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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

14 Jun 2010   #240
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rageej View Post
Nice walk through! I was, however, left wondering were to specify which version, 32-bit or 64-bit, I want to install.
Welcome to Seven Forums rageej.

With your specs I would suggest to install the 64bit.

Depending on which type and version you have, retail will come with two DVDs, one is 32bit and the other is 64bit. They will say on the DVD.

If you D/L'ed it you will have the choice of which one you want to D/L.

There is no 32bit or 64bit choice to select during the installation.

Hope this helps


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15 Jun 2010   #241
rageej

Vista Home Premium 32-bit... for now.
 
 

Ahh, now I understand. I didn't realize there were two seperate discs in the retail package. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I was leaning towards 64-bit version, I'm checking all my programs to make sure they will work. Sometimes it is a little confusing to me if a program is 64-bit(there is a 64-bit version) or if it is just compatible. For instance, Office 2007, Nero 9, Adobe CS3, etc. I understand everything I have now is 32-bit, I wonder how well Windows 7 will handle the 32-bit versions?
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15 Jun 2010   #242
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

All 32bit programs will run in the Win7 64bit OS.

There are actually two 'Program Files' folders.

'Program Files' this is where your 64bit programs will be kept.

'Program Files(x86)' this is where your 32bit programs will be kept.

So, no problem with 32bit version programs. They will go to the correct folder automatically.

Enjoy your 64bit Win7 OS
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15 Jun 2010   #243
bballuk

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hi all and Brink again.

I did not have time to read all 25 pages this time to see if anyone else has same problem as me.

I just got a mates pc he wanted his Windows 7 installed, he had Windows XP Home before.

So i followed the steps on this guide and did a clean install as he did not want to keep any files etc. I got to Step 10 where the PC auto restarts but then all i get is a BLACK SCREEN ! no mouse pointer no POST screen nothing ive tried restarting using on-board and off-board graphics card and still nothing.

Is it something i did wrong or is it a hardware problem ? please let me know im going to try a new monitor soon just need to find a spare working one.

Oh i used Windows 7 Home Premium Retail.

thanks for any reply.
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15 Jun 2010   #244
bballuk

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Solved the problem.

I had on-board graphics and off-board graphics (old Nvidia Card).

For someone reason it was the Nvidia card making the black screen as soon i unplug it works fine everything boot in and carried on installing Windows 7 and its working fine now.

thanks anyway
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16 Jun 2010   #245
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Glad that you got it sorted

Sometimes it's just a little thing that creates big problem.

Good work finding the answer.
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05 Jul 2010   #246
rfe777

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the thorough guide Brink, Although I have two questions:

1. Is it absolutely necessary to choose the recommended settings on the "Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically" screen?

2. Is there really such a big difference between choosing a home network and a public network on the "Select your computer's current location" screen?
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05 Jul 2010   #247
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello RFE,

I have updated steps 15 and 17 to provide more information about these to make it more helpful.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rfe777 View Post
1. Is it absolutely necessary to choose the recommended settings on the "Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically" screen?
No, not at all. (step 15 in tutorial) This is just the recommended setting since it sets automatic Windows Update downloads and installation, turns on Internet Explorer Protected Mode, etc... You can always manually set these settings how you like them instead after the installation is complete.


Quote:
2. Is there really such a big difference between choosing a home network and a public network on the "Select your computer's current location" screen?
Yes, there's a huge difference on how all of your network settings are determined by what network location you select here. The tutorial below can help give you more details about each network location to help decide which one is best for you. You can always change your network location type at anytime as well.

Network Location - Set as Home, Work, or Public Network


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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14 Jul 2010   #248
Veracious

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Activating windows 7

Hey all, thanks for this awsome tutorial !

but i still have some problems ...
I bought an upgrade version of windows 7 Ultimate and i wanted to instal it on a complete new desktop (so no files, no OS, nothing) I have an instalation key of windows XP but i don't know how to enter it :s
the cpu (i7 860) and windows 7 is 64 bit, i don't think i can install windows XP (wich will be 32bit) on a 64 bit system.

During the instalation of 'windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit english', I never had to fill in a serial number... Now it is installed but if i go to the control panel > system, i can see i have only XX days left to activate it. When i enter my windows 7 Ult. serial key i get on the back of the cd-cover, it says its an upgrade key and not a key for the full, complete, new version of windows 7

Is there someone/something that can help me please !


Thanks already !


Regards, Lucas


edit, i found a code in one of my 'windows vista home premium' first i thought it was a serial key but i don't know if its long enough ... "XXX-XXXXXXX-XXX" can be a serial key ?
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14 Jul 2010   #249
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Veracious View Post
Hey all, thanks for this awsome tutorial !

but i still have some problems ...
I bought an upgrade version of windows 7 Ultimate and i wanted to instal it on a complete new desktop (so no files, no OS, nothing) I have an instalation key of windows XP but i don't know how to enter it :s
the cpu (i7 860) and windows 7 is 64 bit, i don't think i can install windows XP (wich will be 32bit) on a 64 bit system.

During the instalation of 'windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit english', I never had to fill in a serial number... Now it is installed but if i go to the control panel > system, i can see i have only XX days left to activate it. When i enter my windows 7 Ult. serial key i get on the back of the cd-cover, it says its an upgrade key and not a key for the full, complete, new version of windows 7

Is there someone/something that can help me please !


Thanks already !


Regards, Lucas
See this tutorial: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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