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Q: Clean install and backup questions

My 350 gig HD has 7 partitions. C: is Vista (186 GB) D: (87GB) is HP factory image. The others have most of my programs, files, photos, etc. I have avoided installing most of the larger important programs on C: and they are on other partitions. I plan a clean install of 7 upgrade on C: (also considering 64 bit as my comp qualifies). By "clean" I assume that you and I both mean that partition C: has been formatted prior to inserting the 7 DVD to begin installation. First, am I correct with this assumption? Second, if only C: is going to be affected by the formatting and installation of 7 is there any mandatory reason to backup all of my programs and files that reside on the other partitions? (other than just being prudent, that is). Also, how much can I reduce the size of C:, as it currently has 132GB free? I also intend to empty D: when this is over. Thanks for your patience with my basic questions, but I'd like to know in advance as I don't do this very often.

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Preferred Solution: Clean install and backup questions

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Clean install and backup questions

A clean install is one where the existing Windows installation was either erased or overwritten by the new one. So yes, your assumption is correct.

I am going to assume you know that you cannot format the C: drive from within Windows. You would be formatting it by booting from the 7 installation disc instead. Windows 7 will not touch your programs and files on the other partitions, but you *will* need to reinstall most of your programs after the clean install, so that they plug into the new Windows. So you may want to back up your program settings and program-related files (which would be any personal documents or project files residing in program folders).

As for reducing the size of drive C, the short answer is "I don't know." It seems to vary from computer to computer. Your best chance of reducing it at all would probably be on the Windows 7 install disc, in between the format and the actual installation.

If you need any more clarification, don't hesitate to ask!

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Hello,

I'm planning a clean install of Win 7 Pro x64. I plan to have the My Documents folder on the D:/ drive. I'm running Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID 1. So, the C:/ drive and the D:/ drive will be logical disks. I intend to partition the drive so that I have ample size for the OS on the C:/ and the remainder of the available space on the D:/. What is the recommended minimum size for the C:/ drive if all data files will be located on the D:/ drive? Are restore points saved to the C:/ drive as well or can they be saved on another drive?

Thanks you your assistance.

Regards

A:Clean Install Questions

Recommended ? Windows needs at least 20 to 30 GB, but I wouldn`t go smaller then at least 100 to 150 GB

Save restore points on C. If you create disk images you don`t even need to use system restore, but that`s up to you.

Also, what`s the point in using raid ?

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k, I want to get windows 7.

I currently have vista installed. I do not want to upgrade I want a clean install. But I want to install it on another hard drive. I have 3 hard drives connected using SATA. I want to keep all the files I have on the hard drive with vista (don't care about vista). Can I install win7 on the other hard drive? Also the HDD I want to install it on is now called "H" will it be called "C" after I install win7 and boot in win 7? Do I need to change the order of the HDDs?

Thanks in advance

A:clean install of win 7 questions

Hi cinek, welcome to the forums.

When installing Windows 7 (from the DVD) you can select a 'Custom Install' and then choose which HD to install onto. Once finished, you will have boot options for both Vista & Windows 7, alowing for copying or usage of the files on the other HD.

You can, later (type MSCONFIG into the Start Menu), delete the Vista selection from the 'Boot' tab.

Hope this helps


OS

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Hello

I need some help/confirmation on what I intend to do in the near future.

I am currently a windows insider on the slow ring and I have build 14342 installed, I want to get out of the insider program (I know how to do that in settings) but it raises a few questions. Since the build that I have installed is not a build that was publicly released what will happen? It is my intention to clean install the anniversary edition and let windows update as normal with it cumulative updates and whatnot. I am currently freeing up space on an external drive for a backup of my hard disk (or a system image with Macrium Reflect) - what is the difference? And do images take up as much space as the data they are imaged from? Also, do I wait until the insiders on the slow ring get the anniversary edition and then clean install it from the ISO that Ive downloaded?, another possible route is to let my system upgrade to this anniversary edition and then create the ISO from the update - I have no idea how to do that so if it is an option could somebody please point me in the right direction.

My ultimate goal is to have the anniversary release clean installed and to have regular backups created either by Macrium Reflect or another program so I can easily restore if there is a problem. I have never used Macrium but I need to create a backup (or image) to restore my installed program I have quite a few.

Thanks

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Hi there,

I'm considering going from vista to windows 7 (32 bit to 64 bit which I have checked is possible on my laptop).

However, I have a couple of programmes on my current laptop which I have lost the disks for (e.g Microsoft Money) or I bought and downloaded from the site e.g recovery software.

Given I need to do a clean install, is there anyway of me being able to backup these programmes and then reinstall with windows 7?

Thanks

A:Clean Install Questions

Why consider upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit?
I might be wrong, but just give it a shot....

Install Windows 7 on the same partition as Windows Vista. It will create a folder for Vista (Windows.old), you still have access to data, programs, system files, everything....

Just make sure you backup your data, checked for malware.
Everything to know about is here...

Repair Install

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Hello,
I need to reinstall my Win 7 32 bit OEM and I didn't receive any media with it, so I found this tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
and I am having some issues:
-The download size is 2.4 GB but everytime the download finishes, the file size is changing and is less than 2.4 GB, sometimes it finishes at 1.5 GB , sometimes at 2 GB etc, I cant get it to 2.4 GB !

-My Windows is installed in a language that is not on the list in DELL website, can I still use the English version instead?

-Is DELL website the only place I can get the official Windows 7 ISO? will that leave DELL logo on my pc(if yes, can I remove it)?

-Also, in the tutorial, it is said to use "Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool", but can I use ImgBurn for example to burn the ISO to dvd?

Thanks everyone

A:Questions about clean Windows 7 OEM install

As far as i know install is universal, you can add any language pack you wish
Dell download is not linked to dell i think it points to digital river download links (the MS official download that we are not allowed to link directly)
No it will not give you dell splashscreen

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I have an HP 7960. Originally this PC had Windows ME when purchased off the shelf. However about 4 years ago I purchased Windows XP Upgrade CD from Best Buy and took it to a computer store and had them install it for me. It's been running well since then, but has gotten sluggish. I'm thinking of doing a clean install using the same disks on the same pc expecting that this will speed up my PC.

I have the instructions on how to do a clean install and I plan to do it myself to save a few bucks. Not having ever done this before and being fearful that I've overlooked something I do have the following two questions:

1. Do I need to worry about "qualifying media?" Will it ask me for my ME CD and will the ME system recovery disks (that came with my PC) work?

2. When I get to the step to activate will there be any problem? After all it's the same CD on the same PC?

I have made backups of everything. I've checked the BIOS and know that booting off the CD Rom is the first choice. But if there's any other gotcha's I'd appreciate hearing them.

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A:XP Clean Install -- Two Questions before I start

Upgrading older HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario desktops from 98SE or ME to XP is something that I enjoy doing, so I've had plenty of experience doing it.

The first 2 things that I do is:

Install as much RAM as the desktop supports(which is usually 384 - 512 MB) because I usually receive them with too little RAM.

Locate and download and burn off to a CD-R the current XP drivers for the devices in that desktop because the XP install usually doesn't install most or any of the device drivers.

Although I have 98SE and ME CD's, I have the luxury of having a full version XP SP2 CD, so a "qualifying" 98SE or ME CD isn't needed. In your case, you have an upgrade XP CD, so a 98SE or ME CD is needed.

If you have a decent amount of computer expertise, formatting the hard drive and doing a fresh install of XP is pretty straight forward.

Boot from the XP CD and allow the setup process to start.

Read each screen carefully so you can press the correct key to perform a certain function. The sequence of functions is:

Delete all current partitions.

Create a new C partition.

Format that new C partition in the NTFS file system(not the quick option).

Install XP.

Remove the XP CD and insert the ME CD when prompted to. After the "qualifying" process has completed, remove the ME CD and reinsert the XP CD when prompted to.

The entire process will involve 2 restarts. DON'T press any key when you see the Press any key to boot from CD command dur... Read more

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Hey guys, I did some searching but wasn't able to answer my questions.

I have a Lenovo Y650 and I was wondering if I could format the HDD and do a clean install, or if this would be a bad idea. The computer came with quite a bit of bloat ware, as well as a separate partition of 30 GB that has around 2 gigs of lenovo drivers that is for the recovery system i guess? it also has about 20 gigs hidden, not quite sure what that all has on it.

I'm still learning with computers and everything.. so would it be okay to wipe EVERYTHING and start fresh with one single partition (320GB) for windows 7?

Will everything still work properly on the computer or will i need to get drivers from Lenovo? If everything will still work properly, that would be great, but I don't know what happens when you do a clean sweep on something that comes so loaded up from the factory.

Thanks guys

A:Windows 7 Clean Install Questions

You could format the whole HDD and do a clean install. Or you could just format the partition where your Vista is and leave the remaining partitions. If Lenovo has a recovery partition, you might want to keep it just in case you need to start over from the way the factory shipped it.... especially since you spoke of "learning with computers and everything." Existence of a recovery partition will not affect how your clean install of Windows 7 performs. If, later, you want the extra HDD space, you can always delete the other partitions.

Your partition layout is a little unclear. How do you know the 30GB partition has about 2GB of drivers? Are they in a folder labelled as-such? Are you saying there is a 20GB hidden partition from looking under "Disk Management" or because the visible partitions in windows explorer only add up to around 300GB? What does the Manual say about restoring the factory image? Most of the time it is by tapping F8 when booting to go to a customized Recovery Environment. Installing W7 over the Vista partition will probably mess up the custom recovery enviroment but if Lenovo uses a windows image (.wim) file for recovery, the factory image can probably be restored using imagex.

Although Windows 7 comes with more drivers than Vista does out of the box, you will probably need some drivers from Lenovo, if you start fresh with Windows 7.

Hope this helps a little.
Tom

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I apologize for these noob questions but I really want Windows 7 64bit.

I have done XP clean installs before but now I have a new machine with Vista 64. In addition I now have two hard drives (only had one before).
I will be installing W7/64 on a 300 g 10,000 rpm and my other drive is a 1TB 7,200 I use for storage.

Here it goes!!
1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive? Is there a good reason to clean this drive also. (saving content to an external is not a problem)

2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86). All the windows files are on the program files and all the stuff I have added are on the (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does W7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive? Do I need to do anything special for this?

Sorry for all these questions but I did not know where else to ask for help.

Will be installing W7 Home Premium 64 bit.

I have read/bookmarked/printed the Clean install directions.

Clean Install Windows 7

Any help/advice would be deeply appreciated.

Harry

A:Noob W7/64 Clean Install Questions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Toes


1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive?


The best thing to do in this situation is to unplug the larger hard disk. Never trust Windows installation process to leave your hard disk alone, so disconnect it.








  
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2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does W7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive?


Yes, that behavior is the same in Windows 7. x86 folder is where the 32-bit programs live.

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I'm getting ready to do a clean install, but before I do that I have questions. Windows 7 is currently installed on a 128 GB SSD (C:/). The 100MB SRP (Sys. Res. Parti.) and a Backup Partition (F:/) are on one of my HDD.

I have set (and tested) the SSD so I can boot from it without a HDD connected.

I have a second HDD if needed for temporary location for the following.
(both HDD are 1 TB so there are plenty of room)

Can I use the forum tutorial to delete SRP? When do I delete it? My (F:/)Partition has backup files, restore points, and system imaged backups on it. Can I leave it there safely and (format?) then extend the (F:/) Partition into the area where SRP was? Can I move the old users files all at once, which would include all of the folders under favorities and libraries? (yes, I may need a partition for them)

I'm planning to just have the SSD connecter for the clean install.
After the clean install is it still considered as clean if I move Programs and Users files to a HDD? What current tutorials should I use to move them?

I think I covered the bases but please fill me in if you think I massed a point
Thanks

Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there.

A:Intel says do a clean install so I have questions.

Why do you want to delete the System Reserved partition? Just pre-partition the SSD to avoid having it issued in the first place. Use Step 2 here: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

It's best not to move your User folders to another HD because Win7 Backup Imaging will want to include them in the image since they are System files. In that case it's better to copy them to HD and then link them to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

Be sure to unplug the HD during install to SSD. Afterwards you can boot Win7 on the HD using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key until you're ready to delete it in Disk Mgmt.

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I have a Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR laptop. It came with Win 7 Home Premium.
I'd like to do a clean install of Win 7 Premium to get rid of all the junk.
Which "versions" of Win 7 Home Premium can I use? I don't need Ultimate. I think there is one "upgrade" version for Starter 7, then there are Upgrade and Full versions of Home Premium. Any others? Isn't "full" only when the installation can't find a previous version of windows? Do I install by booting from the disc, or do I just "run" it after the laptop boots to its current OS? I had to do the latter recently with an XP install.
Before I do this, should I make copies of all the driver's in my system, or just let the laptop search for the driver's using "Windows Update" after the clean install?
Can't I make a DVD of the current setup in case I want to revert back to the factory install?

Thanks!!!!!!
 

A:Windows clean install questions

I don't understand. Are you reinstalling to clean up accumulated junk, or is this a new computer and you are going to reinstall to get rid of the HP installed extras?

If the former I'd assume you'd use your Recovery partition or DVDs/CDs.

If the later I suggest you first create your set of Recovery DVDs from the Recovery partition. Then you can boot from any OEM Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, format, install and use the Product Key on a sticker on your PC. Or purchase any version of Windows you want.
 

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I plan to perform a fresh clean install of win. 8.1 from my retail disc after, installing a new motherboard and processor. Will the new install format the ssd clean or, will it just store the old OS and all data in a folder? If possible I would like to do the install without all the old system being saved to the drive to reserve space. Thanks for all help!

A:Questions about a fresh clean OS install

when you do the installation, when you get to the partition screen, delete every partition and allow windows to install to the unallocated space

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i want to do a clean install on my pc so i can be free of all the crappy programs and registry errors that ive accumulated over the years. ive transferred all the files i want to keep like my movies, audio, and such. i have the 2 cds to install windows. ive heard xp doesnt recognize sata drives. all i have is a 250gb sata drive. if i format the drive to install xp on it, will windows no read the hdd or somehting along those lines? doi have to get drivers for the sata drive or what?
also my hdd has 2 partitions the system one, and a 8gb recovery one that came in it. i dont want to format teh recovery one just in case i ever need it. will formatting the system one format both?
also, any other steps i need to take to make sure i can clean install xp appropriately?
thanks all.
 

A:Solved: win xp mce clean install questions

I hit the f11 key during the first part of my boot up and it takes me to the recovery process and no it doesn't format the recovery partition.
If you do it from the recovery partition you most likely won't need to load the sata drivers but make sure you have them on a disc just in case other wise you will not be able to go forward if it requires them.
read your manual and see what the steps are for doing a recovery that is always the best place to start.
 

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I have a new HD and a Vista Ultimate full retail edition, and I am going to install the 64bit version. Some questions that come to mind are;

1. My current HD has a Vista Premium 32bit OS installed. Can I just take the HD out and put it in another machine, with the already registered Premium OS and use it? Are there some hardware incompatiblities that would interfere with using the still existing 32bit OS on this HD?

2. I have onboard sound and I also have a Creative Extreme Gamer Pro card. Should I install it on the 32 bit OS before I put it in the 64bit OS? (that's probably a strange question ).

3. When I have done a clean install of XP Pro I had to first install, after the loading of the OS, an Ethernet driver from the motherboard CD to get started. How does this work with my attempt of installing a Vista Ultimate 64bit OS; meaning do I need an Ethernet driver for my Dell TP406 Intel X38 Express chipset (ICH9R)? or does a Vista 32bit or 64bit OS install handle this differently?

4. What BIOS changes do I need to perform before installing the 64bit OS? I have already set the boot device to the CD ROM.

5. I read something that I should only have 2gb installed when a 64bit OS is installed and after the OS is loaded, and all Vista updates have been installed, then I can install the DIMMs that I have. I now have 4ea 1gb DIMMs installed and want to install 4ea 2gb DIMMs after the OS is loaded. Does this method sound reasonable?

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A:Some questions before Ultimate 64bit Clean install

Originally Posted by Win95


My current HD has a Vista Premium 32bit OS installed. Can I just take the HD out and put it in another machine, with the already registered Premium OS and use it? Are there some hardware incompatiblities that would interfere with using the still existing 32bit OS on this HD?




This version would have to be full retail and not OEM, as OEM are forever tied to the first mobo it's installed on and cannot be moved.

I haven't had time to read all your questions, more later.






Later Ted

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Hey, all,

I currently running Vista Home Premium and am finally moving to Win 7

I have the bootable Windows 7 install disc and certainly want to do a clean install.

Now I'm a bit on the anal side so I really want the install to be clean and am considering doing a wipe on the drive, then booting from teh Win 7 install cd.

Is this wipe needed? Or will I get a good, clean install by simply booting to the Win 7 install cd?
Thanks in advance!

MK
 

A:Solved: Clean install of Win 7 Ultimate X64 questions

The wipe is NOT needed, and the by not doing it, the install should make a "Windows.old" folder that one can go back and get some of those files and folders that one did not get backed up. It can NOT be used to restore any programs that WERE installed on the older OS.

Once you are 1000% (not a typo error) sure that you have all of your data within the new OS, then this Windows.old folder can be removed. It is part of the Windows Clean up tool, that has been part of Windows since Windows 95.
 

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The first thing I want to do is congratulate Dell on having the worst support staff and technical support on the planet. I resell a lot of Optiplex 3020 and the question I posed was simple: How to you do a clean install of Windows 10 Professional? During two days worth of chats and several technicians this is what some of then told me:1) You can do it but you need the correct media. The "Already Installed Windows 10 Pro 64-bit" media that came with the computer isn't the one you want. I'll send you what you need on a flash drive. Of course the flash drive showed up and it was the exact same thing I had on the media.2) You have the right media but you need to enable UEFI. At that point the DVD you have will display the option  to install ground ground zero.3) You have the right media but you need to disable UEFI. At that point the DVD you have will display the option  to install ground ground zero.4) They sent me links to hundreds and hundreds of third party pages explaining how to do it. None of which worked.I even went so far as to suggest that it was obvious that the techs I was chatting with have never done this and don't know the answer. Their reply was that they have all done and Dell makes them take classes on the subject. Right.....So after two to three days of beating on Dell and trying everything in the book I have found that there are only two ways to install WIndows 10 Professional on a Dell Optiplex 3020:1) Install Windows 7 Pro. Do... Read more

A:Yet more questions about a Windows 10 Professional Clean Install

Ziggy32So I am going to pause here and ask if anyone has come up with a way to Install Windows 10 (clean install) other then one of the two ways I mentioned above?
I don't understand the problem. You have the Windows 10 media ... just install it.
Ziggy32Is it true that there no longer seems to be a Dell Windows 10 OEM SLP DVD which looks in the BIOS to determine if the computer is a Dell and, if it is, installs and bypasses the activation.
ALL Windows 10 media checks the BIOS for valid product keys. There is no longer a need to verify the manufacturer.
Users will likely have a discounted upgrade path to Windows 10 after the free upgrade period expires.
Ziggy32The just released Optiplex 3040 comes with Windows 7 Pro and is advertised as being Windows 10 up/downgradable. Is that via the free Windows 10 upgrade which is soon to be discontinued or is Dell going to actually start putting Windows 10 COAs on the Optiplex 3040?
Dell has already started putting Windows 10 COA's on systems and all systems shipping with Windows 7 are downgrades.
Ziggy32Not much has changed with either Microsoft or Dell. The "Free" Windows 10 upgrade isn't really free and Dell still doesn't have a clue how to supply upgrade/downgrade media nor are their technicians very good at helping with the issue.
The "free" upgrade is free. I'm not sure I understand your reasoning for it not being free. A clean install of Windows 10 is not difficult - very easy, in fact. Why D... Read more

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Hi,
have never attempted to upgrade / install new operating system......hence question

i have not actually bought win8 yet but tempted for ?25 upgrade download before end of the month......

I have an acer 8930 laptop running vista. It has 1 drive with 2 partitions ACER (C and DATA (D. Both approx 140GB with 10GB and 40GB free respectively.

I have read somewhere (I think) that only the partition with the old OS is deleted. Is this correct?

If so, will DATA (D containing all my photos remain? Also if I copy all of my music (inc iTunes stuff) folder to D: will this all be safe?

also general question - will upgrading to win8 be noticeable in terms of performance? Vista seems a bit slow. I use computer for iTunes, photoshop elements, photos etc. nothing too demanding.

also whilst I'm on a roll.......what software will i need to play blu-rays?

thanks

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I just did a clean install of xp professional. Which sp packs do I need and can I download these from another computer onto a cd? I don't have Internet or virus protection yet and don't want to risk a virus by downloading from Internet directly onto my computer. I want to load Microsoft security essentials but you arent supposed to do that unless you have sp3. :?
 

A:Xp professional 2002 clean install questions

www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=10767

here is a site that has info re: downloading windows xp pro SP3.
Please make sure you download it from a secure site. My first attempt was to download and save onto a flashdrive. The site was Soft32 and it took forever to finish downloading onto my computer. In the end, I had to reinstall SP3 from Microsoft download Center. Also, they have more than one type of SP3. You need to get the download for just one computer which has SP2 installed. Also, downloading is one thing but installing is a completely different ballgame (see my posts re: Problems Installing SP3). Your computer is probably in much better condition than mine, but I would just get everything from Microsoft. That's just my opinion. Also, they have the automatic updates. You better get some kind of antivirus/malware protection because just about anywhere you go on the internet has THREATS bundled up among the good things. I wish you luck, Aspar Alp Arslan
 

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Hello, right now I have Win7 and I want to do a clean install of Win8.1, but I have 2 HDs in my pc and one of them must remain untouched (it's my backup HD; also there is a Win7 folder, which I hope doesn't make confusion during install), so I want to format only the HD in which there is Win7 installed, how can I do it?

A:Clean install having 2 HDs (one of them is a backup)

If you select the "Custom" option during the install you can pick where Windows is installed. You can also delete only the partitions you want. I keep my documents, pictures and music on a Data drive and install Windows to its own drive. I delete all the partitions on the OS drive while leaving the Data drive alone. Clean Install - Windows 8

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i have a tablet with no usb port. it has on screen keyboard no mouse. can i do a clean install?

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I am struggling with knowing which Drivers are the newer, or if the newer are even desired for this laptop.   I have the AMD Stuff all taken care of except for one Optional Update that came through that I did not recognize. Update type: Optional

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2 software update released in September, 2012

More information:
http://sysdev.microsoft.com/support/default.aspx

Help and Support:
http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=hub Already did some of the less important ones like:SynapticsRealtek Card Reader Driver Also, not sure which one of these Drivers below are newer, and that would be important to me, or as asked above, more appropriate for this pc.   Realtek PCIe Family Controller 8.1.510.2013 is the one M.S. Loaded8.3.730.2012 is the one that is at the HP Link for this computer: sp58496 as seen on the actual driver from HP. Can someone tell me which is newer, is the last number the Year? 2012 or 2013? and which one would you guys go with? newer or older.  If that is not the Year, then is the first numbers 8.3 the newere one? These below have not been done yet, same questions as above. Qualcomm Atheros QCA9000 Series Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Window:Would like to do this one also, but will likely run into the same issues.  This one has completely different numbers from the one M.S. Loaded and the one HP has for a download. HP UEFI Support Environment:I... Read more

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Hello!

I intend to do a clean install of Win 7 Home premium on my HP pavilion dv4-2045dx. I will do this by running ISO image off the desktop which I have already downloaded and extracted.

I will have everything copied to my external before I do this. I have a recovery partition on my hard drive, and I plan on copying the folder "SwSetup" and all of its components onto the external before proceeding.

1.) Do I need all the "SwSetup" components or just the "Drivers" folder?

2.) When I proceed with the clean install, will my laptop's keyboard and touchpad function so that I may be able to complete the process, or will the drivers for them be deleted / will the drivers be unusable? I have not found much info on this.

I am doing this because my computer is getting WAY slow, and I want to start fresh and WITHOUT the HP bloatware. Mainly what I need to know is, does windows 7 have drivers for the keyboard and mouse ready to go when doing a clean install from the ISO image?

Thank you!

A:HP Pavilion Laptop CLEAN INSTALL driver questions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by zoomont


Hello!

I intend to do a clean install of Win 7 Home premium on my HP pavilion dv4-2045dx. I will do this by running ISO image off the desktop which I have already downloaded and extracted. If this desktop is on the partition you wish to remove to do a clean install you cant do it. If there is a recovery partition you can park it there unless you intend to delete that partition as well.. The easiest (and fastest) way is to put the image un a USB thumb drive. I clean install every three months in under 20 mins.

I will have everything copied to my external before I do this. I have a recovery partition on my hard drive, and I plan on copying the folder "SwSetup" and all of its components onto the external before proceeding. See above. lauch from rxternal media (DVD or USB) by running setup from the ISO not a folder. you should not extract the ISO

1.) Do I need all the "SwSetup" components or just the "Drivers" folder?

2.) When I proceed with the clean install, will my laptop's keyboard and touchpad function so that I may be able to complete the process, or will the drivers for them be deleted / will the drivers be unusable? I have not found much info on this. no worries on the drivers for most HP computers.

I am doing this because my computer is getting WAY slow, and I want to start fresh and WITHOUT the HP bloatware. Mainly what I need to know is, does window... Read more

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As I walk thru a clean install (actually a reintall due to some issues) a few of questions have arisen.

First, why am I not permitted to name the first user "Administrator". Indications are that this name is already in use but this user is the first user set up as an administrator. As I plan to set myself up separately (not as an administrator) I would not want to use my name and "administrator" would seem appropriate.

Second, I had previously moved my own user files (documents, music, videos etc) over to the D drive (a second drive on the system). When I recreate my user won't I have duplicate versions on my C drive? How do I address this?

Third (and last for now), I am not initially permitted to create a user name that is the same as the pc name. But I can change the user name after the fact so that it is the same. Will this create any issues for me?

Thank you.

A:Clean install of Vista Home Premium 64 bit questions

Originally Posted by FortuneSmiles


As I walk thru a clean install (actually a reintall due to some issues) a few of questions have arisen.

First, why am I not permitted to name the first user "Administrator". Indications are that this name is already in use but this user is the first user set up as an administrator. As I plan to set myself up separately (not as an administrator) I would not want to use my name and "administrator" would seem appropriate.

Second, I had previously moved my own user files (documents, music, videos etc) over to the D drive (a second drive on the system). When I recreate my user won't I have duplicate versions on my C drive? How do I address this?

Third (and last for now), I am not initially permitted to create a user name that is the same as the pc name. But I can change the user name after the fact so that it is the same. Will this create any issues for me?

Thank you.



1. You cannot create a username called Administrator as there is already a user called administrator on the system by default. see here for details on how to enable the administrator account > Administrator Account
2. Your documents cannot possibly be duplicated as they are your documents and are personal to you, any documents that are created by the install are again "default"
3. Why would you want a name the same as your computer? my computer name is dave-comp-vista and my username is dave, so as long as y... Read more

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hello,

when win7 comes out retail I want to install it. do not want to have to manually install every program n file currently on my vista 64 bit system. what is a good way to save my current setup so I can just reinstall it to the new win7 system? I have an external HD 500gb I can use. searched the files here for information perhaps i am not using the correct search terms n phrases.

I know before I back up current vista I need to purge it n slim down the files n programs lol.

Thanks as always,

Msongs
Riverside CA

A:backup data before win 7 clean install?

it won't work. Clean install means you have to reinstall most of your programs from scratch (unless they are portable). However, you can use the easy transfer wizard to make it a bit easier (not by much).

The only semi-reliable way to keep program files, registry settings, etc intact is to do an upgrade.

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I had to do a clean install of Win 7, and then, of course, Office 2010.

I backed up my outlook.pst and still have it.
I started Outlook, and did an "import" from my saved file into a new/blank outlook.pst file.
The import process did NOT include the email account set ups, signatures and perhaps some other stuff I haven't found yet.

It also failed to import a couple (at least 2) personal folders. But that is not critical.

When I look at my folders, on the left, I see:
- a primary folder (section) called "Outlook" AND another primary folder (section) called "Personal Folders"
- Under each section, I see my "saved folders"; they appear to be duplicates
- Under each section, I see a "Calendar"; they appear to be duplicates
- Same for Contacts They have the same number of items.

What is the difference in the folders under "Outlook" and "Personal Folders"?
I feel I should delete one or the other. I certainly do not need 2 sets of "saved folders"!

Thanks!

A:Office 2010 clean install - questions about Outlook folders

You will probably have to set up your email accounts again. this can be done either from within Outlook or open Control Panel, select the Mail (Microsoft Outlook 2010) applet & this will open a box where you can select various options & one is Account Settings & another where you can change folders.

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Hey, guys, so I need your help.
I have an ASUS laptop with pre-installed Windows 8 Home(UEFI). I've additionaly installed Ubuntu alongside. After a while, I wanted to uninstall the Ubuntu and install another distribution but I wasn't sure how to do that, and the guides online just made it worse, as I formatted the Linux partitions but couldn't uninstall GRUB. So, now my HDD looks like in the attachment.
I have the possibility to upgrade through Dreamspark to Windows 8.1 or to Windows 10, but would like to have a clean install.
So, my questions are:
1. Should I get Windows 10 EDU or Windows 8.1 Pro? I'm not sure W10 is ready, and having the 8.1 will give me the possibility to upgrade later.
2. What do I need to backup and how do I do it? I don't really have an external HDD, so I can't backup all my data on the D:\ partition. How do I backup my current W activation key? Will I need the restore partition? What about the recovery? Ideally, I would like to have a clean install, formatting everything, except D:\.
3. What is the correct way of uninstalling Linux?
What do you think? And sorry about the mess on the HDD.

A:How to backup and clean install? Specific situation

You also posted here: Need advice on Windows installation - Windows 10 Forums where you are being helped.

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I upgraded from Win 7 to 8 after making a backup (using Windows backup) in Win 7. I elected to do a clean install and formatted my C drive. After the upgrade I wanted to restore back my documents which I did using the "Windows 7 file recovery" option in Windows 8 control panel.

This worked fine for the standard folders - "My Documents", "My Pictures" etc. What is missing is other directories which had been created under my user account, for example "C:\Users\Adam\Java" and "C:\Users\Adam\Virtual machines".

Seems I am missing all directories which I created under my user directory. They must be on the system image - is there any way to get them as they can not be seen under the recovery menu?

Hope this makes sense.

A:Problems restoring from Win 7 backup after clean install

Try this
Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista & Windows 7 - Windows 7 Forums

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I've been advised elsewhere on this forum to clean install Windows 8.1 due to problems with the BCDEDIT entries. I currently have one hard disc split into two user partitions (Drives C: & D). I want to move to a SSD system disc when I do the clean install and minimize the program installation. Please advise the best way of doing this. I'm thinking of doing the following:

1. Backup the current system using RECIMG to preserve all programmes
2. Wipe the current hard disk and and create one partition (Drive D)
3. Format the new SSD with one partition (Drive C) and clean install Windows 8.1
4. Install the hard disk (Drive D)
5. Recover the original installation using RECIMG (the system will have 2 drives C: & D: as before)

Is this the best approach or are there other avenues?

I only have the product key for the Windows 8 Pro x64 OS I bought. Will this key work if I install from a Windows 8.1 ISO disk? If not, what do I do?

A:Quickest Way to Backup & Clean Install Windows 8.1 Pro?

I looked at the other thread Fast Startup Fails at Random. I did not see anything out of ordinary with the partitions layout and with your BCD result.

What I saw is you initially had Windows 8 installed and the partitions are:
300MB + 100MB + 128MB MSR + C Drive
Then you updated to Windows 8.1. During update to 8.1, Windows created an extra 450MB partition after C Drive and moved the file: Winre.wim which was initially in the 300MB partition to this 450MB partition and that's why you see an extra entry in the BCD to point to Winre.wim in the new partition, this is perfectly normal.

What I suspect is your system disk is a 2GB mechanical drive so when you cold boot the PC, it does take some time to spin up and the fast boot cannot read the hiberfil.sys fast enough causing the error.

Since you plan to use an SSD to replace your mechanical HD as a system disk. I suggest to make a backup image of Windows with Macrium Reflect Free.
Connect your SSD to the PC.Make a backup image of Windows to D: drive, this will create a single image file.Restore the image to the SSD.Shutdown, disconnect the HD then boot up with the SSD.

NOTE: I prefer backup/restore rather than cloning since cloning might duplicate the disk signature and you'll end up with 2 disks with the same signatures.

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I have done a cursory google search but am not sure exactly what I am looking for. I would like to install XP, get all updates, install all the programs I want (VLC, Firefox, etc) and get it to the point where everything I need is installed. Then I need to copy everything, Windows included, to a backup drive so that if/when I need to reformat I can just wipe and copy without hours of setup. Also it would be great if I could update it whenever I need to with new versions or programs I want the backup to have.

I know about some of the backup software available but I don't think any of them can restore everything to a reformatted drive like I am looking for. Any idea of anything that does something like this?

Thanks for any help.

A:Saving A Clean Install With Configurations As A Backup

Look no further than Acronis. It costs money. It's superb. Does everything you want plus few things you never thought about. I use it for exactly the scenario you described.http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/produ...mage/index.htmlThere are a bunch of free imaging products, so check them out - Cobian, Digital Dolly, many more.List of freeware replacements is in a sticky/pinned post in this forum section, so easy to findhttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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I'm having issues with various programs on my 32 bit Home Premium Vista OS. It seems like a virus to me. When I try and open EXPLORER the infamous CLASS NOT REGISTERED error shows up. For many other applications I get the "WININET.dll NOT FOUND" error. I have tried REGISTRY MECHANIC and also tried to do a STARTUP REPAIR using the VISTA DVD. The Startup Repair utility does not seem to find any problems when I run it at startup.

I wanted to get opinions if all this was leading to a clean install or a repair install of Vista. I'm not sure if I have SP1 or SP2. I can't seem to get to any program that would give me that info because of aforementioned errors.

Also if it is a clean install that I need to do, can I save my documents and music somehow first? Any ideas? Is it possible to use DOS Command Shell and try the COPY command to copy these folders to my portable hard drive, which is L: drive on my computer.

I do have a few programs that run without the errors. One is Mozilla Firefox. I can see all my important files by typing "C:" in the Firefox browser (for eg. "//c:/Users/admin/Music"). Any way to copy them to "L:"? Or any way to back them up before OS installation? Thanks. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

A:Backup files before Clean/Repair Install

Repair install you will keep all your files, programs etc.

Repair Install For Vista

This is what I would do before a clean install.

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My computer had been doing a continuous loop on booting. Finally, I reinstalled my Vista upgrade (the two-install technique.) My question reeks of stupidity but I have to ask: The full backup I did while the loop was coming on will, I assume, write to disk whatever had been causing the problem -- a corruption of the Vista files I've been told. Any advice?
 

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I'm planning on doing a clean install of Windows 10. I've been experiencing some general lag and I just feel like it's time. My question is:

I've been using the "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" feature to back up my files. If I'm planning to do a clean install, can I simply disconnect my external hard drive, perform the clean install, and then reconnect my external drive and have all the backed up files from this current installation still be recognized in Control Panel > Backup and Restore (Windows 7) so that I may restore them?

Also, what is the best way to do a clean install of Windows 10? I did the upgrade from Windows 7 back when it was freely available. Would using the Reset This PC feature and selecting Remove Everything get the job done? Or is there a more thorough way of going about it? My end goal is to have it as if I just built this PC and installed Windows for the first time, or as close as I can get to that.

A:Is Backup & Restore compatible with a clean install?

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I've been using the "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" feature to back up my files. If I'm planning to do a clean install, can I simply disconnect my external hard drive, perform the clean install, and then reconnect my external drive and have all the backed up files from this current installation still be recognized in Control Panel > Backup and Restore (Windows 7) so that I may restore them?




While I am not 100 percent confident in my answer, I do not believe so.

You should instead use dedicated backup and restore software or, better yet, transfer and copy files to your external drive that you will need after the reinstall Files like pictures and documents.


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Also, what is the best way to do a clean install of Windows 10? I did the upgrade from Windows 7 back when it was freely available. Would using the Reset This PC feature and selecting Remove Everything get the job done? Or is there a more thorough way of going about it? My end goal is to have it as if I just built this PC and installed Windows for the first time, or as close as I can get to that.




I would follow the built-in Windows 10 Reset option and set it to delete everything. It should do the job well.

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Hi Im new on here and I was wondering if I can use W7's Disk Image creator to keep one original backup of a totally clean install and and one that gets updated periodically. I would like to save both to the same external HD. TIA.

A:Create backup image of clean install AND an updated?

you should be able to do that, make sure you name both images different names so they do not conflict, as well as so you know which is which.

just also remember if you do a periodic back up image that has updates and whatnot and saving it to the same HD that any errors on your system and such will be in that periodic Image. and also if you get a Virus and not sure of it once you plug that external in or copy a new periodic Image to it that Image now has the Virus and so does your External HD. has a chance to Contaminate both, not a guarantee though.
the point of the Image is so that you can have an emergency restore back to defaults. best option would be disconnect network cable, install windows, install antivirus, use a second computer and download anti virus updates if you can. update the anti virus with those downloads, reconnect to network update windows and antivirus/firefwall. then Image the machine. then you will have a system that is somewhat defended. have that Image on a DVD or a 32gig Thumb Drive.
then on that external you can have the same Image and the periodic Back up, that way in even your HD goes bad or a contamination you have the original backed up.

but in short yes you can do both Images on one Drive, but its not highly Recommended

hope that was of a little help at least

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We have to wipe the disk on my daughter's Viao because of various infections. She does not have a backup disk for that computer. So before speaking with me she ordered Windows 7 through the discount program at the school where she teaches (nice discount too!). But as you can see from the capture below, she ordered a Win 7 upgrade, which I doubt will install on a clean disk. However, she also ordered the backup disk that doesn't mention "upgrade" in the title. What are the chances I could download that backup disk, burn it, and do a clean install? Or will the upgrade version actually do a clean install from an external drive or disk?

A:Will downloaded Windows 7 backup disk do a clean install?

I don't know what Backup Disc means in this context. But there is "Backup Disc Information".
You can use the upgrade disc to clean install win7. See Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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I was looking at Mozy.com to do a full backup of my laptop's contents. I figure that W7 is a good excuse to do a nice cleanup. Has anyone used Mozy with windows 7? Is there anything that I am missing that will prevent me from doing this?

Just wanted to make sure before I buy into Mozy for this sole purpose.

A:Want to do clean install,will Mozy(online backup) work?

Isn't it just a website or does it require some kind of software? I personally wouldn't trust anything like that. Save yourself the subscription fees and get a USB stick and dump your stuff onto it.

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Having a number of issues with my installation that I am pretty sure are a result of my tinkering with the registry on two proplem apps. In particular I can not get either my HP 7410 All-In-One and my Bitdefencer 2011 Internet Security to re-install properly and function properly. Both previously did prior to abut August.

Since these are both key to my everyday operations...I'm leaning toward a repeat clean install

I don't believe a repair install would correct erroneous or missing/corrupt registry entries....correct ??

I know I have to reinstall all programs...my main question is can I use the WET on my current W7 system to backup all user settings...program files...etc and then import them back after the clean install.

Have read and printed out Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers by Orbital Shark and How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7 by Brink...but I', not sure that WET will work the same as it did when I moved from XP Pro 32bit to W7 Pro 64bit after the original clean install ?

Unfortunatley..I didn't realize until too late that Windows Backup (includes system image) deletes older versions of system image. I now only have a system image dating back to after the issues began in August.

Thanks....Tim

A:Questions on a "clean re-install" of W7 Pro 64bit

  
Quote: Originally Posted by trinaz


Having a number of issues with my installation that I am pretty sure are a result of my tinkering with the registry on two proplem apps. In particular I can not get either my HP 7410 All-In-One and my Bitdefencer 2011 Internet Security to re-install properly and function properly. Both previously did prior to abut August.

Since these are both key to my everyday operations...I'm leaning toward a repeat clean install

I don't believe a repair install would correct erroneous or missing/corrupt registry entries....correct ??

I know I have to reinstall all programs...my main question is can I use the WET on my current W7 system to backup all user settings...program files...etc and then import them back after the clean install.

Have read and printed out Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers by Orbital Shark and How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7 by Brink...but I', not sure that WET will work the same as it did when I moved from XP Pro 32bit to W7 Pro 64bit after the original clean install ?

Unfortunatley..I didn't realize until too late that Windows Backup (includes system image) deletes older versions of system image. I now only have a system image dating back to after the issues began in August.

Thanks....Tim


Registry can be repaired with a System Restore, if you have points going back far enough.
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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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Hi All,
I've recently setup a clean install of Win10 onto a new system.
Prior to this I backed up my 'Users' folder from the old setup (also Win10) onto my d:\ drive, on a second HDD.
Now that the system is up and running, I've noticed that the backup 'Users' folder is being 'seen' by Win10 as a system folder, resulting in my inability to rename it etc.
Searching for a newly created document that is located in 'My documents' on c:\drive results in it being called up as existing in:
c:\users\neil\documents (where it actually lives)
d:\users\neil\my documents
d:\documents and settings\neil\documents

How best can I disassociate the d:\drive backup 'Users' folder from my system folders ?
Thanks for the assistance.
Cheers, Neil

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Hi All,
I've recently setup a clean install of Win10 onto a new system.
Prior to this I backed up my 'Users' folder from the old setup (also Win10) onto my d:\ drive, on a second HDD.
Now that the system is up and running, I've noticed that the backup 'Users' folder is being 'seen' by Win10 as a system folder, resulting in my inability to rename it etc.
Searching for a newly created document that is located in 'My documents' on c:\drive results in it being called up as existing in:
c:\users\neil\documents (where it actually lives)
d:\users\neil\my documents
d:\documents and settings\neil\documents

How best can I disassociate the d:\drive backup 'Users' folder from my system folders ?
Thanks for the assistance.
Cheers, Neil

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Hi BC,
Couple months ago I spent some time in your malware forums trying to resolve issues with a constantly running Windows 7 media center which I noticed was running - not my - porn and bitcoins through. The issue progressed, solutions did not, files got locked, online access became scarce, and as I couldnt keep in timely contact with your well-intentioned helpers here, my thread was closed. To not be a burden on volunteer time, I left the idea of one on one help behind and sought additional insight on my own.
4 months after first noticing an issue, I have my same refurbished HP notebook with no accessible OS, no way to install one from disk, no income, and no hope.
I do have 12 weeks of notes from the most tenacious remote hack I believe exists. It has swallowed my entire home network and every machine in it, even those not configured for online access.
To start, I just want to get an OS on my laptop. I've long since kissed my data goodbye. I ran killdisk multiple times - the last time took 6 days - but I still have an X drive with a registry, command prompt, notepad, you name it, on my machine. I just dont have normal access to "windows"... all these individual programs I can access through command prompt.
Today I'm looking at a new security log called "backup" that starts, "administrative privileged user logged on. Parsing template defltwk.inf. Configuration engine was initialized successfully..."
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A:Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Hard drive manufacturer?
 
Can you enter the BIOS?
 
System manufacturer and model?
 
In spite of your assertions...the original topic reflects no evidence of malware found, IMO.
 
Louis

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Hi,

Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

A:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?

Hi,

The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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Hi Guys
BACKGROUND: Im relatively experienced technical windows guy but I wanted some top tips please rebuilding my XPS17 (L702X tag D6F23S1) after my HDD started corrupting files & registry after 5 years use.
I swapped it for an SSD, now I have some challenges which I'd love some help / wise advice with.
I WOULD LIKE TO: Either recover the image from data (need help) or do a full format of the Windows partitiion (ensuring I have all the right drivers) and begin the painful task of a rebuild. 
CURRENTLY I HAVE DONE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Imaged the original HDD and applied the image to the SSD. 
2. I have tried a new install of windows which has installed to the original drive but leaving only 10% space free.
3. When I break out of the boot sequence I dont get the Dell Recovery option but i can see the Recovery partition in 'Disk Management'.
4. I cant find the recovery discs easily (think house move and everything in the attic situation) made originally but I do have the data on my network NAS and can copy over to a USB stick - I have tried to boot to the USB but I cant make that happen.
QUESTION:
A. Is there a good guide that allows me to download and boot to a recovery environment, format the C: drive and reinstall windows?
B. Is there anyway I can download software which can utilise existing data I have to recover the original windows state please?
I'd be grateful for any advice you can give!
Many thanks
Marcus

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,

ms

A:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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Finally decided to wipe my drive and reinstall windows.   PC has been working good but lately started acting strange with intermittent connectivity and the just yesterday all connected wifi devices lost their log info so that was odd.  Today when I rebooted this PC, I saw the original windows start up screen you'd see if during a fresh install or a restore and that's not right.  Finally I took at look at event viewer and saw a new NT user was added and I didn't do that so here we go again.   This time I suspect the vectors is a compromised Gateway which I have reset but will need to replace with better quality equipment than the junk Comcast is renting me.  This prompted me to run Farbar and come back to the forum for help.
 
2nd issue-  I need help with my Norton firewall settings.   I want to lock this pc down except for approved programs.
​Here is the log and thanks in advance again.  Farbar and addition below
 
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 26-12-2017
Ran by Ronin Asus (administrator) on DESKTOP-O7VPJFK (26-12-2017 17:33:55)
Running from C:\Users\Ronin Asus\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Ronin Asus (Available Profiles: Ronin Asus)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1709 16299.125 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)
Boot Mode: Normal
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Sorry if this is in the wrong subforum, I wasn't sure.

Right now I'm looking into making a complete backup of my HDD before I start trying to sort out a virus (which I'll be posting about once this is done).

The virus'd computer can't connect to the internet and thus may have trouble installing the imaging software I need, so I was thinking of doing this by way of another computer and a pair of usb drive enclosures, for the virus'd drive and the backup drive. Am I correct in thinking that (with autoplay disabled) the virus couldn't contaminate the other computer running the imaging software?
 

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1. I am looking to backup my computer. I have 2 small internal hard drives. I have seen the program Karen's Replicator and thought about downloading it. I would like to just copy both hard drives entirely. Would I just need an external hard drive? Are there better types of external drives then others (suggestions and why)? One of my internal drives is probably 6 years old and has all of my family vids and pictures. That drive has been formatted erasing all of the data on it (about 3years ago) and then the pics and vids were put on it along with some programs I put on my computer. I have heard the harddrives can crap out so I would like to do this soon.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Karens_Replicator_d3917.html

2. DriverScanner 2009 <------ is this a good idea? does this work with Win. 7
http://www.liutilities.com/products/campaigns/adv/ds/majorgeeks/txt/
 

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