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Windows 7: Upgrade To Windows 7

11 Mar 2016   #111
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The necessary drivers for a new installation of Windows should be supplied by Windows from the Windows installation disk itself.

But it's generally a good practice to go to the Dell support web site for your particular machine and download any Windows 7 drivers available there. Put them on a USB flash drive or a CD. I would be sure to download the Ethernet driver (NIC driver) because you cannot get on the Internet without it. Downloading this stuff from Dell is just a precaution in case Windows doesn't supply the drivers from the Windows disk. That's unlikely, but it has happened.

If you are installing 64-bit Windows, you need to be sure you download 64-bit drivers, not 32-bit.

If you can't do that, say so.

Other than that, disconnect any external devices before you begin the install---such as printers or external drives. All you want connected is monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

You will come to a screen in the install where you are asked "where do you want to install Windows". At that point, you would delete ALL, I mean ALL, partitions. Click them with the mouse and look for the "delete" icon. It's been a while since I've done it, but I think that's what you'll see. The worst thing that can happen is that you'll have to start over again.

When the smoke clears after the install, you should have 2 partitions: C and System Reserved.

Do you have any sort of Dell-supplied CD that came with the machine?

Do you have any way to post to this forum without using this Dell---some other working machine?


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11 Mar 2016   #112
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

O.k......On the installtion disc there is no option to delete partitions, so now what.....I have second laptop so can get online no problem......can I use a programme like Disc Wiper or something to wipe the recovery partition ?.......I still have the discs that came with the machine....Del.
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11 Mar 2016   #113
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The option to delete partitions is on the screen that asks where you want to install - I may be under a link to Advanced Options, yes, any program may be used to remove the Partitions created by Dell, the actual windows Partition is more difficult - you would need an application like the windows setup disk that runs from a DVD or USN stick

I'll have a look for a step by step install guide
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11 Mar 2016   #114
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Del 80 View Post
O.k......On the installtion disc there is no option to delete partitions, so now what.....I have second laptop so can get online no problem......can I use a programme like Disc Wiper or something to wipe the recovery partition ?.......I still have the discs that came with the machine....Del.
You are clearly doing something wrong.

There IS an option to delete partitions. Are you sure you are booting from the install disc?

The option to delete partitions is NOT "on the install disc". It's a choice shown to you on your monitor several steps into the installation IF, I say IF, you have booted from a valid installation disc.

Do you come to a screen that asks you to choose your desired language?

Do you come to a screen that asks you "where do you want to install Windows".

If push comes to shove, you can delete all partitions using the Diskpart application which you can access from the install disc, BUT that is NOT necessary.

You need to figure out what you are doing wrong. We cannot see your computer screen. We don't know what keystrokes you are making. All we have to go on is what you type into this thread, along with screen shots. We have NOTHING else to go on.
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11 Mar 2016   #115
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Del, have a read through this Tutorial by Brink ...

Clean Install Windows 7

The steps 7 onwards ( quite Appropriate it's step 7 lol), show details of how to remove the existing partitions using Drive Options (advanced)
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11 Mar 2016   #116
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Del, have a read through this Tutorial by Brink ...

Clean Install Windows 7

The steps 7 onwards ( quite Appropriate it's step 7 lol), show details of how to remove the existing partitions using Drive Options (advanced)
Nope, The, Drive Options (Advanced) is not there.
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11 Mar 2016   #117
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Del 80 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Del, have a read through this Tutorial by Brink ...

Clean Install Windows 7

The steps 7 onwards ( quite Appropriate it's step 7 lol), show details of how to remove the existing partitions using Drive Options (advanced)
Nope, The, Drive Options (Advanced) is not there.
Post a screen shot of what IS there.

We are flying blind here since we can't see what you see and you aren't telling us what you see.
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11 Mar 2016   #118
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

OK that's a new one on me

Any way, have a look at this Bootable Partition Manager| MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition it should allow you to clean the disk of all partitions - needs to be burned to disk, or to a USB stick using Rufus or similar so will allow you to remove a live windows install

Then go though the install onto a blank HDD
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11 Mar 2016   #119
Del 80

Windows Vista Home Basic
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Del 80 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Del, have a read through this Tutorial by Brink ...

Clean Install Windows 7

The steps 7 onwards ( quite Appropriate it's step 7 lol), show details of how to remove the existing partitions using Drive Options (advanced)
Nope, The, Drive Options (Advanced) is not there.
Post a screen shot of what IS there.

We are flying blind here since we can't see what you see and you aren't telling us what you see.
Exactly the same as No. 7 in Brinks post....but without the Drive Options (advanced)
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11 Mar 2016   #120
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Did you choose the upgrade, not the custom install? That may cause that, but the Partition magic disk will do everything you need, and is a good tool to keep for future partition work on any PC, or OS
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