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loading Windows 7 Enterprise, which disk partition to use

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I am trying to resurrect a PC that went dark about a year ago. So I am loading Windows 7 Enterprise as a clean install.

It's asking me where to install Windows, so what should I choose ? I suppose I can reclaim the partitions once I get it set up, but which one to install on ? I doubt I would need Factory_image anymore, it's Windows Vista and I could care less about that, I would never go back to that.
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If you are certain that you're not ever going to need to restore the OEM Vista install then you could safely delete all the partitions and then either let Win 7 create a reserved system boot partition and system partition (or repartition any way you want) otherwise delete the system partition and install into that.  If you don't remove the partition Win 7 install will check if you want to keep the current OS backed up as windows.old.

Suspect you know most of this already so it really is up to you to make the call on the old Vista recovery partition, you know more about how this will be used than anyone here.
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thanks !

the issue is the PC wouldn't boot anymore but luckily it looks like I can install W-7-E. So I can't do anything with the partitions now, I have to choose one to install it on. Since I won't need the Factory_image anymore, what about installing to Partition 1, then later reclaim Factory_image (partition 2) ?
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oops . . . I just clicked on the 2nd and 3rd items, and it said "Windows can't install to this partition", so I'm installing to Partition 1. Hopefully I can reclaim the space for the other partitions later.

So looks like I'm good on this one, thanks !
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Clicking on the partitions and deleting them will also work :)
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yes, I thought of that too, but too late, thanks !
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