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Windows 7: How do I start from scratch

19 Jun 2013   #11
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

As I thought . We use that same laptop at work . Is yours 64-bit or 32-bit ?


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19 Jun 2013   #12
Av8erdunn

Windows 7
 
 

I have no idea. Like I said I am computer dumb. Sorry!!! Thanks for helping. Also it's asking me to make recovery disk. How do I do that without logging on?
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19 Jun 2013   #13
Av8erdunn

Windows 7
 
 

Man, I just read through all of the instructions. Sounds difficult!!!!
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19 Jun 2013   #14
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

What number are you stuck on ?
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19 Jun 2013   #15
Av8erdunn

Windows 7
 
 

LOL!!! I haven't started yet. I was just reading through them. I will try it tomorrow after I get home while the kids are still at summer camp. It's impossible to do this when you have a 6yo and 2yo going " daddy, daddy, daddy"
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19 Jun 2013   #16
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Put on some cartoons and you're set .
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19 Jun 2013   #17
gregrocker

 

Most of the steps pertain to how to back up everything in advance so you dont' forget anything. This is so there are no unpleasant surprises later. In your case however you don't need to do these so after reading over these steps for background you can skip to the step to Boot the installer and start the install.

Be sure to delete all partitions and create a New one for install as shown in Step 7 of Clean Install Windows 7 which should be your illustrated install guide.

Look on the COA sticker on bottom of PC to see what version it shipped with then download from tutorial Step 1. If its Starter or Basic, download 32 bit Home Premium English SP1 with Media Refresh, unlock all versions by running the eicfg removal tool on the downloaded ISO, then burn to DVD or write to flash stick using the tool in Step 2. You'll get a menu to select the licensed version.

Follow the steps in the tutorial as they pertain the drivers. Go to the HP Support Downloads webpage at HP EliteBook 8440p Notebook PC*-* Download drivers and software - specify product name - HP Business Support Center to download the wireless driver to a stick or CD so you can install it if the Win7 installer doesn't provide it. This way you can get online quickly to do your updates which is the first thing to do after install.

Win7 is a driver-complete OS in the installer and quickly updates your drivers when you get online after install and run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware (Step 3).

I would only import drivers still missing in Device Manager after all Updates are done, or if you still have the place-holder Standard VGA display driver. Don't change out drivers unless performance dictates doing this.
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19 Jun 2013   #18
Av8erdunn

Windows 7
 
 

What do you mean by "partitions"?

edit: never mind I found it.
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19 Jun 2013   #19
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 drivers for HP elitebook 8440p
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19 Jun 2013   #20
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Av8erdunn View Post
What do you mean by "partitions"?
I linked a step-by-step illustrated tutorial for the actual Clean Install Windows 7 functions, which in Step 7 shows how to delete the partitions installed at factory which now are useless without the ability to sign in. Deleting them gives you a cleaner install as well.

Moreover the install outlined in the Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 tutorial you read and should also follow will assure a vastly superior install to the Win7 which comes pre-installed, so be sure to stick with the tools and methods given and ask back any other questions you have about them.
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