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Windows 7: How to format before upgrade?

25 Dec 2010   #11

windows vista home premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
start the dvd from vista, than follow this tutorial:
Custom Install Windows 7
no!!!!! I dont want anything left from vista i want a clean install form the bios thing, how do i boot my computer from the installation dvd through bios?? How do i get in it??????????????

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25 Dec 2010   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

The Og's method will work just as well as changing a setting in your bios.

Follow the tutorial he linked.

You normally get into the bios by hitting F2 during boot, but you don't need to do that and you would be lost if you did do it.
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25 Dec 2010   #13

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600

When you press the power button on your PC to start it, the bios boots to the disk that you've told it to. This is usually the disk that Windows is on and it must be bootable. However, there are times when you may want to boot to a different disk, as when installing or reinstalling the operating system. In that case, you need to tell the bios to boot to the DVD drive, first. In the bios, it's called the "boot order". The user sets the boot order in the bios so that when the PC is started, it will find and boot to the correct drive that the user wants to boot to. If the bootable disk is 3rd or 4th in line to be booted in the boot order, the PC will first try to boot from the first drive. If that drive is not bootable, it will then try the next drive in the order. Again, if it finds that the drive isn't bootable, it will go down the order until it finds a drive that is bootable and boot from that drive. When installing Windows, you need to tell the bios to boot to the DVD ROM first so that the installation can begin. To get into the bios, restart the PC and hit F8 repeatedly until the bios window appears. Search for "boot options" or "startup options". Every bios is diferent.
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25 Dec 2010   #14
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Make your Recovery DIsks or save a backup image of the entire HD first so you have a path back to factory condition. Then wipe the HD of all code: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If you have Upgrade version and wipe the HD, skip inserting the key during install and do one of the workarounds given here for installing to a wiped HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If you install to wiped HD, the installer will issue a 100mb System Reserved boot partition which conveniently places the Repair Console (normally only on the DVD or Repair CD) on the F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu. So I would choose Custom Install and then Drive Options to partition as you wish and format: Clean Install Windows 7

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. Driver Install - Device Manager

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 slow startup, become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. Startup Programs - Change

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall.

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly.
CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
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Then save a Windows 7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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