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Windows 7: I need to install Windows 7 on a new hard drive but I dont know how.


28 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home 32bit
 
 
I need to install Windows 7 on a new hard drive but I dont know how.

I recently purchased windows 7 Home Edition. I downloaded the installation files from Microsoft's website. Recently my computer crashed completely due to a virus. I bought a new hard drive and I want to install windows on the new hard drive but I don't know how without the installation CD which I don't have since I downloaded the install files. Thanks in advance.


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28 Jan 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I assume the file you downloaded has an iso extension?

If so, you need to burn it to a DVD---the resulting DVD should be bootable and good for installation. You will need a Product Key to activate the new install.
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28 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home 32bit
 
 

How do I burn the iso to a CD? Does the program I use matter? Are there any special settings so that its bootable?
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28 Jan 2012   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You must use a DVD, not a CD.

Any decent burning program will work. I use ImgBurn, but others are usually OK.

Use a slow burning speed---4x to 12x.

If it burns, it should be bootable by default. If you fail, try again on another disk.
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28 Jan 2012   #5
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Burn ISO to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed, or write to flash stick using Universal USB Installer
with Windows 7 in dropdown menu.

Boot the DVD or stick to clean install following these illustrated steps: Clean Install Windows 7

How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD
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