Windows7-64bit Ultimate OEM method to instal

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  1. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

    Windows7-64bit Ultimate OEM method to instal

    I have purchased the MS installation disc referred to and at present have XP 32-bit Professional installed on HP workstation xw6200 which has an Intel Zeon 3.6GHz (x2) installed which is 64-bit ready.
    I have downloaded Dban to erase all info installed on the operating disc, having backed up all my programmes and other data.
    The question therefore is, Must Dban disc be installed with the BIOS set for 'load from CD/DVD what indication will I have that the erasure is complete and is the installation of the Ultimate 64-bit Windows 7 straightforward thereafter as shown for upgrade installation of Windows 7 Ultimate
    Hope this doesn't seem a stupid question
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  2. Posts : 19,384
    Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64

    Hi Melrosian,

    I think DBAN is overkill for wiping a disk, but if you are set on it, here is a tutorial that will help:
    Darik's Boot and Nuke - Use to Secure Wipe a Hard Drive

    A better option is the Windows CLEAN ALL command:
    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

    For installing Windows 7, use this tutorial:
    Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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  3.    #3

    The efficacy of wiping the HD is to either overwrite data with zeros (Diskpart Clean All) which is needed only to make it irretrievable by most methods, or the Quick Erase Diskpart Clean Command which overwrites any code in the boot sector which might be interfering to block install.

    In most cases you only need to boot the installer and delete all partitions, or at least the target install partition, create New and format to install. Or you can just delete all and click Next and installer will create and format your install partition for you.

    The fact is that data doesn't care whether it is overwriting ones or zeroes and it will always be one or the other even if you wipe it with the most thorough wipe - which is only needed if you have data that you don't want recoverable by any means.
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  4. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
    Thread Starter

    Hi Golden
    I'm back again. I have repeatedly tried to gain access to Bios setup and have been totally unsuccessful.
    As you know I have a HP workstation xw6200 with a 08B8h motherboard. I have triedrepeatedly pressing F10 and then F1 keys to no effect. I do get a message that a key may be stuck on my keyboard before the computer then resumes loading XP.I have also tried the Print screen num lock scroll lock keys. I can successfully access F9 to change order of boot but this is of little use in my circumstance, as I wish to do a clean instal and also enable USB legacy mode for a Logitech keyboard. Have you any suggestions other than 'give up' please
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  5.    #5

    Change keyboard.
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  6. Posts : 19,384
    Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64

    ^ Completely agree - sounds like a keyboard issue. Do you have access to another?
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  7. Posts : 234
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Hey Golden, wet enough in Adelaide, it is pissing down in Mount Gambier
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 ; Xubuntu x64

    Overcast - no rain yet.
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  9. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
    Thread Starter

    Hello Gregrocker,Hi Golden,
    Thankyou for your reply, Spot on. I changed the keyboard, and here's the result.
    F1 or F10 achieve the same result with this page.
    HP Ethernet Boot Agent v7.5.14
    Copyright (C) 2000, 2004 Hewlett-Packard Developement Company Ltd.
    All Rights Reserved
    MBA configuration Menu

    Boot Protocol Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)
    Boot Strap Type Auto Detect
    Hide Setup Prompt Disable
    Setup Key Stroke Ctrl-S
    Banner Message Timeout 4 seconds
    Linkspeed AutoNeg
    Preboot Wake On Lan Enable


    Select Boot Protocol

    <Esc> <Ctrl-F6> <Left/Right> <Up/Down> <F4>
    Quit Blink LEDs Change Value Change Field Save

    The page ground is Blue and Boot Protocol 'Preboot Execution Environment
    is selected and white.

    The banner m,essage timeout at 4sec is too dam fast, can I change that without compomising anything, also I am still not in the BIOS setup utility.
    Sorry to be such a pain, will I ever get there?
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  10.    #10

    Try ESC or F9 to trigger the DVD drive to boot the installation DVD.

    Then follow these steps to Clean Install Windows 7 deleting all partitions if you don't want to retain Recovery or the HP Tools diagnostics. I would make your Recovery disks and run HP Diagnostics from boot menu first, though.

    There is nothing wrong with the setup utility. You need to navigate it correctly: HP Workstation xw6200 - Computer Setup Utilities - c00218277 - HP Business Support Center
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