Installing Windows 8.1 to its own partition

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Installing Windows 8.1 to its own partition

Postby eldiener » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:22 pm

I generally know how to install a version of Windows to its own partition using BIBM, without having it create a separate SYSTEM partition. My question is: when I create a new menu item in BIBM for my new Windows install, should I hide all other partitions in BIBM before booting from the Windows installation DVD or is it adequate just setting up my menu item so that the partition in which I want to install Windows is the bootable partition ?
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Re: Installing Windows 8.1 to its own partition

Postby TeraByte Support(PP) » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:17 pm

I would recommend hiding any other Windows partitions. It's generally best to just have it see what it needs to. In this case, it would need to see the new Windows partition (set active) on the booting drive. If booting through BIBM you need to make sure the boot item is configured and the swap option is used (if needed). If installing on HD0 you should be fine just hiding any other Windows partitions and setting the new partition as the boot partition. Make sure to do a simulated boot (or actual boot) to get it set active first.

Otherwise, configure the BIOS so the installation drive is the boot drive before installing. For example, if installing Windows on HD1, you would set HD1 as the booting drive in the BIOS before installing Windows. Once finished you would set the order back how it was.

Because of the restarts that take place during the installation I usually just configure the drive how it needs to be (new partition active, hiding partitions, etc.) and then install normally, doing the BIBM menu item setup and reactivation afterwards.
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Re: Installing Windows 8.1 to its own partition

Postby eldiener » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:19 pm

TeraByte Support(PP) wrote:
> I would recommend hiding any other Windows partitions. It's generally best
> to just have it see what it needs to. In this case, it would need to see
> the new Windows partition (set active) on the booting drive. If booting
> through BIBM you need to make sure the boot item is configured and the swap
> option is used (if needed). If installing on HD0 you should be fine just
> hiding any other Windows partitions and setting the new partition as the
> boot partition. Make sure to do a simulated boot (or actual boot) to get it
> set active first.
>
> Otherwise, configure the BIOS so the installation drive is the boot drive
> before installing. For example, if installing Windows on HD1, you would set
> HD1 as the booting drive in the BIOS before installing Windows. Once
> finished you would set the order back how it was.
>
> Because of the restarts that take place during the installation I usually
> just configure the drive how it needs to be (new partition active, hiding
> partitions, etc.) and then install normally, doing the BIBM menu item setup
> and reactivation afterwards.

How do I set the new partition as active and hide partitions without doing a BIBM menu item setup first ? Your final paragraph implies that there is a way to do this.
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Re: Installing Windows 8.1 to its own partition

Postby TeraByte Support(PP) » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:20 pm

You would just use Partition Work (View MBR) and setup the MBR with the partitions wanted, active, hidden, etc. Then you don't boot an item. Instead, just reboot to the installation media.
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Re: Installing Windows 8.1 to its own partition

Postby DrTeeth » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:10 am

On Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:19:44 PST, just as I was about to take a herb,
eldiener disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>How do I set the new partition as active and hide partitions without doing a BIBM menu item setup first ? Your final paragraph implies that there is a way to do this.
All versions of windows are very cheeky when they come to install
time. The general rules are 1) Create the install partition first in
BIBM, 2) Hide everything else on *every* disk that you have, 3) The
install partition should be set as active before the install, 4) BIBM
may need to be reactivated during some of the install reboots.

Even though I so everything above, Windows can still 'see' hidden
partitions, so I find it helpful to give the target partition a
strange size so that it stands out.

Just backup before you start, would be silly not to when backup
program is included with BIBM, and do not panic. I have 4 windows
versions installed here and no probs.
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