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Windows 7: Clean install with partition

16 May 2009   #11
dannet

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Thanks I'll try that.... Paragon has added some files to the partition in a 'BOOTWIZ' folder. Do I need to keep these or can I format it before install?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you go for the Acronis - stay away from the disk selector - causes havoc on 7.
Yeah you were right about that! I'd already installed it before I read but so decided not to use Acronis. However, I didn't uninstall it and now it runs every time I boot. I can't even uninstall it because it keeps teling me no OS is present .


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16 May 2009   #12
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't know what those are - BOOTWIZ? - you can copy them to the partition you are keeping, in case you want them later.

The Disk selector is probably on the mbr. It might get in the way during the installation. Try rewriting the mbr.
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16 May 2009   #13
dannet

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Thanks for the detailed instructions they make it much simpler! Nice background by the way .

Well here goes - hopefully my next post will be from 7127 if it works!

Is changing the mbr easy?
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16 May 2009   #14
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hold it!

Rewrite the mbr first.

Use the free easybcd :

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

Click Manage Bootloader from the first menu, select "Reinstall Vista Bootloader" , then click "Write MBR"

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Reboot to test all is ok and Disk Selector has gone.


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17 May 2009   #15
dannet

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Okay I installed the new build successfully on a new partition (G) and was being given the option on boot-up to choose between the two OSs. However my plan was the remove the older build and just use the new one as my sole OS.

I had the brilliant idea of formatting C drive through 7127 thinking that my computer would just utilise the new OS on G drive and now my computer won't boot...

I don't know if there are some necessary boot files on C that I've inadvertently removed or something else but I just assumed the OS on G: would kind of take over things

On boot-up I get the message: "NTDLR is missing". By the way I don't have a vista disk because HPs come with an on-board recovery drive.. but I do have 7127 on disk.
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17 May 2009   #16
SIW2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

LOL. After all that you decided to get rid of 7100.

The boot files were on the active partition - where 7100 was - you are right.

Easiest thing to do now is:

Boot the 7127 dvd - chose Custom Install , Drive Options (advanced), delete and format the 7100 partition and install 7127 on that.

You could delete the 7127 you had already installed at that point, or after you have booted into the new installation - up to you.
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17 May 2009   #17
dannet

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

LOL yeah it was pretty stupid of me . Had a load of files strewn across all my partitions which I didn't want to lose so I wanted to duel boot to make sure the 7127 would go without it messing up and losing any files but seeing as it was working fine I thought I might as well get rid of 7100 now I know the new build runs smoothly. I've placed any of my important files in the 2nd 'data' HD now anyway.

You're right looks like I might as well done it the easy way in the end ha ha.

Well I'll see what happens anyway.. Thanks again!
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17 May 2009   #18
dannet

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Finally - all sorted. Everything's running fine and thanks to the clean install everthing's running smoother than ever .

Thanks for all your help!
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17 May 2009   #19
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You're welcome - have fun.
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