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Windows 7: Dell M6500 & Win 7


10 Jul 2011   #11
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Did that laptop come with windows 7 pre-installed? If it did, did you make a set of recovery disks for that PC yet? If you haven't you might want to before you go any further. If that PC did not come with a Windows 7 Install disk and relies on the recovery partition to re-install windows 7, you could break that functionality if you wipe out the boot sector. If this is the type of infection I think it is you will have to wipe out the boot sector to get ride of it. I'm no expert on this but I'm thinking when you do use the recovery/restore to factory settings option from the boot menu its not over writing the boot sector (system reserved partition), its just restoring the windows image to the second partition (c). If it was I would think that would wipe out any hidden nasties. So following that logic you would have to boot from some other media and erase the boot sector, maybe even wipe the whole drive, and start over.

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11 Jul 2011   #12

windows 7
 
 

Thanks for that reply, the system came with Windows Vista and an upgrade disk for Windows 7, which I installed.
As it looks at the moment I would like to start again, I have backed up everything I need.
What would be the best software or method to completely clean that hard drive?

Regards
Phil
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11 Jul 2011   #13
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

If you just want to start over and do a clean install I would probably do this.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
During the install you can partition the drive, delete the current partitions and create new ones. I'm assuming you never intend to go back to windows vista. Deleting all the partitions will remove any factory Vista recovery option. You would have to use a recovery disk set, if you created one.
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install
If you wait a little while I'm sure some other members will post their suggestions or alternatives and then you can pick the option you like.
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12 Jul 2011   #14

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Did Dell send you a Upgrade installer Disk or a Recovery from Vista disk.
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13 Jul 2011   #15

windows 7
 
 

Yes, to the "theog", I have an installation disc for both XP and Windows 7, I'll format and start again.
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13 Jul 2011   #16

WINDOWS7 32BIT PROFESSIONAL
 
 

XP must go in first, then Vista, then seven
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13 Jul 2011   #17

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bolster55 View Post
Yes, to the "theog", I have an installation disc for both XP and Windows 7, I'll format and start again.
Give your HD a clean first.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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13 Jul 2011   #18

windows 7
 
 

Hello All,
Xp is now running on my laptop.
Thank you all for your assistance, I hope I can help someone in the future.

Regards
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14 Jul 2011   #19

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

That is good news.
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