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Windows 7: Re-installing!

24 Jul 2011   #1
Frozen

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Re-installing!

My computer crashes everytime on the loadup so I want to delete EVERYTHING on my computer and start all over. I've heard people say to format your hard drive first but when I can't. The "Format" is gray for me and I can't click on it. I want to do it for my C drive. And when that is solved hopefully, what are the next steps after?


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24 Jul 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

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24 Jul 2011   #3
Frozen

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok but can you tell me how to be able to Format it first?
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24 Jul 2011   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You don't "format it first".

Formatting is done as part of the installation as outlined in the tutorial. Follow the tutorial.
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24 Jul 2011   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frozen View Post
My computer crashes everytime on the loadup so I want to delete EVERYTHING on my computer and start all over. I've heard people say to format your hard drive first but when I can't. The "Format" is gray for me and I can't click on it. I want to do it for my C drive. And when that is solved hopefully, what are the next steps after?
Please read the tutorial.

Those helping you have been there and done that and know how to "geturdun".
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24 Jul 2011   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frozen View Post
My computer crashes everytime on the loadup so I want to delete EVERYTHING on my computer and start all over. I've heard people say to format your hard drive first but when I can't. The "Format" is gray for me and I can't click on it. I want to do it for my C drive. And when that is solved hopefully, what are the next steps after?
Are you trying to format C: from within Windows? That's not permitted. (Windows can't eliminate itself.)

I hope that you have an installation DVD for Win7. If not, you'd be stuck with the manufacturer's restore options. (That restores the system to the factory state, crapware and all.)
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25 Jul 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Frozen, welcome to Seven Forums!


This may be a better process, after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media and want to do a complete wipe secure erase of the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive, have a look at Step One of the Optimize tutorial below then boot the Windows installation media to start the Windows 7 clean install process.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information



Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.



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26 Jul 2011   #8
Frozen

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes, I thought I could have formated it before but it worked when I booted through the disk. Thanks.
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26 Jul 2011   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again, good to see you found a solution and thanks for the update!
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