Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Reformat gone bad - please help

11 Jan 2014   #111
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

//you created a new partition
==> is that what you meant by which allowed me to reformat what was left on drive c?
==> so you have a C: partition and a D: partion on your drive, is that correct?
==> How big is the C: partition (drive)?//

No, I mean I'm not sure about the terminology. I reformatted drive c so I guess technically it would be considered a new partition, but whenever all was done I had one clean drive and one drive with data still on it. Yes, I have both a C: partition as well as a D: partition. Both partitions are 290 gb each.

//You stated that you didn't understand when the C: partition would be formatted in the tutorial
you asked "Do I have to reformat the drive again?//

The first time I tried reinstalling Windows (prior to registering here) I was given the option. The second time using the download via the tutorial I was not given the option. But okay I'll look back over the tutorial and see what I can find about formatting.

//Now where are we?

Oh yeah - the install gave you an error. Britton suggested "Try downloading and making a new flash or DVD install media"//

Yes, will do. Thank you.

And excuse me if I ask questions that are listed on the tutorial. It could be I'm not aware how much information there is to take in there and take it for granted that I have taken it all in. I will admit I have not clicked each and every blue link there is either, so I'll try and look it over a bit more closely.

I hope you all have a good night and I'll talk to you tomorrow.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
11 Jan 2014   #112
arayfo1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
I see you've decided to move the data off D: - you have an external drive that you're moving the data to?

In post 103 you're moving data on D: (to an external drive?) and
in post 106 you ask "How can I prevent installing a 3rd copy of Windows"

I think those two posts will make it much easier. No data on D: means the entire drive can be used for installing Windows. Creating partitons after a fresh install is easy.

I have two important questions:
Open a Windows Explorer window and post what drive are shown when you clcik on Computer
The machine you're working on is a 64 bit machine according to your system specs.
==> Is the machine you created the Windows install flash drive also a 64 bit machine?
Yes, I have an external drive.

Yes, both machines are 64 bit machines. The major difference is that one pc has Windows 8 while the other has Windows 7. I would like to note that my pc came from the factory with Windows Vista on it, but came pre-packaged with a Windows 7 upgrade disk. I'm mildly curious to know if it wouldn't be easier to install Vista and upgrade to Windows 7 via my old upgrade disk.

Okay, not wasting my time reformatting.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #113
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arayfo1 View Post
I would like to note that my pc came from the factory with Windows Vista on it, but came pre-packaged with a Windows 7 upgrade disk.
This information should have been clarified firstly. OTL

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arayfo1 View Post
I'm mildly curious to know if it wouldn't be easier to install Vista and upgrade to Windows 7 via my old upgrade disk.
Though I cannot personally contest if it will be "easier", it is always a viable/possible approach.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

11 Jan 2014   #114
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Cool, now where getting somewhere (at least I'm understanding a lot more)... a few more questions
Right clcik on Computer on the start menu, select manage, then select Disk management

On the bottom there are rows that show the physical drives.
There are blocks on each row that show partitions (system reserve, C: ...)
What drive letters (partitions) are on the same row as c: ?

Reformat gone bad - please help-diskmng-sm.png

On Disk 0 -> I have C:, D:, E:, F:, and G:

Disk 1 is my external drive. I only want to know what partitions are on the same disk as C:

A lot of this information is to make sure I don't tell you the wrong thing. It would be much easier if you had an internet connection on that machine. You could post screenshots.



I wouldn't suggest installing Vista, then upgrading. You made me think though.

To make this work, you're going to need a license key for Windows 7. Normally it's on the COA sticker, but your box came with Vista and that key won't work for Win7.

look at the COA picture in the tutorial and check that you have a similar key that you used to upgrade.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #115
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Here's a basic outline of the steps in the tutorial. This is not meant to replace the infroamtion in the tutorial, only to give you an outline of the steps.
  • Download the Windows 7 iso
    Use the Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool to create the install Disc or Flashdrive
  • Back up your User files to an external drive
  • Run Belarc Advisor to create a report of hardware and software (including product keys)
    copy the output html file to an external drive
  • Find the discs for programs you want to reinstall after Windows is up and running
  • Downlaod the network card drivers (wired and wireless) to an external drive
  • Disconnect all external devices except keyboard, mouse, and monitor
  • Disconnect any extra internal hard drive(s) (you don't have to physically remove the drive(s) - just unplug the data cable)
  • Restart the machine, but interrupt to change boot order
    Flash 1st or DVD 1st
    Complete boot to external device
  • Windows install begins
    choose Custom Install
    then Drive Options (Advanced)
    Delete all partitions not needed
    repartition and format
  • Windows copies files and reboots a few times during the install
  • After Windows is installed, you'll have to install your network drivers
  • the 1st thing you must do is run Windows Update until there are no more updates.
-> This takes a long time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #116
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
To make this work, you're going to need a license key for Windows 7. Normally it's on the COA sticker, but your box came with Vista and that key won't work for Win7.
Hi Slartybart,

I have quick question. Don't Upgrade CDs come with their own upgrade product key?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #117
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

You are correct Kathy. I missed the fact that it was an upgrade CD, thought it might have been an upgrade any time.

Still I want to make sure that arayfo1 has the key. They aren't printed on the disc.

Thanks
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kathy025 View Post
I have quick question. Don't Upgrade CDs come with their own upgrade product key?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #118
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Last question, I promise. :3

Can an upgrade product key work on a downloaded Retail Windows 7 ISO? I am curious myself haha.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #119
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Last answer, I promise. :3

Yes, an upgrade product key works on a downloaded Retail Windows 7 ISO

but I was not serious about "last answer" - just having a bit 'o fun.

Ask as many questions as you want, your previous post got me thinking and I asked some folks some questions. All questions are good, not so for all answers.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kathy025 View Post
Last question, I promise. :3

Can an upgrade product key work on a downloaded Retail Windows 7 ISO? I am curious myself haha.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2014   #120
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

arayfo1:hold off on creating the install media until I post back.

I've asked some folks if adding Win8 to the mix presents any issues. I have another plan just in case... two plans actually.

No major differences, just some "how do we get from here to there" changes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Reformat gone bad - please help




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Well this is new....Cant Reformat
Hi, I was constantly getting Blue screens of death and couldnt even boot up windows after a while of this. I tried booting windows from usb and always got either a BSOD or a black "windows boot manager" screen. Saying something like I had a non reading dvd drive. So I just purchased a...
BSOD Help and Support
Reformat help
I am trying to refomat my gateway laptop, I do not a a disk and overtime I try to burn the reformat imagine to a disk it fails. I cannot restore it either an error pops up. I have tried the boot menu and see where the option to reformat is but its not highlighted and I cannot click it. Is there...
Backup and Restore
There MUST be a way! EFS (after reformat)
Brink, a moderator on Vistax64, who I think contributes on here, has given endless amounts of awesome tutorials and workarounds. Kudos for the slipstream how-to. However, this one remains unsolved. I haven't tried his workaround, but am working on this third party app to solve the...
System Security
External crashed asks to reformat cannot reformat
I dont know if this is the right place but sounds right, My wd 1 tb my book has gone weird, yesterday it randomly popped up saying the drive needs to be formatted to be used. It already had 100 gb's worth of files on it. I tried reformating it but it said it failed. Now I cannot even get it to load...
Hardware & Devices
Can't reformat
I am trying to install Win7 64x and I had 2 partitions originally, one system partition with 32x vista and one storage partition. I already backed them up on an external so I want to reformat the current internal drive and install windows 7 64x. In the installation screen, I went to Custom...
Installation & Setup
reformat
need help,how will i reformat my laptop ACER ASPIRE 5332 USING WINDOWS 7?DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. pls. help me:cry:
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 15:14.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App