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

31 Dec 2011   #61
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

Hi so what do you recommend me do now? I have the product key so there shouldn't be anything to worry about right if i delete the partition and it was mistake?


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31 Dec 2011   #62
derekimo

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Everytime i reinstalled windows 7... i did not delete a partition. All i did was select the partition with the most space ... which is number 3. But can i even delete a partition? I don't see the delete thing so i assume i have to highlight it and then delete?

Someone mentioned i could do the disk thing with deleting the disk. But I can't do that either...
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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31 Dec 2011   #63
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

Also... to the person who told me about the diskpart... i think i know why it didn't work. In the link... it tells me to type in CLEAN ALL. But i think in my computer... all i have to type is CLEAN. The reason why i say this is b/c it gives me a whole list of options.

So would this be the best thing to do? I read that doing this would put all 0's and thus clear everything.
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31 Dec 2011   #64
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I have windows home premium 64 bit...
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31 Dec 2011   #65
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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.
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31 Dec 2011   #66
derekimo

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Also... to the person who told me about the diskpart... i think i know why it didn't work. In the link... it tells me to type in clear all. But i think in my computer... all i have to type is CLEAR. The reason why i say this is b/c it gives me a whole list of options.

So would this be the best thing to do? I read that doing this would put all 0's and thus clear everything.
Who told you that? It's Clean All...

Look at #8 here,

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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31 Dec 2011   #67
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

hi. So you would recommend me do this then right derkimo? Yes its CLEAN. I kept typing CLEAN ALL and it didn't work.
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31 Dec 2011   #68
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

Hey guys, i will be back tomorrow to do it. I see that it might take 2 hours or so to delete everything.



Good night.
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31 Dec 2011   #69
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Clean takes 2 seconds. Clean all takes hours. Use clean if you use diskpart at all.
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31 Dec 2011   #70
derekimo

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hi. So you would recommend me do this then right derkimo? Yes its CLEAN. I kept typing CLEAN ALL and it didn't work.
If it doesn't work you can just go back to your Dell discs, read through those links I posted, especially this one,

Reinstalling Windows 7

Greg is an expert at installs and reinstalls among other things.

Let us know how it goes, any questions just ask.
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