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Windows 7: re install clean windows 7

27 Jun 2011   #11
nvyaniv

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

so basically wat u guys are saying is
i can format c and i drive using windows install disk.. but before that i need to uninstall ubuntu can cause that can create problems..???


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27 Jun 2011   #12
gregrocker

 

If you have GRUB on the C drive then it's best to wipe it first, not just delete or format. See option 3 here: Partition Wizard Use the Bootable CD

I would also not format I using the booted Win7 installer unless it is clear you are not affecting the other two data partition within the Logical Extended partition. They are a part of the same partition and could be deleted if you are not careful.

For this reason I would use Partition Wizard to delete I, do any resizing such as to shrink the Logical from the left to make room for a bigger C, and to delete and Wipe C to get it ready for the install.
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27 Jun 2011   #13
nvyaniv

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

again sry for the noob questions.. but two things..
1) wat is grub? and how does it come into the whole pic??
2) I drive is a separate drive.. how is connected to the other two dries?? (gallery and xtra) i've formatted so many times before but it has never effected these two drives.. all my movies setups and all my data is in tact..
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27 Jun 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

You said C has Ubuntu so if you used GRUB bootloader it needs to be wiped, but only if you installed GRUB bootloader used to dual boot Ubuntu with Win7.

Can you see in your Disk Management that I is part of an extended Logical partition? A logical partition is for data, not OS's. Look at the green border around all of those sub-partitions to see what is included in your Logical Extended partition.

This is why Win7 wouldn't boot when you deleted C earlier, because it's boot files were on C since they cannot reside on a Logical like I. This was explained earlier.

I is only a sub-partition of the greater Logical partition shown in your screenshot which includes D and E. No bootable OS can go into one of those and boot on its own.

You can shrink, delete, extend and create new sub-partitions within the Extended using Disk management, or for operations which Disk Mgmt cannot do use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. You of course cannot delete I while Win7 is still running, so use PW CD.

But if you use the WIn7 installer to delete a sub-partition I would be certain that it is only deleting I and not the whole Logical Extended partition with all your data.
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27 Jun 2011   #15
nvyaniv

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

ubuntu is installed through windows.. i can simply unistall it throuhg the remove software.. its using that wubi stuff.. so no prob am assuming.. so only thing i need to do now is.. collect all my data from I drive and and back it up.. and i can say bye bye to I dirve without much dificulty.. but to delete C drive and the boot files i need to use the partition wizard software u gave a link for.. make a bootable disk or usb and delete c drive .. and with the unallocated space create a drive and install winwos 8 on it.. right??
and btw is windows 8 leaked thing good enough?? i mena i wanna just try it out.. wen i wanna change, i can simply format it and install seven rihgt?? shouldnt be too much problem??
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27 Jun 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

If no GRUB is on C you can format or delete and recreate it with booted Win7 installer or PW CD.

I would use PW CD to delete I and resize as desired.

What I would do is delete I, then Resize the Logical Extended from the left to make more room for a new C partition. Then delete C and create a new partition, format with installer.
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27 Jun 2011   #17
nvyaniv

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

how do i know if grub is installed or not??? and my idea is to evenly distibute the size of I drive among rest three..
and btw wat about win 8??? worth trying??
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27 Jun 2011   #18
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you install Linux you have GRUB.
All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (win HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT fs=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Than reinstall
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27 Jun 2011   #19
nvyaniv

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

i unistalled it.. all traces of ubuntu gone.. will try out the rest of the stuff u guys told also.. thanx a lot for ur help.. sry for the trouble.. will let u know wat happnes.. if any prob will get back to u..
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27 Jun 2011   #20
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

If you have deletd or uninstalled linux, just doing that will leave GRUB inplace.
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