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Windows 7: Windows 7 Installation - Prepare PC to be Sold

30 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
Which computer (new vs old) handles which processes?

Great tutorial. Four newbie questions if you will permit me...

1. After wiping the disk (CLEAN ALL), I would need to create a new partition before installing the operating system, is that correct?

The reason I ask is as follows... I am selling my old computer for which I have the Windows XP installation disk. I have a new computer which is running Windows 7. I am in the process of completing the CLEAN ALL command on my old computer's hard drive (which I have inserted into my new computer as a secondary disk). Assuming that completes OK (it's nerve wracking staring at that flashing cursor for 60 minutes without any way of monitoring progress), the next step would be to create a partition on my old drive.

2. I wanted to give it the drive letter "C:" (seems to be standard) but that drive letter is already in use on my new computer, not sure if that would work?

3. If I put my old hard drive (without any partition) into my old computer there would be no way to install the OS, is that correct (i.e. I have to create the partition using the OS on my new computer)?

4. If I create the partition on my old hard drive from my new computer in Windows 7, I can still install Windows XP, is that correct (i.e. the creation of the partition is not really tied to the OS)?

Thank you in advance!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Apr 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

When you have wiped the old hard drive, remove it from the Windows 7 computer and install it back into the old computer.

Boot into Windows XP for a clean install on the old computer.

During the install process you'll be able to partition the drive as you want. Windows will automatically allocate the drive letter C to the drive.

Do not try and install Windows XP to the old drive while it is still installed in the Windows 7 computer otherwise you'll mess up the Windows 7 boot files.

Install Windows XP
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Apr 2012   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64

Excellent, glad it works that way!

It might be helpful (not sure if I am qualified to make suggestions) for OP to add a note to step 2 of Phase 1 of this tutorial that you may ignore the setting up of partitions in the tutorial that is referenced (unless perhaps my case is unique)?

After the CLEAN ALL completed, when I go back into Disk Manager, it says: "You must initialize a disk before Local Disk Manager can access it." Should I complete this "step" now, or do this with the old hard drive in the new computer during the installation of Windows XP?

Lastly, could someone tell me if the CTRL + SHIFT + F3 Audit Mode step described in the tutorial also works in XP?

Again, thank you!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Apr 2012   #13


Creating partitions during installation is so basic procedure I see no point in adding information twice. Phase 2 step 1 links to an installation tutorial where all relevant information is given.

Remember that you can install Windows simply by selecting Unallocated Space (=wiped, empty HD) when installation asks where you want to install.

You can enter Audit Mode from XP simply by running command sysprep /audit /reboot if existing system, or by giving username System when installation stops to ask initial username (no password). This enters XP desktop without creating any user accounts. From there use sysprep /audit /reboot to enter Audit Mode.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Oct 2012   #14

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Just quick query Kari before I get to the naming of the machine I clean any drive using the DISKPART method that WHS uses for SSD's and sometimes a wipe with the Partition Wizard and then just install.

Am I just going a bit over the top??

Oops sorry didn't catch that ref to DISKPART at the start
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

DISKPART CLEANALL = Partition Wizard wipe : essentially no difference between the two
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2012   #16

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
DISKPART CLEANALL = Partition Wizard wipe : essentially no difference between the two
Thanks Golden I am by nature a bit of an overkill sort if you didn't know that already LOL!! Ended up DISKPART- ing the drive as for some reason the PW wouldn't couldn't "see" it.

Anyway all up and running.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2013   #17

Windows 7

Exceeeelent ! Thank You !
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2013   #18


You are welcome, Smeyers2.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Aug 2013   #19

Win 7 home perm. 64 bit

Sorry to reply to an old thread but is there a similar process in Vista? I searched the Vista forum but couldn't find anything about this, and it's a brilliant way to retire and give away an old machine.

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