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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

14 Mar 2014   #510
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Aurondium,

No worries. Please feel free to ask whatever questions you may have.

I would recommend to only have the SSD connected during installation to make sure everything is only installed to it. After installation is complete, you could connect the other hard drive.

Everything should be recognized, and Windows should automatically install generic drivers for them. I would still install the latest drivers for your hardware and devices afterwards though.


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14 Mar 2014   #511
Aurondium

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That's very helpful. Thank you.

I dread getting the internet connection up and running. I have a connection on the machine I'm using to post this and will take the USB connection out and over to the new machine when Windows has finished installing. From then on it's seat of my trousers stuff till I get the internet up and running on the new machine.

I'll worry about that when it happens. I'm now going to print out the Tutorial.

Thanks again.
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17 Mar 2014   #512
Aurondium

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I disconnected the mechanical Drive while installing Windows and have now reconnected it.

Windows 7 seems to have installed fine but when I tried to download MSE I got a message saying no network Driver was detected. I scratched my head for a while but then popped in the Motherboard disc and selected the drivers section. BINGO!

I now have a net connection and am presently relaxing, a tad relieved, watching a stack of Windows Updates being installed.

So far there is no indication of any reserved portion on my 120Gig SSD (C Drive) where Windows is installed. Is this something I should fix? If so- how?

By the by, does MSE go into the C drive as part of the operating system or do I pop that into the D (mechanical) drive or do I not get any choice in the matter?
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17 Mar 2014   #513
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Good news so far.

It depends on what you did at step 8 for if you will have a 100 MB "System Reserved" partition or not. To have one, you would have needed to delete all partitions on the SSD until it showed as "unallocated", then selected it to install Windows on.

I wouldn't worry about trying to create a reserved partition after already installing Windows. If you like, you could use your Windows installation DVD/USB or a System Repair Disc to serve the same purpose of being able to boot to System Recover Options.
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19 Mar 2014   #514
leeboiy

64bit win7
 
 

Great work on this tutorial. A quick note on a potentially improvement, though.

I've reinstalled xp in the past and the activation key was easily obtainable by going to the system info window and reading it from the screen. Well now in windows 7 there's a wonderful 25 digit product id code on the same screen that is different than the 25 digit activation key Microsoft has embedded deep in the registry. This was a nice little quirk I didn't discover until after overwriting my harddrive, reinstalling windows, and trying to activate windows using my 25 digit product id.

If you are feeling especially generous, up there in the fine print for os reinstallers where you mention saving your drivers and such, a quick reminder for people to ensure they've recorded the correct activation key embedded in the registry via the magicaljellybean keyfinder or the like could be helpful. Would probably help those people in the future like me who think they know just enough about computers to get themselves into a pickle.

Again, thanks again for the work you've put into this.
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19 Mar 2014   #515
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Leeboiy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The link in step 13 can help folks find their actual product key number.
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24 Apr 2014   #516
zap9x

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

.... question please ... after i reinstall the windows and look into task scheduler to disable some unnecessary tasks , i found that there is nothing there , clean , not a single task , 100% clean , nothing at all.
it is not normal right ? , should i do anything , should i reinstall the windows , or should i just leave it there because the windows is running 90% normal , everything is fine but sometime i get un-IDed lag , like when i alt tab out of a game , wmp stops for 1 sec then resume , other than that i dont see anything abnormal
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24 Apr 2014   #517
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

That would be normal zap9x if you've not installed anything that runs on a schedule, ex. virus scan, which you should have if you don't.
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24 Apr 2014   #518
zap9x

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

i thought usually windows will have tasks of it own , like check HDD everyday , check system files , and defrag every weeks ....
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24 Apr 2014   #519
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello zap9x,

There's the System Maintenance Troubleshooter, but it's recommended to leave it turned on unless you plan on doing it all manually as needed.

System Maintenance Troubleshooter - Turn On or Off
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