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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7


10 Jan 2009   #439
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Clean Install Windows 7

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7



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24 Feb 2013   #440
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Mariner ,

You could do what Brink is telling you do to . As he said you will have to reinstall your software cause you formatted the C:\ drive .

If you want to do what I said without formatting the C:\ drive and extend the two deleted and unallocated spaces see this link Partition or Volume - Extend tutorial written by Brink himself . To be safe please do a BACKUP of your personal files before you try anything

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25 Feb 2013   #441
bberkey1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So would installing 7 on a separate SSD be wise for performance? I was originally planning to go with a 128GB SSD and have multiple partitions having one dedicated to the OS. I would also spring for the 250GB if there is no increased benefit for instillation on a separate HD and create larger partitions, since I'm not a big gammer or video/photo editor. I also use external HD for my music and movies so space is not that big of a concern.
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25 Feb 2013   #442
blockie

 

Thanks to Brink and Vistaking for their help. Am now where I want to be.
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25 Feb 2013   #443
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bberkey1 View Post
So would installing 7 on a separate SSD be wise for performance? I was originally planning to go with a 128GB SSD and have multiple partitions having one dedicated to the OS. I would also spring for the 250GB if there is no increased benefit for instillation on a separate HD and create larger partitions, since I'm not a big gammer or video/photo editor. I also use external HD for my music and movies so space is not that big of a concern.
I would rather install Windows and Applications on the SSD . And have Users folder on the second hard drive the mechanical one.

Take a look at these links :

1st User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation ( I would personally do this 1 )

2nd User Profile - Change Default Location




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blockie View Post
Thanks to Brink and Vistaking for their help. Am now where I want to be.
You're welcome. Glad to help.
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25 Feb 2013   #444
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blockie View Post
Thanks to Brink and Vistaking for their help. Am now where I want to be.
You're most welcome Mariner. Glad we could help.
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25 Feb 2013   #445
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bberkey1 View Post
So would installing 7 on a separate SSD be wise for performance? I was originally planning to go with a 128GB SSD and have multiple partitions having one dedicated to the OS. I would also spring for the 250GB if there is no increased benefit for instillation on a separate HD and create larger partitions, since I'm not a big gammer or video/photo editor. I also use external HD for my music and movies so space is not that big of a concern.
I would rather install Windows and Applications on the SSD . And have Users folder on the second hard drive the mechanical one.

Take a look at these links :

1st User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation ( I would personally do this 1 )

2nd User Profile - Change Default Location
Hello Berkey,

If you mean to have Windows 7 on one SSD and data on a separate SSD, then sure that would allow you to be able to read and write to both at the same time a bit faster. It's not really enough to be that noticeable though.


Personally, I wouldn't recommend moving user profile folders to another location than the default C. Doing so will also have the location you move them to included in a system image that cannot be unselected.


To just save space on the SSD, you might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files actually located where you like instead. This way you will not have to worry about any potential issues like above that come along with moving user profile folder locations.
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25 Feb 2013   #446
bberkey1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thank you for the replies Vistaking and Brink I appreciate your time.

I think I will stick with just the one SSD like initially planned. Brink, space won't be a real problem for me as my current laptop has only 55GB and I'm only using 20GB so something in the 128 range will be more than enough.

So you would recommend upon installing keeping the OS in the C: drive and after installation creating a new partition to keep programs and perhaps another for general storage as an easier choice?
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25 Feb 2013   #447
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Berkey. Glad we could help.

Yes, that would be the easier option to use.
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08 Mar 2013   #448
notis

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, *W7 Prem. x64
 
 

...Hello Brink and anybody...
So...Do you know if I install Windows 7 in another partition in my hard disk (where my OEM Windows 7 also is)
Something like dual boot to the same Os. And I'll do the above for testing propose...How it will "come" about drivers?
I mean ..the new Os will it takes the drivers?..or I'll have to start from scratch?...
...I'll do it, to see if all versions (drivers) I have, working well...and then if so....I can make a clean install
-just one- to my hard drive....
Thank you
(hoping the answer is not somewhere hide and that you understood my english...)
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08 Mar 2013   #449
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Notis,

If you do a clean install, you will be starting from scratch.

You would get drivers for your devices from the device manufacturer's website on their driver support download page.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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