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Windows 7: Reinstalling Windows 7 Avoiding Windows.old Folder

18 Dec 2011   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Well, that opened Disk Cleanup again but now it did give me the option to delete old installations but it didn't work either :P, thanks though.

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18 Dec 2011   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I think I'll just go ahead and give the clean reinstall a try, I'll let you know...
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18 Dec 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

First do this:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

And chose Clean All.

This will remove all traces of everything.

Make sure to backup important files first.

Then install.
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18 Dec 2011   #14

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Deleting and then formating your hard disk will remove all partitions, but you can create them again. Are you trying to save anything on your computer? If not, I see no reason why you don't just follow the tutorial I gave you completely (Clean Install Windows 7). If you want to save files or other, let me know if you are curious on how to do it. Reinstalling will remove everything, and the tutorial will absolutely remove everything.
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18 Dec 2011   #15
Microsoft MVP


Windows.old is issued when the installer is not booted to run the install.

The correct way to clean install Win7 is to boot the installer. Only run the installer from windows to deo a Repair Install or in-place Upgrade from Vista.
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18 Dec 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I did end up following the tutorial posted by DustSailor, it didn't back up anything this time (no Windows.old) and I haven't had any weird slowdowns so I think everything's ok now, I hope it stays this way.

Thanks everybody.
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19 Dec 2011   #17

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Os0o, that is good to hear.

Make sure you get those windows updates and drivers for your computer as they will further add stability to your system.

You can check Windows Update at any time to see if it found new drivers and icons for your hardware, especially if you recently installed a new device. If you want to have Windows Update automatically check for the latest drivers and icons, here's how:
  1. Open Devices and Printers by clicking the Start button , and then, on the Start menu, clicking Devices and Printers.
  2. Right-click the name of your computer, and then click Device installation settings.
  3. Click Yes, do this automatically (recommended), and then click Save changes. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    If Yes is already selected, click Cancel to close the dialog box.
If you let Windows automatically download drivers and information about your devices, your hardware is more likely to work properly.
Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware
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