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Windows 7: Bought used Dell laptop, how to re-install windows for a clean setup?


22 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Bought used Dell laptop, how to re-install windows for a clean setup?

Ok I just bought a used Dell laptop with Windows 7 Home 64 & from my understanding the boot disk is actually now on a partition?

How do I access this partition in order to completely format the computer & reinstall a nice clean setup?

Thanks.


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22 Aug 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Sounds like you want to do this,

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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22 Aug 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Try these links for instructions on Reinstalling Windows 7 on a Dell system.

How To Restore or Reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell Computer.

Windows 7 PC Restore.
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22 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Is there a way to do it with the OS on the partition already instead of downloading & making a dvd?

If not I can make a dvd, just wondering if I can use the OS partition.

Thanks.
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22 Aug 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here you go mate.



information   Information

Turn on the computer.

2 As the computer starts, press <F8> on the keyboard until the Advanced Boot Options menu appears on the screen.

Note:
You must press <F8> before the Windows logo appears on the screen. If you press <F8> after the Windows logo appears on the screen, the Advanced Boot Options menu will not appear on the screen. If you do not see the Advanced Boot Options menu, restart the computer, and then repeat this step until you see the menu on the screen.

3 Press the <Down Arrow> on the keyboard to select Repair Your Computer on the Advanced Boot Options menu, and then press <Enter>.

4 Specify the language settings that you want, and then click Next.

5 Log in as a user who has administrative credentials, and then click OK.

6 Click Dell Factory Image Restore.

7 In the Dell Factory Image Restore window, click Next.

8 Click to select the Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition check box.

9 Click Next.
The computer is restored to the default factory configuration.

10 When the restore operation is completed, click Finish to restart the computer.
The software is now installed as it was when the computer was first received.
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22 Aug 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Try the second link.
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22 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

That's what I was looking for I'm in the process right now.

Thanks guys!
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22 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Ok now I'm at the first screen of it asking for username & password

It brings up the following users:

Homegroupuser$
user

They both require a password & I have no idea what either of them would be?

There is no password on the computer right now, it just logs in when you click the guest icon.

What do I do?
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22 Aug 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

You can't put a password on a guest account.

Is there another account?
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22 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

I'm in the "system recovery options" right now, not trying to log into windows but it's still asking for a password?
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