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Windows 7: Formatting with Win 7

23 Nov 2010   #1
pulpwood007

Windows Professional
 
 
Formatting with Win 7

I have recently installed Win7 on a trial basis. I would now like to uninstall, format Drive C: and reinstall again.

On the installation process there was originally a "format" option, however it was a "quick format" not full format. Win XP offered the option of a full format on each installation.

So, bottom line, how does one do a full format before, during or after a Win 7 install.

Also, is there any equivalent of the "find file" or "run" command in Win 7.

Thanks!


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23 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

When you use the install DVD
You will be asked upgrade or custom.
Choose custom and advanced.
You can format then
Clean Install Windows 7
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23 Nov 2010   #3
brady

 

full format can be done through 3rd party bootup disks -

Run line and Find File are now enabled through properties, just check the boxes, friend.
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23 Nov 2010   #4
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1. First backup all your user data.

2. Insert the win 7 dvd and boot from the dvd.

3. In the installing windows screen click on Repair your computer.

4. Click on command prompt and use the disk part command to format your hard disk.

More about diskpart commands here.

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility
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23 Nov 2010   #5
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
1. First backup all your user data.

2. Insert the win 7 dvd and boot from the dvd.

3. In the installing windows screen click on Repair your computer.

4. Click on command prompt and use the disk part command to format your hard disk.

More about diskpart commands here.

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility

The main commands you need to lookup and be familiar with are :

list disk
select disk
clean
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23 Nov 2010   #6
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
 
 

Quote:
Also, is there any equivalent of the "find file" or "run" command in Win 7.
Both are a bit different. Anyway to launch run window in Windows 7:

1. Click start.

2. Type "Run" (wthout quotes" ; strike Enter from keyboard.

Or

press [Windows logo key in key board ] and "R" at the same time.
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23 Nov 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

One of the frst things I do on a new install is rightclick an empty area of the Start menu to Customize, add the Run Command, Network, Video and Downloads folders, set Control Panel and Computer to "Display as a Menu" so it folds out to the side for quicker access, and other choices which Users tend to prefer.

You asked about a "find" command: I would use the Start Search box to find a folder, Program or anything else you've stored, and Control F to search within any file or page.
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23 Nov 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
1. First backup all your user data.

2. Insert the win 7 dvd and boot from the dvd.

3. In the installing windows screen click on Repair your computer.

4. Click on command prompt and use the disk part command to format your hard disk.

More about diskpart commands here.
Hello pulpwood007, welcome to Seven Forums!


After you have made backups of anything you want to save, have a look at this tutorial at the link below; it makes the process very easy to use and understand.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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23 Nov 2010   #9
pulpwood007

Windows Professional
 
 

Thanks for all the quick replys. Great info. I'm way too used to XP but time to make the change. This info is what I need.
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23 Nov 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Glad we could help and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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