New Lenovo Netbook

Israel israeldahl at
Sat Oct 4 01:50:06 UTC 2014

Every so often I get a computer with windows on it, and I resize the
windows partition for the person, so they can run their Windows only apps.
I have never once had an issue.  But really, most of the time, I only
use Windows to update the BIOS.
And then the next thing I do is install a flavour of Ubuntu.  Usually
Lubuntu, but sometimes Xubuntu.

That said, I never use the Windows partitioner.  I manually partition
the system inside the LiveCD.  Windows has always "worked" during those
times.  Usually, though it is better to reinstall Windows so you get a
fresh registry.  Though the newer NT based versions seem to handle
things a bit better, they always seem to get slower, and full of viruses
after they have been used for somewhere around a year.

Most of the 'broken' computers I get have windows issues.  I had one
that the sound wasn't working, and the DVD drive no longer functioned
(in windows).  I simply booted a live CD (yes the drive did work), and
voila... everything was working.

On 10/03/2014 08:15 PM, "J. Van Brimmer" wrote:
> Yeah, I understand that it's a loaded question. I was just wondering
> if anyone here had tried it before. After I get my DVD images complete
> and tested, I'm going to try it.
> On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM, Andre Rodovalho
> <andre.rodovalho at <mailto:andre.rodovalho at>> wrote:
>     Nobody will answer you for sure. Even if you contact Windows
>     support... Give it a try. If you have any problems, you restore
>     that. Better now that you have nothing on your Windows than later...
>     PS: Windows 7 requires 20GB for 64bits architecture.
>     2014-10-03 20:26 GMT-03:00 "J. Van Brimmer" <jerry.vb at
>     <mailto:jerry.vb at>>:
>         It has a 500Gb hard drive, but the "C" partition was only
>         about 460Gb. When I ran the Partitoner from inside Windows, it
>         would only shrink "C" down to 226Gb. 
>         I just now booted up a Lubuntu live 14.04 disc and ran Gparted
>         from inside Lubu. Gparted says I can shrink "C" down to 36.6
>         Gb minimum. But, I have no problem leaving it at 100 Gb. I
>         just want to know, if I shrink it down below the 226
>         Gb boundary set by the Windows partitioner, will it clobber
>         Windows? Will I have to factory restore the system just to
>         have a running windows?
>         I am tempted to just wipe the whole disc, but I thought if I
>         can shrink "C" down to 100 Gb, I'd leave it there.
>         On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM, Aere Greenway
>         <Aere at <mailto:Aere at>>
>         wrote:
>             On 10/03/2014 11:30 AM, "J. Van Brimmer" wrote:
>>             Hello,
>>             I have just acquired a "new" refurbished Lenovo X140e
>>             netbook. tI has Windows 7 Pro on it. The first thing I
>>             did after booting it up was to go into Partition
>>             Management to shrink the C partition to make room for
>>             Lubuntu. I was shocked to discover that the partition
>>             manager would only shrink C by 50%. So, I went ahead and
>>             did that.
>>             Then, I booted up a live CD of Gparted. Gparted says I
>>             can shrink C way down a lot more. I don't remember how
>>             far it was, but it was way down, less than 100 GB.
>>             Can I safely follow Gparted's recommendation and not
>>             impact Winbroke? I am not too terribly worried about it
>>             though. I am going to create a restore image DVD, but I
>>             just thought I'd ask to see if anyone has any experience
>>             on this before I get started.
>>             Thanks,
>>             -- 
>>             ->Jerry<-
>             Jerry:
>             I once had a Windows partition that I re-sized way down to
>             a size that seemed reasonable at the time.  It seemed
>             reasonable because I only use that system for testing. 
>             A year or so later, that system was in-trouble because of
>             insufficient space. 
>             The culprit?  The space was used up by the multitude of
>             Windows updates. 
>             I had to re-size the Windows partition to a larger size to
>             rescue the system (which involved resizing and even moving
>             my Linux partitions). 
>             So by word of experience, in re-sizing a Windows
>             partition, be sure to leave it room to install the many
>             necessary Windows updates.  On Windows 7 and above, it
>             also creates a restore-point whenever you install
>             anything, and those restore-points take up disk space as
>             well. 
>             I do recommend keeping your Windows partition around (and
>             usable) if you have one.  Over the years, there have been
>             many cases where I was glad I saved it for those
>             occasional things that won't run on Linux, or for which
>             Linux has no practical alternative. 
>             Linux has been very reliable in re-sizing all of my
>             Windows partitions.  In over 10 years of experience, it
>             only failed once, and in that case, there may have been
>             disk errors in the Windows partition.  So make sure you do
>             a disk check of the Windows partition before re-sizing it. 
>             Beware that on Windows 8, it may leave its partition in a
>             'suspend' (hibernate) state, so re-sizing it could give
>             you problems. 
>             -- 
>             Sincerely,
>             Aere
>         -- 
>         ->Jerry<-
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