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System Reserved in Windows 7
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Zilva
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October 3, 2010 - 9:55 pm
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Hi Guys!

This feature in Windows 7 has become a bit new experience for some new users.

Perhaps some of us that's been using Vista before didn't felt surprised when this second primary partition faced us in the disk manager or in other partition tools during our first research of Windows 7 but I guess there's lot of questions for many anyway.

Having a couple of questions myself actually

Does anyone know which of all this versions can we expect System Reserved?
Myself, I've heard of this would be connected with BitLocker, WinRE and bootfiles.
So where can we expect this extra primary partition to be created?
Did XP have this too in business versions?

Final question..Let's say we want to install a dual boot and in other words, we install two Windows 7 in our computer. What can we expect will happen regarding System Reserved?
Can we assume Windows 7 want to make 1 partition of System Reserved or can we expect it to create it twise?

*/In the last scenario we did not use any more tools than only the Windows 7 CD.

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Jim Hillier
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October 4, 2010 - 12:30 am
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Hey Zilva,

[quote:3015yqf6]Does anyone know which of all this versions can we expect System Reserved?[/quote:3015yqf6]
The 100MB 'System Reserved' partition is only available for Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Business and Windows 7 Enterprise editions.

[quote:3015yqf6]Myself, I've heard of this would be connected with BitLocker, WinRE and bootfiles.[/quote:3015yqf6]
Yes what you have heard is correct; it is used primarily as BitLocker partition for BitLocker encryption, but it also holds the Windows Recovery Environment and boot files (with boot manager) for booting up the computer for troubleshooting purposes when there is no Windows 7 installation disc available.

[quote:3015yqf6]So where can we expect this extra primary partition to be created?[/quote:3015yqf6]
On the drive where Windows 7 is initially installed, it will be created during the installation process.

[quote:3015yqf6]Did XP have this too in business versions?[/quote:3015yqf6]
Dunno, never used XP Business.....sorry.

[quote:3015yqf6]Let's say we want to install a dual boot and in other words, we install two Windows 7 in our computer. What can we expect will happen regarding System Reserved?
Can we assume Windows 7 want to make 1 partition of System Reserved or can we expect it to create it twise?[/quote:3015yqf6]
The System Reserved partition will not be re-created in a dual boot system. The System Reserved partition will only be created during a fresh installation of Windows 7, where installation is to a new hard disk with unallocated disk space where no partition or volume has yet been defined. The secondary installation (for dual boot purposes) would not meet that criteria, so a second System Reserved partition would not be created.

Hope that helps,
Cheers.....Jim

Oh BTW: [url=http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/08/20/hack-to-remove-100-mb-system-reserved-partition-when-installing-windows-7/:3015yqf6]HERE[/url:3015yqf6] is a link to a site which offers a very good description of just what is involved with the System Reserved partition, including advice on how it can be avoided/removed.

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October 5, 2010 - 6:01 am
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Final question..Let's say we want to install a dual boot and in other words, we install two Windows 7 in our computer. What can we expect will happen regarding System Reserved?
Can we assume Windows 7 want to make 1 partition of System Reserved or can we expect it to create it twise?[/quote:23wwsmef]
I can't honestly say, as I haven't had a need to install two copies in dual boot configuration (I use virtual machines), but it would make sense that both copies would be treated independently and the extra partition would be created twice - assuming you have the correct Windows 7 Edition.

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December 29, 2010 - 9:03 pm
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The 100MB system reserved partition also applies to the Win7 Home Premium , Oz.

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Jim Hillier
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February 11, 2011 - 4:45 pm
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Rather late with this response....sorry about that Henfracar.

Extract from article on My Digital Life:
[quote:33x6ls9j]The 100MB system reserved partition is only available for Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Business and Windows 7 Enterprise editions.[/quote:33x6ls9j]

Plus, I installed Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) myself from direct from installation disc.....no System Reserved partition was created:
[attachment=0:33x6ls9j]Windows 7 'C' drive.png[/attachment:33x6ls9j]

Cheers.....Jim

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April 16, 2011 - 2:05 pm
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Bringing this back to life, for following reason:
Remember how my friend got a new HP Laptop with Win7 Home Premium 64bits preinstalled?
He found out that the System Reserved Partition is in fact 200MB big, not 100MB. He wants to know if it's possible to make that partition smaller (actual space used is around 30MB) and allocate the extra space to the C: partition.
I've looked around on the net with mixed results.

So, what do you think?

Thanks ahead.

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Flying Dutchman
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April 20, 2011 - 9:10 am
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In case anyone was thinking of looking into this, never mind, situation fixed.

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April 21, 2011 - 1:55 am
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Hrm. Somehow missed that you re-opened this.

What ended up being the problem / resolution?

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April 22, 2011 - 6:25 pm
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[quote:kdqrmv5x]What ended up being the problem / resolution?[/quote:kdqrmv5x]

The original "problem" was that he was just annoyed by the extra (wasted) space given to the System Reserved Partition.
Since he wanted me to look into this, I took the occasion and installed Paragon Backup & Recovery and wanted to create the Backup Capsule. Now, the real problem was that the original set up of the HDD had used up all four partitions and I couldn't create the Capsule. I solved the situation by removing the System Reserved Partition and making the C: partition the boot/ system one.

Cheers

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August 10, 2011 - 10:45 am
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I have two computers with Win 7 Pro 64 bits and in both of them I have the system reserved partition.

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