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Use of Windows version with Windows installation DVD

Table of contents
  1- Preamble
  2- In case you do not have the installation DVD
  3- Before booting with the DVD
  4- Using the DVD


1- Preamble

This file describes how to use the Windows installation DVD to use the Windows version of Partition-Saving. As the DOS version tend to be less and less usable with modern hardware, this is a simple replacement to a DOS boot CD-ROM. This can be used with Windows installation DVD starting from Windows Vista. For previous version of Windows, you need to use a BartPE or UBCD4Win CD.
Another alternative is to use the Linux version with a Linux LiveCD.


2- In case you do not have the installation DVD

In case you do not have the installation DVD because you get some limited OEM version, there is some alternative:

Using these alternatives is very similar to what is described below, there is some differences in screenshots (e.g. you will not get the choice to install Windows).


3- Before booting with the DVD

Before booting with the DVD, you need to prepare a little your system. This is:

Notes:


4- Using the DVD

You have to insert the DVD before booting, then hit a key when it proposes to. You get some starting screens telling you Windows is loading and searching for your hardware, then you get the following screen:

It asks you to enter the language and type of keyboard to use, then click on "Next". Then you get the main installation screen:
Do not click on the "Install now" button but go on the left bottom corner and click on "Repair computer". This will lead you to the screen where program search for the installed versions of Windows:
This ends in giving you the list of Windows version it found:
Click on the top left radio button if it is not already selected, select a Windows version and click on "Next". If you have the choice between several Windows version (or there is no Windows version), this choice has no importance as long as you want only to use Partition-Saving. It will have if you want to perform some other tasks related to the recovery console as repairing the boot or using a previous backup point. In case program complains the Windows version does not match the one of the DVD, you have to select the one matching DVD version (if you have choice between several Windows version) or you can workaround this with:
In case you did not get trouble because of Windows version, you obtain following screen where you will be able to choose what you want to repair:
To use Partition-Saving, you have to choose the last option ("Command line" or "Recovery console") and you get the following prompt:
The X: drive where you are, is a RAM drive (a partition that is simulated in memory) that contains the Windows runtime (do not create the backup files on it, as its content will be lost when you will leave the recovery console). From there you can launch Partition-Saving. You need first to find where you copied the spartwin.exe file to be able to launch it. As drive letter could be different from what it is in Windows, you can need to use the "dir" command to list the directory content (as "dir d:\savepart" to list content of the "savepart" directory on "D:" drive). In the below example the binary is on D: despite I copied it on C: when being within Windows (this is due to Windows having created a small boot partition before its main partition). In case you want to save the partition where you put the Partition-Saving binary, you need to copy it first to the RAM drive through: "copy path_to_binary\spartwin.exe x:\" (letting it on the partition to save will prevent program to access this one):
Then you can launch the binary and follow the various activities as described into HOWTO.
Once you have ended program execution, you came back to the prompt and you can enter "exit" to leave it:
You get back to the repair choice screen from where you can halt or reboot computer:

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