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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

14 Aug 2010   #250
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Shawn,

I was reviewing your excellent Clean Install write-up and noticed a point that may need to be modified for the case of installing from a UFD such as for netbooks.

Here's the clip from the tutorial:

Windows 7 Minimum Hardware Requirements:
NOTE: For more information on this, see: Windows 7 system requirements

* 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
* 1 GB RAM for 32-bit Windows 7 OR 2 GB RAM for 64-bit Windows 7
* 16 GB available hard disk space for 32-bit Windows 7 OR 20 GB for 64-bit Windows 7
* Graphics card or chip that supports DirectX 9 with 128 MB memory (to have Aero theme enabled)
* DVD-R/W drive
* Internet or phone access to activate Windows 7.


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15 Aug 2010   #251
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Note Step #1

Quote:
1. Boot the computer from your Windows 7 installation DVD.
NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first in the boot order in your BIOS settings. Usually it is by default.


Most systems now automatically see a dvd rom or burner type drive installed. For an older system only seeing a cd rom or cd writer type there's also the option for creating a usb installation key. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Or simply replace a cd drive for a dvd capable model.
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15 Aug 2010   #252
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I've add this below to it to help.

* DVD-R/W drive, or bootable USB port with Windows 7 USB flash drive
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15 Aug 2010   #253
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Having the link for the other guide will be a large help for netbook users! That worked out well!
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07 Sep 2010   #254
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi Shawn,

Is it possible there is junk left on my computer even after doing a clean install of Windows 7. I was looking in the registry and there are things on it I didn't install and thought I uninstalled like Norton bloatwear that came with the computer. There are also games I saw in the registry I didn't install either like Mortal Combat and some others. When I originally installed Windows 7 I didn't format the disk. Should I have so everything would have been erased off the hard drive? Not sure what to do.

Thanks,

Casey
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08 Sep 2010   #255
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Casey,

For a true clean install, you would want to format or delete the hard drive first, then install Windows 7. This will wipe it clean for a fresh start. Just be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose first though.
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08 Sep 2010   #256
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi Shawn,

Are there instructions on the forum for formatting or deleting the hard drive?

Casey
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08 Sep 2010   #257
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Casey,

You can format the drive during the installation of Windows 7 at steps 7 and 8 in the tutorial on the first page.
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08 Sep 2010   #258
Case1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks Shawn! You Da Man!
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08 Sep 2010   #259
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Casey.
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