I am sure a lot of you have read the different ways that you can avoud creating the system reserved partition when installing Windows 8, and that is the best way to go. But what if you were asleep at the switch, or in too much of a hurry, and installed Windows 8 using the defaults and Microsoft created the system reserved partition before you knew it. Now you want to get rid of it because your Windows 8 system is installed in partition 1-2 instead of 1-1 and it is a real pain in the neck to keep backup and recovery procedures straight expecially if you have another data partition on the same drive. Well here is how you do it! Use your backup imaging program, I used Acronis, to make a backup of the system partition. Use the Windows 8 install DVD to boot into the command prompt and using DISKPART delete both the System Reserved Partition and the Windows 8 Partition. Now using your imaging program restore the Windows 8 partition to the contigious space that is now available. However at this point the system will not boot. So, using the Windows 8 install DVD again boot back into the command prompt. Run Bootrec /RebuildBCD. Bootrec will search for a Windows installation and when it finds Windows 8 it will ask you if you want to add this system to the BCD. Answer Yes and it will be done. At that point you can verify things by running BCDEdit from the command prompt and you will see your new settings. Restart your system and boot into Windows 8 normally, then DISKPART or Windows Disk management to verify that the Reserved Partition is gone.