I am trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on a 3 week old laptop. There was no recovery disk with the laptop (and long-story-short, error in rebooting forced the computer into the recovery partition which would not 'bridge' and therefore always led to an "error!" screen), so I downloaded the proper .iso, utilized the usb/dvd download tool to create a boot-able DVD, and changed the BIOS to reboot from the CD/DVD drive.
As I go through the install, and from all of the pages I've been reading, it seems that the issue is Windows 7 will not install to a GPT partition style disk. What I see in the "Where do you want to install Windows?" screen is as follows:
Disk 0 Partition 1 200.0MB SYSTEM, D0P2 128.0 MSR(Reserved), D0P3 279.5GB Primary, D0Unallocated space 393.9GB, D0P4 Recovery
There is no 'advanced settings' link at the bottom right hand corner, the options to delete/format/new/extend are automatically visible.
My understanding is I can delete all the partitions and lose everything on the computer, back out and open up command prompt, use diskpart to reformat to mbr, and then I should be good to go, whether I make a new partition or not.
I haven't messed with PC in a while like this, so I wanted to make sure my research is correct before actually doing something. Any input would be great!