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Windows 7: How do you reformat during Windows 7 install?


17 Aug 2010   #1

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How do you reformat during Windows 7 install?

OK. I'm a newbie when it comes to installing a new OS, so please bare with me on such an elementary question. All the posts I've found regarding reformatting seems to assume that it's self explanatory. However, when I attempt to install Windows 7, it gives me the option to choose which partition to install but I do not see anywhere that it gives me the option to delete or reformat anything. Am I blind or something? Please help the ignorant newbie!

Btw, my previous OS that I'm trying to get rid of is Vista.

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17 Aug 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello maacu, welcome to Seven Forums!





During the installation you'll be presented with screens like these, this is how to do it, first click the "Delete" to remove all the existing partitions then "New" for as many as you want to create then "Format" and that's it.

You can also use the method in the tutorial at the link below; be advised though, the "clean all" method should not be used on any Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that contains data that you don't want to lose as it WILL over-write everything on the HDD and it will be un-recoverable.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation



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17 Aug 2010   #3

windows 7
 
 
Don't see that screen

Thanks for the reply bare foot kid!

thing is, my screen doesn't show what your example shows. i don't have the option of deleting, extending, new or reformatting anything. that doesn't appear anywhere on the screen. the screen simply asks me which partition on want to install windows 7. what the heck?!
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17 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

You will need to click on the text that is in red to bring up the options to delete and format ect. make sure you have the right partition selected each time you apply a command. good luck to you.
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17 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you have NOTHING on the HDD you care about, use the tutorial I posted above.
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17 Aug 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by myzr7 View Post
You will need to click on the text that is in red to bring up the options to delete and format ect. make sure you have the right partition selected each time you apply a command. good luck to you.
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Thanks Larry, I forgot I had a snip of that one.
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17 Aug 2010   #7

windows 7
 
 

Thanks myzr7.

i'm not at home with my pc right now so i can't try this yet. however, i'm pretty sure that i didn't have that option either cause i would've tried it. it tried clicking on anything on that screen that might work. since i'm not at the computer i can't be 100% certain but i hope i'm wrong.

but something just occurred to me. when i received my windows 7 brand new in box with the seals, etc. (bought it on eBay) there was a sticker that said, "only to be distributed with a new pc." do you think this might have something to do with this particular installation disc not having the option to delete or reformat drives? just a thought. again, i'm new at this.
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17 Aug 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

No mate, you probably got an OEM version, one that can only be installed to one PC and never moved as it's forever tied to the first motherboard that it's installed to but that should have no impact on the subject at hand.
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17 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

How are you doing the install? Are you doing it by inserting the upgrade disk while Win 7 is running, or are you booting the CD itself? You need to boot the CD to be able to format the hard drive during the install.
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17 Aug 2010   #10

windows 7
 
 

How do you boot the CD itself without running Windows?
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