Windows 7 Introduction

Windows 7 (formerly codenamed Blackcomb and Vienna) is the next version of Microsoft Windows, an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, net books and media center PCs. Windows 7 is intended to be an incremental upgrade for Vista, with the goal of being fully compatible with device drivers, applications, and hardware which Windows Vista is already compatible with.

Windows 7 desktop screenshot

Each time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, the requirements for hardware will be much higher than before.

Windows 7 Beta recommended specifications
Beta Recommended Specs
Processor Speed 1 GHz(Either 32-bit or 64-bit)
Memory (RAM) 1 GB
Graphics card DirectX 9.0 capable
Graphics memory 128 MB (For Windows Aero)
HDD free space 16 GB
Other drives DVD-ROM
Audio Audio output

Disk Management Tool in Windows 7

Disk Management Tool in Windows 7 screenshot

There is no obvious improvement of Disk Management Tool in Windows 7. Maybe Microsoft though it is good enough, or Microsoft is afraid of monopolization, so the Disk Management Tool in Windows 7 is nearly the same with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

So some advanced partition management in Windows 7 is still unavailable. People have to seek some partition software for Windows 7. However, Windows 7 is still beta version, so there is no partition software which declares that Windows 7 is supported.

How to deal with the Windows 7 partition advanced management

Then how to deal with the Windows 7 partition advanced management? Here are two solutions for this.

Windows 7 Partition Advanced Management Solution 1

The safest way for managing Windows 7 Partition is to make a bootable CD of partition software. Since Windows 7 has not yet started, no one will care if this partition software supports Windows 7 or not.

Some partition software like EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition and its higher Editions can create bootable CD for users to perform advanced partition management before Windows 7 starts.

The Create partition interface of EASEUS Partition Master

You may check the tutorial How to manage partitions before Windows 7 starts.

Notice: EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition can not create bootable CD, so you may choose higher edition.

Windows 7 Partition Advanced Management Solution 2

In most cases, Windows 7 supports nearly all software which can run under vista (And now Windows 7 is still a Beta version, no body could say there will be no improvement in the future.). Fortunately, EASEUS Partition Master runs well on Windows 7.

What EASEUS Partition Master can do (compare with Disk Management Tool under Windows 7)?

Features EASEUS Partition Master Windows 7 Disk Management
copy dynamic volume Support Support
extend NTFS system partition without reboot Support Support
create Support Support
delete Support Support
format Support Support
change drive letter Support Support
set active Support Support
GPT disk Not support Support
extend FAT Support Not support
extend NTFS Support Support
shrink FAT Support Not support
shrink NTFS Support Support
move Support Not support
hide Support Not support
delete all partition Support Not support
partition scheme Support Not support
Label partitions Support Not support
Check partitions Support Not support
Create Bootable Disks Support Not support

So that’s the main differences between EASEUS Partition Master and Disk Management Tool. You may check here to see the more detailed features of EASEUS Partition Master.

As a matter of fact, the only disadvantage of Disk Management Tool in Windows 7 or other Windows systems is that it can not resize the partition. That’s the main reason why the partition software for Windows 7 exists. The following part will give you a demonstration of how to resize partition under Windows 7.

Windows 7 Partition Resizing Tutorial

Before you take action, I suggest you to use Partition Copy to backup the data on that partition.

To resize a existing NTFS or FAT partition, please follow the operations bellow:

1. Launch EASEUS Partition Master and you will see a main board.

EASEUS Partition Master

2. Right click the partition and select Resize/Move.

EASEUS Partition Master - Resize/Move

3. A popped-up dialog box indicates the current size of the selected partition. The box also depicts the used and unused space on the partition and the free space surrounding the partition (if any exists); the minimum and maximum sizes that you can resize a partition; cluster size of the partition.

EASEUS Partition Master - Dialog Box

4. Position the mouse pointer on the right partition handle. Drag the handle to the partition size you want when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow and click OK.

EASEUS Partition Master - Resize

5. Click Apply.

By the way, there is a more detailed step instruction of resizing and moving partitions.

There is a shining point of EASEUS Partition Master: Though the Professional and Server Edition are both single license, if your computer has virtual system, they can be installed in all virtual system as well. That’s really cool.

After you checked them all, you will find that there is no great difference between resizing partition in Windows 7 and other Windows systems. The only thing you need to know is that Windows 7 is 64 bit system. EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition can only support 32 bit system, so Professional, Server or Unlimited Edition is the right choice for 64 bit system.


Think about it, Windows 7 is much better than Windows Vista. A lot of people have recommended it, although it is still in beta version. I will definitely use it after the full version is released. And I guess many people have the same thoughts as mine. So prepare your new computer with touch-screen, resize partition for the coming Windows 7, and enjoy everything in the near future.

resize partitions under windows 7
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