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Windows 7: there is not a primary partition to install windows


22 Nov 2013   #1

windows 7 home basic 64 bit
 
 
there is not a primary partition to install windows

hi
none of my partitions accept installing windows. even drive c that i formatted it.
I tried to use recovery of my windows 7 home basic DVD by F3 but I don't know why it didn't work properly.

what should I do?

thanks

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22 Nov 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failures.
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22 Nov 2013   #3

windows 7 home basic 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install:

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into Windows 7 installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10, or enter System Recovery Options to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirming Windows 7 target HD #)
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS LABEL="WINDOWS 7"
ACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT

Next click Install Now, then Custom install to Clean Install Windows 7 to the partition you created. If it fails then report back at which step and the verbatim error message.

In addition read over these steps to understand the tools and methods which work best to get and maintain a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. The steps are the same for retail.

After install you can adjust partition size or Create new partitions for data, etc. in Disk Mgmt. You are creating the partition here for the purpose of wiping the HD and marking Active which overcomes certain install failures.
hi
thank you for the assistance.
does this action delete all the data in my hard disk? or only drive c?
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22 Nov 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes, you'll need to back up your files first if you haven't already. Your files should always be backed up externally if you value them at all.

A modern free method is here to Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums
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22 Nov 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not move my data to Skydrive. Besides a capacity problem (I would have to backup hundreds of Gigabytes) and the time it takes to transfer the files, who wants to give their data out of their hands.

External HDDs are so cheap these days that I would recommend to backup to that.
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22 Nov 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

Your data remains on your PC at all times but simply has a place in the cloud where it is stored, or can be used to sync all of your other devices. I've been using this method for several years now - rooting my User folders in Skydrive - and it works perfectly. Any device I turn on is sync'd immediately.

I would never do this if it didn't keep a hard copy of the files on the HD, but if the HD dies or a device is lost or stolen, your files are in the cloud waiting to be accessed and downloaded again to the replacement device.
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22 Nov 2013   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, don't know. I don't trust those clouds. If someone breaks into my PC, I can find out. But I don't know what happens in the cloud.
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23 Nov 2013   #8

windows 7 home basic 64 bit
 
 

hey there

I did what you said and now I am typing from my laptop

thank you for your assistance...
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