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Windows 7: New Win 7 install on machine with Vista


01 Aug 2010   #11

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Bare foot Kid I'll ck out the links when I get back to that computer.

And yes I have nothing on the machine I want to save. I'm going for brand new.

Thanks for the posts, everyone. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions after I read the tutorials.

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01 Aug 2010   #12
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Would be worth running your PC with the Upgrade Advisor:

Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Check for Dell drivers.

There no Windows 7 drivers on the Dell site, only Vista.
Drivers & Downloads
Thanks Ray.



@thewolfe, if you need to you can run/install needed drivers in, compatibility mode though Windows 7 is pretty much driver complete, install it and see how it sorts out; yes, be sure to post back with updates as we'll be interested.
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01 Aug 2010   #13

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Here is shot of Disk Mgt, I think.


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01 Aug 2010   #14
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If a Windows 7 clean install is what you want then you should have no issues at all, just take your time and follow the tutorials linked earlier and be sure to keep us informed as to your progress.
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01 Aug 2010   #15
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The OEM partition enables Dell utilities which may or may not work when you clean reinstall. Most of these utilities have better options built into Windows 7.

The REcovery partition works quite well in Dell to restore to factory condition from boot, which you might want to do if you should decide to sell the computer but keep Windows 7 for yourself. Hence it would be wise to at least make the Recovery disks, although they can always be ordered from Dell, or a Vista installer for your version can be located to clean reinstall your version with Product Key on COA.

With these things in mind, decide if you want to delete those partitions. If so the best method is to wipe the HD using the tutorial BarefootKid wrote and linked. This gives you the cleanest possible slate for new install: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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01 Aug 2010   #16

Windows 7
 
 

OK, I understand you to say delete every partition. Then will it auto format C or will I have to do that? I'm also going to follow the tutorials that hopefully won't leave any gaps in the re-install process.

Thanks for your posts. I'm about to begin.
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01 Aug 2010   #17
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post




Be advised: using the info in the first tutorial will over-write everything, all the data on the entire Hard Disk Drive (HDD) so make any backups of any data you don't want to lose before you get started.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7




Just follow these tutorials, they work in unison and will show you every step you need to take to have a clean fresh install of Windows 7 on the PC; take your time and study the tutorials well before you get started and you should have no problems, if you have further questions or need help someone here will be glad to assist you, just post back in this same thread.
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01 Aug 2010   #18
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thewolfe View Post
OK, I understand you to say delete every partition. Then will it auto format C or will I have to do that? I'm also going to follow the tutorials that hopefully won't leave any gaps in the re-install process.
No, actually I said that you need to make that decision based on the information we provided, after asking any questions to be sure.

And if you are going to do away with those partitions, the best and cleanest method is to use the tutorials provided by BareFootKid.
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02 Aug 2010   #19

Windows 7
 
 

Well, I'm up and running on Windows 7. Just finished the install so questions will be forth coming, I'm sure.
Ops! That didn't take long.

On Disk 0 I have 9.80 Unallocated, (C) 220.58 Healthy..., and 2.50 Unallocated.

Can I add the unallocated to the (C) partition?


Thanks to all.
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02 Aug 2010   #20

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