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Windows 7: Downgrade to Vista from Windows 7

04 Nov 2010   #21
atsilv2012

Windows 7
 
 

Alright I will follow those instructions. I have a blank DVD-R first so Ill try that first. How come I cant use my external hard drive? Seems odd that i can use a flash drive but not that. Thanks for your reply


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04 Nov 2010   #22
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm honestly not sure why you can't use an external...or if you can...but I would think the performance would be terrible. The nice thing about burning the disc is you can put it somewhere safe for future use.
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04 Nov 2010   #23
gregrocker

 

I gave you steps to get an ISO file for Student Download, burn it to DVD or write to flash stick, then do a perfect reinstall of Win7.

Instead of complaining that it is too hard, please ask a specific question about what step you don't understand so we can help you reinstall.

We help thousands of people here successfully reinstall and fix Win7. The ones who succeed ask questions about what they don't understand while keeping the steps in order so they work steadily toward their goal.

Did you even read the steps I typed out for you in detail with links to each tool needed to complete the step?
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04 Nov 2010   #24
atsilv2012

Windows 7
 
 

I apologize for complaining. I did read what you wrote and I didnt get that far. I did notice that when I ran the Disk Management is did not display anything. No drives were found. Does this create a bigger issue?
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04 Nov 2010   #25
gregrocker

 

I believe you were using Diskpart to Clean the SSD before reinstalling Win7 - since you had a virus the drive needs wiping first.

Because it's easy to make a mistake with Diskpart Commands I suggest you use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to get a graphical picture of your Hard Drive.

First rightclick on each of your partitions to Check File System and then run the full Surface Scan with both boxes checked. This will fix problems which might exist with your HD.

Then click on the Partition Wizard Disk tab to Wipe the HD from there.

Download from here. Click on ISO file to burn to CD: Free Download Magic Partition Manager Software - Partition Wizard Online
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05 Nov 2010   #26
atsilv2012

Windows 7
 
 

alright, i am running a surface test on all partitions. Looks like its going to take awhile. Should there be all green boxes at the end? When this is done should I be ok to run the windows 7 installation after burning it on a DVD and then running it with Microsoft Store: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool?
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05 Nov 2010   #27
gregrocker

 

Check File System and run Surface Test (with both boxes checked) on each partition.

Then Wipe the entire HD from the Partition Wizard Disk tab at top.

Use the MS tool to burn the ISO to DVD or write it to a flash stick. But you'll need an ISO file first. All of this is covered in my earlier post here, as well as the steps to get a perfect install.

Boot the Win7 DVD, select Custom Install, use Drive Options to create New partition(s) as you wish (100gb recommended for Win7), Format each and install Win7 to first partition. You may be assigned the 100mb Boot Partition but just ignore it.
Downgrade to Vista from Windows 7-drive-options.png

Then go back to my earlier post here where I give you steps for having a perfect install.


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05 Nov 2010   #28
atsilv2012

Windows 7
 
 

im sure you know what i am looking at but here are some screenshots from what ive seen.


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05 Nov 2010   #29
gregrocker

 

Your HD partitioning is all intact according to Partition Wizard. Run Surface Test and File System Check on all partitions.

Did you try following these steps to run Factory Recovery:
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Restoring Your Dell Computer to Original Factory Installation with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0
To restore your computer to the original factory installation, follow these steps:
1 Turn on the computer, when the Dell Logo appears repeatedly press the <F8> key until you see the Advanced Boot Options menu.
2 From the Advanced Boot Options highlight Repair Your Computer with the arrow keys and press <ENTER>.
3 Click Next > and login to your administrator account on the computer. The administrator account is the account created the first time the computer was turned on.
4 Click Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe options and follow the prompts provided.
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05 Nov 2010   #30
atsilv2012

Windows 7
 
 

I am currently running windows 7, not vista. Im just looking to reinstall it so I can start from scratch. I tried the <F8> steps before. The "Dell Factory Image Restore" was not one of the options. I will try again after this surface test is complete. Ill click "Dell Factory Tools" next time. Maybe it will be in there
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