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

31 Dec 2011   #111
derekimo

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Did it ask you for a product key when you installed before?
Nope. Never did.
That's what I thought. If you have that 25 digit product key you can try a clean install using that key in a retail iso.

Reinstalling Windows 7

What version do you have (Home Premium, Pro...) 32 or 64 bit?
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Download Windows 7 ISO (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) My Digital Life

Scroll down till you see the Home Premium 64 bit English and grab it.

The clean versus clean all thing shouldn't have mattered. Clean works as well as clean all for what you need to do with Diskpart. But you don't need diskpart at all. No harm in using it if you want to.
From these two posts on, I thought the downloaded ISO was being used.


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31 Dec 2011   #112
gregrocker

 

Dell Reinstallation DVD is normally a Win7 installer with only Dell branding and SLP auto-activation added. Check now that Win7 is Activated at Computer>Properties.

You've have been asked repeatedly for a Disk mgmt screenshot, which is actually easier than typing out those jumbled listings.

Maxmimize your Disk Mgmt screen, open the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, draw a rectangular Snip around the entire drive map with listings, Save the file. Attach it using paper clip in reply box. Screen Shots
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31 Dec 2011   #113
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I have 2 discs from dell. The windows reinstallation cd and the applications. The applications is drivers and utitilies since i needed to install those things to get my internet working.

From talking to deri earlier... isn't this all i need to do now?

Partition or Volume - Create New
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31 Dec 2011   #114
ignatzatsonic

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He has no current Internet connection and cannot post Disk Management.

He did NOT use downloaded ISO.

He used Dell "Windows" disk.

But he claims to now have only 1 partiton after the install, so maybe the Dell disk did NOT simply restore him to factory specs with 3 partitions (system reserved, C, and recovery)???
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31 Dec 2011   #115
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dynamite140 View Post
I have 2 discs from dell. The windows reinstallation cd and the applications. The applications is drivers and utitilies since i needed to install those things to get my internet working.

From talking to deri earlier... isn't this all i need to do now?

Partition or Volume - Create New
I never mentioned that. You should really slow down and answer each question.
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31 Dec 2011   #116
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

Heres the disk management picture


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31 Dec 2011   #117
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I forgot that i could save a picture on my desktop, then put it on usb and save it and post on laptop. Excuse me for that mistake.
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31 Dec 2011   #118
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The pic looks OK to me.

Wait for Greg's comment.

I just don't know what that Dell disk is. It appears to have given you a clean install with no crap or bloat, just like a retail disc. I don't see the "recovery" partition, so it did NOT restore you to factory specs.

Greg???
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31 Dec 2011   #119
gregrocker

 

Perfect.

Are you missing wireless driver? In the steps I gave you it says "just in case put your wireless driver on a stick or CD so you can get online quickly to get Updates and drivers via optional Windows Updates."

Go to Dell's Downloads website and put in your Tag number to find the wireless driver. Unzip it to Downloads folder and rightclick .exe file to Run As Administrator.
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31 Dec 2011   #120
dynamite140

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The Dell disc is the windows 7 reinstallation cd....
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