An Old School Geek’s approach to Installing & Setting Up a Windows PC

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  1. Posts : 10
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       #81

    And that will work the same for Windows 7? Thanks for the info. I think I'll carry on with a fresh install using your excellent tutorial as a guide. I have a SSD that I intend to use for the system drive and use the enitre thing, having all the data on a seperate HDD. Do you recommend using DISKPART to do a clean all on this SSD, and then use the installer to install to the entire "unallocated" partition?
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  2. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
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       #82

    Diskpart is IMO the best tool available for HD partitioning.
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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #83

    So should I use that to create and align SSD partitiions before install or let the installer handle it? The SSD for the OS will use the entire drive.
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  4. Posts : 17,545
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       #84

    If the entire disk will be used for a single Windows system partition (apart of course possible partitions created by system like System Reserved, Recovery and such) then I see nothing against letting the installer to do the partitioning.

    This, of course, is just my personal opinion. Other geeks might give you another opinion :)
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #85

    Thanks. Excellent tutorial, I'll let you know how it goes.
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  6. Posts : 17,545
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       #86

    This one is more a collection of guidelines for a successful setup. If you are interested in more in-depth approach, check this tutorial: Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep
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  7. Posts : 1,399
    Win 7 Ult 64-bit
       #87

    This thread is a few years old, but it still demonstrates that your computer can be infinitely configurable and personalized. Yet, outside of the users I know online, the people I know use it right out of the box with no changes.
    Last edited by RoWin7; 13 Jan 2020 at 02:37.
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  8. Posts : 17,545
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       #88

    RoWin7 said:
    This thread is a few years old, but it still demonstrates that your computer can be is infinitely configurable and personalized. Yet, outside of the users I know online, the people I know use it right out of the box with no changes.
    Yes, new computers sold with pre-installed Windows do not require the user to install operating system. The main purpose of the instructions is to show how a clean install can be done, when required, be it a PC you have assembled by yourself, or you for any reason want to wipe disk clean and start from scratch.

    Kari
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  9. Posts : 1,399
    Win 7 Ult 64-bit
       #89

    You're still here, Kari

    People I know outside of my forums just throw them out or send them to a recycler when they need a new OS. And they usually toss all their data out with the machine. Even in my computer club, I know only maybe 5 people who know how to install/change an OS. And these are all hobbyists.

    I mentioned to several friends that 10 is a nightmare, so I'm staying with 7, and the answer is always "I haven't had any problems with 10."

    I might need your help setting up my next machine within this month.
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