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Windows 7: What do I do?

11 Nov 2010   #31
gregrocker

 

You can delete the Itunes temp files by unhiding all files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View, then browsing the Appdata temp folders for ITunes. I would uninstall Itunes first with Revo in Advanced mode to see if it gets them first.

You may want to post up an ITunes help thread in General or on their website to get specific help for this issue from experts on Itunes install. I have done several dozen and never seen this.

Here are some tips for getting a perfect Clean Reinstall which is better than getting a new computer:

Make your Recovery DIsks or save a Win7 backup image of the entire HD first so you have a path back to factory condition. Then wipe the HD of all code using this method: https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/91339-ssd-hdd-optimize-windows-reinstallation.html

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer 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 or device.

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. https://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-debugging/70248-troubleshooting-msconfig.html

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly. http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/
http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-Disk-Defrag/3000-2094_4-10567503.html?part=dl-6267754&subj=dl&tag=button
http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-Registry-Defrag/3000-2094_4-10678033.html?tag=mncol;1

Then save a Win7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD. https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/663-backup-complete-computer-create-image-backup.html


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11 Nov 2010   #32
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Greg I tried deleting Temp folder following these directions Trouble installing iTunes or QuickTime for Windows but it won't let me saying other programs are using it (I unhid all files). Remember I don't have iTunes installed this is kind of a last resort before I do a Clean Install.

I posted on iLounge forum but the only response I got was ask Apple for support which is where the above link came from. I suppose I could post on their forum but from my experience it could be days for any responses. I have not posted here in the General Forum.

Should I decide to do a Clean Install what's wrong with just using these directions Clean Install Windows 7 why is it necessary to use your directions above about Optimizing your hard drive I really need to keep this as simple as possible it's already testing my computer skills?
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11 Nov 2010   #33
gregrocker

 

The reason to wipe your HD during reinstall is that it overwrites any corrupt or infected code with zeros and gives you the best possible slate for cleanest possible reinstall.

I gave you the tips which can make a perfect reinstall so that you only have to do it once, then the image you capture can reimage your HD (or replacement) in 15 minutes instead of ever having to reinstall again.

So it's especially important to get it right the first time, and failing to wipe the HD would always be a nagging question if probs reoccur. You need to know you got completely clean.
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11 Nov 2010   #34
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Greg I'm not sure I can work with a Prompt screen without totally messing things up. Step 1 doesn't sound too bad but step 2 looks to be over my head.

I thought when I did a Clean Install a year ago I followed the Clean Install Tutorial and it let you format and partition it at least that's what I remember.
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11 Nov 2010   #35
gregrocker

 

Formatting doesn't overwrite any data, just the partition table. What if you have infection or corruption which isn't detected? Now's the time to clean your HD.

If you can do Step One which is Diskpart "Clean All" command, then you can create and format your partitions using the Win7 installer's Custom>Drive Options.

You shouldn't be afraid of Diskpart commands as they won't mess anything up and will tell you if you mis-type any commands. Just type exactly what is posted, and ask back if you have any questions.

If you'd like a user-friendlier graphical interface, download and burn to CD free Partition Wizard bootable CD to Wipe the HD from Wipe tab, then create and format your partitions (NTFS Primary) using its cool features. http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

Do you have anything on the HD which needs saving first?
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11 Nov 2010   #36
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

If you can do Step One which is Diskpart "Clean All" command, then you can create and format your partitions using the Win7 installer's Custom>Drive Options.

Do you have anything on the HD which needs saving first?
Ok I will try Step 1 and then try Win7 installer's Custom>Drive Options.

When I get to Step 8 Clean Install Windows 7 do I click on Format or New? What will be my next options on that screen?

I used Windows 7 to backup my files to an external drive before I even restored to the bad image, do you think I should do an image backup of the present state of my computer before I start?
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11 Nov 2010   #37
gregrocker

 

Up to you if you think this image is worth saving. I would have at least one image as backup.

You need to create partition(s) with New before formatting. Make sure you install Win7 to the first partition, not counting the 100mb SysReserved partition the installer will create for you.
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11 Nov 2010   #38
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Ok a guess the only image I have is the bad one so I suppose I should make one even though iTunes won't work with it.

Last question before I start when I finish with Step One of your guide do I X out of it and what will happen then? At some point I would need to put in the Windows 7 disk but when?
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11 Nov 2010   #39
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mccoady.



To leave diskpart at any time and return to the Windows 7 installer type exit two (2) times and hit <enter> after each and you will be returned to the installer to continue the installation.



Edit: I just added this info to the tutorial at Step One #4 for future use.
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11 Nov 2010   #40
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Thanks Bare Foot Kid but at what point do you insert the Windows 7 Disk to do the Clean Install or should it be inserted before you start the Optimize a Hard Drive Tutorial?
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