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Windows 7: How do I do a clean Window 7 install from a downloaded upgrade

26 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
How do I do a clean Window 7 install from a downloaded upgrade

I did something stupid - I created an admin account on my Windows 7 Home Premium netbook and forgot the password. Now I need to do a clean install to start all over. I was given this link from Microsoft:

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

I don't see on this link how to start the process. When I go do the downloads on my netbook and click on setup, it wants the admin account password. How do I start the reinstallation of Windows 7 from a downloaded copy (this is a netbook so there is no optical drive either).

Thanks for your help.

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26 Jun 2014   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Runninrep, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could create a bootable USB flash drive to use to boot from and do a clean install using Option Four in the tutorial in your post. :)

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

However, you might see if you may be able to use OPTION FIVE in the tutorial below to reset your password to hopefully avoid reinstalling Windows.

User Account - Reset Password in Windows 7
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