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    See this KB article:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2481490

    Try clicking next as it suggests.

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    Hi Jerry and thanks. I clicked next and was able to continue with the installation of Win 8 CP.However,although I chose the Custom Install, and selected the drive I wanted to install to (which was definitely not my C drive), Win 8 was installed on C.In fact I found that the C drive had been converted to 3 partitions,namely (a)Recovery Partition,(b) EFI System Partition,and (c) the C partition. I thought I had lost all the data I had on Win 7, but found it was still there but had been moved to a different drive.(I had made complete image backups with Macrium Reflect before installing Win 8 CP anyway).I did not have any option at startup to choose whether to boot into Win 7 or 8.

    I tried using Win 8 for a while,but didn't like it at all, so will stick with 7 as long as possible.

    I tried various things to get back to Win 7, including the Win 7 Repair Disk and Macrium Reflect's Rescue Cd,and formatting C, and using Easeus Partition Master. To be honest,I can't recall all the many steps I took.

    I rebooted several times,and on the fourth or fifth reboot, much to my surprise and relief,the option to boot into Win 7 or 8 appeared.(The Win 8 option said "Recovered"). I chose Win 7 and crossed my fingers, and to my surprise and relief when booting completed my Win 7 system was unaltered from what it had been prior to installing the Win 8 CP. Even my desktop icons were in exactly the same place, and every program worked as before.

    I cannot trace anything relating to Win 8 on my system now, and yet when I reboot I still get the option to boot into Win 7 or 8. Can anyone explain this, and tell me how to remove the Win 8 option? Advice on this would be appreciated.

    Thanks and regards, Roy

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    EasyBCD to remove the Win 8 entry in the MBR. I cannot explain it, but this should remove it. Your problems must be associated with that new type Bios somehow. I am totally unfamiliar with it.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    Thanks a lot Ted. EasyBCD did the trick.Now all I would like to know,for future reference, is what do the following terms mean in relation to Hard Disk Partitions, and what are the pros and cons of each of them:

    Simple Volume

    Basic Volume

    Primary

    Active

    GPT

    Dynamic

    Advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks and regards, Roy

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    This MS article might answer some of your questions.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


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    Belated solution to the Original Query re shrinking C partition:

    Belated solution to the Original Query re shrinking C partition:

    I know it's an old thread, but (for the record) the simple solution is to turn off system restore and delete all old restore points. That worked for me - you may also need to disable paging file as well (which I think would need a reboot).

    The restore points are kept in the middle of the OS drive so need to be removed before you can resize the partition in disk manager.

    More info here (see second post)
    http://superuser.com/questions/88131...nmovable-files
    Last edited by t0m; 2012-11-17 at 19:15. Reason: minor clarification

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