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Drive partition question

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I just reinstalled Vista onto my PC and now the C drive is too small in size. I only have around 10GB on the C and 300+ on the D drive. I tried messing around in the system maint. section to fix this but I had no success. I was able to create another drive but not increase one from the other. Any ideas? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jeremy
 

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Welcome
Jeremy
I think that if you use this software you will accomplish your objective. Beware this is a powerful tool and if not done correctly you may have to reinstall your Operating System. Back up your stuff before use.
Free Partition Magic alternative. Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 32 bit & 64 bit - EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition.

or this

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

A brief discussion of the problem
http://www.sevenforums.com/performance-maintenance/171420-increase-size-c-drive.html
 

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#3
Thanks for the reply. I tried the partition wizard but it would not run. I think I know what I did during the install. Maybe my best bet is to reinstall the vista?
 

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    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
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Ok I reinstalled Vista and I got it partitioned correct this time. Thanks for the help. I got another question though. It would not accept the key. I went and did it without the key to see what would happen and it installed. I don't get this. Is there a way to put the key in after install? I also cannot get my new Norton on it and I wonder if this has anything to do with it. Any ideas on my new set of issues? Again thanks for your help.

Well I guess I bought an upgrade version. I have no idea what this all means and how this is gonna affect my PC now. Am I doomed?
 
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There is an easy way
Jeremy and, actually, the preferred way.
Get your OS the way you want it. Install your stuff, settings etc.
Then activate by phone
Activate Windows 7 by Phone - Windows 7 Forums
(for both Seven and Vista)
Then maintian properly

To maintain your computer

10 Tips on How to Properly Maintain Your Computer

Steps that I did not notice on the guide include:

Running a scan disc before doing a defrag

Using Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.

Making System Restore points, at least once a week

Makaing a system Image once a month (varies by user)

Not relying on your A/V common sense, should prevail. You know of many sites can cause a problem.

Do not use any reg cleaning or optimizing software.

Download and use Ccleaner about once every two months. Untick any registry entries.
http://www.piriform.com/

If you follow these instructions, you will be trouble free for a long time to come.

Be sure to back up your hard drive about once a month (varies by user) and to keeep system restore points up to date.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...er-performance

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/81176-speed-up-performance-vista.html

Per your edit.
The upgrade version, if installed the way it shows in my tutorial, you are good to go with no problems, except maybe activation.
If you cannot activate with the key and you had Vista already installed, just explain to the technician when you try to activate. He will come on the phone if there is a problem activating.

You have 30 days to activate by phone. After 30 days, you will receive warnings and a gradual loss of functionality.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
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    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
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Ok so I followed the tutorial. It did not give me the option to use the activation wizard to locate a phone number to activate by phone. I tried doing a search on the pc but it did not show it. Any other ideas or does anyone have the number to call? I am in Iowa if that makes any difference. Man these things get the ole blood pressure going up.
 

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    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
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Well after an hour on the phone and about a dozen phone transfers I have it installed and activated. It ran fine for a couple days. Ive been downloading the numerous updates it needed and the SP 1 for vista. Now all it does is give me the blue screen of death and keeps trying to restart windows. Well i think Im gonna stick a fork in this one cuz i think its done.
 

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SP1 did install and i was going to install SP2 after but this happened. I am not too sure about the blue screen. It is only up for about 5the seconds then it trys to restart windows but only gets to a screen that has the selection to hit F8 or F10.
 

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#13
That image does not give us the required information. It merely says that the cause was number F4. We need the detail information that was requested, even with that information we may need a try and try again method.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
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    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
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    Dell USB
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well i showed what the blue screen did and I dont know what the event viewer is or if i can even access it since it is apparently stuck in a loop. I am not sure what else to provide now that it wont run
 

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#15
If you can get it to boot from a CD, this will work
If you create a recovery DVD, you may be able to boot to recovery options
Create Recovery DVD.
Hard Disc Controller must be set to IDE in BIOS and Bios must be set to boot from the CD Boot Priority - Change

The Vista recovery disk is used to boot Vista when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Vista Backup Image, etc.
System Recovery Options. Choose an option tht will not cause you to lose your stuff.

If Vista will not start now, boot the Recovery CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Vista still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.
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Below is a bulletin distributed by MS to explain the start up procedure when Windows will not boot.
  • Startup Repair. Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer has preinstalled recovery options, it might also be stored on your computer's hard disk. For more information, see Startup Repair: frequently asked questions and What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista? If your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have customized or replaced the tool. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer's website.
  • Change restart settings in safe mode. If your computer is stuck in a loop where Windows fails, attempts to restart, and then fails again repeatedly, restart your computer in safe mode and select the Disable automatic restart on system failure checkbox. For more information, see Advanced startup options (including safe mode).
  • Reinstall. If no other options have solved the problem, and you are sure that your computer's hardware is functioning normally, you might need to reinstall Windows. A custom (clean) installation of Windows will permanently delete all of the files on your computer and reinstall Windows, so only use this option if all other recovery options have been unsuccessful. After the installation, you will need to reinstall your programs and restore your files from backup copies. For more information, see Installing and reinstalling Windows**.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

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