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Windows 7: Clean install

22 Oct 2009   #1
earos74

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Clean install

I need some help please.

I have vista business 32 bit but i have 7 home premium 64 bit full version. It wont let me install as its business to home - ok no problem i'll just format the hard drive. I try to format c: but as i have the system recovery hidden partition in there it wont let me.

Help


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22 Oct 2009   #2
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Welcome to the forums.
What program are you using to do this format?
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22 Oct 2009   #3
earos74

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

hi,

just going into command prompt

format c:
enter drive label
are you sure? errr yes

system partition is not alowed to be formated
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22 Oct 2009   #4
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

ahhh, there's your problem, to do a clean install, boot from the disk, and do the format from the W7 CD, because "system partition is not allowed to be formatted" , your trying to format Windows while its currently being used.

If you need any help, don't hesitate to ask.

Good Luck!
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22 Oct 2009   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You might want to create recovery disks from that recovery partition first so you have a free path back to Vista since you own that license for the life of the machine. Then boot the Win7 disk, delete and format all partitions. If by chance the recovery partition is an EISA which won't delete, google diskpart commands to override delete.
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22 Oct 2009   #6
earos74

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

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
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22 Oct 2009   #7
Nibiru2008

Windows 7 Professional X64 Build 7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
 
 

You can download an ISO image of GPARTED, which is a bootable CD. Set the BIOS to have your CD/DVD Drive to boot first and then you can go in a eliminate partitions and resize, then format them to NTFS. It's a LINUX based software but run on a RAM drive it sets up when booting up.

Then put in your Home Premium 64bit DVD and boot up from it.

You can also just put the Home Premium disk in the drive and boot from it first by pressing "any key" when prompted on initial bootup. Then you can re-size and re-format the drive or partitions. It's a good idea to dedicate a separate partition for the PAGE FILE. Windows likes it better that way.

Good Luck!
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22 Oct 2009   #8
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm thinking that is caused due to the 32bit-64 bit change 32 can't read 64bit code respectively.
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22 Oct 2009   #9
Nibiru2008

Windows 7 Professional X64 Build 7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
 
 

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
Is your computer x64 based processor? Did you run a Windows 7 Compatibility Check? (Free download software from Windows 7 website.)

EDIT: I see your computer is an Athlon X64 CPU. You're going to have to install the the Windows 7 OS as a BOOT setup, not from Windows Vista.

Be sure to set the BIOS to have the DVD drive as the first bootable device and then follow screen prompts.
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22 Oct 2009   #10
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't forget to fill in your system specs, might help us help you a little better.
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