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Windows 7: Question about reformatting my hard drive and Win. 7

15 Jun 2012   #1
Deathstroke

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Question about reformatting my hard drive and Win. 7

So my PC was recently infected with viruses, and I was able to get rid of them with Malware bytes and Microsoft Security Essentials. Anyway, I;m not sure if I completely got rid of the viruses so I want to just completely wipe my hard drive and get rid of it all. When I go to reformat my Hard Disk, Windows says I cannot because it's in use.

I google'd around and some guides are saying that I'd be able to reformat and boot up through the Win. 7 installation disk; the problem is that I don't have a Win 7. installation disk. What do I do?

Thanks.


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15 Jun 2012   #2
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deathstroke View Post
So my PC was recently infected with viruses, and I was able to get rid of them with Malware bytes and Microsoft Security Essentials. Anyway, I;m not sure if I completely got rid of the viruses so I want to just completely wipe my hard drive and get rid of it all. When I go to reformat my Hard Disk, Windows says I cannot because it's in use.

I google'd around and some guides are saying that I'd be able to reformat and boot up through the Win. 7 installation disk; the problem is that I don't have a Win 7. installation disk. What do I do?

Thanks.
If you have a Windows 7 product key, downlaod the installation disc that corresponds with your edition legally from here: Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
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15 Jun 2012   #3
Deathstroke

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deathstroke View Post
So my PC was recently infected with viruses, and I was able to get rid of them with Malware bytes and Microsoft Security Essentials. Anyway, I;m not sure if I completely got rid of the viruses so I want to just completely wipe my hard drive and get rid of it all. When I go to reformat my Hard Disk, Windows says I cannot because it's in use.

I google'd around and some guides are saying that I'd be able to reformat and boot up through the Win. 7 installation disk; the problem is that I don't have a Win 7. installation disk. What do I do?

Thanks.
If you have a Windows 7 product key, downlaod the disc that corresponds with your edition legally from here: Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
I don't believe I have a product key. My PC came preloaded with Windows 7.
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15 Jun 2012   #4
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deathstroke View Post
So my PC was recently infected with viruses, and I was able to get rid of them with Malware bytes and Microsoft Security Essentials. Anyway, I;m not sure if I completely got rid of the viruses so I want to just completely wipe my hard drive and get rid of it all. When I go to reformat my Hard Disk, Windows says I cannot because it's in use.

I google'd around and some guides are saying that I'd be able to reformat and boot up through the Win. 7 installation disk; the problem is that I don't have a Win 7. installation disk. What do I do?

Thanks.
If you have a Windows 7 product key, downlaod the disc that corresponds with your edition legally from here: Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
I don't believe I have a product key. My PC came preloaded with Windows 7.
If it is a laptop, it will be on the bottom of the case or behind the battery. If it is a desktop, it wil be on the top of the case or one of the sides of the case. The sticker will be blue and will look like this: http://manila.olx.com.ph/buying-wind...d-iid-86224332
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15 Jun 2012   #5
Deathstroke

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deathstroke View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
If you have a Windows 7 product key, downlaod the disc that corresponds with your edition legally from here: Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
I don't believe I have a product key. My PC came preloaded with Windows 7.
If it is a laptop, it will be on the bottom of the case or behind the battery. If it is a desktop, it wil be on the top of the case or one of the sides of the case. The sticker will be blue and will look like this: Buying: Windows 7 Prof COA Sticker Only 100pcs up! Needed - Manila - Computers - Hardware - coa windows7
Thanks! So when I have the product key, I get that download onto a disc?
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15 Jun 2012   #6
Deathstroke

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Still have one unanswered question.
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15 Jun 2012   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Everything you need is here to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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16 Jun 2012   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deathstroke View Post
So when I have the product key, I get that download onto a disc?
Make sure you download the exact same version as originally came on the PC--Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit English, or whatever it was.

Burn the downloaded ISO to a good quality disk at low speed.

Disconnect all other hard drives. Then install from that disk. Choose "drive options, advanced" when you see that choice offered on screen. Then delete all existing partitions.

You should end up with 2 partitions: a very small System Reserved and a C partition covering the entire remainder of the drive.

You might want to download the LAN driver from the manufacturer's web site before you start. Put it on a USB or DVD drive so you will be able to establish an Internet connection when the install finishes.

The install should include SP1. I'd then go to Windows Update and get all critical and important new updates.

Then get antivirus going, activate, and carry on.
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16 Jun 2012   #9
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Unless I have missed it somewhere in the above posts the easiest way to reinstall is to use the laptops manufacturers recovey method which is usually a hidden partition on the HDD. That returns the PC to day one out of the box condition and reformats the HDD during the recovery process.

Make and model of laptop to advise better maybe
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16 Jun 2012   #10
cyclic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Mooly, sounds good to me, at least that possibilty should be explored. The only slight disadvantage is the amount of bloatware they include.
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