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Windows 7: Did a format and reinstall, now almost nothing works in windows

04 Oct 2012   #1

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Did a format and reinstall, now almost nothing works in windows

Right, so my mothers computer got a few trojans and a bunch of other stuff so i downloaded the windows 7 iso file from microsoft site, mounted it onto a USB, deleted the partition, formatted it and successfully installed windows 7 again. Or so i thought...

- The only thing on the desktop is the recycle bin. Not that it matters too much, she wasnt using all the BS programs that came with the computer
- All the icon sizes real big, like an old school safe mode desktop
- Most important so far: Cant connect to the internet. The computer cant detect the wireless router as it dont have the drivers installed.
Now the network of course works because im using it on my (Pardon my swahili right now) macbook.

Now im old school (tried to find DOS to format type old school) and maybe i should have gone with the "restore to previous computer settings" option, but the bank that detected the trojan said format everything so i did. This option cant be used anymore.

So i need a few pointers on what i did wrong and what i can do to fix things. Obviously i dont have the installation DVD or else i wouldnt have gone the USB route.

EDIT: its a Packard Bell Laptop if it matters

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04 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


Everything you need to reinstall properly is right here:

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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04 Oct 2012   #3

7 x64

You need to get all the SYSTEM Drivers from the Manufacturers website and install them. Network, Video, Chipset, Audio and others. They should all be listed on the makes website for that model.
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04 Oct 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


To try to salvage the reinstall you did, go to the Support Downloads webpage for your model PC to download and install the LAN driver so you can get online and do all of your Important and Optional Updates which will provide most of your newer or missing drivers.

Then if any drivers are still missing import them from the same Downloads page.

If you have any problems, post back for our help.
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04 Oct 2012   #5

Home premium 64bit

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04 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

The only thing on the desktop is the recycle bin.

That`s all that`s supposed to be on the desktop after the install.

Change the resolution to the proper configuration for your particular monitor, things will then look right. Do all the updates as suggested then post your results.

Plug an ethernet cord into the pc as windows 7 has the network drivers included. Double check in device manager. Check network controllers.
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