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Windows 7: Windows7 Full not wiping my files + partition problem


16 Nov 2009   #1

Windows7 Ultimate
 
 
Windows7 Full not wiping my files + partition problem

Hi guys, I really hope someone can help me.

I've installed Windows 7 Full version 3 times now but all of my old files are still on the computer. I used 'custom install' as I read that this would wipe everything...but it didn't. ???
My pc is choc-a-block full of rubbish and I want it all gone without having to go through deleting it all manually..I've been able to wipe everything with previous windows installs so I can't understand why it doesn't work with Windows7.

Also, I have 2 partitions on my hard drive (the other has Linux on it)...I'd like to go back to just having the one & installing windows7 over everything...does anyone know how I can do this...pleeeeeeease???



forgot to mention...I'm not very tech savvy so please make any helpful hints as simple as possible. lol Thank you

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16 Nov 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

load up linux, open gparted and wipe your drive, then install windows 7...
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16 Nov 2009   #3

Windows7 Ultimate
 
 

Hi Tews, thanks for replying so quickly.
I don't seem to be able to open linux anymore since I installed windows7...it's still there though cos I can see it when I go into disk management.
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16 Nov 2009   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

what version of linux and do you still have the cd?? If it is ubuntu, boot into the live mode and proceed as in above...
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16 Nov 2009   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

For a proper clean install, you need to frormat the partition first.

You can do it during installation.

When you get to screen asking where you want to install 7 , select Drive Options( advanced) , the next screen allows you to repartition, delete, format, as you wish.

If you simply format the partition , then install 7 - you won't get the Windows.old folder.

However, that will also remove the Active flag ( if present).

Unless you have another Active partition - you will get the 100mb "system" partition.

As Tews says, easiest is to use 3rd party bootable partition manager - Boot the cd, delete the existing partitions - create new one(s) first - mark the intended 7 partition Active.

Then Boot 7 dvd and install direct onto that partition.

Gparted or Partition Wizard Free will do the job.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pomozy View Post
Hi guys, I really hope someone can help me.

I've installed Windows 7 Full version 3 times now but all of my old files are still on the computer. I used 'custom install' as I read that this would wipe everything...but it didn't. ???
My pc is choc-a-block full of rubbish and I want it all gone without having to go through deleting it all manually..I've been able to wipe everything with previous windows installs so I can't understand why it doesn't work with Windows7.

Also, I have 2 partitions on my hard drive (the other has Linux on it)...I'd like to go back to just having the one & installing windows7 over everything...does anyone know how I can do this...pleeeeeeease???



forgot to mention...I'm not very tech savvy so please make any helpful hints as simple as possible. lol Thank you
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16 Nov 2009   #6

Windows7 Ultimate
 
 

I have the Mint version of Linux which I think is based on Ubuntu...if I remember rightly?? Great OS but I just want to wipe everything and start again fresh with Windows7. Yes I do have the cd.
Thanks so much for your help guys. I'm printing this info up and going to give it a go...wish me luck! lol
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17 Nov 2009   #7

Windows7 Ultimate
 
 

It worked!!!!!! Yayyy!!!
The partitions were deleted, windows7 is now installed, & all of my old files are gone!!
Thank you sooo much for all of your help. Your instructions were easy to follow and it ended up being a very quick fix in the end.
Thanks again I really appreciate it.
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17 Nov 2009   #8

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Glad you got it all sorted out!
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17 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Why would the OP have needed to use Linux for anything regarding a Windows 7 installation? Very bad advice. All he needed to do was format the drive or delete and recreate the partition from within the Windows 7 installation routine.
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17 Nov 2009   #10

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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Very bad advice.
What makes you say that?

The OP was quite happy to use a program he already had and was familiar with. It worked perfectly for him.

Not the way you might have done it, perhaps - each to their own.
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