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Windows 7: Problem with installing.

06 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Problem with installing.

Hello There!

I have two comps and one has win 7 pro, the other home premium. I am trying to update my home prem cp because it has started to freeze on me. I am assuming it is a windows issue or something to do with a corrupt file. So I recently purchased ultimate.

While trying to install ultimate on my computer it is telling me i need to select a drive.

I have 1 drive, but 3 partitions.

Drive0: Partition 1 - System 199MB
Drive0: Partition 2 - C: 278GB
Drive0: Partition 3 - Recovery: 12.9 GB

My windows is installed from factory so I do not have a home prem disc, just the ultimate one, and it is all installed on the system partition, however while in the installation process it tells me the system partition can not be selected due to it having to have 8336 MB of free space, not sure on exact amount of space - but that's somewhere close.

What should I do? I can not install on C: as then I would have two ops..

Thanks for any help!

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06 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Sandmaster, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What type of Windows 7 installation media do you have? For example: OEM, retail (upgrade or full), student, etc...

If you select the C: partition, then the installation will format and install Ultimate to replace it.

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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06 Jul 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If wont to Reinstall, use the Factory Recovery Partition, than make your Recovery Disks.

Than Upgrade, using Anytime Upgrade
No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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06 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have the full I am assuming.

I forgot to mention in my original post, I want to customize and do a clean install to wipe all files that are not needed.

And thanks for the welcome

Brink on the first guide "7. Select the hard drive or partition that you want to install Windows 7 on and click on the Drive Options (advanced) link. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If the hard drive or partition that you have selected is unallocted, then you can just click on the Next button instead and go to step 9 since it is already empty.
WARNING: You may not have the Drive options (advanced) option unless the installation is done at boot, and not running the installation from within your current OS."

That advanced button does not appear. any reason for that?
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06 Jul 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sandmaster,

What do you have instead?

Are you booting from the Windows 7 installation disc, and not running it from within Windows 7.
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06 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I can do either way, i usually try to boot the installation from within windows 7 home. I put the disc in and it shows start up. So i click it. I get to step 7 on your guide/tutorial, and then i do not have a "drive options (advanced)" button on my set up screen.
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06 Jul 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

1) Make sure you make your Drivers disks, or download them from the OEM manufacturer's website.

2) you can clean the Hd using this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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06 Jul 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Sandmaster, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you want a complete fresh start, wipe the HDD and start a clean install; have a look through this information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


It would be best to do a complete wipe of the Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive and then start the installation process again, have a look at Step One of the Optimize tutorial below; after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, then boot the Windows 7 installation media to do the wipe secure erase to the HDD / SSD.

Whether you use diskpart to run either the clean all command to completely wipe a HDD / SSD or just the clean command to remove the format configuration data and don't use diskpart to create at least a single partition to do the installation to, letting the Windows installer do the format, the new Windows 7 System Reserved partition will be automatically issued, if you want to make your own decision whether this partition is added, study these two (2) options below.
  • 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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06 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you all so much, it worked perfectly. It is just now starting install. I appreciate all of the help!
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06 Jul 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news. I'm glad that we were able to help.
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