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cannot partition hdd during usb install using autounattend.xml

Q: cannot partition hdd during usb install using autounattend.xml

UBER EDIT: Starting over from scratch as it just got too complicated.

Hi, just built a new rig and have been utterly unsuccessful at installing windows on it. My rig has a razer deathadder mouse and deathstalker keyboard so during the windows install process the are not recognized and useless. I found out that I can use the "unattended install" method to circumvent this handicap. However I am running into problem after problem.

Im using the Official Install DVD and a USB with the autounattend.xml at the root. I created the autounattend.xml using RT Seven Lite. When I start it up asks for language and keyboard preference at the collecting information part. Here is my xml:


Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--This answer file generated by RT Seven Lite-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"" target="_blank" class="wLink">http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<ImageInstall>
<OSImage>
<InstallFrom>
<MetaData wcm:action="add">
<Key>/IMAGE/NAME</Key>
<value>Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM</value>
</MetaData>
</InstallFrom>
<InstallToAvailablePartition>false</InstallToAvailablePartition>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
</OSImage>
</ImageInstall>
<UserData>
<ProductKey>
<Key>XXXXX-XXXXX-74XYM-XXXXX-XXXXX</Key>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
</ProductKey>
<FullName>Jerald Scott</FullName>
<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
</UserData>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<UserAccounts>
<LocalAccounts>
<LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
<Name>XXXXXX</Name>
<Group>Administrators</Group>
<Password>
<PlainText>true</PlainText>
<Value>XXXXX</Value>
</Password>
</LocalAccount>
</LocalAccounts>
</UserAccounts>
<OOBE>
<NetworkLocation>Home</NetworkLocation>
<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
<ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
<HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
<SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
<SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
</OOBE>
<DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>true</DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>
<TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time</TimeZone>
<OEMInformation>
<Manufacturer />
<SupportHours />
<SupportPhone />
<SupportURL />
<Model />
</OEMInformation>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<ComputerName>XXXXXX</ComputerName>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC-UX" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SkipAutoActivation>true</SkipAutoActivation>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>
what gives?

edit: new xml

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--This answer file generated by RT Seven Lite-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
<UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<DiskConfiguration>
<Disk wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartitions>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>1</Order>
<Size>200</Size>
<Type>Primary</Type>
</CreatePartition>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>2</Order>
<Type>Primary</Type>
<Extend>true</Extend>
</CreatePartition>
</CreatePartitions>
<ModifyPartitions>
<ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
<Active>true</Active>
<Format>NTFS</Format>
<Label>System</Label>
<Order>1</Order>
<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
</ModifyPartition>
<ModifyPartition wcm:action="add">
<Format>NTFS</Format>
<Label>Windows</Label>
<Order>2</Order>
<PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
</ModifyPartition>
</ModifyPartitions>
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
</Disk>
</DiskConfiguration>
<ImageInstall>
<OSImage>
<InstallTo>
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
</InstallTo>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
</OSImage>
</ImageInstall>
<UserData>
<ProductKey>
<Key>XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX</Key>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
</ProductKey>
<FullName>Jerald Scott</FullName>
<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
</UserData>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UserAccounts>
<LocalAccounts>
<LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
<Name>XXXXXXX</Name>
<Group>Administrators</Group>
<Password>
<PlainText>true</PlainText>
<Value>XXXXXXXX</Value>
</Password>
</LocalAccount>
</LocalAccounts>
</UserAccounts>
<OOBE>
<NetworkLocation>Home</NetworkLocation>
<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
<ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
<HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
<SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
<SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
</OOBE>
<DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>true</DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>
<TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time</TimeZone>
<OEMInformation>
<Manufacturer />
<SupportHours />
<SupportPhone />
<SupportURL />
<Model />
</OEMInformation>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<InputLocale>en-US</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-us</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-us</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
<UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
<ComputerName>XXXXXX</ComputerName>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC-UX" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SkipAutoActivation>true</SkipAutoActivation>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>
new xml 3:

Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--This answer file generated by RT Seven Lite-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
</SetupUILanguage>
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
<UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<DiskConfiguration>
<Disk wcm:action="add">
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<WillWipeDisk>true</WillWipeDisk>
<CreatePartitions>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>1</Order>
<Size>100</Size>
<Type>EFI</Type>
</CreatePartition>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>2</Order>
<Type>MSR</Type>
</CreatePartition>
</CreatePartition>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>3</Order>
<Extend>true</Extend>
<Type>Primary</Type>
</CreatePartition>
</CreatePartitions>
<ModifyPartitions>
<ModifyPartition>
<Order>1</Order>
<PartitionID>1</PartitionID>
<Label>System</Label>
</ModifyPartition>
<ModifyPartition>
<Order>2</Order>
<PartitionID>2</PartitionID>
</ModifyPartition>
<ModifyPartition>
<Order>3</Order>
<PartitionID>3</PartitionID>
<Letter>C</Letter>
<Label>Windows</Label>
<Format>NTFS</Format>
</ModifyPartition>
</ModifyPartitions>
</Disk>
</DiskConfiguration>
<ImageInstall>
<OSImage>
<InstallTo>
<DiskID>0</DiskID>
<PartitionID>3</PartitionID>
</InstallTo>
</OSImage>
</ImageInstall>
<UserData>
<ProductKey>
<Key>XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX</Key>
<WillShowUI>OnError</WillShowUI>
</ProductKey>
<FullName>Jerald Scott</FullName>
<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
</UserData>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
<UILanguage>en-US</UILanguage>
<SystemLocale>en-US</SystemLocale>
<UserAccounts>
<LocalAccounts>
<LocalAccount wcm:action="add">
<Name>XXXXXXX</Name>
<Group>Administrators</Group>
<Password>
<PlainText>true</PlainText>
<Value>XXXXXXXX</Value>
</Password>
</LocalAccount>
</LocalAccounts>
</UserAccounts>
<OOBE>
<NetworkLocation>Home</NetworkLocation>
<HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
<ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
<HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>true</HideWirelessSetupInOOBE>
<SkipMachineOOBE>true</SkipMachineOOBE>
<SkipUserOOBE>true</SkipUserOOBE>
</OOBE>
<DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>true</DisableAutoDaylightTimeSet>
<TimeZone>Pacific Standard Time</TimeZone>
<OEMInformation>
<Manufacturer />
<SupportHours />
<SupportPhone />
<SupportURL />
<Model />
</OEMInformation>
</component>
</settings>
<settings pass="specialize">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<InputLocale>0409:00000409</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-us</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-us</UILanguage>
<UserLocale>en-US</UserLocale>
<UILanguageFallback>en-US</UILanguageFallback>
<ComputerName>XXXXXX</ComputerName>
</component>
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Security-Licensing-SLC-UX" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="NonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SkipAutoActivation>true</SkipAutoActivation>
</component>
</settings>
</unattend>

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A: cannot partition hdd during usb install using autounattend.xml

They can hype a mouse and keyboard by giving them the scariest names but they're pretty useless if they can't install the OS.

I'd use another mouse and keyboard to Clean Install Windows 7.

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Hi, all just want some help on why the Autounattend.xml file that I have attached is not working.
It is designed to simply generate a random computer name and join the computer to the relevant 2008-R2 active directory domain specified during the OOBE setup process.
I have placed it in the root of OS drive (Aka C:\) and specified it as follows:

sysprep.exe /oobe /shutdown /quiet /unattend:C:\Autounattend.xml
When I start the computer back up, it is neither on the domain nor is the computer name changed and randomnized. The domain user account specified in the Autounattend.xml has permissions to create and delete computer objects.
What is wrong with what I am doing?
Regards: Elliott.
Autounattend.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<InputLocale>en-GB</InputLocale>
<SystemLocale>en-GB</SystemLocale>
<UILanguage>en-GB</UILanguage>
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I have been trying to figure this one for few days now, but I'm still stuck...I have created Win7 Pro image and want to deploy it using external usb drive(s) in upcoming laptop deployment at my company. All went well with creating the answer file, no errors
at all and it does exactly what I need/want.
My issue is that when I copy the autounattand file onto the root of usb drive that contains all the setup folders/files, setup does not seem to detect the file and stalls at the very first choice of install language, however...when I take the very same answer
file and copy it onto smaller pendrive and start the same test laptop up with both external usb drives connected, configuration picks up and setup goes along without any issues. What gives? Tell me what I'm missing, please.
Thank you.

A:autounattend.xml will not load from USB HDD

Hi,
The autounattend.xml file must be to the root of a UBS flash drive or a DVD.
You can follow this article:
Install Windows 7 from Hard Drive but i recommend the use of USB flash drive.
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Déployer Windows 7 |
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A:Specify catalog in Autounattend.xml?

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Hi

I want to create an unattended.xml so my customers dont have to choose that, but i want them to be able to make all the other steps.

I have created an xml-file that i tought should work:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <settings pass="oobeSystem">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
            <OOBE>
                <HideEULAPage>true</HideEULAPage>
                <ProtectYourPC>3</ProtectYourPC>
            </OOBE>
        </component>
    </settings>
    <cpi:offlineImage cpi:source="wim:a:/iso-filer/w7pro/install.wim#Windows 7 PROFESSIONAL" xmlns:cpi="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:cpi" />
</unattend>


I use that xml-file when i sysprep but i still need to choose settings for Windows update during OOBE.

Br
//Alexander

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A month ago none of my images automatically joined the domain when deploying via WDS. Nothing has changed server side, or through the autounattend.xml itself. This is really puzzling. After hours of troubleshooting and trial and error, we're at a loss...
Below is the .xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
    <servicing>
        <package action="configure">
            <assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language=""
/>
            <selection name="TabletPCOC" state="false" />
            <selection name="MediaCenter" state="false" />
        </package>
    </servicing>
    <settings pass="windowsPE">
        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
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Hey everyone,
i am getting a problem as seen in the jpg, i have reviewed the setting but cant see where i am going wrong, if someone could look over the file and show me where i went wrong, thanks

A:autounattend.xml error in Windows PE

no one have any suggestions?

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Why Autounattend.xml remove these menu?



How do I change to keep them?

A:Why Autounattend.xml remove these menu?

Use an unmodified version of Windows 7....

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So I've been asked to research Win7 images and the best way to create and deploy them. We don't have MDT 2010 up yet, so I'm stuck using a custom install.wim along w/ the unattend.xml file.

Question #1

How can you stop Win7 OOBE welcome screen from making you create a local user account? After Win7 finishes its text based setup, I want it to boot into Windows as Admin bypassing the welcome screen (create user/change PC name). This way desktop support can -

1. Change the PC name
2. Join the domain, reboot, and be done
3. End user logs in, process complete

There is no need for them to do a Audit mode w/ reboot. The domain accounts already exist. I don't want local users being created.

In Win XP you could edit the sysprep.inf so that you had -

[GuiUnattended]
AutoLogon=Yes
AutoLogonCount=1

Which would allow you to log in as admin the first time after sysprep, join the domain, etc. How do you do this w/ Win7? I can only get it to log in as admin in systemAudit mode, I want to do it in OOBE.

Hopefully I just missed something. Like I said, I'm new to automating Win7 setup.

A:Windows 7 AutoUnattend.xml - User & PC Name

I was able to successfully solve this exact problem by looking at this website:

Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine

With the unattend.xml file that I have, it prompts for a PC name first thing, then creates the local administrator account and automatically logs in one time, joins to the domain via my JOINDOMAIN.VBS script, installs our AntiVirus program, installs out network management agent, and activates windows automatically with KMS. Then it ends by initiating a system reboot with a 10 minute timeout clock. That way if an admin has to leave the machine during the imaging process, it won't stay logged in to the local admin account. So what you are asking about is definitely possible. Just make sure your unattend.xml file is built correctly.

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Hi!
I created that XML using WSIM. However, if I leave the size field blank (partition: 4), I encounter an error during installation, claiming DiskConfiguration to be incorrect. Is there any way to do this, and how?
Also, after I fixed this, I got a message telling me drivers for HDD/SSD were missing. Since this doesn't seem to happen with the regular installer disks, how and which drivers I need to integrate?

Thanks in advance!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">    <settings pass="windowsPE">        <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">            <SetupUILanguage>                <UILanguage>de-DE</UILanguage>            </SetupUILanguage>            <InputLocale>de-DE</InputLocale>      &nbs... Read more

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Trying to do a clean install and my Windows 7 Home Premium x64 seems to have an aversion to putting the system reserved partion on disk 0. My HP notebook has two identical disk drives. If I boot up the windows install with both drives unallocated and do a custom install, the window where i select the partition for the install if I click new to create a partition on disk 0, it creates one partition on the whole disk. If I do the same for disk 1 it automatically creates two partitions, one for the system reserved. If I try to do that in reverse order by partioning disk 1 first it will still create two partitions on disk 1 (one for the system reserved). It wont partion disk 0 with the system reserved partition.

I tried to install windows with only disk 0 plugged to into the motherboard and that worked when i partitioned the drive during the windows install it created the system partion on disk 0. However once i had windows up in running, I plugged disk 1 (unallocated) back into the mother board and windows woudnt boot up.

I could jsut install windows on disk 1 but ive read that it is better to install it on disk 0.

A:Clean install wont partition Disk 0 with system reserved partition

Welcome to the forum.

When you tried to boot with both disks installed, did you go to the BIOS and check that disk 0 was the first in the boot priority?

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Hi
As the topic says; after installation of a fresh copy from the original disc win7, my second partition "D" has been renamed itself to the Recovery Partition. You can see it only in the application "Disk Management". I do not have access into it at all. When I click the right mouse button ?help? option appears only . There are very important files to me.
I tried to use EASEUS Partition Master but I'm afraid of losing data.
Please help.

A:[SOLVED] After win7 install, 2nd partition has renamed itself to Recovery Partition

Have you taken the install disc out ? Sounds dumb but the d: partition is generally a reserved partition and indicates your CD-ROM drive, to me it looks like your install disc, the file system is UDF which is universal disc format, you have two recovery partitions on top. Remove the disk, reboot. Then choose a different letter other than D for your recovery partition.. Best to start with z

The fact that the file encryption is UDF, you will not have the ability to modify it, its not NTFS, FAT or FAT32.

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Hi!
I'm about to prepare some OEM computers and have made a simple unattend.xml-file with help from the answering file sample from WAIK, but I can't get it to work properly.

I have copied the file to the root directory of an USB drive and it seemes like the installation program is reading the file (e.g. I don't have to specify an computer name when finalizing the installation) but it's not as automated that I would like it to be. I have to choose wich Windows version to install (basic, HP etc.), the disk partitions listed in the xml-file is not automated (I have to choose wich drive to use for installation), I need to confirm the license agreement, choose date and time options.

What can be wrong? I would like a clean, working autounattend.xml-file that automatically installs and also temporarily activates the administrator account so I can install updates, drivers and such and then seal everything up with sysprep.

Can anyone help me with this?
Here's my autounattend.xml file (I've deleted the OEM info):

autounattend.xml

//Henrik

A:Autounattend.xml doesn't work properly

Hi HITData, welcome to the forums, Have a look at this Windows 7 doesn&#39;t detect autounattend.xml? It may help you

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RELEVANCY SCORE 45.2

I'm having issues with my autounattend.xml, it errors out on <DiskConfiguration>
This xml if for BIOS not UEFI, so I have two partitions that Pass 1 creates, System and OS.
During test deployments WinPE is complaining about TypeID for Partition 1 which is the 250MB system partition. 
When I look at MS documentation the only TypeId for BIOS that exists is for OEM and recovery partitions.
Here is my <DiskConfiguration> component.
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<DiskConfiguration>
<Disk wcm:action="add">
<CreatePartitions>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>1</Order>
<Size>250</Size>
<Type>Primary</Type>
<Extend>false</Extend>
</CreatePartition>
<CreatePartition wcm:action="add">
<Order>2</Order>
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I created an answer file in Windows SIM.
When I install system disabled features are still there.


Code:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!--Windows 7 HOMEPREMIUM Audit Mode-->
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<servicing>
<package action="configure">
<assemblyIdentity name="Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package" version="6.1.7601.17514" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="" />
<selection name="InboxGames" state="false" />
<selection name="MediaPlayback" state="false" />
<selection name="MSRDC-Infrastructure" state="false" />
<selection name="Printing-XPSServices-Features" state="false" />
<selection name="SimpleTCP" state="true" />
<selection name="TabletPCOC" state="false" />
<selection name="TelnetClient" state="true" />
<selection name="WindowsGadgetPlatform" state="false" />
<selection name="Xps-Foundation-Xps-Viewer" state="false" />
.....
Did anyone try to change <package action> value?
I don't know... setting ... Read more

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RELEVANCY SCORE 44.8

Hi,
MSDN member.
Primary OS is Windows 8.1 but I need to install a Windows 7 partition for testing. I've followed threads dealing with others also having problems but they've not solved mine.
I've several SATA and one SSD HDD. Windows 8.1 is installed on SSD. I'm trying to install W7 + update 1 from msdn supplied ISO burned to DVD onto an empty 2TB HDD. I've unplugged a couple of USB flash drives. Checked that AHPI (or whatever it's called) for my SATA drives is turned on. Had safe boot off and on. Checked it's MBR partition and not GPT. I've also run through the installation problems thread.
When I get to the pictured screen, I select the empty disk and attempt to set it up but nothing happens when I press Apply and I get the following message when I press the next button. I've never had problems like this before and don't know what else I can try to fix it.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jfluu8o41w...15000.png?dl=0

A:W7 won't install on partition. Disk drive partition problems

If the 2TB drive is empty (not used) then delete all the partitions until it's just unallocated space, then click Next to start the install. The installer will create the partitions it needs then do the install.

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Hello.

I have bought a powerful new computer preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) and I would like to try and make future life with this computer and Windows 7 as easy as possible.

So I am wondering if I create a new separate d:\ partition and restore all my old and new programs and my data files to that d:\ partition, will all my own programs operate? For example, will Firefox operate if I install it to the new d:\ partition? And if I install Firefox to the d:\ partition will it install entirely to that new partition, or will it throw certain Firefox files into c:\windows or possibly other directories on the c:\ drive?

The reason I am asking is that it seems to me that it would be great if I could occasionally reinstall Windows 7 to the c:\ drive (after formatting the c:\ drive first). As reinstalling Windows 7 from the Recovery partition is so easy, it would be great to know that if Windows 7 becomes sluggish or develops problems at some point in the future, or if I just mess it up with configurations and I want to get back to the clean factory default, I could just reinstall it to c:\ WITHOUT losing all my own programs and my own data on the separate d:\ partition (of course I would always have been saving everything of my own to that separate d:\ partition).

What's causing me to ask this question is my recollection that back when I was using Windows 3.1, many years ago, a number of my personal programs (like Microsoft Word, for example) used to place *.in... Read more

A:Install personal programs to a partition separate from OS partition?

Some will work if installed onto a drive other than C:\

Some won't.

In any case, you'd have to re-install them to make them work, you
can't just copy them over.

I keep the OS and installed progs/apps on C:\, and nothing else. All
my progs save to D:\ and not into the C:\ drive.

I then use Image Backup to create an image of C:\ on an external drive.

This is updated monthly, or whenever I make changes to C:\.

Haven't had to re-install from scratch for over two years.


Hope this is of help to you.

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Hey,
I have created a autounattend.xml file using the Windows System Image Manager. When validating, everything comes back clean. However, when deploying it ends up failing with the message in the second set
I am deploying using this method to an Intel Compute Stick:
Use Rufus to "install" Windows iso to a Bootable USB drive.Drop autounattend.xml into the root of the USB driveBoot USB device, let the software do it's thing.
What actually happens:
Use Rufus to "install" Windows iso to a Bootable USB drive.Drop autounattend.xml into the root of the USB driveAfter a few minutes, Windows Setup complains: "Windows could not collect information for [OSImage] since the specified image file [D:\Sources\] does not exist

A few things about this:
I never specify D:\Sources anywhere in my autounattend.xmlAuto

I was not planning on doing this with Sysprep, I was planning on dropping the autounattend.xml file directly on to the root of the USB drive and let it install the image automatically rather than booting through WDS or something similar.

I have been reading Windows 10 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep - Windows 10 Forums in case sysprep is the absolutely best way though.

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Hi,
I've been trying to create my own Autounattend.xml file so that my Win 7 installations goes 100% automatic.
However after couple of days without success I would like to ask for some help.
The autounattend does work as far as to the DiskConfiguration where it fails, it doesn't wipe the disk nor create the partitions that I ask it to do. I've been searching on the forum and I see that there's a lot of people having the same issue however I
can't get mine to work..
If it matters or not, anyway when I come to the disk configuration screen I try to press Next and it just says "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate and existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information."
Can anyone out there go through my code to see if there is anything that has to be added/removed/changed?
I appreciate it, thanks!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="windowsPE">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core-WinPE" processorArchitecture="amd64" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS" xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<SetupUILanguage>
<UILanguage>en-U... Read more

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I have created an automatted installation for Windows 7 via AIK and I am setting the UserLocale, UILangauge and Inputlocale for specific regions. I then saw this aritcle furthest below (see: "Apply regional and language settings to reserved accounts") and was
wondering if there are other autounattend.xml paramters that also need to be set to ensure these "reservered accounts" are set for the proper regions.
Please note: I want to keep the base language for Windows and the SQL Collation set to en-US, just the default users regional settings (UserLocale?), UI (UILanguage?) and keyboard (InputLocale?) settings need to be country specific.
In my Autounatted.xml file I have all the Locale settings set for en-US in the 1 windowsPE section. I believe these only apply for the actual installation process and not the final Windows deployed image. Is that correct?
I believe I need to set the locale setting in either the 4 specialized or 7 oodesystem pass to affect the installed system.
So to achieve, my desired resule, OS & SQL using a base en_US language and the default User, UI, and keyboard langauge being country specific, I would set the Microsoft-Windows-Internationas-Core_neutral settings as follows:
InputLocale to the specific country such as da-DK (Denmark)
SystemLocale is set to en_US
UILangauge is set to da-DK
Userlocale woud also be set to da_DK
Can anyone confirm how these locale setting work and if I am interpreting/setting them corre... Read more

A:Apply regional and language settings to reserved accounts during silent autounattend.xml

Hi Jim,
 
 as you mentioned above it works, for more details reefer the below link
 
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb978454
 
Thanks ,
Narayana Mandali 

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Hi,

I recently have posted aboutan issue with recovering from a partition whichwent fine.

So I went through to do a clean re-install of windows 7 with a boot USB to get rid of factory bloatware and when I do. it gets to the option to write to a partition it sayscan't write to a GPT partition. Which is not really a big issue as plenty of tuts to.change to MBR which I have read.

But also if it dont make it to the option to write to a partition I get an error where windows says cannot find the device drivers installation. I have spent a day trying to find a way to get drivers on there.And I dont want to convert to MBR and still get the same driver error.

I have wrote the bo0t USB using different programs and still get either of those errors.

Windows 7 DVD - USB does not work either so pretty stuck atm

Computer Specs:
Asus X401A
As X401A - 1AWX/USB3.0
Intel Celeron B820 dual core processor 1.7ghz
HDD 320GB 5400R SATA
4gb ddr3 1333 of ram
No optical drive...

A:Windows7 cant install on GTP partition & Device Driver install missing

Do you have a uEFI/BIOS firmware?

How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
or
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
For Windows 7 take note of STEP 11.

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Hi, all!

I've performed a goodly number of XP Repair Installs in the past, all of which have been successful. However, my latest attempts keep failing due to a problem I've never encountered before. When I reach the page that lets me select the partition I wish to "install" to, instead of an 'R' option to perform a Repair Install, I see the message:


Quote:




"You chose to install XP on a partition that contains another operating system... Installing multiple operating systems on a single partition is not recommended..."!




I almost always use nLite to fold in all post-SP3 updates, but when these failed to permit a Repair Install, I tried an unmodified 32-bit OEM SP3 CD just to see if it was an nLite-related issue. But it's not -- the same thing happens.

I've read Warning 2 from the michaelstevenstech.com article about Repair Installs, which briefly discusses this situation, but the suggestions to delete boot.ini, run BootCfg /Rebuild, etc., don't solve the problem.

I need to perform a Repair Install because that particular XP Pro/SP3+ installation won't boot because of a corrupted registry hive (SYSTEM, I think). I can access that registry hive from a backup, but not only is it a bit old, I've read that the only reliable and effective way to repair a corrupted registry is to perform a Repair Install.

(If it matters, I can boot up Win 7 from a different disk if it would help).


Isn't there anythin... Read more

A:XP Repair Install instead tries to install multi-OSs on same partition?

You have to have an XP Disc that offers the Repair Install option. This option is only available on Retail versions of Windows XP. If the disc has been slipstreamed or is an OEM disc, then it will not offer this option.
To repair the boot, Boot off of the XP CD, Get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. Check Disk will take awhile. Try to log in normally when it's done.
If this still fails then back in the RC type FIXBOOT and press enter, reboot and try to log in normally. If that fails, back in the RC type FIXMBR and press enter,agree, and restart and try to log in normally.

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I have a scenario where system can have more than one storage controllers. The first storage controller has x amount of disks and is unfortunately enumerated before the controller that has the disk I want to install to. So,
the install disk number is never fixed nor is it ever guaranteed to be zero, unless I take the controller and/or disks offline during the install. This workaround is really not desirable and I am wondering if anyone has a way of installing to a specific disk.
Not being able to install to any disk sort of defeats the purpose of having this field at all. Without someway to dynamically fetch the disk number, it looks like this will only works if the DiskId is guaranteed to be zero such
as on a system with one disk. 

I have seen an example from many years ago where it was possible to get the DiskId by running a vbs script like getDiskId.vbs then the autounattend.xml would look like something along those lines. But, it wasn't clear whether
that's still applicable and whether anyone has gotten that to work.
            <ImageInstall>
                <OSImage>
                    <InstallTo>
                        <DiskID>#getDiskId#</DiskID>
                        <Partiti... Read more

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I use win xp i have 3 partitions c,d,g
c= winxp
d=all my mp3s- 25 gb
g=blank 2.5 gb
I want to install win 98 on drive g,and have the option on which os to use on boot up.
is it possable to do that,if so could someone explain to me how to go about it.

my system is amd tbird 1.4
256 rdram
64 mb ddr radeon video
60 gig maxtor hard drive(with 2 partitions)3 total
ie6
win xp corporate
 

A:install win 98 on partition

wouldn't recommend it, this is from microsoft

You should install Windows 95 or Windows 98 before you install Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. This order is recommended because a Windows 95 or Windows 98 boot sector may replace a Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows NT boot sector with its own boot sector. Because a Windows 95 or Windows 98 boot sector identifies the partition as a FAT16 partition, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP can no longer access NTFS volumes. To install Windows 95 or Windows 98 first, use the installation procedures that are provided with Windows 95 or Windows 98.

If you want to multiple boot Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 95 or Windows 98, with MS-DOS, install MS-DOS first.
 

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I already have Windows 7 installed on my Sony Viao laptop but the wireless adapter driver was not working. Therefore, i decided to install a new Windows from MY COMPUTER. Installation was a success but things started to go wrong. I booted the Installation DVD and try to install it but I could not. Something is blocking the installation. Please help.

* I included an attachment too.

A:Cannot install OS to a partition

Welcome to the Seven Forums, Geeko.

If the Wireless Adapter is defective then it won't work on the OS in the other partition. It might perhaps be a better and easier course to get the wireless adapter working than installing a second OS on another partition.

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So I have a new laptop with windows 8 on it. I am attempting to put Windows 7 on it. I have booted to my Windows 7 disk and get to this screen after selecting the language and it won't let me choose a partition to install to. Here is a screen shot of where I am stuck. Thanks for any help.

A:No partition to install Win 7

Before you go any further, Be sure that there are drivers for Windows 7 available on the manufacturers support/download drivers site for this model laptop. (Samsung?) If it shipped with Windows 8, it may not support Windows 7.
If your only beef with Windows 8 is the way it looks, and you want Windows 8 to Look like Windows 7, then you can download ClassicShell. To make it look like Windows 7
However, If you really want, and have drivers for 7 and want to downgrade from 8 to 7, but you may want to install 8 again, then leave the Partition #5 intact, the recovery partition. Delete all the other partitions. Then press New to create a New Partition to install Windows 7 on

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I have an odd problem - I have 2 drives - one SATA one IDE on the motherboard to choose from. Both blank. The install program sees them, apparently can partition them (let's me into advanced options), but when i select either one to install to, gives an error that it cannot create the partition.

A:Cannot install to partition

Hello mweinmann,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

My first thought is are they formatted as NTFS disks? If you can get into advanced options, let it format the drive you want to install on and see if that works.

Please keep us posted.

Gary

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Heya,

I bought Premium the other day stupidly forgetting about my Wireless Adapter (Netgear WG11v2) got home and found out there isn't any drivers for it not surprisingly really.

I made a 30GB Partition for 64 Bit install a few minutes ago. I want to dual boot just to see if there's any chance of the adapter working on 7. If it works will I be able to upgrade Vista and then delete the boot sector and that partition? Or won't it work because I'd have already used the product key?

A:Partition Install

Hi Lucy88

You don't need to use the product key on your test install, just click past the screen that asks for it and you're good for 30 days.

BTW I think you will find that the WG111v2 will work with 7 although you may need to use the Vista drivers which should be fine

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I have hit a new wall with my new SSD. When I got W10 repaired, it wrote the boot to a drive that is now vanished from my system after a boot brought up repair disk. On restart, it was gone. I have plenty of room to allocate for the OS to be installed. If the partition/OS is on the same drive, will all my installed apps be recognized and work? If not initially, what can I do to make it work?

I have completed 90% of the original clean install when this happened. I really don't want to start from scratch. Thanks, Shep

A:Partition and install

You installed win10 to the new ssd with an old drive in the system is that correct. Its possible the partitions havent been written on the ssd for it to boot. If that is the case you will have to do a clean install again with only the ssd drive in so it can create a system partition on the drive to boot from you will have to install all your apps again if its a clean install

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I have an older computer that is or was being used for Win XP Pro. I put a new hard drive that is partitioned with 25gb on the C drive with two other partitions of different sizes. I set the the hard drive as cable select (later tried as Master only)

Windows 7 in cable select saw all the partitions. When set to Master it only saw Partition 1 and the rest as unallocated which seems weird.

I have the boot order in Bios set as Floppy, CD Rom and then Hard Drive.

I have an external usb DVD reader for the install disc.

When i start the pc, then press to boot from CD, it sees the install disk and the install process starts. I get to the point to select where to install and I get this Notice:

"Windows can NOT be installed on to Disk 0 Partition 1"

I hit the more info button and get this notice:

"The computer hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the BIOS Menu."

It should boot to the hard drive the way I have it setup. At least it does for Win XP.

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestion as to how to get around this issue.

Thank you very much

A:Win 7 will not install on Partition 0

what EXACTLY is on each of the partitions of the disk????

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Hello : formatted existing partition , my children's computer had xp so thought it was a good time to update , installed win 7 64 bit . In disk management I do not see the 100 mb partition ? Ideas ? Tonight I had a hal.dll error , could this be related to this ?

A:win 7 - new install- no 100 mb partition ??

You only get the 100MB partition if you have not pre-partitioned the drive.

The hal.dll error has nothing to do with the drive partitioning setup. I would think it a driver problem. Have you done all the Windows Updates? Any yellow marks in Device Manager?

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Im about to install XP on a partition.. Ive currently got Vista installed aswell..
All of my games/programs are installed on a different HDD (Installed by Vista). When i install XP is there anyway i can get XP to find these games/programs and to add then to the registry so i dont have to re-install all the software/games.

Im i able to use the Vista's "Windows Easy transfer" its like XP's file transfer.
But will this copy the entire contents of my games HDD or just the installation paths

Thanks awaiting ur reply

A:Install XP on new Partition

That's an awkward one. Usually Vista would be installed after XP. Unless anyone has any better ideas, all I can suggest is try it and see what happens and report back with your findings. As it's on another partition it shouldn't affect your Vista installation but you will need to edit the bootloader if you want to dual boot.

This link may help you.

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Hi everyone,
Some years back I read and followed a mag article that explained how to install windows on its own 10 gig partition. Needless to say, I want to do it again but cant find the mag. What I cant remember is how to use regedit to set XP to save programs and move my documents to another partition.

Thanks

A:Install XP on its own partition

hello & welcome to TSF ,


folow this link

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348

there are other 3rd party programs that you can get to do this also

some are freeware and others you have to pay for

get back to us and let us know how things go

Mike

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Can I re-install XP to a new partition and then delete the original which is playing up? If so, How?

A:Re-install XP on New Partition?

This Program should be what you are looking for. It will allow you to create a new partition, that you can turn into your primary boot partition, which you can then install a fresh copy of XP on, without losing all your old files.

Swissknife

If you need any more help, feel free to ask,
--Whitestar90

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I have a new Dell Studio 1747 with Win 7 Pro 64.
I would like to do a fresh install of the same OS (Win 7 Pro 64) to a new partition to get rid of all the 'bloat ware' that came with my system. I want to keep the factory partition and OS in the event that I have problems with the fresh install.

Would I be correct in assuming that this case would be similar to installing XP to dual boot with an existing Windows 7?

Do I need to worry about losing the ability to boot to Dell's diagnostics located in a separate partition on the same drive?

Thanks

A:Install same OS (Win 7 Pro 64) to a new partition

Generally the Recovery and Diagnostics are tied to the factory install, but Dell's have a bit more independence. So you can try them since you want to keep the factory installed Win7 for the time being.

Welcome to Clean Reinstall, something which tech enthusiasts do first when acquiring a factory-bloated computer. While your second partition install might not have all of the vim than if you'd completely format the drive first, you should get a good comparison and have the factory install to fall back on if needed.

First I would make the recovery disks so you have them in case the Recov is disabled by the second partition install. You can also make a Win7 backup image of your entire HDD saved externally to reimage HD easily in 15 minutes.

You can pull any drivers not in the installer or given via Windows Updates by browsing in Device Manager to windows/system32/drivers and /driverstore files in the factory install.

Other apps can be gotten from the Dell website Support Downloads page for your model. Dell might also have provided you with an apps CD which is even better.

You will need Adobe reader/flash and Java runtime from their websites. Java has a free compatible Ofc suite to replace Works.

Create the second primary partition formatted NTFS in Disk Management, boot from the DVD using Custom Advanced drive tools to format once again before install. Select "connect to internet during install" and keep ethernet plugged to get latest drivers/updates duri... Read more

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Hi all
Firstly my apologies if this question has been asked.
My PC has a 2 TB hard drive with 2 equal partitions, my question is can I move all my files I want to keep onto the second partition and re-install Windows 7 on the first partition leaving my files untouched?

Thank you for your help.

A:Re-install on partition

Yes you can, but best to back up Data to a External HDD.

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Hi, I have made the Windows 10 UPGRADE, and now I want to make a clean install but on a different partition, will it still recognize it as the same computer or will it ask for a new Product-Key?

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I went through the threads, and though I thought I had read a response to my question I couldn't find it so here it is:

I have two available partitions on my notebook. One currently has Vista installed on it, is there any way I could install XP on the other and then have a dual boot option, with Vista primary?
 

A:Solved: Install XP on 2nd partition

When trying to install XP i get a "No drive found error..."?
 

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I'm looking to reinstall my XP Pro with nlite. I have had some issues before with this so I was wondering if there is anything I could do like installing new XP on another partition with my old, stable partition still on C. I'm wondering if that could make it so I could easily switch back to the old system (if new one doesn't work) and possibly be able to transfer files easier. Am I able to do anything like this?

A:Can I install another copy of XP on a different partition?

I have read where people have done this but it would appear the two copies will share parts of the registry, which could be/get confusing.
If you are the installing as a once only the question begs as to why use nlite?
nlite is handy for multiple installs.

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Currently win 10 professional, have win 10 in task bar. Win 10 Install error: "Cannot upgrade system reserve partition" ???

A:Win 10 install partition issue

These instructions are for Windows 8.1 but will work for 10 as well: Upgrade Windows 8.1 We couldn’t update system reserved partition | Microsoft Surface tablet

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I'm using a 500GB hard drive that is split in to 2 partitions. The primary partition is 50GB, primarily for the OS. The second is the rest of the usable space on the drive, and has all the photos, documents, etc stored on the computer. Today I decided to finally install the Windows 7 RC that I've had sitting around. I moved over any important information on the C drive, the primary partition, over to the D drive, the larger partition, popped the disk in, and in setup, formatted the C drive. I finished the install without incident, but upon getting in to Windows 7, found my second, larger partition, had vanished.

I've seen similar problems described by other users by way of googling, and have attempted to do what they've done, using tools like Acronis Disk Director, Active Partition Recovery, Recuva, etc, and while they all seem to be able to identify that the drive is there, and even allow me to browse its contents, they are convinced there is no 'missing' partition to recover, and will not allow me to manually copy/paste files of interest from the problem partition to the C drive.
Is there any program that would allow me to copy paste like this, to make the drive accessible to Windows again, or proved any solution at all? Thanks for the help.

A:Disappeared Partition After Install

open diskmgmt and your missing partition must be there. if it shows up there, right click it and assign a new drive letter. it should come up in Computer

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Hi all,

Just a quick question...Is it possible to install the windows8 developer on to a separate partition on my hard drive?
Does it give you the option when you go to install?

I am sure I read somewhere that it doesn't but wanted to make sure before I try anything.

Thanks

A:Possible to install on separate partition?

Hello Burtie,

Yes, you will have an option of where to install Windows 8 to.

(step 6 here if installing Windows 8 from inside say Windows 7)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
...or to do a clean install at boot
Possible to install on separate partition?

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi all,

Probably the n thousanth time you've seen these type of posts... sorry.

I'm starting the conversion of my HP laptop over from Vista (x64) by first partitioning the disk and installing 7 on a new partition - so I can make sure that all is well before I stop using Vista... I just want to make sure I've got it right.

I checked the various tutorials on installing 7 dual boot with Vista, the installation seems pretty straightforward. The system is backed up on an external drive, the partiton is done and I've got my DVD with an iso image of 7 (via Msdnaa). The drivers are one question: From what I understand, I let 7 install on the new partition and then... as soon as it is able to access the internet, it will find me all the drivers I need for the machine...? ( I may need to find a few manually, I guess). I'm not quite sure of the procedure for this.

Assuming I get a good installation, I install my programs and the like, transfer over my files, etc. - then, supposing I want to remove Vista...

I can't find the tutorial here (forgot to bookmark it), but it looked like I could go into msconfig and remove Vista as a boot OS... (can someone point me to that explanation?)

(OK, I re-found it, it's "How to Delete a Listed Operating System at Boot in Windows 7")

Does that automatically transfer the boot files over to the 7 partition? After that I can remove the Vista partition and expand the 7 partition...

The last thing I wanted to know is once it's all ... Read more

A:Install 7 on partition w/Vista and after...

chmillman, welcome to the forums
Would these two tutorials help:
BCDEDIT - How to Use
MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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I've come here to beg for some help from you lovely windows techies.
My issue is that the CD that I bought wont install on the laptop i have (prev win 7 and ubuntu 14.4)
The main details can be found here, if you would be so kind, along with what attempts ive made to rectify this.

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I have since then created a boot dvd using windows 10 media download to see if this has any impact (bearing in mind that the original disc is new, official and undamaged)

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated

A:Can't install. possible partition error

Please post the details here and we will try to help.

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My friend and I installed winxp over winme. Did the service pack thing and everything is now in slomo. On my computer did a clean install then the service pack and everthing is running fine.

We therefore would like to do a clean install on the other computer.

But because we do not have access to a second hard drive or zip drive I was wondering if a partition is possible to save the necessary files and then format the other part of the C drive, do a clean install and then return the backed up files?

Logic says I can, but no dobt windows says I can't.

Can someone tell me if it can be done and if so, how.

Thankyou
 

A:Is a partition possible to do a clean install?

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I have WinXP Home SP1 on my HDD right now on one partition. I have one logical partition for data. And I created a 3rd partition using Partition Magic 8 and formatted as FAT32 so I can install Win98SE on it.

Is this possible? In PM8 it says this partition is not bootable. When I tried to install Win98 it didnt give me options on which partition to install to. Just said there is a NT system on. Do I want to remove file? I just cancelled.

Is it doable? Or should I start from scratch, and install Win 98 first, then XP?
 

A:Install Win98SE on 2nd Partition

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