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Windows 7: Clean installing Windows 7 on a SSD and wiping Windows 8 64bit

20 Jun 2013   #1
xpancakeprodigy

Windows 8 64bit
 
 
Clean installing Windows 7 on a SSD and wiping Windows 8 64bit

I own a Dell Inspiron 17R laptop and currently have Windows 8 64 bit installed on my 1TB HDD. I want to wipe both my HDD and SDD and then install Windows 7 Home Premium on the 32 GB SDD. I had looked at two tutorials-- Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command and Clean Install Windows 7 --but the former advises to not "clean all" on a SSD and the latter does not include information on how to safely clear either drive. Are there any tutorials I can follow to do this safely? Any help is much appreciated


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20 Jun 2013   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Is this a new Dell with Windows 8 Pre-installed?
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20 Jun 2013   #3
xpancakeprodigy

Windows 8 64bit
 
 

It's refurbished and has Windows 8 preinstalled
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20 Jun 2013   #4
VistaKing

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

Use Diskpart .

When you get to this screen ( image below )



Press Shift and F10 . You will get a command prompt window . It should open up to X:\Sources . In there input these commands and press enter after each line .
Code:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0
CLEAN
CREATE PRIMARY PARTITION 
SELECT PARTITION 1 
ACTIVE 
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="Windows 7 OS" QUICK 
ASSIGN LETTER=C
EXIT
EXIT
Note   Note
Disk 0 is the first hard drive .


To format the 2nd drive type in Disk 1 press ENTER and type clean and press [ENTER]

Back on the image above press Install Now . Check the I accept the license terms box and click on Next. Click on the Custom (advanced) option. Then choose
Disk 0 Partition 1: Window (C:\) and click Next

When it reboots don't press any keys it will continue on its own
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20 Jun 2013   #5
xpancakeprodigy

Windows 8 64bit
 
 

Okay thanks a bunch. I'll post on this thread again if I have any additional problems
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20 Jun 2013   #6
VistaKing

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

When you're installing Windows 7 remove the 1TB hard drive
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20 Jun 2013   #7
xpancakeprodigy

Windows 8 64bit
 
 

Im on a laptop so I don't think I can do that, or at least I have no idea how :/
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20 Jun 2013   #8
VistaKing

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

What is the full model of the Dell Inspiron 17R ? There are like 4 models of 17Rs
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20 Jun 2013   #9
xpancakeprodigy

Windows 8 64bit
 
 

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20 Jun 2013   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

1) Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.


2) If Using a USB Pendrive on a PC with a uEFI BIOS.
USB Pendrive need to be formated to FAT32 as in
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
Take note of Step 11 for Windows 7.
Also you will need to use a USB 2.0 port, as there are no USB 3.0 drivers in Windows 7.

As you have the 32gb mSATA,
Take note of the Intel Rapid Storage Technology setting in the BIOS.
http://en.community.dell.com/support....aspx#20217017
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