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Windows 7: Windows 7 Clean install

30 Apr 2010   #1

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Windows 7 Clean install

Hello All

I am running windows Vista with upgrade to windows 7. Can i do a clean install to windows7, and what happen to my D:/ backup files that dell install? I would like to just have windows7 no trace of Vista!

What issues would i have with Drives?

Thank for your time guys!

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30 Apr 2010   #2

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Here's a useful tutorial for you....
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

If you're currently running Windows Vista, there shouldn't be any problems running 7. Just go to your PC manufacturers website and look for Windows 7 drivers for your PC. Even a good 90% of Vista's drivers will run on 7.
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30 Apr 2010   #3

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Do you have the Dell Recovery DVD's, if NO, do a full backup first.
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30 Apr 2010   #4


First make your Dell Recovery Disks off of the Recov partition, if you don't have them already.

Next back up all of your files by dragging folders onto external or DVD. You can also back up windows/system32/drivers and driverstore files so you know you will have all of the drivers if any are missing and unavailable on Dell's website.

Now boot the Win7 DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Tools to delete all partitions, create New one(s) as you wish, then format before installing to first partition.

The installer is mostly driver complete, with newer ones arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. If any drivers are then missing, find them plus favorite apps (cam, fingerprint, etc) on Dell's website Support page for your model.
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