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Windows 7: Format C drive before installing W7?

30 Jul 2010   #1
eagleye50

Windows 7
 
 
Format C drive before installing W7?

I have a laptop with Vista and I bought a dvd of Windows 7 Full version that I want to install on this laptop. I want to remove Vista. Do I have to format the c drive before installing Windows 7 or will this be done during the installation process?


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30 Jul 2010   #2
derekimo

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This tutorial here will explain how it's done while installing Seven,

Clean Install Windows 7
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30 Jul 2010   #3
theog

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30 Jul 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello eagleye50, welcome to Seven Forums!





If you have No Data on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that you don't want to lose, have a look at the tutorial at the link below to do a wipe "secure erase" on the HDD so you'll have a clean slate to start with, though any/all data on the HDD will be over-written so be sure.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation



Edit: Hello everyone!
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31 Jul 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello eagleye50, welcome to Seven Forums!





If you have No Data on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that you don't want to lose, have a look at the tutorial at the link below to do a wipe "secure erase" on the HDD so you'll have a clean slate to start with, though any/all data on the HDD will be over-written so be sure.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation



Edit: Hello everyone!
Hello BFK.
I am a bit late.
Ray.
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31 Jul 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post







Hello BFK.
I am a bit late.
Ray.




I was just commenting that you and Derek beat me to the reply!
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01 Aug 2010   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

You can save a lot of money by using a Win7 Upgrade version since you have qualifying Vista OS.

Use the full version on another computer, gift or sell it.
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01 Aug 2010   #8
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Hasn't this been covered to death, search on it.
But I agree, you just need upgrade version, save that one for a built from scratch PC.
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