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Was trying to upgrade to 8.1 from 8 and was having trouble so i followed this guide:
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I got it to install using the hints in this thread and some extra work.



I'll go through this step by step and hopefully it will help someone.



1. press win+r and type diskmgmt.msc



2. click on your C: drive



3. below the list of drives there will be a partition map, the first partition will be Data or some such, listed at 100MB, right click on it and go to change drive letters and paths -> add -> now choose Y: for the drive letter



4. open an admin cmd prompt, in win8 you can press win+x and choose command prompt (admin), in win7 you have to create a shortcut for cmd.exe, then go to compatibility in the shortcut properties, and choose run as admin



5. type: Y: in the cmd window



6. run these commands:



takeown /f . /r /d y
icacls . /grant administrators:F /t

attrib -h -s -r bootmgr



NOTE: for the icacls command you can use your username instead of administrators, to find out your username type 'whoami'



7. now open explorer (win+e) go to the Y: drive under compuer, go into the Boot folder, and delete all languages other than en-US. Languages are in the form xx-XX. Make sure to shift+delete and not just delete so they don't go to the recycle bin. Empty the recycle bin afterwards just in case.



8. now go back to the admin command prompt, and type this command:



chkdsk Y: /F /X /sdcleanup /L:5000



this truncates the NTFS log to 5MB, it can be very very big, not leaving enough space for the install



at the end of the output it should tell you that you have at least 50MB of free space on the partition



9. proceed with the windows 8.1 installation



10. once booted into 8.1 and set up, you can go back into diskmgmt.msc and remove the drive letter for the boot partition



Good luck!

after doing so with no luck this happened to my drives. this is what they look like now in Explorer:



so, does anyone know how to undo this? or get that red Y partition out of there because that wasnt there before.
I have my OS installed on C: and E: is just extra storage. The System reserve has been there since i Installed my ssd, but the red Y partition is new obviously but i dont know how to get rid of it and when i go into disk managment it just says if you delete this it will mess up your computer
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Was trying to upgrade to 8.1 from 8 and was having trouble so i followed this guide:
after doing so with no luck this happened to my drives. this is what they look like now in Explorer:



so, does anyone know how to undo this? or get that red Y partition out of there because that wasnt there before.
I have my OS installed on C: and E: is just extra storage. The System reserve has been there since i Installed my ssd, but the red Y partition is new obviously but i dont know how to get rid of it and when i go into disk managment it just says if you delete this it will mess up your computer

Don't delete that partition - just remove the drive letter. This will effectively make it invisible in Explorer. No clue why it has a label of "Data" though. Simply right click on the partition and choose Change drive letter and paths. Then remove Y: association - accept all the warning prompts and it should be gone. You can do the same with the System Reserved Partition as well.

Now, tell me, what issues are you having installing Windows 8.1?
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Don't delete that partition - just remove the drive letter. This will effectively make it invisible in Explorer. No clue why it has a label of "Data" though. Simply right click on the partition and choose Change drive letter and paths. Then remove Y: association - accept all the warning prompts and it should be gone. You can do the same with the System Reserved Partition as well.

Now, tell me, what issues are you having installing Windows 8.1?

He is probably having the same issues doing the in place upgrade I and many other people have where after the reboot it says windows was unable to complete the install reverting to windows 8. There is no explanation and most likely it is driver related. I was just to lazy to uninstall drivers one by one to find the problem driver and just decided to try and do a clean install later. But Protzman if you are having troubles with the install look to any less common drivers as a possible problem, that is if you have the same errors I do
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Don't delete that partition - just remove the drive letter. This will effectively make it invisible in Explorer. No clue why it has a label of "Data" though. Simply right click on the partition and choose Change drive letter and paths. Then remove Y: association - accept all the warning prompts and it should be gone. You can do the same with the System Reserved Partition as well.

Now, tell me, what issues are you having installing Windows 8.1?

When doing the update through the windows store it just says something like couldn't install on reserved partition.
I tried to expand the reserved partition and try again but no luck!
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Have you tried removing the drive letter from the system reserved partition and creating a new 100mb partition labeled system reserved? might work if the problem is that there isn't enough space
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Okay so now i got it to look like

disk 0 > Disk D: (which is just storage) is completely free
disk 1 > Data (100 MB) > C: which is 111.96 GB (has the OS on it)

But now there is no System Recovery disk or system reserve ( whatever it is called)

is my system reserve just the Data spot just renamed?
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Okay so now i got it to look like

disk 0 > Disk D: (which is just storage) is completely free
disk 1 > Data (100 MB) > C: which is 111.96 GB (has the OS on it)

But now there is no System Recovery disk or system reserve ( whatever it is called)

is my system reserve just the Data spot just renamed?

Is there anything in the data spot? like system reserved should take up about 50 or 60 mb of that 100. If so than most likely
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okay well i cleared it all up. I used multitool partition wizard to properly expand the partition that was data which actually was the system reserved just renamed. then from there it worked! 8.1 up and running!
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