Under some circumstances this configuration may
to a problem, since you can only have a maximum of 4 primary partitions
primary and 1 extended partition on your hard disk. For example if you
to install multiple operating systems on a hard disk that comes with a
preinstalled computer, you will often find a third partition for
purpose. So you can use the fourth partition either for data or for
operating systems, but you might want to use both.
current operating systems are able to boot from
logical drives in an extended partition (that can host multiple logical
the maximum of 4 partitions might not be a restriction to you, but you
have other reasons, why you want to reduce the number of partitions.
Deleting the recovery partition is usually not a good
idea, since it is useful for recovery and it often contains the
environment of Windows, so that you don’t need to start the
recovery environment form a Windows CD.
reserved partition that comes with Windows 7 is
used for the boot manager, but the boot manager could as well be placed on the C
The advantage of a separate boot partition is that you could keep on
other operating systems in a multi-boot environment, in case of a corrupt operating system partition.
here is a step by step guide how to eliminate
the boot partition of Windows 7.
Please note, that you don’t need to go this way,
if you start with a fresh installation of Windows 7!
(In this case you can force Windows 7 to avoid
the boot partition by
installing Windows 7 on a hard disk that already has empty partitions.)
First you need to boot your computer from the recovery environment!
Now we have to get an overview over the current drive letters ...
(Note that the drive letters are mixed, since we booted from the recovery environment!)
... and the content of both partitions.
Then we copy the origanl boot directory to drive D ...
|... and the two files left.
|Now we have to change the active partition in order to switch to the right boot configuraten.
(Always one partition can be active at the same time!)
|Display the current boot configuration of
drive D ...
(note the second line: 'device partition=C:')
|... and set drive D as the new boot partition.
(compare the second line)
|Now we are ready to delete the boot