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06 Dec 2014   #1
Christmolo

windows 7 and windows 8.1 (home and office)
 
 
Windows 7 installation confusion. Partitions etc..

Hey,I am new to this site so be gentle! haha.

Bit confused at what to do here?

I want to install clean copy of 7 but unsure what to do here?

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Any help appreciated.

Regards.




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06 Dec 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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If you want to do a clean install, you would need to delete all partitions.

That will leave you with "unallocated space".

Then tell Windows to install to that unallocated space.

You might have to back up a screen or two from where you are in your picture. Look for a choice that says something like "drive options, advanced" toward the bottom of the screen.

Look here:

Clean Install Windows 7
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06 Dec 2014   #3
Christmolo

windows 7 and windows 8.1 (home and office)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
If you want to do a clean install, you would need to delete all partitions.

That will leave you with "unallocated space".

Then tell Windows to install to that unallocated space.

You might have to back up a screen or two from where you are in your picture. Look for a choice that says something like "drive options, advanced" toward the bottom of the screen.

Look here:

Clean Install Windows 7
Thanks for reply.

Problem: This option is not available to me here for some reason.
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06 Dec 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christmolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Thanks for reply.

Problem: This option is not available to me here for some reason.
Go to that tutorial and work through it step by step, carefully.

Where did you get the Windows installation disc?

Are you booting from that disc?
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06 Dec 2014   #5
Christmolo

windows 7 and windows 8.1 (home and office)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christmolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Thanks for reply.

Problem: This option is not available to me here for some reason.
Go to that tutorial and work through it step by step, carefully.

Where did you get the Windows installation disc?

Are you booting from that disc?

Yeah I get you but for whatever reason that option is not coming up?

If I find a solution and get the option to delete, which partition will I delete?

If i delete one over another could I cause damage etc?

Regards.
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06 Dec 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

As I said in my first post, delete them all.

Anything less is not a clean install and can only lead to confusion.

Make sure you have only 1 hard drive connected when you install.

Don't worry about formatting or anything like that. Windows will do what's necessary.

Just get the drive down to "unallocated space".

There are other ways to delete all partitions, but you need to get to the bottom of why you cannot do that in the ordinary manner after booting from that disc. For all I know, your disc is defective.
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06 Dec 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Partition D is labeled Data, if you have data on that partition and wipe it out, your data is gone.

Did you backup that data ? As in did you save it somewhere else ?

If you want to keep the drive as it is, just highlight the C partition(the middle one in the picture) and click next.

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06 Dec 2014   #8
Christmolo

windows 7 and windows 8.1 (home and office)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Partition D is labeled Data, if you have data on that partition and wipe it out, your data is gone.

Did you backup that data ? As in did you save it somewhere else ?
yeah I have all data backed up..

Not worried about that, was just conscious about deleting anything that would permanently damage the computer or make it impossible to start up. Am i being stupid?
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06 Dec 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No, you`re not beig stupid. Re read the tutorial I just posted again and start over, delete the drive to un allocated space as ignatz has suggested.

Make sure you are choosing Custom (Advanced) Step #6

Then simply click next. Windows should be done installing in 15 minutes.

Once you click next, you will not interact with the computer until you come to the screen asking to enter the account name.

Do not setup a password, leave it blank. You will Thank me later

And you do not have to enter a product key during installation, you can activate it later.
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06 Dec 2014   #10
Christmolo

windows 7 and windows 8.1 (home and office)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
No, you`re not beig stupid. Re read the tutorial I just posted again and start over, delete the drive to un allocated space as ignatz has suggested.

Then simply click next. Windows should be done installing in 15 minutes.
Thanks for all the help

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