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Windows 7: Clean Install from USB, need keyboard entry for command prompt

12 Oct 2012   #1
Joad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 
Clean Install from USB, need keyboard entry for command prompt

In the clean install instructions, it says to use Shift + F10 to enter Command Prompt when using DVD for clean install. However, this command does not work for a USB.
What command should I use to bring up command prompt so I can run diskpart?

HP notebook running Win 7 SP1 64.

Many thanks.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2012   #2
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

SHIFT+F10 definately works when installing from a USB - it works using any bootable media. At what stage are you pressing SHIFT+F10? Where did you download the Windows 7 ISO from?

Regards,
Golden
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2012   #3
Joad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

SHIFT+F10 definately works when installing from a USB - it works using any bootable media. At what stage are you pressing SHIFT+F10? Where did you download the Windows 7 ISO from?

Regards,
Golden
Hi Golden and thank you for responding.

I downloaded Win 7 ISO from the website depicted in the clean install thread.

Download Windows 7 ISO (Official 32-bit and 64-bit Direct Download Links) My Digital Life

I used Shift+F10 at the Language screen.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2012   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If the key combo doesn't work try accessing installer's System Recovery Options
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2012   #5
Joad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Hi gregrocker and thank you for responding.

Too late for the recovery partition. I deleted it when I went ahead with the install.

Does using the advanced options in which I deleted all data on the hard drive have the same effect as running diskpart on the hard drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2012   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Did you click the link? Those options are for repairing or reimaging Win7 and include the Command Line, not Factory Recovery.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2012   #7
Joad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you click the link? Those options are for repairing or reimaging Win7 and include the Command Line, not Factory Recovery.
Yes, clicked the link and the two options were OEM Recovery Partition and Windows Installation disk. Since I am using a USB, I bailed out.

IOW, this is an alternative approach is to access the Command Prompt? Can I still go back to the recovery options after running Diskpart?

Instead, can I run Diskpart, reboot into the USB drive and then install Windows?

Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You need a Command Prompt to access Diskpart from the Win7 installation DVD or Repair CD. To get it press Shift + F10 after booting into the first screen. If that doesn't work then on second screen access Repair My Computer, click through to Recovery Tools options and open a Command Line.

It shows how to do this in Option Two of System Recovery Options .
Diskpart Clean Command
DISKPART At PC Startup
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2012   #9
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

You should be able to use OPTION TWO: Using a Windows 7 Installation or System Repair Disc booting from USB or DVD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2012   #10
Joad

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Got it. Will try this weekend and post back.

Thanks for the help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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