Temmu Well-known member Joined Apr 18, 2012 Posts 436 Location far reaches of the galaxy, but you knew that... Nov 19, 2013 #1 greets, sysnative denizens! as you know, win 7 creates a system reserved partition in addition to the partition you can see with windows explorer. that is where the glorious boot files are hidden. q's about the system reserved partition 1. what file system? fat, fat32, ntfs... ext3? 2. assuming (horrible thing to do!) that "running machine" has the same windows 7 build (service pack nr.) that "broke machine" had, could one simply copy the contents of the system reserved partition to "broke machine" to fix that portion of it? thanks! ps if you have any microsoft references, that would be greatly appreciated!