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Windows 7: Help! Many old files exist after clean install of Win 7


18 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Help! Many old files exist after clean install of Win 7

Hello all, I am new to this forum.

I just did a clean install from Vista to Windows 7 32 bit. I didnt reformat any drive, and just pop in the dvd, click install.

After completion, I went into my C drive and found this.

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Looking at the dates of those files, it seems that a lot of old files in the C drive still exist! Someone please give me some advice.

And I thought I did a clean install.




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18 Mar 2011   #2

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

Chill, I have a brand new Windows 7 computer and these are what my folders look like- same as yours.

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See this thread, it answers your question.

Help Brand New Dell Laptop with old dated folders


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18 Mar 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you would like a nice clean install, try a full clean & full format in command prompt.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
Partition or Volume - Delete
Partition or Volume - Create New
Partition - Mark as Active

1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)

Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (win HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT fs=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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18 Mar 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Here are tips to get a purrfect clean resintall of factory OEM - use the ones which apply: Clean Reinstall steps
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18 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

thanks for the prompt response. Bill2, so there is nothing wrong with it? if you look at my folder/file dates, some are dated yesterday while a good portion were dated in 2009, when I first bought the computer.

thog, gregrocker, if i were to do a clean install once again, will the dates for the folder be updated? I dun want to go through the whole process of resintall, transferring folders, update drivers and find out the end result is the same.

Thanks.
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18 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello roxynox, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you completely wipe the entire Hard Disk Drive and do a real clean install you will have the best possible installation of Windows 7 you can get and all the old files will be gone, though some of the dates may be older but that does not matter, it's entirely up to you.

Have a look through the info below and decide for yourself and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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