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Windows 7: Installed twice & plan on 3rd time this week, can anything go wrong?


19 Aug 2014   #1

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Installed twice & plan on 3rd time this week, can anything go wrong?

I did a clean install on a new HDD of Windows 7 a few days ago, but found out I accidentally installed a 32-bit OS.
I did a complete re-installed with a 64-bit OS disc, but had a hard time with updating a driver & downloaded a buch of 3rd party crap to get it to work.
Now I know the problem, I want to do another clean install to remove all that crap & start fresh.


When I originally installed windows on the new HDD, it just showed one partition for the 750GB unallocated drive.
After the second time I re-installed Windows 7, it showed two partitions, a 100MB & a 750GB one.
I tried deleting the 100MB partition, but it wouldn't let me. I just formatted the 750GB partition & went ahead.
Can I get rid of that 100MB partition on setup for Windows 7 so it can be like it was originally?


The other thing I noticed, when updating Windows 7 the first time, there were 152 updates to install.
The 2nd time I installed Windows 7, there were only 118 updates to install.
Is there something fishy about this?


I also activated my product key the first time, will that make me lose the number of uses it allows to activate???


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19 Aug 2014   #2

Dual Boot: Windows 7 Pro & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Yes you can completely format the drive and any leftover partitions assuming you don't need anything from the other OS.

I wouldn't worry about the updates. You will get them all. Just wondering though, where did you get your Windows 7 ISO/Install disc?

As far as activation goes, you should be ok as long as you don't change your MOBO. Depending on your license, if that happens you may need a new key.
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19 Aug 2014   #3

windows 7 64
 
 

How can I get rid of that 100MB partition that always keeps showing up on install setup?

When I select it & pick delete, the delete option is greyed out.

I also got the old OS disc rip from a friend a few years ago.
I bought the new custom OS disc on eBay for a few bucks.
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19 Aug 2014   #4

Dual Boot: Windows 7 Pro & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

You should just be able to delete it but you could try to delete it in a CMD prompt.

System Reserved Partition - Delete
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