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Windows 7: Format Windows 7

14 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Format Windows 7

Hello,

Is it possible to format Windows 7 by inserting the Windows 7 DVD while Windows 7 is still running?

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14 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frzwin7 View Post
Hello,

Is it possible to format Windows 7 by inserting the Windows 7 DVD while Windows 7 is still running?
You mean, you want to format your system partition?
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14 Feb 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

No, only Wiley Coyote can erase himself.

Boot the DVD, use the Install>Custom>Drive Tools to delete, repartition and format.

Free Partition Wizard bootable CD gives you even more options and is a great tool to have around.
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14 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Dude, Partition Wizard rocks!.

Rep for that.

=)
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15 Feb 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I don't quite understand your question but you might want to take a look at DISKMGMT.MSC.

Some of the goodies only show up when you right click on the graphical representation of your partition and others only show up.


You might also want to go to a command prompt (type CMD.EXE in search box, right-click on cmd.exe in the resulting list and choose Run as Administration). Now, type DISKPART

At the Diskpart prompt type ? to get a list of the DiskPart commands.

When you finished with DiskPart, type EXIT and hit Enter to exit DiskPart.

To exit from the command line prompt, once again type EXIT and hit Enter.

DiskPart is very powerful and, consequently, very dangerous. That said, I use DiskPart frequently especially when preparing USB sticks, using VFD, deleting, shrinking, expanding partitions.
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15 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

No , you cannot format a drive while you are using it. Yes, your question is a little confusing ??? What exactly do you want to do ? Reinstall windows ? Make another partition ? Help us and we`ll help you.
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15 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I want to reinstall Windows.
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15 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

If you have any important files, folders, and/or documents then please save them on alternative media before proceeding. You can restore these afterwards.

If you wish to start from scratch, which is what I think you do, then have a look here: Clean Install Windows 7
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15 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by frzwin7 View Post
I want to reinstall Windows.
Well then, by all means take Dwarfs advice. Make sure you get every document and piece of information you want to keep off that drive b4 you do anything. Then
read up until you`re absolutely sure you are ready to proceed. Will this be your 1st OS install? I wish I could hand you a hard drive to use , you will see how simple it is. It`s like having a new PC Ask here or Email me with any questions, I`m glad to help.
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