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12 Apr 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by natjen05 View Post
What do you mean "Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition"? Should I do this?

It's better to have this as it adds an entry to the advanced boot options on the F8 menu if there's ever a need to do any type of boot/startup repair and that makes it very convenient because you don't/won't need to have a Windows disk handy.


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12 Apr 2011   #12
natjen05

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I think I'm confused. Do I do the DISKPART after I have loaded the Windows 7 disc and deleted all the partitions? How do I get to where I can type in DISKPART? Do I need to hit f12 and have the computer start up a different way?

I'm sorry this is way out of my zone of comfort so I want to make sure I do it correctly!
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12 Apr 2011   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

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You need to put the Windows 7 DVD into the CD/DVD drive and then boot that and follow the tutorials, just do all your 'home-work' before you start so you will be ready.

Starting with this first one.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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12 Apr 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by natjen05 View Post
I think I'm confused. Do I do the DISKPART after I have loaded the Windows 7 disc and deleted all the partitions? How do I get to where I can type in DISKPART? Do I need to hit f12 and have the computer start up a different way?

I'm sorry this is way out of my zone of comfort so I want to make sure I do it correctly!
You do not need to run Diskpart Clean commands unless there are problems with the install. Just follow the steps I gave you in the second post to get a perfect install:

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Boot the Windows 7 installer: How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

Choose Custom Install, then Drive Options (Advanced) to Delete all partitions. Create a 100gb Win7 partition and Format before install, following illustrated steps given here: Clean Install Windows 7

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Just in case, have your Wireless driver on flash stick or CD so you can get online quickly. Then enable hardware driver auto-updating and check for optional Updates several times.

Any drivers still 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 changes 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. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner Disk and Registry tabs, then Puran boot-time defragger after adding it's Intelligent Optimizer on Additional Operations tab.
CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
http://download.cnet.com/Puran-Defra...-75115626.html

Finally save a Windows 7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD (or replacement) using DVD/Repair CD with the stored image. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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13 Apr 2011   #15
natjen05

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I've gotten everything done, other than making the backup...but on the device manager and it has Other Devices and under that, two say Base System Device. I right click on the first one and it has:
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0843&SUBSYS_01F31028&REV_12
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0843&SUBSYS_01F31028
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0843&CC_088000
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0843&CC_0880

The second one:
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0592&SUBSYS_01F31028&REV_12
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0592&SUBSYS_01F31028
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0592&CC_088000
PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_0592&CC_0880

I looked up the information on pcidatabase.com and found it is a Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller on the first one and Ricoh Memory Stick Controller for the second. I can't find drivers for these... I don't have any sound either. I checked the sound card and whatnot and it shows that the drivers are all there. What should I do now?
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13 Apr 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

Have you enabled hardware auto-updating then checked optional Windows Updates after several restarts for newer drivers? Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware

"Base system devices" missing their driver after install are almost always for memory card reader slots built into your machine.

Import and install the sound driver and these 2 card readers from the Support Downloads webpage for your Dell service tag #. Driver Install - Device Manager - Windows 7 Forums
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13 Apr 2011   #17
natjen05

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Do I go ahead and download the drivers for xp or vista...there isn't an option for windows 7. Thanks for your help.
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13 Apr 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by natjen05 View Post
Do I go ahead and download the drivers for xp or vista...there isn't an option for windows 7. Thanks for your help.
Vista should do it. Watch for newer via optional Updates.
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13 Apr 2011   #19
natjen05

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It works! Thanks a bunch. Going to make the Image Backup now!
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13 Apr 2011   #20
gregrocker

 

Good work.

With the image, you'll never have to reinstall - just reimage the HD or replacement using booted DVD Repair console to "Recover Using a System Image" from the stored image. System Image Recovery

You can even migrate your same Win7 install to other machines by SysPrepping the HD to remove all drivers, activation and hardware ID, then move HD or it's image to new hardware: SysPrep to move HD to another computer
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