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Windows 7: Deleted Partion D

21 Aug 2012   #11
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

No worries! Lost of very helpful people here, so we'll have you up and running in no time.

Regards,
Golden


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21 Aug 2012   #12
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

So I will be home at 9:45 central time. I know your all in different time zones, but if anyone can help me then, or just leave helpful instructions before hand that would be great. I bought some DVD's on my way to work. so I'll be putting the operating system on the DVD, which was very self explanatory from what I saw.

Then I will need a few more steps on how to factory restore my computer, somehow start up from the discs, get windows back on the computer, and also make sure no rootkits take hold of my computer!!

I appreciate you all, and I will enjoy participating on the forum in places that I'm much more tech savvy
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21 Aug 2012   #13
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

When you install Windows, use the DISKPART CLEAN ALL command as suggested earlier to wipe the disk completely. Then install Windows as normal.

You keep mentioning that term 'factory restore' - you need to understand that you will never be able to restore back to a factory state since you do not have recovery discs, and you deleted the recovery partition. What you are doing now is a clean, bloat-free install : its a better option than factory recovery.

Regards,
Golden
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21 Aug 2012   #14
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

That makes more sense.

So basically.

When it asks for a dvd I put the dvd in, it will copy windows on it, and then when I re-insert the disk it will take me through a process of installing windows? and it will have an option to "clean all". So basically my computer will be fresh with just windows and the drivers it needs? BASICALLY factory condition without the bloatware?

(Thank you so much for the help!)
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21 Aug 2012   #15
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Thats almost correct:

1. When you insert the installation DVD - at the languages screen, press SHIFT+F10 to open a command prompt.
2. Now follow the steps to perform a CLEAN ALL (it will take several hours) here from STEP3 onwards:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

3. When it completes, type EXIT, then EXIT again to exit and close the command prompt window.
4. Now continue to install Windows as normal.

Thats correct : factory condition without the bloatware.

Regards,
Golden
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21 Aug 2012   #16
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

last two questions then before I start this up.

1: Last time I had virus problems it eventually fried my video card. The factory restore didn't help and blue screens kept occurring. I have yet to have blue screens, but I wanted to confirm that this wouldn't effect my video card.

2: I understand what to do to get Windows installed. The only part I'm confused with now is the part where you mentioned checking for the rootkit and making sure it wasn't on there. What do I need to install, where do I need to install it, and when do I use that program?
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21 Aug 2012   #17
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

also, there was no language screen. It just asks if you want to download the latest updates before you install, and it also asks if it is an upgrade, or custom, and I'm supposing it is custom, and then it asks what hard drive to install it on, I'm supposing C. But again, not sure. So what are the instructions on this thing and where during these menu's do I click shift f10
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21 Aug 2012   #18
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Apparently when you select custom you "delete your programs and settings on that partition".

so maybe I don't have to run that option?
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22 Aug 2012   #19
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

You don't actually run a check for a rootkit using this tool - you assume you have one, and then proceed to wipe the disk (which is usually a good course of action with any installation anyway) - this wipe eradicates the rootkit. Since you have decided to do a clean install, the smartest thing to do is wipe the disk using DISKPART and CLEAN ALL.

You may be getting ahead of yourself a bit. When you boot from the installation DVD, the first screen you see is this one:

Deleted Partion D-b.png

At this point you use SHIFT+F10 to access DISKPART as explained in step 3 here.

This very simple procedure is explained fully in METHOD 1 in this tutorial - DISKPART : At PC Startup

Once you have finished, choose the custom installation option.

Your earlier video card issue may or may not be related to malware - I doubt that. Its more likely hardware/driver related. You can deal with that once Windows is installed, updated and activated.

Regards,
Golden


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22 Aug 2012   #20
zomboromano

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

So I actually figured it out while you were away. I just went back and forth between the tutorials and what you said. It is removing everything as we speak. I just need to know how to make the best partition or image after all this is done. I would prefer to put it on my portable hard drive with all my other backed up files if I don't need a re format for it
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