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Windows 7: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

18 Apr 2012   #330
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Harry. Please let us know how it went.


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19 Apr 2012   #331
HarryGW

Windows Vista 32-bit
 
 

Sorry to bother you again but I've come to the option of choosing which installation and been given two options Upgrade or Custom. I just want to double check that Custom install will keep my files? Because it says here that it will not keep my files or settings. Does that just mean it will move them to windows.old?
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19 Apr 2012   #332
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hi Harry,

It's no bother at all. Yes, it will normally place a copy of the previous OS in the Windows.old folder. However, I would recommend that you backup anything that you do not want to lose just to be safe though.
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19 Apr 2012   #333
HarryGW

Windows Vista 32-bit
 
 

Ok great, it has also asked me which partition I want to use (I didn't realise I had any partitions) either OEM Reserved or System - Should I be using the OEM partition?
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19 Apr 2012   #334
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You would want to select the C: partition that you currently have Windows installed on. You do not want to select the OEM Reserved partition. That's what is used to reinstall your current OS back to factory conditions with.
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19 Apr 2012   #335
HarryGW

Windows Vista 32-bit
 
 

Worked perfectly, thank you so much for all of your help! I would have made lots of mistakes without this.
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19 Apr 2012   #336
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Harry. I'm happy to hear that it went smoothly for you.
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14 May 2012   #337
LapTopUser

Win 7 Home 64bit
 
 
Looking for clarity

Hello – I have a laptop with Win7 currently installed. It was an upgrade from Dell to originally installed Vista operating system. I need to reinstall. I have backed up all my data on an external hard drive so I would like to perform a clean install. I will be installing over an existing Win7 that is no longer working optimally.

The three options at the brining ot this tutorial don’t seem to address my particular situation so hence the questions below.
I have three questions:

1) Partitions – the original from Dell had a “restore” partition. I was advised by Dell to blow away all existing partitions. Will the Win7 install automatically make any partitions it needs for optimal performance?

2) Drivers – another site recommended downloading all the current drivers for my devices before proceeding. Is this necessary or will the “get important updates” screen take care of that for me? Obviously I don’t want to be stuck without access to the internet needing to download drivers or necessary updates.

3) Activating Windows – Again I don’t want to be stuck in a bind w/possible loss of access to the internet. I assume I need internet access for both the confirmation of product key and for activating Windows. Are there any steps I need to take to insure access?
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14 May 2012   #338
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LapTopUser View Post

1) Partitions – the original from Dell had a “restore” partition. I was advised by Dell to blow away all existing partitions. Will the Win7 install automatically make any partitions it needs for optimal performance?

If you want to do a clean install, you should delete all partitions midway in the install when asked "where do you want to install Windows". Look for "drive options, advanced". Poke it. At the next screen you can delete any or all partitions.

I'd make Dell recovery disks before I deleted the Dell recovery partition.

After you delete partitions, Windows will automatically create the necessary partitions during the next step.




2) Drivers – another site recommended downloading all the current drivers for my devices before proceeding. Is this necessary or will the “get important updates” screen take care of that for me? Obviously I don’t want to be stuck without access to the internet needing to download drivers or necessary updates.

The Windows disk will have most drivers, but I would still go to Dell website and make sure I had the LAN driver so you know you can get on the net. You may as well get all drivers while you are there, although you shouldn't have to use most of them.

3) Activating Windows – Again I don’t want to be stuck in a bind w/possible loss of access to the internet. I assume I need internet access for both the confirmation of product key and for activating Windows. Are there any steps I need to take to insure access?


You'll need the LAN driver and a working modem for a net connection.
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14 May 2012   #339
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello LapTopUser, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It really depends on what type of installation disc you have? If this is a OEM factory restore type installation disc, then this tutorial wouldn't apply to you since it's for doing a clean install with a "retail" upgrade copy instead.

For your questions:

Q1) It depends on the above.

Q2) It is recommened to at least have you network (ex: LAN, ethernet, wireless, etc...) driver installation file downloaded and saved somewhere incase you need to install it before being able to have a internet/network connection.

Q3) Yes, you will need internet access to be able to activate Windows online from either during or after Windows installation. If you do not have internet access, then you could just install your network driver and be able to afterwards. If all else fails, you can activate by phone as well.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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