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Windows 7: Reformat


16 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional, SP1
 
 
Reformat

If I'd like to reformat my hard drive before installing Windows 7 what must I do please?Thanks


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16 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Titi,

You could do a clean install of Windows 7 to do that all at once during the installation if you like.
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16 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional, SP1
 
 

I mean Reformat or clean my whole hard drive. I could do that with Win XP. Win XP asks me if I want to reformat (clean) my whole hard drive before clean install. I wonder how I can do that in Windows 7. Your help is appreciated.
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16 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If you have a Windows 7 installation DVD/USB to use, then you could use the "clean" command to wipe the HDD, then do a clean install of Windows 7 on it.
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16 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional, SP1
 
 

Thanks Brink for your instruction. However, I don't know how to get to the Elevated Command Prompt before installing. What the article says is that you already have the OS. Once you're in OS how can you clean or reformat your own hard drive. That's my question. Your help's very much appreciated.
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16 Nov 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Titi.

The tutorial below from step 2 in the "clean" tutorial link above can help show you how to.

Command Prompt at Startup
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