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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

06 Aug 2013   #470
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jaytheman View Post
Hi brink,

Great guide. Is it possible to do this if you already have windows 7 installed? I'm looking to basically format my harddrive and reinstall windows 7 but dont have those recovery disks.

thanks!
Hello Jay, look under Here's How and see the links in the TIP box. You can download a w7 iso file for your current version and make a disk or Bootable USB flash drive.

Note by using this tutorial you will lose all your programs and personal data. You may want to do Repair Install instead.


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06 Aug 2013   #471
jaytheman

windows 7 64
 
 

I'll have a look! thanks britton.

Yeah i want to lose everything haha. Too much junk on my computer and all that. dont feel comfortable just deleting everything and doing system cleans and virus checks etc. I want it totally fresh

thanks again :)
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06 Aug 2013   #472
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome, fresh is the best way to go. :)
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06 Aug 2013   #473
jaytheman

windows 7 64
 
 

I'm still a little confused sorry (Total newbie :))

I cant just boot with the disc in and wipe/reinstall windows no? What is this ISO file exactly? I thought you would use the install disc? Sorry to be a pain!

Thanks
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06 Aug 2013   #474
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

A iso file is one that is highly compressed, think zipped, and the w7 iso has all the install files included. When you use the Windows USB/DVD tool it decompresses, or expands, all the files in the iso and make the media, DVD or USB drive, bootable.
During the install you will be shown where w7 can be installed. Since you have a Windows installed now it will ask if you want to format the partition.
this will effectively "wipe" the hard drive.
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06 Aug 2013   #475
jaytheman

windows 7 64
 
 

So, i download the iso file and stick it onto a USB drive right? Do i still boot from the windows 7 installation disc? I'm assuming you will be promted to use this ISO file during the install?

Thanks
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06 Aug 2013   #476
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You can use either a bootable USB stick OR a DVD you use the tool to make bootable. If you can boot from a USB stick it does the same job as a DVD install disk, but a bit faster, you won't need a disk at all.

The tool will create a disk, if you wish, that will be the same as one you would buy. You will still have to use your current activation key to activate the new install.

I skip the part during install where the option is given to Activate When I'm Online, you can do it afterwards and make sure the install works well.
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06 Aug 2013   #477
jaytheman

windows 7 64
 
 

Okay, im download the x64 SP1 U iso file at the moment. I think im getting you now! Last thing. So how do i get this started? Cause i was assuming i'd boot with the windows disc in and it would come up with options to re-install etc?

i'll be having the iso file on a usb drive yes!

Thanks!
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06 Aug 2013   #478
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

After you have created the bootable flash drive, reboot to that drive and it will start automatically. Before you start it is a good idea to have only the drive you are installing w7 to, to be connected. Also disconnect everything except your mouse and keyboard.

If you can, print this tutorial so you can follow it along.
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07 Aug 2013   #479
jaytheman

windows 7 64
 
 

I have a laptop too so i can follow along on that :)

Is the x64 SP1 U home edition iso file the right one?

im using 64 bit win 7 HE obviously myself.. i also saw x64 SP (old)

do i need to change the bios order to boot from USB also?

Thanks
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