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Windows 7: Reformatting Hard Drive With Windows 7

19 Dec 2009   #11
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I found this on windows 7 help. Is this what I need to do?

"If you purchase the full version of Windows 7, you can format your hard drive, and then install Windows 7. If you purchase the upgrade version of Windows 7 and want to format your hard drive, you'll need to start (or boot) your computer from the Windows 7 DVD, and then perform a custom installation. You can click Drive options (advanced), and then format your hard drive. Don't use a program from another software manufacturer to format your hard drive before installing Windows 7. If you are using upgrade media and format the drive before starting the installation process, you won't be able to use the upgrade product key to activate Windows 7. For more information, see Installing and reinstalling Windows 7."
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19 Dec 2009   #12

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Just got back from dinner, had pizza, but I digress. Yes, that is what you need to do. I think that you will see that it agrees to what I previously said. If you have any questions, just return to this site and your questions will be resolved.
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19 Dec 2009   #13
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Boot from the Win7 DVD, select Custom install Advanced drive tools and delete all partitions, create new one(s) as you wish, then format before installing.

Afterwards run a repair install (upgrade over itself) from the new desktop and it will accept Upgrade key. Or you can do this easy workaround which is even given out by MS:

You can create a recovery partition where you store a Win7 Backup Image so you never need to reinstall again. Just make sure it is a primary formatted partition, store the image there using the built-in imaging app, and reimage using your booted Win7 DVD Recovery tools at Repair My Computer.
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