Quote: Originally Posted by mborner
With the Knowledge that you have, you must realize, when you format a HDD and clean install an original, full retail version of windows, and then get errors that your apps are already installed when you try to install them, it should be pretty obvious that the OS was not installed on a formatted drive.
But it was.
Here is how I installed it, and that will hopefully put an end to this line of thinking: -
1. Booted from the Windows disc
2. Chose "Install now"
3. Chose "Custom (Advanced)"
4. At the list of drives/partitions, I deleted the partition that Windows and all of my apps were installed on, along with the small partition that Windows 7 creates when installed.
5. I created a new partition using the unallocated space from the 2 partitions I'd just removed and formatted it (although formatting it isn't necessary actually).
6. I then installed Windows to this new partition (Windows automatically creates the smaller partition).
In the case of Miro, when trying to install that, it said that it was already running. There was no instance of Miro showing in Task Manager (other than the installer running), Miro was not listed in Add or Remove Programs, no Miro install folder under Program Files, and absolutely zero results for Miro when searching the registry. There wouldn't be, as I did a completely fresh install of Windows and all applications (which were all on the same partition as Windows) were wiped in that process.
This is how my computer has always been set up (and still is now): -
Drive 1 - Partitioned into C and D. Windows and apps are on C. All data files (except music) are on D.
Drive 2 - A single partition, E. All of my music is on here.
I also have 2 external drives that I use for backups. 1 is used to back up D and E (all of my data files) and one is used to keep an image of C in case I need to reinstall.
I did a fresh install because I was having issues updating Windows Live Mail and after following the advice of someone on here, it made my issues worse. Using System Restore wouldn't fix it and restoring C from the image only left me back at the beginning, unable to update Windows Live Mail, so I thought I would do a fresh install of Windows and all of my apps to sort this.
BTW, technically the thread title should say "SOME apps", because the majority installed without issue.