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Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8


HippsieGypsie

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#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

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/21717-question-windows-8-reserved-partition.html

Hope those help.

Edit:

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:

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
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    PC/Desktop
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    Acer T690
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    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
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    Acer/Intel E946GZ
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    2GB (max upgrade)
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    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
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    Standard 250 watt
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Coke Robot

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#62
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. ;)
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    ASUS
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    AMD FX 8320
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    Crosshair V Formula-Z
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    16 gig DDR3
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    ASUS R9 270
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    1440x900
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    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
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    OCZ 500 watt
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    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
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    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
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HippsieGypsie

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#63
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 6.3.2.3110 is actually inserting
itself into the list of items available in the Windows registry under
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers
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.:
{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8B8-535773D48449}
BriefCaseMenu
Open With
Open With EncryptionMenu
Sharing
Workfolders
. . . . . .
ZipGenius 6
. . . . . .

Action:
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. :eek:

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. :D
 

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  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
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HippsieGypsie

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#64
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! :thumb: We'll look into it.
 

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  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
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JimJoe

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#65
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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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus X551MA
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Hard Drives
    440 gigabyte Sata 2
    Keyboard
    built-in
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    Acer USB
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    5 megabits
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    Firefox

HippsieGypsie

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#66
Welcome back, JimJoe. :)

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

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. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

JimJoe

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#67
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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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
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    Laptop
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    Asus X551MA
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Hard Drives
    440 gigabyte Sata 2
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    built-in
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    5 megabits
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azasadny

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

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DMHolt57

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#70
According to the specs,... it's space for a recovery partition... up to 24Gb... could be a hybrid drive...
 

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JimJoe

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#72
I use "Classic Shell" to make Win8 look like Win7 and it's served me well for over a year...
How do I do that ? I have been trying to make changes to my WIn 8.1 laptop, but it seems some settings are lacking I find in the tutorials.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus X551MA
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Hard Drives
    440 gigabyte Sata 2
    Keyboard
    built-in
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    Acer USB
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    5 megabits
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    Firefox

JimJoe

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#74
I found Classic Shell and I now go directly to Desktop, which I prefer.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64-bit
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus X551MA
    Memory
    4 gigs
    Hard Drives
    440 gigabyte Sata 2
    Keyboard
    built-in
    Mouse
    Acer USB
    Internet Speed
    5 megabits
    Browser
    Firefox
#75
you can do "many" things that you think.. and do NOT need classic shell..

for example. this is just right clicking on your taskbar and select properties. look what comes up.. this is built-in to windows 8.1

thisone.JPG
 

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    Dell 5200
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    5400