In a week or so I'm going to help a relative reinstalling Vista (Home Premium) on his laptop.
The reason is: the
laptop has two partitions (and maybe still a small recovery partition for the old OS (WinXP), see background), and he would
like one partition only. He says he has tried to reinstall to change this, but the partitions remains.
Background: it is an upgraded Acer 4005 and it came with Windows XP preinstalled and the HDD was divided in two partitions,
apart from a small recovery/"service" partition which was used, somehow, to burn a recovery CD when he started to use WinXP.
After some month he used a Vista Home Premium upgrade DVD to upgrade the laptop.
After initial setup problems; old
file system being FAT32 (probably due to the method Acer uses for recovery partitions etc.), disabling/uninstalling AV
software installed under WinXP; the laptop has, as it seems, been running fine.
When he initially installed Vista
he didn't take the opportunity to re-partition. It is an upgrade DVD and he took the "normal" route. So Vista replaced XP on
partition labeled C, and the partitions remained. Under XP they were:
120 GB HDD
([PQSERVICE] some kind of recovery partition ~5 GB)
C: ~53 GB
D: [Acerdata] ~53 GB
My question(s): I have not installed Vista myself, though I think I have a quite good
understanding of XP setup, and I have no doubt that Vista setup can do the same as XP. An initial quick search tells me that
during setup on the "Where do you want to install Windows?" page there is an option "Drive options (advanced)". The typical
use is for those who want to add more partitions during a clean install, but since his laptop was partitioned from Acer,
skipping this (add/remove step) installed Vista on the first partition every time he tried. Correct?
When I talked
to him today he said he has two partitions and wants one. Using third party tools isn't an option this time. I guess he still
has the small PQSERVICE partition; in XP it was only visible under Disk Management, so I guess he has forgotten that.
Can you see any problems removing all (three) partitions and make one single of the HDD? The only method would be to
use the "Clean Install with upgrade media" method (mentioned by Thurrott et al). I don't know if installing (downgrading) XP
would work in the future with only the burned recovery CD and no service partition, on the other hand that is not an
Of course he has to take care of data backups before, and maybe burn some drivers. Apparently he has
problem with Bluetooth/mouse, guess I'll have to look at that also.
Any comments appreciated!
was I, back to reading and writing.