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Windows 7: Unable to format Win 7

29 Jan 2011   #1

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Unable to format Win 7

Hi guys,

I've gotten a copy of Win7 prof last year and it had worked perfectly. Recently I've decided to give my hdd a format, and when I tried to install Win7, I got to the welcome screen, asking me for a user and pw log.

I have never set any password on this computer before the format, and have never set any administrator password at all! I used to switch on the computer, and let it boot all the way to my desktop without needing to key in anything.

This is my first boot up, and I am pretty sure I am still in the middle of installing the OS.

Any help here? XOXO

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29 Jan 2011   #2

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Follow the procedure in this great tutorial
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30 Jan 2011   #3

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30 Jan 2011   #4
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I would suggest that after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media you use Step One of this tutorial at the link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive, running this then using the outline in Step Two #2 to create and format a single 100GB partition using diskpart will get you a clean all and a chkdsk /r for the best possible space to install Windows 7 to.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Hello manticore, welcome to Seven Forums!

Richard has given you good information, perhaps you are having issues booting the Windows 7 DVD, have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

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