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Old 04-30-2006, 07:22 AM   #1
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OEM partition and installing

I've just bought an Acer Aspire 3100 with 80GB HD.
I'm going to install Linux, making a dual boot system.

There are 3 partitions:
-1st is an OEM partition of 2GB
-2nd contains windows and data (39 GB)
-3rd is empty (39 GB)

I burnt a dvd with OEM software,as acer suggested, and now I'd like to delete the 1st partition.

The question is: can I delete 1st partition?Or it would cause booting problems?
I read somewhere that I'd should tamper with boot.ini ,in order to make windows boot, is it true?

Old 04-30-2006, 07:40 AM   #2
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I am not sure it would be wise to delete it whilst you still have Windows installed because you never know what problems this may cause. When I bought my acer laptop it had a similar partition but I deleted everything (after making the backup disc) because I was going to use the whole system for Linux.
Old 04-30-2006, 10:58 AM   #3
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so...has anybody tried to remove the OEM partition with success?
or I really have to delete?


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