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Windows 7: Wiping Out Everything on Dell XPS 8100 Desktop

25 Oct 2014   #41

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

I didn't click any disk management. I clicked f12 when restarting, then clicked on diagnostics and did the test and it said

No problems have been found on system so far. Do you want to run the remaining memory tests? This will take about 30 minutes or more. Do you want to continu? (Recommended)

Yes or no

You said i could try it so I then did the 30 minute test and got the message

Preboot system assessement completed. NO diagnositc utility partition identified. Please select okay to reboot the system.

I didnt do the disk management thing. I dont know how to do that.

I just right now found the disk management.

I see

C file (boot, page file, crash dump, primary partition) 465.66gb

System Reserved system, active, primary partition 100gb

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25 Oct 2014   #42

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

I wanted to know, do i need to restart it again, press f12 and now press on utility partition...
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25 Oct 2014   #43

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Then repeat and look for Utility Partition to see if it has more Diagnostics choices to run.

Thus do you need me to click on utility partition option.
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25 Oct 2014   #44


OK so the hardware diagnostics are running from the BIOS or C since you have no Utility Partition. Unless you see it because it is hidden you should delete all partitions during the actual install.

You're doing fine. Continue.
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25 Oct 2014   #45

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

I restarted, clicked f12, clicked utility partition, got the message

No Diagnostic Utility Partition Identified: Press any key to reboot
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25 Oct 2014   #46

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Okay so now i do the Boot the Windows 7 installer?

Im bit confused b/c Boot the Windows 7 installer, because all i see is the person clicking restart on the computer... yet it goes to that screen and not sure how they get there. I assume this person already has the windows 7 cd in and that is what happens when you click restart?

So since im using the usb flash drive, i would't need to click restart. Just put the flash drive in and then click on the isofile setup? What im confused is why there is that thing with the partition etc on the windows 7 installer link ...

Because isn't that something that doesn't show up after you put the windows 7 into it?
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25 Oct 2014   #47


Plug in ethernet cable and flash stick. Reboot the PC and tap F12, select Flash Stick.

Proceed to and click on Install Now. When you get to the drive selection screen click on Drive Options. Delete all partitions until it is all Unallocated Space. Then click New to create and format partition. If you want a separate data partition you can create it now too. Just make sure you have highlighted the first large partition ( ignoring 100mb boot partition created) before clicking Next.

While it is installing read over the steps so you know what to do next.

Look for network connection in System tray at bottom right of new desktop. If not connected install Ethernet driver to get online and begin installing Updates. There will be many rounds of them with reboots in between.

Keep referring to steps to make sure you don't miss any.
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25 Oct 2014   #48

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Where do you want to install windows?

Disk 0 partition 1: system reserved 100mb 71mb free space System

Disk 0 Partition 2 465.7gb 418.1gb free space primary

Does it matter which one i delete first?
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25 Oct 2014   #49

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

okay i deleted the big partition then the smaller one.
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25 Oct 2014   #50

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Okay after i deleted both partition, i saw like 476gb where you could go up or down. I just clicked next.

I see then

Disk 0 Partition1 Total size Free Space Type
465.8gb 465.7gb Primary

I clicked next and it says

setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing parittion. see the setup log files for more information. I clicked format waited a bit... same message...

I cant click next...
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 Wiping Out Everything on Dell XPS 8100 Desktop

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