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Windows 7: Need advice for wiping entire system dual that dual boots ubuntu.


08 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Need advice for wiping entire system dual that dual boots ubuntu.

I'm going to be completely wipe my laptop harddrive and reinstall windows. My harddrive has two partitions right now, a windows partition and an Ubuntu partition. I want to:

1. Format Ubuntu Partition
2. Format windows partition
2. reinstall windows

Is there anything I have to be aware of in regards to the dual boot? If I simply go into my computer and format the Ubuntu partition from there, will I then be able to boot my machine like normal and have it go straight to windows? Because when I initially start up the machine, it gives me a choice to pick Windows or Ubuntu in DOS. So I am wondering there is anything else I need to get rid of before I proceed. If you need any more information just let me know!

Thanks!

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08 Sep 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
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08 Sep 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

As this is a Dell follow these steps for Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 taking note of the Special Note for Dell Owners at the end.

During booted install delete all partitions except the Dell OEM tools partition, providing it will still boot and run http://www.pchelpforum.com/xf/thread...e-list.122044/. Test that now. It is a useful tool to keep. The Recovery partition will no longer run, however.

You will get and keep a perfect install to the exact extend you use the tools and methods in the tutorial.
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08 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you very much! So I have another quick question. It's been almost four years since I got this laptop and I can't seem to find the recovery disk I made for it. How screwed am I? End of the world? Or can I just proceed without it?
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08 Sep 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

How to order Microsoft official Dell OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks.
Manuals | Dell US
RouteTo
Dell - Support
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08 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

God damn you people are so helpful! Definitely glad I tried here rather than reddit. Thank you very much!
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11 Sep 2013   #7

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrComply View Post
God damn you people are so helpful! Definitely glad I tried here rather than reddit. Thank you very much!
Hi MrComply,

Its great to hear that you found the information here useful. Apologies for not checking this post earlier.

If you have misplaced your backup disks then you can either request them here:

http://dell.to/Zj7oHA

Or, if you face issue then send me private message I would try my best to arrange the same.

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.
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