From Win 10 to Win 7 deleting excess recovery partitions

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November 13, 2015 at 09:19:13
Specs: Windows 10, Intel Core i3-4005U CPU @ 1.70GHz
I am used to Win 7. Bought a new Lenovo G50-70 laptop which came with 8.1 preinstalled. Awful. So I thought let me try the free upgrade to Windows 10. Just as awful. So I want to install win7 on this machine. But then I find that on the harddisk there are seven !!!! partitions, of which five are hidden.

The D partition is the primary partition with only an applications folder, that only has only McAfee stuff in it, and a driver folder for Chipset, LAN, VGA etc.
The C partition is what you would expect from it in it.
Of the hidden partions three are called "recovery"partition, one "OEM" partition and one EFI partition that is ACTIVE and BOOT.

Would like to have the harddisk with a primary partition the "C drive" with win 7, a partition called "Backup/Image" or "Recovery and a "Data" partition.
Have used MiniTool Partition Wizard before, easier than Computer Management.

My question is: can I just delete all these hidden partitions, and after that the C partition, I don't want to go back to win 8.1 or win 10, after which all unallocated space is added to the EFI (ACTIVE and BOOT) and then do a win 7 installation with formatting the one partition left before installing. After that I would
make the other two wanted partitions using space from the one left over using MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Would very much like your comments on this proposal please

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November 13, 2015 at 09:24:32
I would start over completely. Boot to the Windows 7 CD, Delete all partitions, then partition the drive as you wish. Once you have Windows installed, you can create new partitions after shrinking the C drive in Disk Management.

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November 13, 2015 at 11:07:08
Why not simply wipe the drive entirely - delete all partitions. Then in win-7 setup create an adequate C: partition for win-7; leaving balance of drive un-configured. Once win-7 is up and running, simply use its Disk Management util to configure balance of the drive as you wish...?

Means you don't mess around with the actual win-7 partition in the process of creating the other partitions... - thus reducing the risk of anything going amiss?

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