Windows 8.1 Installation Question

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Big_Al_C, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Big_Al_C

    Big_Al_C MDL Novice

    Jan 9, 2014

    I'm thinking about installing 8.1, and have a question.

    I'm was aware of the Windows 7 100MB "Hidden Partition"

    and when I installed 7, I did it on a pre-partitioned

    SSD because I want to control what I do, not MS. See:

    My SSD Installed.jpg

    I had heard that 8/8.1 makes up to 4 partitions when you

    let it do an install on an empty HDD. WHY?

    Also, just for a test, I downloaded 8.1 Preview and since I use

    Ghost and can restore my C in about 6 minutes, I formatted

    the C with EaseUS Partition Master and then loaded the 8.1 Preview

    DVD and told it to install on the 35GB C and it did so, no problem!

    I played around with it for a day or two before putting my fully

    "customized" 7 back on my C.

    So, what's all this 4 partitions stuff about???

    Big Al
  2. eydee

    eydee Guest

    Never heard about this. Aren't you mistaking it for SteamOS?
  3. Aninvitedsoul

    Aninvitedsoul MDL Senior Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    #3 Aninvitedsoul, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014
    Only two partitions: system reserved and primary.But you can create four partitions or even more through disk management or any other disk tool like Easeus Partition Master.
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  4. mniceguy81

    mniceguy81 MDL Novice

    Jul 7, 2011
    Hi there, You get 4 partition when you install Windows 7/8/8.1 in UEFI mode, i hope that explains it.
  5. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

    Dec 21, 2012
    If you have UEFI firmware and install using GPT style a few extra partitions will be created (protection partition, recovery etc.). For MBR, only 2 (or one if you force it like you did).
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