1.    08 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2014
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    win 8.1

    Hard drive partition requirements for get windows 10 ?


    On my laptop I have 3 primary partitions only, ( no small 100m partition windows typical installs use ). I have had Windows 10 in a hidden folder for a while now, but have postponed the update until now. When starting the upgrade process Window is just stuck "Working on it" and also shows a fail on update site. When launching setup in the hidden folder it cannot find a boot.wim file or similar name. Anyway that got me thinking that my partitioning is affecting this "Get Windows 10" upgrade.

    Any ideas on this ?

    I can reinstall Win 7 / activate / Get 10 again, however a shorter approach would be better.
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  2.    08 Aug 2015 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    windows 10 pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Linear View Post
    On my laptop I have 3 primary partitions only, ( no small 100m partition windows typical installs use ). I have had Windows 10 in a hidden folder for a while now, but have postponed the update until now. When starting the upgrade process Window is just stuck "Working on it" and also shows a fail on update site. When launching setup in the hidden folder it cannot find a boot.wim file or similar name. Anyway that got me thinking that my partitioning is affecting this "Get Windows 10" upgrade.

    Any ideas on this ?

    I can reinstall Win 7 / activate / Get 10 again, however a shorter approach would be better.
    Backup your important files /reinstall win 7 /activate /upgrade to win 10 from bootable USB or DVD . It will automatically activate with no product key . Then and only then you can clean install windows 10 ( again no product key is required as your activated up and running windows 7 was your qualifying OS)
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  3.    08 Aug 2015 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2014
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    win 8.1
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the response, you did not mention anything about the partition aspect. Win 7 is running fine on the machine right now. Can I do the upgrade via DVD on current setup and let the installer figure out its partition needs. I have already downloaded the iso. It would save time from the reinstall activate 7 method.
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  4.    08 Aug 2015 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 940
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    FYI, I had a Win7 machine that did not have the System Reserved partition because I had migrated the boot stuff into the OS partition. When I tried to run the Win10 upgrade, it would not run. I tried it through Windows Update and using a Win10 DVD I burned from their ISO download -- and it failed the same way both times. It also failed on another Win7 PC that came with the default System Reserved partition.

    I've read that the Win10 Upgrade requires a 350MB System Reserved partition to work. Why it's not smart enough to either (1) create one (if one does not exist) or (2) resize an existing one -- is beyond me.
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  5.    08 Aug 2015 #5
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    Posts : 18
    windows 10 Home 64bit

    Below are the partitions I found on a few machines that I have successfully upgraded to Windows 10. It seems to me that the upgrade will resize or create the partition by itself.

    2 DIY Desktops, System Reserved 350M (resized from 100M), Recovery Partition 450M (Hidden partition and newly created).

    Lenovo T61, System Reserved 100M (size unchanged), Recovery Partition 450M (Hidden partition and newly created).

    HP Pavilion dm4, System Reserved 199M (resized from 100M but not 100% sure), Recovery Partition 18.8G (Non-hidden, probably same as before for holding factory recovery image).

    Samsung RC-510, System Reserved 100M (size unchanged), Recovery Partition 450M (Hidden partition and newly created). With Win 7 before the upgrade, HDD has 100M System Reserved, C: and D:. After upgrade, it becomes 100M System Reserved, C:, 450M (Recovery Partition) and D:

    I have no idea why the System Reserved partition is different among the various machines.
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  6.    09 Aug 2015 #6
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    windows 10 pro

    The partition issues your having is out of my depth, hopefully some of the more experienced users will see this and keep you right .

    Good luck
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  7.    09 Aug 2015 #7

    The Windows Installer will only setup partitions on clean installs otherwise it respects what you already have.
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  8.    09 Aug 2015 #8
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    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    The Windows Installer will only setup partitions on clean installs otherwise it respects what you already have.
    Sorry, NOT true. Mine was an Upgrade and the installer did create a new partition and resized the existing partitions -- as part of the installation. Perhaps when it's done, and the upgrade is done, it removes the partition(s) it created for the install, but mine failed and I had no post-install state.
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  9.    09 Aug 2015 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 940
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by js1662 View Post
    ... I have no idea why the System Reserved partition is different among the various machines.
    Thanks for all the details. Wish I could say I feel better now, but I don't . I was hoping the upgrade failure was due to the System Reserved partition being too small.
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  10.    11 Aug 2015 #10
    Join Date : Dec 2014
    Posts : 3
    win 8.1
    Thread Starter

    Marking as solved


    Although I have done nothing yet on the note book I evaluated this on another machine at home. No issue with an upgrade from disk with no system reserve partition. Have not messed with this machine yet other than right now windows update wants to install now.
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