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Windows 7: Clean install

22 Oct 2009   #11
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by earos74 View Post
ok im a bit thick i put my 64 bit in the drive but it says its not compatible as i have business and i want to efectivly downgrade to home
This would only happen if you are trying to run the installer from your 32 bit Vista. Boot with the disk and clean install since you have a full version. Choose a Custom install with Advanced tools, delete then create new partitions and format to wipe 32 bit out.

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23 Oct 2009   #12

windows 7 64 bit

Ok, thanks for everybods help - finaly found out how to format the hiden restore for IBM machines and i now have windows 7

Thanks to Guide: How to Delete Hidden Recovery Partition on Vista - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion for the help on this

This only applies to Windows Vista.

*Make sure you have backed up your OEM keycode before deleting the hidden partition.*

The Lenovo Hidden Recovery Partition is a protected partition so you will not be able to delete it through Disk Management as you would with any other normal partition. You will need to use Diskpart. You can still use these steps to delete the hidden recovery partition if you have already done a clean install, but you'll need a 3rd party software to combine it with the primary partition. It is best if you delete the Hidden Recovery Partition first, then go through with a clean install using one of the many guides available on this board.

Step 1.
Burn Recovery Media. Type "Recovery Media" (without quotation marks) into search in the Start Menu. Open the application, and follow the instructions.

Step 2.
Open the Diskpart application by either typing in "Diskpart" (without the quotation marks) into the search, or type "Diskpart.exe" into Run by pressing the Windows key + R.

Step 3.
Now with Diskpart open, you must enter the following command lines:

I. Type "list disk" without the quotation marks and press enter.

II. Type in "select disk 0" and press enter.

III. Then type in "list partition" and press enter.

IV. Then type in "select partition x" x=the recovery partition you wish to delete (i believe it's 1, i dont recall) replace x with the recovery partition number and press enter.

V. Then finally type in "delete partition override" and press enter.
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