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Windows 7: How do I backup entire pc to external HD then Reinstall

11 May 2010   #31
se7ensins

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Oh I forgot I didn't write down te windows key so if I do manage to install from command line will I need the key to install windows or can that be done once it is installed?
Where did you get Windows 7? Your key is either on the box or from your legit downloaded site and in your email.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I posted in #22 exactly how to do a clean reinstall using the Win7 DVD.

If you want to zero the HD, use "clean all" in place of the "Clean" command.

If you want the 100mb System Reserved partition (which places the "Repair My Computer" console on Advanced Boot Tools list accessed by tapping F8 at bootup) then exit DISKPART after the clean or clean all commands, then use the booted DVD to create and format your partition(s) by choosing "Drive Options" link during Custom install.

Before you do the install, back up your files to copy over into folders after clean reinstall. Also, run the Belarc Advisor to get a full audit of your current system including Product keys for OS and other software.

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That's the thing I did #22 and it would only let me get to the tools by pressing restore from image. The only other option was to install right away which I didn't want to do. Is there maybe an image tutorial since I am inept.

I looked the tutorial over. Is it possible to bring up the command line during the install?
I'm gonna go try this out now and just cancel if I don't get it.


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11 May 2010   #32
gregrocker

 

During DVD bootup, press Shift F10 to access Command Line.

after DVD Repair console or Repair CD finds installation, tick the box for Recovery Tools not the box for Recover Using an Image, as shown in screenshot here: Repair CD - System Repair Disk
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11 May 2010   #33
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

Alright I'm at the recovery tools menu. Can you give me a step by step guide on what to do now? I know you put it up before but as confused as I am I can't afford to mess it up.
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11 May 2010   #34
gregrocker

 

Back up your files first as the HD will be deep cleaned and nothing will be saved. A System Image is not a file backup and will not help to reinstall your files after you do this clean reinstall. You must back up your files separately to an external source.


Boot DVD, press Shift F10 to open Command Line, type:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 disk)
clean all
create partition primary
select partition 1
assign letter=c:
active
format
exit

Now return to Install Now and select Custom install. Choose the partition you have made to install to.

The installer is nearly driver-complete with newer drivers arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer. You can also back up your windows/system32/drivers and driverstore files to browse to for missing drivers.
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11 May 2010   #35
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Back up your files first as the HD will be deep cleaned and nothing will be saved. A System Image is not a file backup and will not help to reinstall your files after you do this clean reinstall. You must back up your files separately to an external source.


Boot DVD, press Shift F10 to open Command Line, type:
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 disk)
clean all
create partition primary
select partition 1
assign letter=c:
active
format
exit

Now return to Install Now and select Custom install. Choose the partition you have made to install to.

The installer is nearly driver-complete with newer drivers arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer. You can also back up your windows/system32/drivers and driverstore files to browse to for missing drivers.
Press shift f10 at the selection screen correct?
I have a laptop with the media functions on all the f keys so will it work?
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11 May 2010   #36
gregrocker

 

Good question. Check the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer to see if you can download the application that drives these function keys.

If you have a Drivers/Apps disk which came with your computer, see if the app is included and available to download after clean install.

If necessary, query your Tech Support to see how you obtain that and any other apps you want which are not downloadable from their website or on disk you have.

Locate and open the application itself (in All Programs) so you know what you are referring to. Normally function keys have an app in addition to just a driver.
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11 May 2010   #37
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

I think I figured it out. I didn't realize you could close the repair tools and get back to the main window.
Btw clean all is taking forever. It's a 300 gig hdd but still.
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11 May 2010   #38
gregrocker

 

Let it run. It is zeroing the drive which is deepest possible clean. Takes about an hour for my 360gb HD but can vary.
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11 May 2010   #39
se7ensins

Windows 7 home
 
 

This sucks waiting...
Does the install take this long?
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11 May 2010   #40
gregrocker

 

No it takes about 30 minutes for a clean install.
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