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Windows 7: How to wipe out everything on computer for reinstallation of Windows 7

31 Dec 2011   #101
ignatzatsonic

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I'd just like to confirm what partitions you ended up with.

I assume you burned that ISO download and used it for the install, rather than using the Dell disk??

The first things I'd do on a new install is get anti-virus and Internet going.

Then update Windows from Windows update.

Then install drivers.

But I'd like to see Disk Management first. At least describe your partition layout.


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31 Dec 2011   #102
ignatzatsonic

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If you did a clean install with the downloaded ISO, I would NOT use that Dell drivers disc.
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31 Dec 2011   #103
gregrocker

 

Use the drivers given by the installer and updated by optional Windows updates. Then only import drivers which are missing in Device Manager after several rounds of optional Windows Updates, from the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your tag number which is most current.

Later we can help you restore the Recovery partition hotlink if it will not boot after testing it to see. But the space is hardly worth deciding to recover now.
Dell Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings
Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link

Many decide to scuttle the Recovery partition and go with their own Win7 backup image, however it might be useful to recover to factory condition if you decide to sell the PC since Dell's junkware might be useful to someone else.
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31 Dec 2011   #104
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

No, i did not burn that iso download. I used the windows 7 reinstallation cd. Thats what deri told me to do.


Disk Management is like this


Volume Layout Type File System Status Capacity Free Space %Free Fault Tolerance
C Drive Simple Basic NYFS Healthy 465.66GB 451.35GB 97% NO
System Reserved Simple Basic NYFS Healthy 100MB 72MB 72% NO
Window 7 Prem Simple Basic UDF Healthy 5.75GB 0MB 0% NO

Disk 0
Basic System Reserved C Drive
465.76GB 100 MB NTFS 465.66 GB NTFS
Healthy (system, Active, Primary) Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)
online

Disk 1
Removable E drive
No Media

The same removable E drive no media for Disk 2, 3 and 4

CD-ROM 0 Win 7 Homepremium Drive
DVD 5.75 GB UDF
5.75 GB Healthy Primary Partition
ONLINE
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31 Dec 2011   #105
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

So based on this... am i suppose to install the applications cd driver now? Or create the partition first?
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31 Dec 2011   #106
ignatzatsonic

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Greg:

Can't he use the downloaded ISO from My Digital Life (home premium 64) and activate it using Dell product key??

I think he has reinstalled using Dell's Windows disk which is actually a recovery disk, with bloat, crapware, etc.

Dynamite: how many total partitions do you now see in Disk Management? Do you still see a "recovery" partition of 10 or 15 GB???
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31 Dec 2011   #107
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dynamite140 View Post
So based on this... am i suppose to install the applications cd driver now? Or create the partition first?
Hang on for a minute, dynamite. We need to hear from Greg.

How many total partitions do you now have? Do you still have a recovery partition?
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31 Dec 2011   #108
gregrocker

 

A Dell Reinstallation DVD normally only contains extra the SLP factory mass-activation file so that it self-activates, and the Dell branding on Computer Properties page.

If these were recovery disks they'd not fit on one DVD, another reason they're called bloatware.
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31 Dec 2011   #109
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I only had 1 partition. It was disk 0 partition and it had like 465gb. No i didn't see a recovery partition.

Do you see what i typed up above? I wrote what i have in the disk management...
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31 Dec 2011   #110
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I provided the link in case the ISO had become corrupted, to be sure he had a pristine one.

However a Dell Reinstallation DVD normally only contains the SLP factory mass-activation file so that it self-activates, and the Dell branding on Computer Properties page.

If these were recovery disks they'd not fit on one DVD, another reason they're called bloatware.
Greg: he did not use the My Digital Life ISO.

He appears to have reinstalled with a Dell disk.

He does not have a retail disc. He has 3 discs from Dell: Windows, drivers, and utility.

Isn't he better off using My Digital Life ISO and then using Dell product key to activate it. Can't he do that?

Or would the Dell disk give a true clean install, like a retail Windows disk?
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