Windows 7 - one single partition

Posted on 2011-05-06
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Is there a way to create one single partition while installing a new clean version of Windows 7.  It wants to create that 100MB partition.  
Question by:Tiras25
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    by:Tony Giangreco
    Yes, when the setup starts, selected Addanced when that option is presented, then delete the partitions and create one large partition. select it for formatting and allow the installation to proceed. Many times, Windows creates a second partition for backups. You might need to delete that partition also.
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    by:John Hurst
    Windows 7 uses this partition to enable functions it needs for low level system operations. Thiis is about a 0.1Gb resevered partition, and you really should not try to eliminate it. Nothing is gained by deleting it.

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    It's easy to force '7 to use a single partition -- just do as noted above and create a single partition BEFORE you start the installation and '7 will install to that partition.     It's actually much more convenient to have '7 in a single volume -- makes image/restore operations much simpler;  makes it trivial to move the OS to another disk; etc.    I have all of my systems configured this way except for a single system I use to "play" with BitLocker encryption.

    There's no reason for the extra 100MB partition EXCEPT to use as a boot partition if you're using Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise and have enabled BitLocker to encrypt the full Windows 7 volume.       There are no other "low level system operations" that use this 100MB volume -- it's only required because the boot volume must be an unencrypted volume.
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    by:John Hurst
    I have read that the reserved partition also allows the Startup Repair function (built into Windows 7. It does not grow at all and just stays put, so nothing is really gained by not having it. .... Thinkpads_User

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