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Windows 7: Odd Re-Installation Issue

25 Dec 2009   #31
Microsoft MVP


I think a formatted clean install from boot is a great idea so you know you have it as clean as it gets.

Here is what I would do:

Back up all of your files, Boot into the Win7 DVD Repair console, from the list of recovery tools open a Command Line and type:

SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 hard drive, probably 0)
create partition primary
select partition 1
assign letter=c:

If EISA partition refuses to delete, then type Exit and start again with Command Line:

SELECT DISK # (for Windows 7 hard drive, probably 0)
SELECT PARTITION # (for EISA partition)
delete partition override

Now start over to complete Commands given at top.

Now boot back into the Win7 DVD and select Install Now, plug ethernet and select "Connect to Internet during Install" to get latest drivers/updates into installer during install, then Custom install.

On the Custom drives screen the one big C: partition which was formatted using DISKPART commands should appear correctly. If it somehow says Unallocated space, then use the Drive Tools there to Create New Partition(s) and format before install.

Afterward check your Device manager for any missing drivers, browsing from Device's Driver tab>Update Drivers to your Drivers CD, where you should also find any favorite apps. Otherwise check the Support Downloads web page for your model computer.
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26 Dec 2009   #32

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Thank you very much for all your help! Laptop is now as it should be!! Fantastic stuff
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