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05 Nov 2010   #1

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Windows 7 install problem

I previously had vista installed an upgraded to windows 7 didn't think twice for some reason to check where it was be downloaded and it went to the d: drive (recovery drive) then had to reload microsoft office and it also want to go to this same drive an ultimately ran out of room and now i'm at a loss as to what to do. Should i wipe out everything and start over and do this in the c drive? any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. thank you.

Also when i boot up my computer its giving me the option to start up in windows 7 or vista. how do i get rid of vista?

I think i figured out what BFK was asking for in the picture you were asking of. Sorry i'm not as aware of things as i thought i was, lol... thank you for walking me through this. My questions are this.
1) Should i leave Windows 7 in the D: Drive (recovery drive)
2) if i shouldn't then how do i get it off there? and onto the c drive?
3) how do i get vista off there after i get windows 7 on the right drive?
4) if i do leave windows 7 in the D drive i saw through looking through others posting a way to re-route the registry for things to be downloaded into the c drive, is this a good idea? I plan to have an external hard drive back up it all up.
5) if i have an external hard drive someone then said i could remove everything but this doesn't make sense to me because don't use need the programs to make things work... or was this statement meant to say you can remove all your files (i.e. your games, music, documents, etc.... which i had to remove already to back up before i downloaded windows 7 because i was gonna lose them) or am i miss understanding something?
6 is the D: drive being so full gonna slow down the computer any or is really just meant to back up my computer in case it crashes?
7) i will be doing this whole process on my laptop... when i do so which is the appropriate drive i should have windows 7 orginally installed in?
Thanks for any help.



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05 Nov 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again gigglekisses.



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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05 Nov 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello again gigglekisses.



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

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Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
This is what we need to see, in a new post, not that; thanks!
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05 Nov 2010   #4

windows 7
 
 
hmmmm

is that the right screen shot (hiding face) lol
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05 Nov 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.



Yes that's the correct one, you're doing good.

You say you have made backups to an external Hard Disk Drive (HDD) of the data you want to save, is this correct?


It seems you have installed Windows 7 to the D: partition that was not created for this purpose, its original intent was to contain the files/data to recover the PC back to factory conditions in case of issues, that is no longer possible because you now have a Windows 7 there.

What is it you want to do; you now have a Windows 7 install that is on a partition that is way too small to contain it and you also have an older install of Windows Vista on the C: partition that you say you want to remove, correct.

It is possible and not too complicated to end up with just Windows 7 installed to the HDD and extra free space to store other things to but you will have to completely start over.

Is there still data of any kind you need to move to the external before you start this process?
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05 Nov 2010   #6

windows 7
 
 

I have not backed up to an external yet because i don't have it, it's been ordered and will be here on the 9th. There isn't anything that i need to back up because i already did that. i guess i want to fix whatever i did to make things run smoother. i want to get rid of vista ultimately so when i boot up i don't have to keep selecting windows 7. and i don't want to keep having to worry about running out of room when wanting to download programs.... so what would that solution being? if i have to start over, i'm okay with that... i just wanna fix it
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05 Nov 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK, this tutorial at the link below is the best way to go forward, take your time and study what you have to do with it to have just Windows 7 installed to the HDD.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation



First, do the "clean all" as listed in Step One, it'll take just over an hour, just relax and let it complete.

Then create a single partition to install Windows 7 to using the info out-lined in Step Two #2; then run the installation as usual.


Do you have a full version or an update version of Windows 7 to use for the install?
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05 Nov 2010   #8

windows 7
 
 

it says upgrade on the box.
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05 Nov 2010   #9

windows 7
 
 

when i download things in the future on this computer will i download things to the d: (recovery drive) or C: drive?
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05 Nov 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gigglekisses View Post
it says upgrade on the box.


Then this is the tutorial/method to use for the install after the clean all and the creation of the single partition, at this link below.

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version



Do you have another PC to view these tutorials while you do the work?
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