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Windows 7: Complete clean remove all info and DATA from Windows

19 May 2010   #1

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Complete clean remove all info and DATA from Windows

Hi all,

Would someone guide me how to ensure PC cleanse or wiped "no previous info or data stay behind on hard disk" so i can re install Windows again 7 / Vista or XP

After cleans what seems to be on screen .. Do i still able to to run windows CD .. or just black screen will be there after removing/deleting everything?

Thanks gents in advance ...

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19 May 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

Follow these instructions, everything will be wiped and you will have a clean (the best) install.
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19 May 2010   #3

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Thank you sir ... what about if first need to remove/delete up everything and then will decide to install 7 or XP ?

Do any software or manual way to remove/delete and ensure system is empty 100% from old O/S and other DATA/files e.t.s ?

Appreciate your help

Thanks - Hani
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19 May 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

What type of DVD are you using to install; upgrade or full retail?
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19 May 2010   #5

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am currently not installing anything

I just need to know how i can ensure everything in system gone away ... deleted/removed!

Tks sir ....
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19 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

I use partition wizard to delete all data. Boot from a OS installer. YMMV.
BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.
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19 May 2010   #7

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19 May 2010   #8

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Gents,
What about if i use Partitions Wizard and delete or format C drive .... which holding the Windows O/S .. is that the right way to format and ensure all DATA removed and the i can install the Windows from the beginning?

Do i will be able to run the CD after doing this?

Tks alot
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19 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Yes I believe you will. If you have a bootable cd such as a windows 7 install dvd
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19 May 2010   #10
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You need the Partition Wizard bootable CD, choose Wipe Disk and apply as many sets of zeroes as you can stand - each set will take about an hour on average size HD.

You can do the same thing by booting your Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD, clicking through to Recovery Tools list to open a Command Line, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 disk)
clean all (applies one set of zeroes, takes awhile - to do it quicker remove "all")
create partition primary
select partition 1
assign letter=c:
active
format
exit

You are now ready to Custom clean install without needing to format first.
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