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Windows 7: How to wipe out everything on computer for reinstallation of Windows 7

31 Dec 2011   #21
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

If it's still a bit unclear what to do the just get rid of the 'old windows'. Then over time do a bit more research into it.


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31 Dec 2011   #22
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dynamite140 View Post
So right now what is the best option. Just reinstall it again? If i just delete the old windows folder... that wouldn't make it as clean right?

sonic... I have no idea. Is that what i need to do? What i want right now is to clean my computer and wipe it fully. Is deleting the partition then what i need to do? I remembered there was 3 or 4 partititions. So you want me to delete all of them? Or just leave the big one out? Are you 100% sure i can delete it? When i was at the screen... all i remembered was it told me to pick one and thats it.
If you delete them all, your entire hard drive will be "unallocated space"--without any partitions.

If you then continue after deleting all partitions, Windows will automatically create a new large partition for you and put Windows on it.

You will end up with 2 partitions: 1 tiny tiny one that contains your boot files and another large one that contains Windows itself.

But I have no idea if that is what you want to do.

I'm assuming you have a valid Windows installation disc and a proper Product Key.

Diskpart CAN be used to make partitions, but it is NOT required.
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31 Dec 2011   #23
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

Yes i have the valid windows installation disc. That is how i did the installation.

So right now i should do it again... but this time make sure i delete the other partitions? There were 3-4 partitiions. So you are positive that the moment i hit that screen, then i delete all of the partitiions or all but 1?

Again, i want to wipe out everything on computer fresh.
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31 Dec 2011   #24
ignatzatsonic

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I'd urge you to make backup disks so you can restore your Dell to factory condition before you do anything.

This Windows disk you have---did you get it from Dell or did you buy it somewhere?

What exactly does it say on it?

Do you have a product key?
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31 Dec 2011   #25
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

if you clean all the partitions make sure you don't need anything on them cause once you clean it it's gone. you'll have a hard time getting them back. in short make sure you no what your doing before doing it.


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31 Dec 2011   #26
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dynamite140 View Post
Yes i have the valid windows installation disc. That is how i did the installation.

So right now i should do it again... but this time make sure i delete the other partitions? There were 3-4 partitiions. So you are positive that the moment i hit that screen, then i delete all of the partitiions or all but 1?

Again, i want to wipe out everything on computer fresh.
Can you post Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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31 Dec 2011   #27
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I got the disk from dell. Actually i requested it like 1 year before my warranty so they sent it to me free of charge.

Okay so i just installed the cd again. Now it says

Where do you want to install windows
Total Size Free Space Type
Disk 0 Partition 1 39MB 30Mb OEM Reserved
Disk 0 Partition 2 Recovery I Drive 14.6GB 9.2gb System
Disk 0 Partition 3 OS C Drive 451.1GB 388.8gb Primary


I picked Partition 3 last time. So what am i suppose to do now? You want me to highlight partition 1 and 2 and delete it?
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31 Dec 2011   #28
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

I can't do that right now... im posting from my laptop at the moment while doing trying to clean my windows 7 on desktop computer...
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31 Dec 2011   #29
ignatzatsonic

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You should do what Derekimo asked you to do in post 26: post a screen shot of Disk Management so we know exactly what is going on.

If you have already done a reinstall, I'm not sure if that 14.6 gig "recovery" partition will ever help you.

Repeat: do you have a product key? Do you have a set of "recovery disks"?
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31 Dec 2011   #30
dynamite140

Windows 7
 
 

Okay so right now what should i do then? I have those 3 options. Can i delete one of these partitions? That is what someone else said I'm suppose to do earlier when i was at that screen. But all i did was select partition 3 because it was the biggest partition.

I'm at that screen at the moment.
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