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Windows 7: Fresh Install onto Dell laptop

24 Sep 2019   #11
rosede

7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
As you "updated" your laptop, it still have some Win 7 OEM partitions that, for what I know, won't be cleaned during a refresh install.
The only way to clean all is by booting a installation disk and erase all partitions on the disk and then do a clean install.
And is good to have a installation disk as you may need it in the case you can't boot Windows or launch the recover wizard (WinRE)
Yes, I saw that. I started the fresh install and saw a 550GB partition. Wasn't sure what it was at the time, so I stopped the install and investigated. Discovered that it was an empty OEM partition. Good to know that I can delete it when doing the install.

There is also a 100MB partition. Is that a boot partition? can I also delete it, and will the installation process recreate it as needed?

Thanks

Daryl


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24 Sep 2019   #12
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Unless you have a data partition you want to preserve, you should delete ALL partitions till you have one and only one unallocated space. Then hit proceed and the necessary partitions will be created.

If your computer has UEFI BIOS I recommend you to install as UEFI-GPT.

Windows can be installed on a Legacy-MBR or UEFI-GPT disk.
To install as Legacy-MBR or repair a Legacy-MBR installation you must boot the installation disk as Legacy.
To install as UEFI-GPT or repair a UEFI-GPT installation you must boot the installation disk as UEFI.

Backup your data on an external disk.
Boot the Win 10 USB installation disk (as Legacy or UEFI), go to install - Advanced and DELETE ALL partitions and proceed.
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07 Oct 2019   #13
erpster4

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rosede View Post
I inherited a nice Dell laptop with Windows 7 Pro installed. I wanted to do a factory reset and then upgrade to Windows 10, but it appears that someone deleted the Dell partition and the factory reset is no longer an option.
hi rosede.

what kind of Dell laptop do you have? use either HWInfo or Speccy to gather the series & model no. of the Dell laptop.
@Megahertz07: installing Win7 in UEFI + GPT mode will not be possible on old Dell laptops made before mid-2012 (old laptops with Intel Sandy Bridge or older hardware because those laptops usually have traditional BIOS chips)
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07 Oct 2019   #14
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi rosede,

Update System Specifications

Please update your system specifications in your UserCP => Edit System Spec setup. It will help us to help you!

This SevenForums tutorial [Published by Brink and written by CyberZeus] uses an automated tool which makes this task very easy and quick to do. Click here => https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/180324-system-info-see-your-system-specs.html.

Thanks.
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08 Oct 2019   #15
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by erpster4 View Post

@Megahertz07: installing Win7 in UEFI + GPT mode will not be possible on old Dell laptops made before mid-2012 (old laptops with Intel Sandy Bridge or older hardware because those laptops usually have traditional BIOS chips)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post

If your computer has UEFI BIOS I recommend you to install as UEFI-GPT.

Windows can be installed on a Legacy-MBR or UEFI-GPT disk.
To install as Legacy-MBR or repair a Legacy-MBR installation you must boot the installation disk as Legacy.
To install as UEFI-GPT or repair a UEFI-GPT installation you must boot the installation disk as UEFI.
I wrote that you must have UEFI BIOS to install as UEFI-GPT
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