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What is Significance of MSR, SYS, EFI partitions for Win 8.1 Native Boot VHD? How?
I ask because I've built and native booted several variations of Win 8.1 VHDs on target SPro 3. I'd like to know pros & cons.
So, with a lot of help and input from multiple amazing people from multiple forums and coming closer to the goal of my project. I have found and tested the ways and means to complete the steps in my project.
Some interesting questions and thoughts have come up.
PROJECT MILESTONES SO FAR:
A - Was able to find articles that help bypassing Sysprep errors on Win 8.1
Did some extensive Driver Cleaning/ Reseting from OEM/Intel/Non MS drivers to MS Win 8.1 native drivers
e.g. Prototype sample runs involved Sysprepping Fresh Win 8.1 installs while eliminating issue causing Metro App packages.
B - Played with DISM, Disk2VHD, GPTGEN in various configurations with Win 8.1
e.g. Prototype sample runs involved imaging Fresh Win 8.1 MBR/ BIOS installs and converting or applying them to GPT/UEFI VHDs and native booting them in Step C
C - Have been able to Native boot Win 8.1 VHDs using BCDBOOT:
QUESTIONS & DECISIONS about MSR, SYS, EFI Partitions on Win 8.1 Native Boot VHD:
I am left with some final decisions to make and questions..
Before I apply my Customized_Windows.WIM...
What kind of Partitioning structure should I CREATE IN/ FOR my FINAL VHD?
I ask because I've built and native booted several variations of Win 8.1 VHDs on target SPro 3.
Some with Single Partition Volumes and others with Sys+EFI etc.
OPTIONS/ EXAMPLES of Sample VHDs executed & installed on Surface Pro 3:
DISM Installed Natively
Vanilla Install via Hyper V
Possibly also doable using VDisk commands via Native Install as well. I guess.
Also, during this Vanilla install it was trying to create the MSR partition in addition to the above.
I did read about the MSR, SYS, EFI partitions online as well as how OSes can also run without those.
Also, if ever V2P for Upgrading to Win10 and then P2V again There were some workarounds posted on Technet (need to find link, will find and post) as Windows cant upgrade on Native Boot VHD.
BOOT BCDBOOT QUESTION:
With single partition volume VHDs, its simple & clear how to APPLY and USE ..BCDBOOT.
With these SPECIAL PARTITIONS, I am curious what would the best way to "direct" BCDBOOT > > > ?? From where to where?
EXISTING HARDWARE PARTITION VOLUMES:
SPro 3 HDD (UEFI Only):
X61T HDD (BIOS Only):
We have a special giveaway offer for October. RARLAB company generously gave us 5 licenses for their latest version of super popular archiving software WinRAR v5.0
WinRAR is a 32-bit and 64-bit Windows version of the RAR Archiver, the powerful archiver and archives manager, which now supports multi-core-processors.
RAR files can usually compress content up to 30% faster than the ZIP files. The most important functions of WinRAR include extremely powerful document and multimedia file compression, damaged archive repair, authenticity verification, Unicode support and archive encryption.
WinRAR is available in over 40 different languages and runs on Windows 2003/XP/Vista/2008/Windows 7/Windows 8. Latest version of WinRAR archiver has numerous improvments over its predecessor that include better compatibility with Quad Core CPU's and better RAM utilization which result in super fast archiving speed.
What's new in version 5.0
There is a new archive format. When using WinRAR 5.0, the user will not only have the existing RAR and ZIP compression options but also the new RAR5 archive format. An assortment of advanced algorithms has been implemented in addition to further optimization for use with modern software and hardware configurations. In summary, there is no better option for file compression than RAR5.
“It's never been more important to feel confident your sensitive data is safe from unwanted access and tampering,” says Öncül Kaya, managing director of win.rar GmbH. WinRAR has always set the standard for quick and easy encryption and that's not going to seize anytime soon. With WinRAR 5.0, the RAR algorithm has been upgraded to include 256-bit AES encryption - further ensuring that the user’s data is fully protected. With RAR encryption, data is safe and sound.
RAR archives have always provided a higher compression ratio than the competition. WinRAR 5.0 can now create larger dictionaries of up to 1 GB in the 64-bit version of WinRAR which leads to an even higher compression ratio than in previous versions.
Decompression speed has also been increased due to the introduction of a number of advanced algorithms optimizing the process. The increased of speed derives primarily from the use of multithreaded decompression on multi-core systems.
Further Additions to WinRAR 5.0
Based on the demand of many users the limitation of maximum archived file path length in RAR archive is changed from 260 to 2048 characters. Another major improvement is the new recovery record function which is based upon the Reed-Solomon error correction codes making archive recovery stronger and more efficient. In test scenarios with a 1 GB archive, WinRAR was able to fix 9 times more damages relative to the previous version. The file identification within RAR archives has been additionally enhanced by using BLAKE2sp hash as a file checksum. With BLAKE2 inclusion, one may definitively detect whether files are different or the same. While using CRC32, two different files may share the same value. This is not the case with BLAKE2.
More information on the improvements of WinRAR 5.0 can be found here:
Another tip: for all Windows-64-bit users, it is highly recommended to install the WinRAR 64-bit version. It is faster and offers the best available integration.
WinRAR’s compression speed in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and on any multi-core-system has been increased considerably.
WinRAR 5.0 32-bit can be downloaded HERE
WinRAR 5.0 64-bit can be downloaded HERE
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Giveaway will end on October 20th, 2013 when we will announce our lucky winners. Please remember to follow the rules of this giveaway or your request won't be valid.
Computer is becoming an essential tool for our daily life. Along with its use, different kinds of disk problems also show up. AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition is an excellent tool to help us solve these kinds of disk partition problems, like low disk space, slowly running speed, etc. The most tiresome trouble is the low disk space. Fortunately, it can do us a big favor.
Here are some perfect features in Partition Assistant:
One-click Extend Partition Wizard to fully use disk: It allows us to extend system drive by releasing unallocated space from other partitions without restarting computer.
Allocate Free Space: No matter whether there is an unallocated space or not and which position the free space is in, it can directly extend partition with one click, including system drive.
Merge Partition: It can merge two adjacent partitions, or free space from other position in one disk.
Migrate OS to SSD/HDD: This feature is able to safely transfer the present operating system to another HDD or SSD without reinstalling system.
Partition Alignment: It enables us to perfectly align partitions, which can optimize our system’s performance better.
Apart from these features, it can also create a new partition without free space, convert primary to logical partitions and MBR to GPT disk, copy disk or partition with two safe methods, resize partition to the size we want, wipe data permanently, etc.
We are giving away 10 licenses for AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro v5.1 worth $36 per license.
License Usage Policy:
1. AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition V5.1 is licensed per computer.
2. Each license allows installation on 1 computer.
3. Transfer of a license to another owned computer is not allowed.
4. You can install/register the software at any time.
5. Free email support is provided for the lifetime of the product.
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If you have already Liked us on Facebook or Google+ pages, then just post your FULL NAME HERE and you will automatically enter the giveaway.
Giveaway will end on November 28th, 2012 when we will announce our lucky winners. Please remember to follow the rules of this giveaway or your request won't be valid.
Our lucky winners will have to download the software from HERE. For more information please visit http://www.disk-partition.com/partition-manager-pro-edition.html