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Windows 7: How to go about upgrading comp. do i need to reformat?

26 Sep 2010   #1

windows 7 64
How to go about upgrading comp. do i need to reformat?

Hello. i Upgraded from win xp 32bit to Win 7 ultimate 32bit.

i am upgrading my computers MoBo, Case, CPU, and CPU cooler.

with all the new hardware. will i have to reformat? and if so. how do i go about doing it? Will i have to reinstall windows xp, than upgrade to windows 7. or can i just put in the win 7 cd and do it from there since its an upgrade version and not full version?

i currently have these specs

Xcilo case
Intel core 2 Quad
EVGA Nvidia MoBo

New specs i am upgrading too

Corsair obsiddian 800d case
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

so question is. do i need to reformat? if so, how do i go about it? xp to win 7 upgrade, or delete partition and just install win 7. and can i do 64 bit if i do complete reinstall?

thanks for help!

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26 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

I would recommend doing a clean (with format) install. No need to install XP first.

See this article on How to do a Clean Install using a retail Upgrade Windows 7 installation disc.

Save your data first!!!!
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27 Sep 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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27 Sep 2010   #4

windows 7 64

thanks for the help everyone. i will be getting my new parts this week. should i delete the partition before install new hardware? than put it all together and fresh install with all the new parts? or should i install new parts than partition it and fresh install.

and also can i use 64bit now?
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27 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello moknathal, welcome to Seven forums!

If you are using the old Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and you have made backups of the data you want to keep have a look at the info below, that would be the way to go.

You can use 64-bit if you want, be sure to post back with any questions you may have and to keep us informed.
information   Information

After you have made backups of everything you care to save and you want to do a real wipe "secure erase" to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it over-writes everything, all the old Windows code including the old Windows drivers, everything all data, giving you the best possible space to install Windows 7 to; it goes hand-in-hand with a clean install.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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29 Sep 2010   #6

windows 7 64

Hi again. So i did the HDD clear using the command prompt. after its clear i take my comp out to my work bench and get started putting together new one and moving stuff over. As soon as it comes time to put the RAM in. my gigabyte MoBo only accepts DDR3 RAM. i was gonna upgrade anyways to ddr3 but i was gonna do it a bit later.

so as far as ram goes i was thinking corsair Dominator ddr3 4gb. or should i get 6gb?

i'm using OCZ reaper ddr2 atm. but this new mobo does not accept ddr2.

i will not b able to try booting up the system and installing windows 7 from the upgrade disk untell i get some ram in the main from new egg. i'm gonna order some tomorrow and try and have it shipped next day.

what are your all thoughts on ram? prices? how many GB should i use. brand? etc..

Here is my MoBo

here is what i was thinkin about getting. - CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMT4GX3M2A1866C9

and for 6gb i was thinking

Are the ones i have linked compatable with my mobo?

thanks for any help
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29 Sep 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again.

According to the mobo specs "Memory Standard" you posted you will need something off of this page, I wouldn't do less than 6GB so you can run "Triple Channel".

Computer Hardware, Desktop Memory, 240-Pin DDR3 - 1333 (PC3 10600), 6GB (3 x 2GB)
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29 Sep 2010   #8

windows 7 64

so the Corsair dominator 6gb wont work?
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29 Sep 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again.

You figure it out for yourself, look at the "Memory Standard" to see what you need, do they match?
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