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

31 Dec 2011   #31
ignatzatsonic

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If it were me, I would barge on and delete all.

But it isn't me. It's you.

For that reason, caution is the best course.

That's why you need to post the screenshot as Derekimo and I have requested and you need to answer questions about recovery disks and product keys.


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31 Dec 2011   #32
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I have the recovery disc... the windows 7 reinstallation cd.

Product key. Well i have the disc and the paper holder where i put the windows disc on. Is it at the back?

Its US- then 6 letters/numbers, then 5 numbers, then 3 numbers, and then 4 letters. Is that it?

I can't post a screenshot because im at that page right now...
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31 Dec 2011   #33
ignatzatsonic

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That's not a recovery disk. That's an installation DVD.

Exactly what does it say on this disk???

A recovery disk is a disk or maybe 2 that are used to restore your Dell to the way it was when Dell shipped it to you.

Dell may have shipped them to you. If not, you can make them yourself (burn them to a disk), through a Dell program or menu choice.

A Windows retail product key will be 25 characters--5 groups of 5 characters. If you don't have a product key, you cannot activate any new Windows installation.

I'm not sure what those numbers you have are--maybe product key, maybe serial number, maybe unknown.

If you can't or won't post a screen shot, I'll bow out--I don't want see you go in the toilet when it is preventable.
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31 Dec 2011   #34
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

Where do you want to install windows
Total Size Free Space Type
Disk 0 Partition 1 39MB 30Mb OEM Reserved
Disk 0 Partition 2 Recovery I Drive 14.6GB 9.2gb System
Disk 0 Partition 3 OS C Drive 451.1GB 388.8gb Primary

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i think this is what your trying to do . after formating drive 3 install windows on it.


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31 Dec 2011   #35
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

Hi... i CAN'T POST THE SCREENSHOT. That is my problem. Its not i don't want to post it.. i can't post it.


I DO NOT HAVE THE DRIVERS ADVANCED on my screen. All i have besides those partitions is REFRESH OR LOAD DRIVER...
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31 Dec 2011   #36
ignatzatsonic

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If what you have is a Dell Windows installation disk as opposed to an ordinary Windows installation disk, for all I know that disk may just restore your computer to the way it was when you got it---with the partitions you don't want and are now trying to get rid of.

As well as with all the crap Dell pre-installed on the PC--that you may or may not want.

Look at your documentation or provide more details about this disk.

I assume you have no other discs from Dell?

All you need to do to post that screenshot is to cancel where you are right now, take the DVD out of the drive, reboot, go to Disk Managment, capture the screen, and post it. No can do??

And I still don't know about your possible or possibly not product key.
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31 Dec 2011   #37
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

If you don't have the 'driver' screen then it is not a standard windows install disc. I have no experience with dell. Sorry.
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31 Dec 2011   #38
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I have a utility driver disc from dell. And one that says applications disc.
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31 Dec 2011   #39
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

he may still be able to use f10 at the install startup screen and do diskpart to clean the drive no ?

scrooge
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31 Dec 2011   #40
ignatzatsonic

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Not enough info yet.

What exactly does it say on this disk that may be a Windows disk or may be a "recovery" disk?

At this point, no one knows for sure what you will end up with if you use it--you might just be back where you were when it arrived.



I think (NOT SURE) that you can download a valid legal Windows 7 ISO, burn it to a disk, install, and then use your existing Dell product key to validate the install. You would need to download the exact same version of Windows 7 that you now have.

You need to confirm that will work from others, such as Gregrocker.

I'm antsy about you using that disk you have as I don't know enough about it or your product key.
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