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Windows 7: disk full???

05 Nov 2017   #31
Dramx

Windows 7
 
 

OK, I have the installation DVD disk made, and I think I set the BIOS with Boot Priority #1 as "CD-ROM". (I saw nothing about UEFI). I boot, and I end up with the usual login screen. I log in, and everything is the same. Never saw a "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" message. Although I heard the DVD spin up, it evidently didn't boot from it. What am I doing wrong???

Let me understand. I just copied the "7 SP1 X64 English" file I downloaded to the DVD, and I'm trying to boot from it.


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06 Nov 2017   #32
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi DRamx,

after changing boot order - (insert disc) REBOOT.

please read the instructions from the usb/dvd link

Roy
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06 Nov 2017   #33
Dramx

Windows 7
 
 

OK, sigh. What I did was to put the ISO file on a DVD and tried to boot from that. Obviously (in retrospect) that doesn't work. You need to use the USB/DVD Download Tool to create the bootable DVD or USB! So I was asking it to boot on a DVD that it couldn't boot from. As a result, it just automatically switched to booting from Drive C.

I've got Win7 reinstalling now. Thank you! Of course, now I have to reassemble my accounts, programs, and user files, the latter of which I have backed up on my external drive.
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06 Nov 2017   #34
Dramx

Windows 7
 
 

Well, c**p. After doing the new installation (custom, everything written over, etc.), chose account names, etc., but before downloading ANY non-Win7 programs, I look at the disk space, and drive C reads "12.0GB free of 287GB". It's still full of junk! This is utterly bizarre. Was I supposed to have purged that C disk before doing the new installation??? I thought EVERYTHING was going to be erased.
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06 Nov 2017   #35
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Might be time to junk that HDD & replace it with an SSD. Then reinstall Windows & you will very surprised how much faster the computer runs.
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06 Nov 2017   #36
Dramx

Windows 7
 
 

Agreed. It's evidently a hardware problem, and not a software problem. Many thanks for bearing with me on this.
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06 Nov 2017   #37
Dramx

Windows 7
 
 

Whoa, whoa, whoa. It turns out that after reinstalling Win7, a HUGE amount of disk space was being taken up by old Windows versions. I tossed those, and I'm now looking at my C drive with "236 GB free of 287 GB."

Success!!!

Thanks again, Roy, for your assistance and patience. Big thumbs up here.
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06 Nov 2017   #38
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Just as a matter of interest did you reformat the HDD & do a Full Reinstall or did you just do a Repair Install. It seems strange that if you did a full reinstall which usually involves a reformat this did not happen.

Reformatting the HDD would have completely cleaned any info from the HDD.
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06 Nov 2017   #39
Dramx

Windows 7
 
 

Well, the point is, as I said, all that junk is now gone. I did indeed to a full install, not just an "upgrade". What was fooling me into thinking that the junk was still there was the large oldWindows folders.
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