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Windows 7: If i delete hardrive will I be able to re-install windows 7

19 Nov 2011   #1
russellhyldon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
If i delete hardrive will I be able to re-install windows 7

Hi everyone,

Ive been having nightmare problems with my laptop its a presario CQ61 64 bit with intel celeron.
I am able to download off the internet, but then when it comes to verify the programe, publisher unknow pops up and I go to run the programe and "curupt file" comes up and then the file disapears.
I bought mcafee virus and that works fine (i booted it from cd), but I also bought malwaryebytes - ran the cd and everything was fine, the programe started to download updates, but then "MBAM_ERROR_LOAD_DATABASE(0, 0) popped up and then the programe wouldnt work and everytime I tried to open programe "curupt file" flashed up.

If I delete the harddrive (Im very nervouse about doing it as the tutorial on here sounds/very complex), and instal a fresh copy of windows 7 home premium (I have the coa sticker on the bottom of my pc) will it solve the issue.
I not able to download anything from the internet at present.


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19 Nov 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Providing your copy of Windows is the same version as the pre-installed version you can use it to carry out a clean install using the COA product key attached to your computer.

This tutorial explains how: Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

Backup any important data first and all being well Windows will provide you with a network adapter driver.

You will also have to reinstall any applications you need.

Just take your time, print the tutorial first and ask here if there's anything you are unsure of.
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19 Nov 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


How to use HP Recovery:
Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

or
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center
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19 Nov 2011   #4
russellhyldon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you, also I have a a hp drivers, so i pursume i have to put that in after in re-install windows after I delete hardrive.
I also have recovery partition, do i delete that as well as c\drive (hard drive)

Thank you for you help and wish me luck, im going to do it tomorrow when i feel fresh as i am nervous about doing it.
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19 Nov 2011   #5
russellhyldon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic


information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.

& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


How to use HP Recovery:
Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
Performing an HP System Recovery in Windows 7 - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Creating a Recovery Disk on a USB Flash Disk HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

or
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center
yes I had to buy restore/recovery disks from hp the also sent me a drivers disk, can i reinstall with the recovery disks after deleting harddrive or should i use the iso cd that i burnt on my friends pc
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19 Nov 2011   #6
dolittle

windows 7
 
 

I would not delete the recovery partition. I would do a HP recovery. theog gave a link to the how to.
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19 Nov 2011   #7
russellhyldon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I tried before to restore using the hp recovery section and that didnt solve the problem, i also did a restore using the hp disks and still the same problem.
So Im guessing that just deleting the c\drive (harddrive) will be the right thing to do
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19 Nov 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I would Check the hard drive first with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic
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19 Nov 2011   #9
russellhyldon

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

the hard drive I have is - Hard Drive(s) TOSHIBA MK2556GSY ATA Device (232.88 GB), im even more confused now
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19 Nov 2011   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Toshiba apparently does not provide its own hard disk utilities. You may be able to use generic disk utilities from another source.

If you use your recovery disks successfully, your laptop will be restore to the way it was when you got it.

However, if you use the ISO that you have and it is a valid ISO, it will instead give a fresh install of Windows 7, without all the extra stuff that may have been on your laptop when you got it. That may be preferable. You would have to burn that ISO to a DVD.

I would not delete the recovery partition unless you have recovery disks that are known to work.

That HP drivers disk is quite old. I would not use it if at all possible. A new Windows installation would likely have all the drivers you need. If not, go to the HP website and look for the drivers you need---rather than relying on your HP drivers disk.
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