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Windows 7: Installation and Wiping the Hard Drive

21 Oct 2009   #1
FallenMorgan

Windows 7
 
 
Installation and Wiping the Hard Drive

Will upgrading to Windows 7 wipe my hard drive? Because, I'm looking to upgrade to Windows 7 under that assumption. Not only do I want to move on up, but I want to wipe away a number of problems I'm having with my computer. All of them probably have to do with the harddrive.

For example, the sleep button is eternally replaced by the "install updates" button, but there are no updates to install and it just sits on an infinite loop. There are some updates that refused to install at all. And there are weird little things that happen with my computer every day, that make it seem as though there's a virus even if there isn't.

I essentially want to start with a clean slate. All of the files and such I consider important will go onto a flash drive.

I will probably get Windows 7 for Xmas, and install it at the beginning of the new year. So I'm wondering - will the update wipe my harddrive? And if not, how can I easily make this happen?


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21 Oct 2009   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Morgan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you want to start fresh, you would be better off doing a clean install with a full version of Windows 7 instead. We are not sure if it's possible to do a clean install with a upgrade version of Windows 7 yet.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Oct 2009   #3
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

We can't do a clean install with the upgrade version? Noooo...

Edit: Did a Google search here and found out the answer should be YES!
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21 Oct 2009   #4
FallenMorgan

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks.
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21 Oct 2009   #5
gregrocker

 

This particular Upgrade disk Custom "clean install" is started from the qualifying OS desktop (not from boot) and does not format the partition/drive, but overwrites the OS and places the files is windows.old for later distribution. But you can also install the Upgrade to another primary pre-formatted partition, or primary pre-formatted second HDD if you want the cleanest possible install.
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21 Oct 2009   #6
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

So gregroocker, can the upgrade disk set up Win7 on any drive/partition.
We were told that win7 had to be installed on the same partition as held the OS being upgraded.
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21 Oct 2009   #7
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nosmo View Post
So gregroocker, can the upgrade disk set up Win7 on any drive/partition.
We were told that win7 had to be installed on the same partition as held the OS being upgraded.
According to the debate on Technet here WIn7 like Vista can be installed to another partition or HDD as long as you start the upgrade from an activated qualifying XP/Vista/RC and don't continue using the original qualifying OS which is the only restriction.

I just tried it by installing to the first partition from my XP second partition on a laptop and it worked fine. I then deleted the XP after copying files over. I wanted to see if it could install to formatted metal using Upgrade.
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21 Oct 2009   #8
Dickstar

W7 HP 64-bit on my desktop, and W7 ultimate 32-bit on my MSI Wind (lol)
 
 

So this means you can't format the drive the previous install was on before installing 7?
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22 Oct 2009   #9
FallenMorgan

Windows 7
 
 

Wow, I never realized how compter illiterate I was.
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22 Oct 2009   #10
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dickstar View Post
So this means you can't format the drive the previous install was on before installing 7?
No you have to start an UPgrade from the qualifying activated OS. Then you can UPgrade (resinstall programs, files, settings) Vista, or Custom clean install Vista/XP/RC over itself, to another partition, or HDD.
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