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Windows 7: New Win 7 install on machine with Vista


01 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
New Win 7 install on machine with Vista

New Win 7 install on machine with Vista - clean install
Dell 1525 Inspiron
It's asking where do you want to install.

Disk 0 Part 1 OEM (Reserved)
Disk 0 Part 2 Recovery Primary
Disk 0 Part 3 OS System
Disk 0 Part 4 Mediadirect Logical

What do I want to "Delete" or "Format"?


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01 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello thewolfe, welcome to Seven Forums!





It would not be advisable to delete any of that; post a snip/screen-shot of disk management so we can better advise you on the next step. What is "Disk 0 Part 4 "Mediadirect" Logical?



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01 Aug 2010   #3

 

MediaDirect is a small embedded linux distro that you can boot into by pressing a button on your dell laptop, its for viewing media quickly without windows booting up. Install on the "OS System" partiton.
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01 Aug 2010   #4

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Have made the Dell Recovery DVD's?
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01 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ccatlett1984 View Post
MediaDirect is a small embedded linux distro that you can boot into by pressing a button on your dell laptop, its for viewing media quickly without windows booting up. Install on the "OS System" partiton.




Thank you!
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01 Aug 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It would really help if you posted a picture of your Disk Management. From your list, there are not many options. You will probably have to create a new partition first.
Further, are you aware of all the possible pains with double booting. In other words, do you want to keep Vista on that system.
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01 Aug 2010   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

On my Dell 1520, I deleted all of the partitions then installed Win 7. If you leave the MediaDirect partition and install Win 7 on the OS partition, I've heard (but can't verify) that it can cause problems. Supposedly, if the MediaDirect button is pushed when the power is off the machine will load MediaDirect from that partition but it will mess up the Win 7 partition.

Since I deleted the MD partition, if I press the MD button with the machine powered off, it will display a "Dell Media Direct" splash screen for 1-2 secs then, since it can't find the MD partition, it boots Win 7. If the machine is booted and I press the MD button, nothing happens. You can use a program such as AutoHotkey to reassign the MD key to do something else if you want.

Edit: Just for the heck of it, I installed AutoHotkey and used it to reassign the MD key to bring up WMP when pressed. Works fine, now when the machine is powered off the MD key acts like the Power button, once the machine is booted pressing the MD button brings up WMP.
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01 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

When I get back to the machine, I'll see if I can get on so I can show disk management.
Haven't made a recovery disk, don't plan to go back to Vista.
Media direct doesn't seem to be a problem.
I want to delete VIsta permanently, no double booting
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01 Aug 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

So you have a Windows 7 install disk and you want to do-away with everything currently on the PC and just have Windows 7 installed? If the answer to these questions is yes, then have a look at the tutorials below.

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
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01 Aug 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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.
http://support.dell.com/support/down...n&catid=&impid=
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