Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Re-Install Tips?

24 Sep 2010   #1
Xisuma

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Re-Install Tips?

Tomorrow I'm Reinstalling my computer. Its a extra risky re isntall because i have a odd setup where i have 2 HDS for installed programs. Getting it all to work again might be tricky, but i hope not.

So far ive downloaded drivers and ninite, and used belarc advisor. Ive also backed up all my data and about to create a image of my C: drive. Any other top tips you wise people have for me?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Xisuma.



The best thing if you are able is to disconnect all Hard Disk Drives (HDD) except the one you intend to install to and all other peripherals, i.e. printers and such like, then after the install and all is booting good, power down and reconnect everything as usual and install any needed drivers.
Be sure to post back with any further questions and to keep us updated.

Also have a look at the info below.
information   Information

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "clean all" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including all the old Windows drivers, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Perhaps you should explain a bit more your unusual setup plan with programs on separate HD.

It is not recommended to put programs on a separate partition from Win7 as programs write keys to the registry that integrate them to the OS until uninstalled.

A better method is to place your User folders on separate partition, or separate HD to benefit from another reader. User Folders - Change Default Location

This also makes your WIn7 backup image smaller so you can reimage just the OS to it's partition if necessary and your files are all in place, current, ready to go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #5
Xisuma

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I make music on my computer. So i have music software and VSTs on the E:\ drive and windows and normal programs on the C:\ , It seemed like a good idea to seperate them, and now i can't undo this because all my songs need the file structure on the E:\ to locate settings, vst and samples etc..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #6
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Xisuma View Post
I make music on my computer. So i have music software and VSTs on the E:\ drive and windows and normal programs on the C:\ , It seemed like a good idea to seperate them, and now i can't undo this because all my songs need the file structure on the E:\ to locate settings, vst and samples etc..
Gregrocker is right. And it shouldn't be too difficult to change your current directories from within the software or configuration files. Just give it a shot. You could always go back if you have trouble.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Sep 2010   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You will need to reinstall the programs anyway, so I would take this opporunity to correctly install them on the same C; drive as OS.

You can keep your data files on the separate drive to see if they are correctly referenced by the programs, linking them to correct User folders by the method in User Folders - Change Default Location tutorial, or by rightclicking on file/folder to include in the relevant library.

In Win7, Documents for example is a User folder which can be placed on the drive you want using tutorial, and is also a Library which can include any file/folder simply by rightclicking to Add to Library.

This will become more evident after you reinstall and setup. But you will not be able to keep programs already on the separate HD as programs always need to be reinstalled.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Sep 2010   #8
eldinv

DOS^
 
 

Best tips have already been given; for re-installation use the following tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums

When creating your OS partition give yourself plenty of room if your planning on installing a lot of music application. (Checkout Reminder) Nothing less than 200GB and you should be fine.

For creating your DATA partition, look at these two tutorials.
Data Partition - Windows 7 Forums and the User Folders - Change Default Location.

At minimum you should have at least these two partitions and one more for system image backups, preferably to a secondary drive.


Post installation!
Before installing Windows updates, antivirus and your applications, create a system image, even before activation. I prefer using Macrium Reflect but the choice is yours.
How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
Macrium Reflect is a Free and Easy To Use Backup Utility - How-To Geek

Just a reminder!
Windows 7 is not like Windows XP. It 100% user ready post installation. So, there's no need for useless applications that do more harm than good. Keep it clean and simple and you shall find Windows 7 to be the best EVER!

Good Luck,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Re-Install Tips?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Best SSD Tips
Now that I have an ssd in my system, what are the best things I can do to maximize the life and performance of the ssd. Any suggestions welcome.
Performance & Maintenance
Need tips to facilitate clean install of Win 7 and existing software
I have seen the great tutorial for doing a clean install. In this case I am looking for another tip. My computer is already Win7 with lots of software. Performance has come to a point I want to do a clean install and start all over. The question? The Win7 install should be a piece of cake, but...
Installation & Setup
Possible tips.
For me, a thread titled "Help Please" is less likely to get my interest than one with a hint in the title "Will not boot" etc. As a virus magnet I have spent many days without my PC. Instead of binning my old PC on getting a better one I hung onto it. It allows me to at least ask questions to...
BSOD Help and Support
Tips for importing my Windows 7 install to a fresh install?
Hi! I plan on reformatting Windows 7 x64 due to some hardware issues. Basically, I would like to be able to have things like Windows 7 settings, themes, ect imported. Any tips on how to do this? edit: I do have separate partitions/harddrives to backup files, program data, ect.
Installation & Setup
x64 Top Tips
I've just moved to x64 after using x86 exclusively for 2 years (Vista & W7). Does anyone have any top tips to bear in mind when using x64 on a day-to-day basis?
General Discussion
Any tips
I am new to Windows 7 and i would like to know if you guys have some good tips to make my experience with windows 7 more pleasing and more interesting. If you have any tips and tricks please let me know.
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:58.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App