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Windows 7: Install on E: drive without removing infected files from other drives

20 Dec 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Install on E: drive without removing infected files from other drives

I want to install Windows 7 on my E: drive without removing data and WinXP installation already present on the other two drives. Will the new Windows 7 installation get infected? Or is it possible to install antivirus and firewall as soon as Windows 7 is installed and thus prevent infection?

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20 Dec 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

It depends entirely on the malware. The best thing to do is clean up the malware.
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20 Dec 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Install MSE and Malwarebytes on the XP drive and clean it up.

Post a shot of disk management from XP before you start.

And what do you mean by E drive ? Is it actually another hard drive or just another partition on your current hard drive with XP ?
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21 Dec 2014   #4


If the other drive isn't bootable and you suspect it is infected then you can scan it with a boot disk provided in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start or delete the partitions during the reinstall after rescuiing any needed data as also shown in tutorial. Be sure to scan the data with Malwarebytes and your AV.
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21 Dec 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

So I did it anyway and it worked.
E: is just another partition on the disk
Installed avast and comodo firewall on the fresh windows, scheduled boot scan and it cleaned everything
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21 Dec 2014   #6


I would not use Avast which is now considered buggy bloatware, or any other firewall than the Win7 firewall which is perfected and provides best performance.

The tools and methods which work best for Win7 are compiled in Clean Reinstall Windows 7
and have been used by over a million consumers without a single complaint or any returns here with problems by those who follow them.
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 Install on E: drive without removing infected files from other drives

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