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Windows 7: What do I do?

12 Nov 2010   #41
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mccoady View Post
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?

Hello again.



You will need to use Method One in this tutorial at the link below to boot (start) the process.

DISKPART : At PC Startup


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13 Nov 2010   #42
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Ok I've ran Step 1 SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation and I'm back to the Windows 7 setup screen:

I'm now on Step 7 on the Clean Install Tutorial Clean Install Windows 7 :

I have highlighted the hard drive I want to install Windows 7 on - "Disk 0 Unallocated Space (Total Size 698.6 GB and I want it all allocated to Disk 0) so do I now click on "New" or "Format" on that screen, or do I click "Next" and jump down to step 9?
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13 Nov 2010   #43
gregrocker

 

I would make your Win7 partition smaller than the full size of the HD. Click on New and fill in the size of the Win7 partition (suggest 100gb), then format it before install. It will also assign you a 100Mb boot partition but just ignore that.

However, if you want your Win7 partition the full size of the HD, just use the amount already filled in when you click on New to create, then format before install.
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13 Nov 2010   #44
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

I guess I got impatient waiting for help and went ahead and clicked Next so what happens now since it went ahead with installing the OS (without me selecting New and Format) do I try to get out of the install and start from the beginning again zeroing out my drive? I will start from scratch if I need to.

The install is actually stuck on the License Key screen it says my license isn't valid what's up with that? I think the first time I did a Repair Install it was checked to activate the license but the second time I did a Repair I did uncheck it, is this causing an issue and if so what do I do?

Update on above:

I left License Key blank and it went ahead and installed and so far no nag screen to activate so don't know why.

OS seemed to install fine but I will wait on further instructions from you if I should start over.
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14 Nov 2010   #45
gregrocker

 

It will autoformat ifyou don't choose to do anything, so you'll be ok.

You should check at Computer>properties to see if it activated. If not, try to activate with your Product key.

If you have an Upgrade version, you'll need to do one of the workarounds given here to get it to activate on a wiped HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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14 Nov 2010   #46
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Thanks Greg got one of the workarounds to work it's great to have my computer back to normal just got to take my time reinstalling my programs as per your suggestions.

This forum is just amazing with such great help and outstanding tutorials many thanks to everyone who has helped especially gregrocker!!
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14 Nov 2010   #47
gregrocker

 

Glad it worked. Keep us posted on how it goes.
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15 Nov 2010   #48
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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