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  5. #65

    Posts : 381
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Well, I broke down and got a Win 8.1 laptop so I can work better with wearables like Gemma and Flora. I'll look over these tutorials and see if they help me. I did finally find the laptop's desktop. Asus Wni 8.1 64-bit.

    If I feel pain, I'll stop by and scream out my agony.

    Thanks for being here !
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  6. #66

    Welcome back, JimJoe.

    LOL! 8/8.1 are rather colorful. Kind of fits right in with your avatar.

    It's not as difficult to learn as the press and users make it out to be. A week to learn the basics and at least a couple to start flying around.

    If you're all set up, I suggest reading the latter section "Setup/Personalization". Don't forget Brink's tutorials linked in my sig as well. BTW, the OP needs to be edited, for some is outdated. We're hopefully getting to it soon.

    Good luck.
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  7. #67

    Posts : 381
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Well, I haven't taken a hammer to my laptop just yet. I definately don't have any use for what 'A-list' preople are doing.

    I have to deal with Win 7 at work... crikey. Anyway, I like the 'Classic XP' look. Or something resembling the Amiga computer desktop.
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  8. #68

    I use "Classic Shell" to make Win8 look like Win7 and it's served me well for over a year...
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  9. #69

    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Anyone have any idea what is that 2nd drive?
    Initially I thought it's a SSD cache, but it is not listed in the specifications: HP Pavilion Ultrabook 14-b006sa Product Specifications | HP® Support

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  10. #70

    According to the specs,... it's space for a recovery partition... up to 24Gb... could be a hybrid drive...
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