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Windows 7: Can I re-initialize Windows 7 with Upgade DVD?

09 Jun 2012   #1

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Can I re-initialize Windows 7 with Upgade DVD?

When Microsoft had it's offer of upgrading Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7 (3 CPUs for $150), I bought the DVD and upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Now I am having some difficulties with my current Windows 7 system and I am considering re-initializing back to factory settings. Can I use this upgrade DVD to do this?


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09 Jun 2012   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richierein View Post
When Microsoft had it's offer of upgrading Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7 (3 CPUs for $150), I bought the DVD and upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Now I am having some difficulties with my current Windows 7 system and I am considering re-initializing back to factory settings. Can I use this upgrade DVD to do this?
Is the following correct:

The PC originally had Vista.

You upgraded it to Win 7 and now want to return to Vista.

The upgrade DVD you refer to is a Win 7 disc.

If all of that is correct, I don't see how the upgrade DVD can help you return to Vista.

But you might be able to return to Vista if you have Vista install discs or have a set of recovery discs made when Vista was on the PC.
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09 Jun 2012   #3

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God no, I don't want to return to Windows Vista. My D: partition on Windows 7 was clobbered and is now empty and approx. 59gb. Somehow the D: partition merged with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview when I was trying to remove it from my C: drive. I am considering a brand new fresh Windows 7 system. I am told that after several years, this can improve performance and I'm uncomfortable with a non-functioning D: partition. The DVD is labeled Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack for 3 PCs Upgrade.
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09 Jun 2012   #4

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I misunderstood you. When you said "back to factory settings", I assumed you meant return to its original "as manufactured" Vista state, not Windows 7.

You should certainly be able to reinstall Windows 7 with an ordinary Windows 7 upgrade disc, and validate with the existing Product Key. Or possibly repair the existing installation.
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10 Jun 2012   #5

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My default profile had previously been re-located to an external drive and I have good backups of my C: partition. Unfortunately, I mis-read some of the instructions on the backup procedures and failed to backup my D: partition. I can easily restore 'Program Files' back to my C: partition. How will all of this affect the new D: partition? What does the D: partition do anyway and does it have any affect on the applications in 'Program Files' or the 'Appdata' folder in my default profile? I would not like to need to re-install and re-download all of applications presently installed. I would also like the registry to be un-affected.
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10 Jun 2012   #6

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Post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management so we can see your partition setup.

You say "I can easily restore 'Program Files" back to my C partition". How do you propose to do that?

What is the purpose of your D partition? Why do you have a D partition?
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10 Jun 2012   #7

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I have a good set of backups of my C: partition. That is where 'Program
Files' is located. Attached are two screenshots. 'Disk Management' and 'Computer > Open'.


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10 Jun 2012   #8

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What are the answers to the questions in post 6?

What is on drives E and H? They are marked active. Do they contain operating systems?
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10 Jun 2012   #9
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You can Clean Reinstall using upgrade version, following the same steps as in the blue link. When you boot the installer it will see the underlying OS to allow use of Upgrade version key during install.

Since you have problems with a second data partition I would delete partitions on the target HD during install to create one large partition, or just delete and click Next and the installer will do it for you.

Unplug all other HD's during install.

The Best Practices for getting a perfect reinstall are in the blue link tutorial along with the latest installer with SP 1 if you're lacking that. I would not veer much away from those steps to get and maintain your install.
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10 Jun 2012   #10

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Regarding the E: partition, I have no idea where it came from. It just appeared a few months ago. Someone told me that it is actually part of the C: drive and is unique to Dell computers. The H: drive contains mostly my movie collection. I also use it for backing up my C: drive. Also, H: is where I relocated my default profile. I use the F: drive for backing up my default profile which resides on H:.

I recently had some conversations with 'computer experts'? and was told that the D: partition on Windows 7 is not vital to running a successful system and will not prevent me from running 'system restore' if it becomes necessary. With this in mind I am now rethinking the necessity of re-initializing and starting over from scratch, installing and downloading all of my applications. I was told that I can continue to function well without the D: partition. Please advise me if this is incorrect.
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