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Windows 7: Windows 7 - Clean install of windows 7 on new PC

28 Feb 2013   #1
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Windows 7 - Clean install of windows 7 on new PC

I just purchased a new Lenovo PC with Windows 7 (no operating disk). I want to transfer my OS and its Programs to my SSD which is 64GB. Its a new PC with a 1TB HDD, and I haven't made any custom settings so there's no need for me to go the migrating route. My question is where do I start? I have read other posts that tells me that I need to backup my programs to an external HDD. Do I need to do that even though its a new PC and I suppose all the programs come standard with this PC?


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28 Feb 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did this new PC come with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and do you have an OS installtion disk.
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28 Feb 2013   #3
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Did this new PC come with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and do you have an OS installtion disk.
Windows 7 and no operating disk
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28 Feb 2013   #4
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

You should be able to make recovery discs most Lenovos have one key recovery you can also use Windows to make backup which would be best done on an external drive
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28 Feb 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would get a clean Windows 7 SP1 .iso from this site, burn it to DVD and install with that. Then you do not get all that bloatware. For activation use the product key that is on the COA sticker. That sticker is on the bottom of your Laptop.

But first you have to align the SSD and define an active primary partition. Use Command Prompt with these commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

Then install Windows 7 into this partition. That way you also do not get the dreaded 100MB system partition.


PS: make sure you get the .iso for the same Win7 edition hat is currently on the laptop - e.g. Home Premium 64bit. Your COA key will only work with the same edition.
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28 Feb 2013   #6
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


Lenovo Recovery
Lenovo Support - Home (US)

You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
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28 Feb 2013   #7
gregrocker

 

Follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you have an EFI BIOS you'll need to do the extra steps here for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums or Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7

Be sure to unplug all other HD's and peripherals before beginning.

After install you can plug back in the old OS HD, browse into Windows/System 32 for any drivers missing after all IMportant and Optional Updates are installed, even boot it if necessary to check out anything. Once you're finished with it completely wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command then repartition for storage or data. Partition or Volume - Create New. Activate the SSD Win7 once you've deleted the old one.
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28 Feb 2013   #8
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would get a clean Windows 7 SP1 .iso from this site, burn it to DVD and install with that. Then you do not get all that bloatware. For activation use the product key that is on the COA sticker. That sticker is on the bottom of your Laptop.

But first you have to align the SSD and define an active primary partition. Use Command Prompt with these commands:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Clean
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active
Exit

Then install Windows 7 into this partition. That way you also do not get the dreaded 100MB system partition.


PS: make sure you get the .iso for the same Win7 edition hat is currently on the laptop - e.g. Home Premium 64bit. Your COA key will only work with the same edition.
The OP would need to reset the uEFI/BIOS firmware.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lenovo
Performing the recovery process for Windows 7


6. If you install the Windows 7 (64–bit) operating system, read the messages on the
screen and then select GPT partition style or MBR partition style as you desire.
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28 Feb 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ray, it is a Windows 7 PC so I assume it came with a BIOS - not EFI.
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28 Feb 2013   #10
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Ray, it is a Windows 7 PC so I assume it came with a BIOS - not EFI.
Lenovo have been using uEFI/BIOS firmware for some years.
This tutorial was publisted using Lenovo by arkhi, 15 Sep 2011.
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
The screenshots have been update.
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