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Windows 7: Windows 7 Installation. Did I do right?


24 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 
Windows 7 Installation. Did I do right?

Hi folks,

Noob alert! Here's the deal. With my old PC, if I decided to perform a clean install of Windows 7, I'd simply reformat the partitions and re-install from the Windows 7 disk. However, I recently purchased a new PC that uses UEFI. Anyway, I decided to perform a clean install of Windows 7. I formatted the primary drive and to my horror, when I chose that drive for the location of Windows, I received this message: "Windows cannot be installed on this disk. Selected disk has MBR partition. On EFI systems Windows can only be installed to GPT disks." Well, I've done what was suggested in this tutorial: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with by deleting all partitions, creating a new one, that created 3 new partitions, and I installed to the primary. Windows 7 has now installed okay, but have I done right by doing this, as obviously my partitions are different from when it was when I received the PC from the manufacturer.

Any answers from the geniuses-that-are will be greatly appreciated!

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24 Jun 2013   #2

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creating a new one, that created 3 new partitions, and I installed to the primary. Windows 7 has now installed okay, but have I done right by doing this,
YES.

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as obviously my partitions are different from when it was when I received the PC from the manufacturer.
What was the partition lay out?
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24 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Hi Theog,

Unfortunately I cannot remember the exact partition configuration. I can recall there was a 100mb reserved partition along with the primary partition. I think there may have been an MBR partition too but I can't be sure. Everything seems to be working fine. I thought my changing the partitons might delete the UEFI stuff, but I can still access UEFI stuff with F8 at boot. So, hopefully, fingers crossed!
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24 Jun 2013   #4
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Sounds like you did a pretty good job handling the UEFI install.

Besides that, did you stick pretty closely to the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which if so assure you'll get and keep a perfect install?
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25 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, it's working fine and there doesn't seem to be any problems!
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