I've got a Dell laptop that comes pre-loaded with "Recovery" and "Utility" partitions - I know I'm not going to use for these partitions (and I am dual booting, so unless I remove at least one of these partitions I exceed a maximum of 4 primary partitions per disk) so I want to remove them.
Normally I wouldn't find this a problem, however the "Recovery" partition is in fact the boot partition - removing it prevents Windows 7 from booting and a simple switch to boot from the Windows 7 installation partition doesn't do the trick.
It appears that Dell have moved some of the boot code from the standard Windows 7 partition to the "Recovery" partition, and so to delete this partition I first need to make the Windows 7 partition bootable again.
How can I do this? Can this be done through the F8 boot menu?
Also I will be dual-booting this system via GRUB, so as I understand it I need to make the partition bootable (as opposed to the disk)
Update: Also I really need to keep the existing Windows installation rather than re-installing from scratch.