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Windows 7: In need of simplified install instructions for SSD (please read).

18 Jun 2011   #91
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Hello Brett, what ignatzatsonic said is true. But if you want it to be back to factory condition, just use the link to OCZ forums I gave you. But in your case that isn't necessary. I just reinstalled to my SSD, and didn't do the secure erase, I just did like ignatzatsonic said. Windows will do it for you.


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18 Jun 2011   #92
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Bret, are you having any problems? Let us know how things are going.
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18 Jun 2011   #93
Anesthetize

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can delete any existing partitions as part of the ordinary Windows install process when you boot from the Windows disc. You don't need to do a separate "completely wipe" operation.
So how do I go about doing what you said? just unplug the HDD, put the windows 7 disc in and install again to the SSD?

Also, my SSD didn't have any partitions, or just one big partition, depending on how that's looked at. It was all just one space. So when I put the windows 7 disc in, it'll ask me if I want to delete this partition? and if I say yes, it'll delete everything on the SSD for me to then install Windows 7 again?

Also, I have the OEM version of Win 7, so I just need to check as it's an install-once disc, will I be able to install Win 7 again with it?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Bret, are you having any problems? Let us know how things are going.
I'm doing okay at the moment, not tried anything yet
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18 Jun 2011   #94
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anesthetize View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can delete any existing partitions as part of the ordinary Windows install process when you boot from the Windows disc. You don't need to do a separate "completely wipe" operation.
So how do I go about doing what you said? just unplug the HDD, put the windows 7 disc in and install again to the SSD?

Also, my SSD didn't have any partitions, or just one big partition, depending on how that's looked at. It was all just one space. So when I put the windows 7 disc in, it'll ask me if I want to delete this partition? and if I say yes, it'll delete everything on the SSD for me to then install Windows 7 again?

Also, I have the OEM version of Win 7, so I just need to check as it's an install-once disc, will I be able to install Win 7 again with it?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Bret, are you having any problems? Let us know how things are going.
I'm doing okay at the moment, not tried anything yet
First, I don't understand what you mean by an install once disk. Most OEM disks are tied to that computer, but you can install as many times as you want, but just to that computer.
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18 Jun 2011   #95
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anesthetize View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can delete any existing partitions as part of the ordinary Windows install process when you boot from the Windows disc. You don't need to do a separate "completely wipe" operation.
So how do I go about doing what you said? just unplug the HDD, put the windows 7 disc in and install again to the SSD?

Also, my SSD didn't have any partitions, or just one big partition, depending on how that's looked at. It was all just one space. So when I put the windows 7 disc in, it'll ask me if I want to delete this partition? and if I say yes, it'll delete everything on the SSD for me to then install Windows 7 again?

Also, I have the OEM version of Win 7, so I just need to check as it's an install-once disc, will I be able to install Win 7 again with it?
You'd disconnect the HDD, connect the SSD, and boot from the Windows disc. Fairly early in the install process you will see a screen that asks you where you want to install Windows. Look for the choice "Advanced drive options" and choose it. That will lead you into the partition screens where you should be able to delete all existing partitions. If you then install, Windows will make 1 new big partition and format it and install Windows.

Don't worry about it. If you get to a screen you don't understand, someone can walk you through it. The main point is to disconnect your other drives---that avoids certain problems.

Yeah--you better confirm the EULA on that OEM Windows 7. OEM discs are generally tied to one instance of hardware, but I think you can reinstall to the same hardware multiple times.
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18 Jun 2011   #96
Anesthetize

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anesthetize View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can delete any existing partitions as part of the ordinary Windows install process when you boot from the Windows disc. You don't need to do a separate "completely wipe" operation.
So how do I go about doing what you said? just unplug the HDD, put the windows 7 disc in and install again to the SSD?

Also, my SSD didn't have any partitions, or just one big partition, depending on how that's looked at. It was all just one space. So when I put the windows 7 disc in, it'll ask me if I want to delete this partition? and if I say yes, it'll delete everything on the SSD for me to then install Windows 7 again?

Also, I have the OEM version of Win 7, so I just need to check as it's an install-once disc, will I be able to install Win 7 again with it?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Bret, are you having any problems? Let us know how things are going.
I'm doing okay at the moment, not tried anything yet
First, I don't understand what you mean by an install once disk. Most OEM disks are tied to that computer, but you can install as many times as you want, but just to that computer.
Yeah, I think that's what I meant. Though again, I got it wrong
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18 Jun 2011   #97
Anesthetize

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anesthetize View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can delete any existing partitions as part of the ordinary Windows install process when you boot from the Windows disc. You don't need to do a separate "completely wipe" operation.
So how do I go about doing what you said? just unplug the HDD, put the windows 7 disc in and install again to the SSD?

Also, my SSD didn't have any partitions, or just one big partition, depending on how that's looked at. It was all just one space. So when I put the windows 7 disc in, it'll ask me if I want to delete this partition? and if I say yes, it'll delete everything on the SSD for me to then install Windows 7 again?

Also, I have the OEM version of Win 7, so I just need to check as it's an install-once disc, will I be able to install Win 7 again with it?
You'd disconnect the HDD, connect the SSD, and boot from the Windows disc. Fairly early in the install process you will see a screen that asks you where you want to install Windows. Look for the choice "Advanced drive options" and choose it. That will lead you into the partition screens where you should be able to delete all existing partitions. If you then install, Windows will make 1 new big partition and format it and install Windows.

Don't worry about it. If you get to a screen you don't understand, someone can walk you through it. The main point is to disconnect your other drives---that avoids certain problems.

Yeah--you better confirm the EULA on that OEM Windows 7. OEM discs are generally tied to one instance of hardware, but I think you can reinstall to the same hardware multiple times.
Cheers mate. Your explaination made everything sound so easy. I'll give this a go some time today and see how I get on!
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18 Jun 2011   #98
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here' you go mate, follow this guide.


How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7
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18 Jun 2011   #99
Anesthetize

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Got it back to how it was! Such a relief. Probably seems like such a trite issue to have, but it means a lot to me that you guys stuck with me on this and got my problems sorted!

You're all good peoples, and thank you all. I really appreciate it

Now that's done and dusted, I can relax and forget about this computer for today, which is exactly what I'm gonna do. So I should be back tomorrow with some questions about partitioning the HDD/SSD so I fully understand what it is I'm doing, and why I'm doing it before I actually do it.

So again, thank you all very much. And as always, I really appreciate the help
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18 Jun 2011   #100
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Glad you have it the way you want it. Go play some games and enjoy it.
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