Insider Preview Partitioning Drive Win. 10

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  1. gezafisch

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    Hello,

    I have Windows Vista installed on my computer. I am going to install Windows 10 64-Bit from a Flash Drive. When I boot from the flash drive to install windows 10, will it give me an option to partition the drive so I can keep Windows Vista?

    Thanks
    Geza
     
  2. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Hi,
    your probably better off creating the partition through Vista. Open the control panel and head for admin tools (found under System and Security). Look for computer management, Storage and finally Disk management. Find the HDD you want to create the partition in and right click on it. You'll need the 'shrink volume' option through which you can create whatever size partition you want.
     
  3. gezafisch

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    I selected Shrink volume and it tells me I can create a partition up to 5381 MB. But I have 54 GB of free space on my hard drive! Why wont it let me use the other 49 GB of free space?
     
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    Without being able to see the drive myself I couldn't really say. How big is the drive normally and what type of drive is it. Do you have anything else running that might be affecting it such as back-ups or large pagefiles?

    Try this free partition tool as you may have more success:
    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-express/
     
  5. Joe S

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    If I remember right the System Restore setting in Vista used 15% of HD by default. You might check that out.
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  6. gezafisch

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    The drive is a SATA 160 GB WD laptop hard drive. I don't think there are any back-up's and i'm not sure what a pagefile is. I am disabling System Restore and Pagefiles right now so I will tell you guys how that works out.

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  7. gezafisch

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    actually, I just looked it disabling pagefiles and decided it isn't worth it. I'll try to get some 3rd party software like gparted. BTW when i disabled Sys Restore i got 3 gb more space available.
     
  8. whs

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    1. Before you do all thoe operations, make an image of your Vista system. If anything goes wrong, you can at least backpaddle.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/73828-imaging-free-macrium.html?ltr=I

    2. I think you would be much better off running the Windows 10 in a virtual partition. Here is a tutorial for Windows 8, but it works the same for 10.

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2899-vmware-player-install-windows-8-a.html

    3. Here is a tutorial on how to setup a dual boot Vista/8 - it should be the same for 10 although I have not yet tried that (I run 10 in virtual)

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2344-dual-boot-installation-windows-8-windows-7-vista.html
     
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    To be honest I wouldn't disable anything your unsure of. Try the suggestions laid out by whs although if your system is unable to run virtual machines then post back.
     

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