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Windows 7: Installing windows 7 after wiping hard drive?

06 Dec 2014   #31
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

go to search by the start button, type in device manager. In DM look for any very small yellow arrows or pyramids. Those arrows indicate that a driver needs updating; update from there. Although not the best way, it should work and it is the easiest method.
In device manger click on the small arrow, then click the next view. Then click update.


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06 Dec 2014   #32
newbiegirl

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
go to search by the start button, type in device manager. In DM look for any very small yellow arrows or pyramids. Those arrows indicate that a driver needs updating; update from there. Although not the best way, it should work and it is the easiest method.
In device manger click on the small arrow, then click the next view. Then click update.
I can't do that. When I press the button "install now" that error message comes up. It won't install Windows 7 at all.
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06 Dec 2014   #33
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by newbiegirl View Post
So I wiped the entire drive clean with no problems but now the problem occurs when I try and reinstall Windows 7!

I burned the disk using ImgBurner - and stick in the disc, it loads fine to the setup but then it comes up with an error message saying "A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" - I have no idea what to do now! I have a disc with the drives on there but it keeps saying "no drivers present"?!

Help?!
The iso file was not burned properly.

Use this program at the slowest possible burn speed.

Free ISO Burner

A clean install is not going to hide your data any better then a factory restore, so if you`ve ran Dban or run Cleanall, I would just use your recovery discs you first made and be done with it.
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07 Dec 2014   #34
gregrocker

 

The error always means a bad installer. I agree you should try the Recovery disks since you have them and plan to sell the PC. Might as well have it in original factory condition. Run all the Windows Updates til no more are offered, including SP1 if it isn't shown on the Properties page after Recovery. Then if its sluggish you can Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

If you're wanting a Clean Reinstall Windows 7 then you'll need to try another disk or flash stick installer until that error doesn't appear. Did you use the Download tool to burn the DVD and was it a fresh DVD?
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07 Dec 2014   #35
newbiegirl

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I would just run the restore discs but I don't want all the bloatware that comes with it hence the clean install.

After I downloaded the file I tried burning it using the Microsoft USB/DVD Download Tool - however when I tried to open the ISO file it kept coming up with an error "this is not a valid ISO" so I ended up burning it with ImgBurner at speed 3x and ran the verify option aswell afterwards and it passed it. So unsure as to what's going on. Also it was a clean/blank disc I used - I bought new ones especially for this so the disc was brand new out the packet when I used it.

But anyway I'm downloading the ISO again and going to try and burn it to a USB this time and see if that works. If that doesn't then I'll use the recovery discs but I'd rather not use them!
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07 Dec 2014   #36
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you try the burning program I linked ? It works perfectly.

Did you download the iso file from here ?

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
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07 Dec 2014   #37
newbiegirl

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you try the burning program I linked ? It works perfectly.

Did you download the iso file from here ?

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
It's still downloading but I'll try your programme too. No I first downloaded it from the direct download that greglocker linked me earlier - but now I used the links that were in the "Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7" thread.
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07 Dec 2014   #38
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

They are 1 in the same
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07 Dec 2014   #39
newbiegirl

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Aww I posted an update but it didn't post!

Bit of an update - Managed to eventually get windows 7 installed. I tried it with a USB but it said it wasn't bootable so I just stuck in a blank CD and burnt the ISO onto that. Then came the updates.. 200 of them! Spent all day updating it, and that's them all done now. Managed to get all the drivers and function keys etc to work aswell. Now I'm just running Recuva to see if it comes back with anything from the drive. But apart from all that, all seems to be working!

Thank-you to everyone who helped me in this thread, I really appreciate it! Thanks
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07 Dec 2014   #40
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Congratulations, Good Job

In the future use this program to burn the iso file to flash stick, it works perfectly.

WiNToBootic bootable usb drive windows vista/7/8 - Bootable USB | Bootable USB
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