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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

09 Mar 2010   #220
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

i wish i knew this about 20 hours ago i did not know how to do this i went the hard route i use my vista recovery disc to reinstall vista and format my hd then i installed windiows 7 glad i know this for future reference


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09 Apr 2010   #221
nonpasaran

vista
 
 

hi shawn
i have a notebook with Vista now i want to a clean install 7 on it.
But you know there is a hiden recovery partition in hdd. if i press F9 at the beginning it starts recovery process.
now i want to learn must i backup this recovery partition's MBR? And how?
i ask because before i do this (clean install 7 over Vista) on another notebook and now F9 key don't work
and now i don't want to loose this function of F9 key
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09 Apr 2010   #222
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nonpasaran,

I suppose the easiest way would be to create a complete clone of you hard drive as a backup using something like the free program Macrium Reflect Free Edition. This way, you can restore the hard drive as it is now with all partitions from the cloned backup if you should ever decide to.

I would also recommned to create a set of OEM recovery discs to have to be able to a factory restore with as a secondary backup. You should be able to create a set from the "OEM (ex: HP) Recovery Management" type program in the Start Menu.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Apr 2010   #223
Jove

Windows 7
 
 

Hi. I've installed Win7 3 times now during RC2 testing and now with a retail copy.

I must ask, during the format part of the install is the only option a Quick format?

I ask because I'm going to reinstall soon and would like my Intel Gen2 SSD drive to be completely reformatted in the process. Will deleting all the partitions have that effect?

Thanks.
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10 Apr 2010   #224
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jove View Post
Hi. I've installed Win7 3 times now during RC2 testing and now with a retail copy.

I must ask, during the format part of the install is the only option a Quick format?

I ask because I'm going to reinstall soon and would like my Intel Gen2 SSD drive to be completely reformatted in the process. Will deleting all the partitions have that effect?

Thanks.
It looks as if setup will only do a quick format. If you want to do a full format, you will need to use Diskpart.

Instead of clicking Install Now, press Shift+F10 to pull up a command prompt.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Then enter the following:

diskpart

list disk

select disk [# of the disk you want to format]

clean all

That will completely format the drive, and delete all partitions.

Then you can start setup again.
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10 Apr 2010   #225
Jove

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks JK, I will check that out.

Much appreciated.
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10 Apr 2010   #226
Jove

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the additional edit JK.

I'll leave the diskpart.exe on C: and also put it on a floppy, I guess that way I'll be safe right?

Great reply, exactly what I needed.
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10 Apr 2010   #227
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You don't need to copy diskpart at all; it is built-in to the setup program.

When you get to the install screen, just press Shift+F10, and a command prompt will pop up. Just enter diskpart.
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11 Apr 2010   #228
Jove

Windows 7
 
 

Even better. Thanks again JK
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15 Apr 2010   #229
shotgun04

windows 7
 
 

i am using windows7 ultimate pirated.. i want to buy an original windows 7 professional and i want to reformat my pc. what version of windows i will buy an upgrade or full version?
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