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Windows 7: Reformating harddrive

31 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7

Ok I updated my specs with what I could find from there, and some other things like mouse & keyboard.

I looked at custom clean install but it just took you through basics.. Everything I did that packaged up the old crud.. and left it sitting on the harddrive.

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31 Oct 2009   #12

Windows 7

I don't know why my last message never posted.. This may get dupped if the other one ever arrives..

I updated my specs with what I could figure out using the control panel info.

I looked over the clean install and it is exactly what I went through, but it doesn't tell you that your old windows would be packaged and stored with the name of windows.old.. Mine did.. So I know there was no reformat.

I also looked at partitions, but #1 that does not show the partion to wipe out the drive. #2.. Shows how to add a partion, not delete one.
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31 Oct 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Click on custom install, then drive options (advanced) - in there you can format whatever partition you want.
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01 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 7

Sorry took so long to get back.. hit a problem where I can't go forward or back.
I believe the problem with my harddrive not being recognized kept me from seeing the advanced button you guys are telling me about. (It is not there when I have the problem.).. Most likely in my first install I was so excited to get the drivers and remove that problem, I jumped forward from that page without seeing the new buttons materialize.

So I went back to that spot. But my harddrive drivers had the same problem (again).. Only this time the very same cd I used to pull the driver the first time, during browse only shows folders, and will not show any dll to choose this time, so I am stuck with the error.

Thought to reformat drive with my old windows XP to see if clearing the drive out would clear whatever now will not show the driver from the CD.. (thinking I could reinstall XP if this doesn't work and I can't get the drivers to be able to install W7).. But, I forgot XP is also an upgrade, and it of course does not see W7 as a valid lower version.. And over the years I don't know what I did with my older version (I think that was W 95)..

So I guess I could by software to wipe out the drive, but I now fear not being able to get XP or W7 to install afterwards.. So I am just kind feeling stuck.
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01 Nov 2009   #15

Windows 7

Doesn't seem XP built a backdoor for an upgrade, as it did in Vista & W7. Since I have 2 valid versions of XP, I even tried to put both in the machine at the same time, hoping when I checked it would see one as the installed version.
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