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Windows 7: Re-installing Win7

21 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
Re-installing Win7

When re-installing Windows 7 on a computer with 2 partitions, does the re-install affect the secondary partition, or just the partition I am installing it on to?

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21 Sep 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

only the partition that you are installing on to.
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21 Sep 2013   #3

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Back up partition 2.

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?

You can order Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.

How to use HP Recovery:
Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 7) | HP® Support
How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:
Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows Vista) | HP® Support

How to make HP Recovery USB disk:
Using the Downloadable USB Recovery Flash Disk Creation Utility HP Pavilion dv6700z CTO Entertainment Notebook PC | HP® Support

You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Country-language selector | HP® Support
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21 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Just a point to help you in the future. After you install the Win 7 this time, go to Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download the program and make an image of your Win 7. If you make an image every week then you will always have a fresh image and can restore the image next time instead of doing the whole Windows install. It is a lot faster and you won't have to reinstall your programs again because they will also be in the image.
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21 Sep 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


What is on the other partition? If it's an OS you no longer want, or once contained one, then its best to back it up and delete all partitions during install to overwrite old boot code that can interfere.

If you have further questions post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can advise you best.

THe illustrated steps are here for Clean Install Windows 7 . The tools to delete and/or repartition are in Steps 7 and 8.

Other tips here to assure you get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall , same for retail.
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