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Windows 7: Windows 7 re-install limit

28 Dec 2011   #31

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

What everyone is trying to tell you is that you don`t have to download anything. You already have the Windows 7 Home Premium install DVD. You don`t have to make a repair disk, your HP dvd is a repair disk.

When you get your ssdrive.

1) Install your ssdrive
2) Remove your old drive
3) Install Windows 7 Home Premium from your DVD

That`s it your done.

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28 Dec 2011   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

AHHAAHAHa that was the answer I was looking for to begin with. So you saying I don't need to follow

As the ASUS P8P67 has a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

Reinstalling Windows 7

as suggested here

You may need to use the procedures Theog linked to install to a UEFI BIOS, then follow the steps to get a perfect reinstall.

Yes, you'd want to image SSD after it's all set up and running as you like. You can save the backup image to the HD if you want, or externally.

There's no reason to run ei.cfg if you have the licensed version installer.

It's a good idea to back up the System32 drivers file so you can quickly browse to there for any drivers which are missing in Device Manager after install and optional Updates delivers the latest.
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05 Mar 2014   #33

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I posted this some time ago, obviously. I never did the procedure anyone suggested, because frankly I didn't get it. As a result of my sadness I've been using a PC that continuously gets errors, locks up, etc.. I have an SSD and 2 HHD drives, I screwed something up on the SSD (file wise) when I made the post. So I guess what I'm asking is what is the best way to format all 3, so any old data doesn't conflict with what I put on? I'm planning on putting Ubuntu on one of the HHDs, do I need to make any special preparations for that? I'm very sorry to bring this up again, I should of brought this up much sooner.

TYVM for any and all help
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05 Mar 2014   #34


Follow these same steps to prepare for and do a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are the same for retail.

Unplug all other HD's except for the target Win7 HD, during the booted Clean Install Windows 7 use the drive options pictured in Steps 7/8 to delete all partitions (all data should be backed up first)., create New as you wish, then format and install to first partition.

Then you can plug back in the other HD's, but when you install any other OS, unplug them all except the target HD. Boot the choice of HD's using the BIOS boot order for Win7, or the one-time BIOS Boot menu key for another OS's HD. If you don't like this arrangement, install EasyBCD to WIn7 to add the other OS's, such as shown in Where to install ubuntu in my system?
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05 Mar 2014   #35

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

TY for the response. I'm disabled and very limited in getting in to a computer. Is that a big thing to have the NON-target drives unplugged, because if so I'll have to make arrangements. Also, are the instructions you posted going to be for an SSD, which is the target drive?

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05 Mar 2014   #36

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Is the pc you want to setup working right now ?

Can you post us a shot of disk management ?

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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05 Mar 2014   #37


If the Win7 target Hard Drive is in Disk0 position then you can install with the other HD's plugged in. Just be sure to choose the correct HD for install.

If not we'll need to help you avoid putting the boot manager on the wrong HD, so post back the screenshot of Disk Mgmt that Brian requested.
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05 Mar 2014   #38

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Is this right?

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Windows 7 re-install limit-disk-management.jpg  
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06 Mar 2014   #39


It would be best to install Win7 to DISK0 pictured there, to avoid having he System Boot files derailed onto it if you instead install to C.

A simpler solution if you can't unplug all other HD's besides C is to swap the data cable between DISK0 and DISK2. This will put Win7 hard drive in DISK0 position with no worries about reinstalling it.

But if you can't do any of that then another option is to convert the G and F partitions to Logical which format will reject the System Boot files so they will be written to C. How to Wipe Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Wipe Partition Help Video

Otherwise if you install Win7 to C with the others plugged in, it will place the System boot files on the first Primary partition and Win7 will be booted from another HD which is not desirable.

Once again, remember to boot the Win7 installer, delete C (If you use that HD) and then create New partition from the whole disk, format, install Win7. Use the drive option pictured in Steps 7 and 8 of Clean Install Windows 7. If you install instead to Disk0, back up its data first and format the partition before install.
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06 Mar 2014   #40

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I'm going to arrange for someone to assist in unplugging the drives. I'd rather have 7 on the SSD.

Thank you for all your help, I'll keep you posted with any other questions.

Thx again
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