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Windows 7: Formatting Windows 7

16 Jan 2011   #1
Gregrae

Vista 32
 
 
Formatting Windows 7

Can I install Windows 7 over the top of Vista


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16 Jan 2011   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yes, you can .. afterwards, you will find a windows.old folder in c:/windows which contain your old Vista files .. you can delete these using the disk cleanup tool ... Disk Cleanup - Open and Use
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16 Jan 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you are overinstalling Vista 32bit with Windows 7 64bit. NO.
You need to clean your HD first.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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16 Jan 2011   #4
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

While doing a format/clean install is the desired course of action, it is entirely possible to run the 64bit installer and end up with Windows 7 64bit installed on your system... leaving you with the windows.old folder to deal with... There is however, no option for doing an in place upgrade from a 32bit to 64bit OS... So the answer to the OPs' question is no, a format is not required... just sayin...
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16 Jan 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Gregrae, welcome to Seven Forums!



Have a look at these tutorials at the links below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed; though it would be foolish to install a new Windows and not do at least a format first.



How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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16 Jan 2011   #6
gregrocker

 

The installer will scan the HD at bootup to see any other OS allowing use of Upgrade key up front.

If you wipe the HD first to overwrite all code (because formatting erases nothing) then the installer will see no other OS and reject Upgrade version key during install. You'll need to leave key box blank and then after install do one of the workarounds here to allow activation at Computer>Properties link: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

You can do it either way but wiping the HD is a cleaner install.
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16 Jan 2011   #7
Gregrae

Vista 32
 
 

If I do a clean install I will loose all my drivers .
Can I download all the drivers for my laptop and save them to a disc and reinstall them in the new version of 7.
How do I go about this.
I have a full version of Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
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16 Jan 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

The Win7 installer is driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates.

If there are any missing drivers after install, find them on the Support Downloads webpage for your model.

This is not XP which needs a bunch of drivers supplied.
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