Quote: Originally Posted by sbuxman
So once I boot from the DVD, I believe I remember that I'm asked to choose from one of two options to proceed, and this time I want to be sure which way to go because of the lingering doubts.......
I don't recall the exact names of the choices.
Possibly something about a repair install, which you do not want.
If you do it wrong, start over and make another choice.
It should be fairly evident. If you want to do a clean install, you should make sure you have only 1 hard drive connected and when you come to a screen asking "where do you want to install Windows", you delete ALL partitions.
Your entire drive will then become "unallocated space". Windows will automatically format as necessary.
You will end up with 2 partitions: System Reserved (very small) and C, covering the entire remainder of the drive.
Then take a look at Windows Disk Management to confirm that's what you have.
Then immediately get an Internet connection going, install anti-virus, and go to Windows Update and get all critical and important updates.
I'd probably make sure I had an Ethernet driver or Wireless driver saved on a DVD or USB stick before I began. You may need it to get Internet going.