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Windows 7: Performing a clean install

27 Jun 2014   #1
harshil

32 bit
 
 
Performing a clean install

Hi, I usually just follow the instructions on the windows installer when trying to reformat my computer. However I remember coming across a link which explains how to do a COMPLETE format and fresh install correctly.


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27 Jun 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'm not sure what link you are referring to or what you mean by a "COMPLETE format", but why do you think you need to do anything other than what you usually do? What's wrong with that method?
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27 Jun 2014   #3
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

follow the instructions in the following link which will tell you step by step on what to do to do a clean install:

Clean Install Windows 7

hopefully that should help ya out. Post back if you need further assistance.
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27 Jun 2014   #4
gregrocker

 

In addition the same reinstall steps in picture below compile everything that works best in tens of thousands of installs we've helped with here. You'll get and keep a perfect install to the exact extent you stick with those steps, tools and methods.
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27 Jun 2014   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You only format the partition you want to install windows on, or you delete all the partitions down to unallocated space and create new partitions or simply click next.
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28 Jun 2014   #6
harshil

32 bit
 
 

I guess I wasn't clear enough so let me make my situation more clear. Basically, I'm performing a clean install but want it so that when I do it allows me still use the windows recovery tools (using the recovery CD). Currently, when I try and do so it says the following:


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This is a picture of my current HDD's. Windows is installed on the C drive, and the second HDD is used for data;

http://puu.sh/9ObE0/4391344aa6.jpg

Also I seem to have two programme files folders atm, which I don't want:

http://puu.sh/9ObFi/178f30273a.png
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28 Jun 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

Are you using the latest official installation media for your licensed version from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7?

If you installed with pre-SP1 media or are using a pre-SP1 Repair disk then you need to download and burn the latest with SP1 or generate a new System Repair Disk to avoid that error when trying to access System Recovery Options.


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28 Jun 2014   #8
harshil

32 bit
 
 

I think the installation I used wasn't pre sp1, since it did run a lot of windows update after windows installed. To get to the recovery window, I just used the same USB (which I installed windows from) , so maybe that's why it didn't work?
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28 Jun 2014   #9
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harshil View Post

Also I seem to have two programme files folders atm, which I don't want:
That's normal and expected.
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29 Jun 2014   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You are supposed to have 2 program file folders, don`t worry about it and leave it alone already.
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