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Windows 7 clean install isssues

Q: Windows 7 clean install isssues

Hiya, I've recently purchased an Envy 15-ah150na which had W10 on it. I didnt want W10 so formatted the drive and I have a spare W7 pro I got from dreamspark premium which I want to install on the machine. I've enabled legacy mode in the BIOS and am using the USB 2.0 port on the right hand side. I have a 32GB USB flash drive which has the image transferred onto it using microsofts tool to make a bootable USB drive. the issue I'm running into is when the "expanding windows files" is at 1% I get the error: The only way I've kind of got around this is by trying to do the first part of thei nstall in another PC then transferring the HDD back into the laptop to complete. This is far from ideal... any ideas why its doing this?

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Preferred Solution: Windows 7 clean install isssues

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.)

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I used the windows explorer burn facility on windows 7

I removed all the waiting to be burnt temp files

clicked on photos and clicked on Burn to burn all to DVD - it burnt the files - but then when the burnt and finalised disk was placed back in the machine - it showed only 1 file burned and all the others marked as waiting to be burnt

I placed the disk into a different machine and it showed all the files and folder on the disk burnt

any idea what's going on here - making it difficult for my friend who is not computer literate and new to this type of thing - struggle with burning disks and i thought using windows explorer in windows 7 would be easiest - but not if it shows burnt disks ad waiting to be burnt

never had this issue on windows 7 pcs before when helping others burn ???
 

A:Burn on windows 7 - waiting to be burnt isssues

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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
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-... Read more

A:Clean Windows Install on Wiped Drive- Am I still Clean?

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I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean erase of my 480GB SSD and then a clean install of the same Windows 7Pro 64bit. Can you tell me how and provide any cautions etc. Thanks.

A:How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?

Hello Joseph,

If you like, a normal clean install will also wipe the drive before installing.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

A:Moving a windows install or swapping motherboards without a clean install of windows.

Very informative thanks for posting
 

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Hi
I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

A:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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Hello,I'm facing some little problems that a clean install would definately solve them, but I'm afraid that if I install onekey recovery afterwords, it won't be or can't be 100% integrated with the system. There's this novo key on the side that it brings onekey recovery if i shut my laptop and then press it, would it work later after a clean install of windows OS and reinstalling onekey recovery?Is there anything that is really useful by Lenovo that I'm going to miss out on, if i do a clean install? Is there any risks at all?Thank U guys

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Hi,

I recently did a clean install of Vista Home Premium x32 and upon completion am unable to connect to the internet. I received the following error: "windows unable to install ethernet controller." Upon accessing Device Manager, I noticed yellow exclamation marks associated with my network controller. I have an Acer Aspire 5536-5224 notebook. Windows could not locate the drivers on the machine and I cannot connect to locate. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure where to begin searching for the driver! Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

A:windows unable to install ethernet controller after vista home premium clean install

Hi -

Try this Broadcom driver from Acer Support --> http://global-download.acer.com/GDFi...e&Step3=Aspire

Acer Support --> http://support.acer.com/drivers_download.aspx



Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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My spouses pc all of a sudden wouldn't boot, not into safe mode or anything (vista), and so we were going to upgrade anyways to windows 7, so i bought the upgrade windows 7 and attempted to do a clean install and reformatted the c: drive which has 250gb, and each time i start the install it bogs down and gets stuck on the install files and cycles over and over and never goes anywhere. I also performed a start up repair and it cycles over and over for hours on end, please help!

A:Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7

Welcome freakyfrowe

I assume from your specs this is an acer laptop. Check this thread for a lot of ideas.

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Disconnect all not necesssary USB devices, printers, ext monitors, TVs, etc.

Also this Tutorial on Clean Install with upgrade disc



Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


Edit: Optimize Hard Drive for Install

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

A:Moving a Windows Install or Swapping Motherboards Without a Clean Install

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This is what is happening. A friend gave me his DELL Inspririon 531 2007 Desktop. It has a pirated copy of 7 ultimate x64 (which I am not sure if this supports 64 bit). Prior to looking into how old the machine was, I was able to install 8.1 64 bit. But it wouldn't allow me to install any drivers from the DELL site. Said that the machine wasn't compatible. So, I tried with Windows 7 32 bit and I am getting this error. I have deleted all partitions, but now, I do not have that option when I choose Custom-advanced. There is no Delete option.

A few times I got the error at 5% other times at over 60%. What can I do to get this to install? It is a legit DVD of windows. Why would it have allowed 8.1 to successfully install now it is doing this? What files are missing? I have tried both deleting the partitions and not deleting. Same result.

A:Clean install error Windows cannot install required files.

Install the correct version of windows that`s on the COA, either buy a new installer from Newegg or call Dell for Recovery CD`s.

The dvd you are trying to use is corrupted and no good.

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I purchased a Toshiba Satellite C50 loaded with windows 8 but want to revert to windows 7.

I have downloaded the necessary drivers and have mounted the .exe files onto a USB pen for installation.

Before I proceed to wipe windows 8 I'd like to know - if I install 7, will my trackpad stop functioning?

If so, how do I install the relevant drivers from the USB pen?




Thanks, John

A:Clean install of windows 7 - how to install drivers from USB memory stick?

99.9% sure that W7 will identify the trackpad and install it. You just run the exe's using file explorer or Start >Run then browse. You may decide to leave the laptop as the W7 install left it but you should check Device Manager to ensure there are no unrecognised devices

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I have the Windows 7 key for the netbook but I was not given an install disc when I bought it from the store.
I believe it originally had Windows 7 Premium home edition on it and I updated it to Windows 7 SP1 Premium Home Edition.

I am having many issues with the OS and wish to either do a repair or a clean install. I'd rather do a repair so as not to have to reinstall everything, but if a clean install is recommended I can do that instead.

How do I go about it, without an installation disc?

A:How do I repair or do a clean install with no Windows 7 install disc?

Hello and welcome Alicia now hopefully you have all your data backed up because what I am going to suggest will wipe it and reset the machine to as it came out of the factory because it will have a special recovery partition for just tis sort of situation..

See this https://lionpress.wordpress.com/2008...tory-settings/

The alternative is to get an ISO for the version you have from somewhere and use the orih=gianl code to activate it.

Another thing you can do is read through this as it will describe how you can use any Windows DVD - a friends or family members one just read it thoroughly if that is what you want to do but make sure you read the bit about the ei.cfg removal tool Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I'm looking to buy a new laptop, seen a few models I like and they all come with windows 7 pre-installed. Problem is they all also come with a dozen or so pre-installed pieces of freeware/shareware/trial software that I have no use for and don't want and I would like to do a clean install of windows 7 when I buy to get rid of all these. How should I go about doing this?

I'll ask the vendors if they could provide me with some sort of recovery CD that will install the operating system and none of the junk but they might say no (I've done a bit of googling and have read they make money off including all these programmes). If they don't give me anything then could I get by with just purchasing an upgrade DVD even though I obviously won't be upgrading anything, just trying to go from bloated windows 7 to non-bloated version.

Thanks for help.

A:Clean install to replace existing windows 7 install

Hello Third Man, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just uninstall the bloatware software that comes with the computer in "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel just like in Vista below. Otherwise you would have to purchase a separate retail copy of Windows 7 to do a clean install with, then install all of your drivers.

Uninstall or Change a Program - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo X230, for which I paid extra to have the OS on it as Windows 8 Pro.

So--now I have it, and Win 8 Pro 64 is installed and activated on it. I am a legal owner of Win 8 Pro.

However, I would like to do a clean install of Win 8 on the computer, to have it free of bloatware, etc. (In fact, I would like to set up a multi-boot with Win 7, and perhaps even triple boot with Xp as well. (I have installation media and my product keys for XP and 7 though, so those are not really a problem.)

The computer came with no discs at all. There is a procedure to make recovery disks. I may do that, but I think those will be to restore the computer to how it came from the factory, and therefore not usable for a clean install.

I don't see my product key for Win 8 anywhere. Not on the computer, not on any kind of card that came with it, etc.

I looked at the tutorial here for clean install of Windows 8, but it requires an install disc and product key. I have neither, although I am a legal owner of Windows 8.

Is there a way I can create (from my installed Windows 8) a win 8 install disk, that can be used for a clean install? Or a link to download one? Is there a way I can get my product key?

Thank you in advance.

A:Clean Install of Windows 8 without install disc?

You shouldn't need to enter a product key with an oem machine.

The recovery partition and discs will likely reinstall with all the crapware.

Hard to tell without looking at it. Dell recovery program used to offer an option to reinstall without crapware. Perhaps your oem does also.

Many would like to do a clean install as you describe. Not so easy with win8 oem pre install .

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I can't find my specific install problem on the forum, so here is the problem:

I have a 4 core 64 bit HP laptop (pavilion) with a Radeon graphics card and 16 gig of ram.

I installed W10 over W7 from the laptop microsoft link when the free offer was available. I have two downloaded disks (burned from iso files), one with threshold 2 the other without.

I have tried booting from both these disks without success, the laptop just boots into the problem W10.
In the bios boot from CD is enabled but this makes no difference?

I'm sure I am missing something (maybe the disks are not configured properly but how do I find out?)
Does anyone know how I can get a clean install to work please?

A:Windows 10 re-install (clean install to fix errors)?

Is there a file and folder structure on the DVDs including a setup.exe in the root folder? Or is there just an ISO file on the DVD?

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I want to install a Install Windows 7 Ent on a Elitebook 840 G3 with Samsung NVMe M.2 SSD Disk.Which drivers do I need to integrate in the installation source (Windows 7 Ent)? Does anyone have the procedure?

A:Install Windows 7 Ent Clean Install on Elitebook 840 G3 with...

Hi: Please see this related thread... http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/Installing-Windows-7-x64-Enterpr...

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So I was backing up my computer last night with SyncBackPro, and encountered a BSOD (kernel_stack_inpage_error). Restarted computer, got other BSODs. Now, I haven't formatted my computer in quite some time, but I have the vast majority of my files backed up. Next, this morning my computer would start up, but it had a different boot screen and no programs will run("gdiplus.dll was not found"). I think I should at least do a repair install of XP, but I only have a SP1 disk from Dell. I've read about slipstreaming, but I don't fully understand the idea. Ideas? The computer is old, but has been treated very well. What can I do to revive the computer?

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Hi
Lately at a start up it takes my computer long time to establish network connection .The skype icon takes a long time to get green and the network icon is probing for a long time , what is most unusuall that i have a data streaming program that is connected immediately to the internet and the data streaming is working perfectly while the rest of the computer is still searching for it , while probing i cannot open Explorer/FireFox.
It is like i have 2 kinds of connections in 1 computer. the computer itself is connected to a router and another computer that is working on the same router does not suffer the same issues, i guess in one of the updates something has changed but i cannot put my finger on the cause.
Thank you

A:Lan isssues

Hi please try a system restore to a point before the issue first occurred.

If issue still persists is this a wired or wireless connection.

Turn off the data streaming program and see if things improve.

What is the data streaming program you are using?

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Hi, I have bought two P53 and they both had issues. When I returned the 2nd one, the case manager gave me a hard time to return my machine. I want to make sure that everything has been resolved before considering it again. Do you have these issues? What other issues do you have? P53 OLED----------- Ugly looking grids across the screen espcially the background is white. Is it due to the way Lenovo implemented the touch screen?- Becaues of the grids, letters are not solid nor good looking most of the time.- Coil Whine especially when the RTX GPU is pushed- Images are not much better looking than those from IPS screen. In some cases, pixelation when viewing videos is even worse (more ugier looking blocks of dark images).  P53 IPS 4K------------ Wrobble at the bottom as reported by several users- LCD screen cannot be closed. Very large gap between the screen and the keyboard part- Backlight bleeding- Coil Whine especially when the RTX GPU is pushed- Noisy fans

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I've had my x1 yoga for 3 days now and have had countless problems, so I've decided to test and see if it's Windows by doing a clean install. However, wouldn't I need a product key for that? I thought that preinstalled versions of Windows were only registered with the manufacturer (lenovo) not Microsoft so I couldn't just use the media creation tool and it would recognize the computer has used Windows 10 before. Or is there another way to do a clean install without having all of the preinstalled lenovo stuff (In case this is what's causing the issues). 













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A:Can I do a clean install of Windows 10 without a p...

If it was delivered with windows 10 from lenovo, there is a key in the bios.  If you use the media creation tool, it will activate automatically without entering a key as long as you install the same version.  std->std or pro->pro

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Hello all,
 
I wanted to get your opinions on this problem I had.
 
STORY:
 
A couple of weeks ago, I scanned my computer with AVG free edition and got a notification that there was a rootkit, it was an inline hook rootkit that I could not remove using AVG. I then ran MBAM, but it did not detect anything. Panicked, I did a system restore to an earlier date when I did not have the rootkit. The only thing I installed that week was Windward through Steam and did some light internet browsing (must have gotten it through this). Anyway, doing the system restore made it so AVG did not detect the rootkit anymore. But I did not trust this and performed a clean install of Windows 10 on my computer. I reformatted and cleaned both drives I have with the Windows 10 recovery disk, just in case, and the install worked fine.
 
Currently, I am afraid to use my computer as I do not trust it anymore. I installed Avast over AVG this time and reinstalled MBAM. I also got MBAR just in case and have scanned my computer religiously and nothing comes up, but I still don't trust the scans! Honestly, I need some clarification to put my mind at ease.
 
QUESTIONS:
 
1. What type of rookit was this? Ring 0, 1, 2, or 3? I wish I had not been so rash to system restore and documented what the line said instead. You may not be able to answer this unfortunately. I remember it said inline hook - %unknown%, or something close to that.
 
2. What programs can I run to be absolut... Read more

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I want to do a clean install of windows 8, then reinstall windows 8.1, is it possible to save my settings before the install and reinstall them after I reinstalled windows 8? Thanks

A:Windows 8 Clean Install

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Hey guys, I recently bought a HP computer for a family member. Unfortunately, to my dislike it came with preloaded software that I will not be using, most - if not all are not present on a clean install of Windows 7. Which brings me to my question -What is the easiest way to do a clean install on a HP computer? I can manually uninstall all of the programs I do not want which came installed, but that takes time...I have a Windows 7 reinstallation disc which came with a Dell PC I bought a while back - I tried doing a clean reinstallation using this disc and reached the last step, but decided against proceeding incase this voilated any warranty. So, I came here to ask - is this a safe way to do a clean installation? 











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A:Windows 7 clean install

Hi: You should be able to use the recovery disks if something goes wrong. As far as activation...I'll say it again. First, find your product key on your PC. It should be on the top or side of the PC.  If it is Windows 7 Home Premium, there should be a 25 digit product key on it, and the description Windows 7 Home Premium OA.  IF your Dell installation disk is also Windows 7 Home Premium then you should not encounter any issues when activating using your product key. You will need the product key off your PC. Like Hanspuppa wrote the OEM disks are Dell SLIC 2.1. What this means is that if the disk is used on any other PC than a Dell, the pre-activation doesn't work and you will be presented with a message to activate Windows. If you just click on activate over the internet now without changing the product key, activation will fail.  So just change the product key by clicking the link that says "Change Product Key" under Windows Activation and enter the 25 digit key off the sticker from your PC, and windows should activate and you should now see the Blue Genuine Windows logo. wssmith:  I couldn't agree with you more. Nothing like a clean installation with just the original OS and drivers. Most of the stuff that comes pre-installed is trial software anyway. Now there is some good stuff too, and before you wipe out your OS, get a portable hard drive, and copy off your whole SWSetup folder because that has the installatio... Read more

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I have a HP Pavilion DV7-3067cl. I want to do a clean install with just Win7 and no HP bloatware. My question is do I reformat entire HDD and make a seperate partition for Windows 7 and how big? I read the tutorial but was unsure about partition size, and if this partition is for Windows 7 OS only. I have a OEM windows 7 copy from a new Dell computer can I use it? I ran the ABR program to backup my HP OEM cert and key. I have backed up the computer, made recovery disks, and got drivers and OEM cert and key on a flash drive. Here is a copy of my present HDD config...Thanks

A:Help with Windows 7 Clean Install

  
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I have a HP Pavilion DV7-3067cl. I want to do a clean install with just Win7 and no HP bloatware. My question is do I reformat entire HDD and make a seperate partition for Windows 7 and how big? I read the tutorial but was unsure about partition size, and if this partition is for Windows 7 OS only. I have a OEM windows 7 copy from a new Dell computer can I use it? I ran the ABR program to backup my HP OEM cert and key. I have backed up the computer, made recovery disks, and got drivers and OEM cert and key on a flash drive. Here is a copy of my present HDD config...Thanks
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Yes, you would reformat. You can use a single big C partition or make a separate partition for Windows, whichever you want. Most people that use a separate partition for Windows make that partition between 60 and 100 GB, depending on how many apps they use.

You can't legally use the Dell OEM disc with the HP. I'm not even sure you could use it illegally. The OEM disc is tied to the Dell motherboard.

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I just bought a new pc with Windows 8, so seeing as Microsoft will no longer be supporting XP after April 2014, I would like to do a clean install on my old machine...a Dell Dimension 3000.  I don't have a CD to boot it up with, so I am wondering what is the easiest way to accomplish this?  Also do I need to have SP3 installed before doing so?

A:Doing a clean install of Windows XP

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Okay was wondering first of all what is a windows clean install?

and how Do i obtain this?

I think I know what this is but not sure exactly, maybe more of how do I achieve this state of "clean install"!

Thanks Adeang

A:Windows Clean Install?

Its the reinstallation of windows after formatting the drive or when you have to buy a retail version of windows to put onto a new hard drive.

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This may be related to what sweetcheekies is asking. I am trying to perform a clean install of XP on my inspiron 8100 laptop. It came with ME, which I hated so I bought 2000 and did an upgrade. This didn't work well do I tried to do a clean install of 2000 but ended up inadvertently partitioned my hard drive. So I finally bought XP pro and tried to do a clean install but the computer wouldn't let me. It showed me a partition but won't let me delete it. When I tried to do the delete the computer said that some files were needed on the partition so I couldn't overwrite it. The computer says that there will be conflicts so I shouldn't install Xp on the same partition. I called Dell but the guy said he couldn't help me. He did say that I could debug the harddrive, which I don't know how to do or I could delete the files manually, which I don't know how to do either.

It was suggested to me that I run from a bootdisk, which I downloaded. It's called Techworm. IN addition, it was also suggested that I use fdisk to wipe the harddrive. I downloaded that as well. I don't know a whole lot about computers, obviously just enough to be dangerous.

So if anyone could help me, I would be so grateful. It's a pain in the butt to have two operating systems on my computer and now the set up for XP.

BTW, I tried to clean install 2000 in case that would allow me to wipe the harddrive but the set up wouldn't allow a delete.

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A:Clean install of windows XP

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Hello,
 
  Thank you for reading and helping. I have a HP G72-250us laptop. I upgraded to windows 10 and about a month later my HDD failed. I have purchased and installed a new HDD but I need to reinstall windows 7 home premium (don't want to go back to 10 yet), and like a big dummie I can't find my original recovery disc. I have a valid key. Where can I find a ISO? Microsoft will not help because it was installed by HP and HP said I am outside of my 1 year warranty and want to charge me for a new copy/support. I also don't know if I had 32 or 64 bit. I do have a dell windows 7 professional-64bit disc (from my work computer) will that work?
 
Thank you again, let me know if you need any more info I left out. 

A:clean install of windows 7

Hi Howard There's only two legal ways to obtain Windows .iso: via the Microsoft Software Recovery Center website, which requires a Windows retail product key to get the .iso you need and by contacting your laptop/computer manufacturer and request an installation or recovery media (depends which one is applicable). This being said, any other method of obtaining a Windows 7 .iso is not legal and cannot be discussed nor proposed here. Right now, your product key is an OEM one so you'll have to contact HP for a new installation media and if you're out of your warranty, you'll have to pay.Sorry.On a side note, you cannot use a Windows 7 Professional CD to install Windows 7 Home Premium. You really need an installation media for the version and edition of Windows that you need. Also I'm pretty sure you had Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on that laptop based on the specs.

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All right. My brain is fried and I officially can't keep searching. Here's the deal. Slowly but surely over the past week my XP has been slowing down and started hanging on the splash screen (this is on my notebook computer). Some days it took 2 or 3 tries of restarting to get past this screen. Now I think my laptop has gone to electronics heaven and I figured I would make a last ditch effort to install XP again. When I put in the OS disk I do the usual press R for repair and it goes into System Recovery. I choose the Destructive version and it says "Formatting hard drive partition...." and then hangs on this. It won't go past it. Any advice?

A:Windows XP Clean Install

Run your hard drive maker's diagnostic tool (see HDD Diagnostic Tools link on my sig) as there could be some errors on your hard drive. Also just to be sure, run Memtest86+ to test your RAM. Both of these tools have ISO versions. You will need a CD burning tool like ImgBurn to burn the ISO files into a blank CD.

Test these two components first. Post back what happens.

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Hello,

I am preparing to do a clean install on my HP laptop, as the HP Windows 7 (that came from the factory) is bloated and messed up...

So, I have backed up everything and am ready to insert the retail disk and install Windows 7. I am going to use the COA key on the bottom of the laptop. Using this key, during the installation menu, will it work fine and accept it? Will I have to call Microsoft? Am I going to get any issues from using this key? I've never actually done this before with a COA key so... Help would be appreciated.

Slasher

A:Windows 7 Clean Re-install from COA key

  
Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT


Hello,

I am preparing to do a clean install on my HP laptop, as the HP Windows 7 (that came from the factory) is bloated and messed up...

So, I have backed up everything and am ready to insert the retail disk and install Windows 7. I am going to use the COA key on the bottom of the laptop. Using this key, during the installation menu, will it work fine and accept it? Will I have to call Microsoft? Am I going to get any issues from using this key? I've never actually done this before with a COA key so... Help would be appreciated.

Slasher


I am not 100% sure but the COA key on your laptop is for the OEM version of Windows that came with the system. I believe you will have to use the key that you received with the retail version .
Rich

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I know there is a lot of information on doing clean installs, but I'm having troubling sorting out which option is best for me.

My CDROM drive is broken and my computer cannot boot from USB, but the current installation of XP is working (just a slittle sluggish).

I found this one tutorial which (http://www.wikihow.com/Reinstall-Win...Without-the-CD) said you could do a clean install based on the copy of windows stored on your C drive :


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# Click on My Computer then C: WINDOWS then i386...The file you are looking for is called "winnt32.exe".
Open this application and proceed with the instructions given. It will lead you through 5 simple phases that will wipe out your computer and reinstall the operating system.




I did this and it actually just created a second installation of Windows (seemingly on the same partition as the current one), and at no point was I given the option to reformat the drive or even to select where to install it on.

Could that be because of the boot options I have in my BIOS, or is this method just not accurate?

Short of this, it seems like I'm faced with connecting the hard drive to a different computer and doing something with DOS to get this working.

Anyone have any ways to do the clean install without removing the hard drive from the computer and without being able to boot from CD or USB (floppy should be working, though, if that helps).

A:Clean XP Install from within windows

In step 2 of the instructions it tells of
"If manufacturers do not supply a Windows XP CD with the purchase of your new computer, they have most definitely stored a copy in your hard drive for later use"

This only applies if you have OEM machine such as a Dell, HP Compaq etc and this info is on a different partition.

There is no way for you to do what you are trying as it is impossible without that.
The object of formatting is to erase everything that is on the partition.
Therefore there would be no i386 folder to use to reinstall.

Your best option would be to get another cd drive and install it.

Does you computer have the ability to boot from a USB stick or a external HDD?
You may be able to find a XP floppy boot disk on the internet somewhere.
I dont think a Win 98 boot floppy will work as it wont recognize the NTFS file structure.

I have never done this but it may be possible to boot from it and the do most of what you want.
I highly recommend trying to boot from it before you try this.
It could be possible to delete everything on the drive except the i386 folder.
Boot from the other device and navigate to the i386 folder and run setup.
Setup.exe may need to be retrieved from the disk and put onto the HDD as well.

Be sure that you have the key written down so that you can type it in when required.

As I said I have never done this so you should do this at your own risk.
I cant emphasize that enough.

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I have a new machine that has Windows 8 64 bit on it. I need to take off Windows 8 64 bit and replace it with Windows 8 32 bit. I have a new, Windows 8 32 bit DVD. How do I completely erase what is on my hard drive now and load the 32 bit version on the hd instead.

Also. The machine does not have a built in optical drive, so I'll be using an external USB optical drive for the Windows installation disc.

A:How To Do A Clean Install Of Windows 8 32 bit?

See here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

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Recently my computer has been going really slow, so I searched up on Youtube on how to do a clean install, but i noticed that he had a cd to re-install windows 7. My computer didn't come with the cd. What do I do now. Can someone help me out, please?
oh, and by the way my computer is a HP Pavilion SlimLine s5123w PC.

A:Want to clean install my pc, but I don't have cd for windows 7

  
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Recently my computer has been going really slow, so I searched up on Youtube on how to do a clean install, but i noticed that he had a cd to re-install windows 7. My computer didn't come with the cd. What do I do now. Can someone help me out, please?
oh, and by the way my computer is a HP Pavilion SlimLine s5123w PC.


Does your computer have a DVD drive?

If it does, go here:

Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River

and download an ISO file of the EXACT same version of Windows you now have.

Burn that ISO file to a blank DVD. That will be your installation disc.

Back up any personal files that are now on the PC.

Boot from that burned disk and install Windows 7 from it. Activate the installation with the 25 character "Product Key" that you should see on a sticker on your HP PC.

Don't bother doing this if you do not have the Product Key.

You could instead use the recovery partition on your HP to restore to factory condition, but that would NOT be a clean install and would NOT require you to use the Product Key.

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Windows can't partition or format the drive, or it attempts to but produces multiple partitions of the same type but can't format the primary install partition.I attempted to install it on another computer, and my laptop managed to recognize the drive but gave a BCD file error or it would give me a bad config file error.I'm having on going issues with my computer not recognizing hard drives, but this is the only one that is consistently being picked up when there's a OS on it.

A:How to clean install windows 10 onto an SSD

cHell025 I've done this several times and there is no mystery to it -- just be sure to have ONLY the SSD connected to your PC when you run the installation.  If you have ANY other drives connected, this will cause problems. You should also use this link to download and create the most current installation media: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help This is needed because the new ISOs for the Anniversary Update only just got released.Good Luck

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I just got my new Crucial 256 GB M4 SSD in the mail. Since my Windows 8 install is relatively new I thought I'd just go ahead and do a clean install to the new drive. In order to avoid confusion with my old install I pulled my two hard drives, leaving the M4 as the only drive in the system.

I was curious to see if Windows 8 would clean install from the upgrade media without having to reinstall Windows 7 then install the upgrade over it. Note that I had previously upgraded to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit over a retail version of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and both installs had been previously activated.

I used the clean install procedures here:

How To Clean Install Windows 8 (Part 1 of 2)

Windows started up and ran just fine but was not activated, nor would it accept my product key in the activation window. OK, I thought, lesson learned, I'll just get out the old Windows 7 DVD and install it then upgrade. I had the Win 7 disk in the drive when I thought that it might make sense to do a bit more looking around before spending an extra couple of hours on this install.

Searching the official and quasi-official forums I kept seeing "You cannot do a clean install of Windows 8 unless you are currently running a previous version of Windows." However, one post intrigued me -- seems the user had called Microsoft when he couldn't activate and a MS tech remote accessed his computer and changed a Registry key value, then then ran a DOS command, which allowed the activation to ... Read more

A:Windows 8 Clean Install

Looks good to me! Thanks for the tips, by the way! I'll keep this in mind if I ever run across this - very, very useful information. I would say you could always double check here, but it failed on my 2012 server (even though I know it's a very genuine install).

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I found a program on my computer that I have never seen before

Start> programs > windows install clean-up

When I click on it, it says it is
Windows Installer Clean Up and it will remove a long list of programs, including itself, if you click continue.

What is this for? And what is it's benefit.
Why, for example, should I remove Adobe Reader 8.1, or Word Perfect 12?

No clue here!

A:Windows Install Clean-up

Hello Gene45

The Windows Installer Clean Up Utility is a very useful tool.

It can be used to remove the installation files of a failed install so that another attempt at installing a program can be made. Or to remove the installation files for a program which will not install any other way. This can happen if Windows Installer has become corrupt and does not work properly.

You must have downloaded it at some point.

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I have Windows 8.1 64 bit Pro (updated to Windows 8.1)

I want to a clean install using the ISO created using Windows Media Creation on your web site before I update it to Windows 10 when it is released.

I have the product key that came with Windows 8.0 so when I install Windows 8.1 using the ISO from your web site do I use that key?

I hope that makes sense.

A:Clean install of Windows 8.1

Hello Walter,

If you mean from OPTION ONE below, then yes it can use your Windows 8 key.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

If this was a preinstalled Windows 8 on an OEM PC, then the installation should automatically detect the product key that is embedded in the PC's UEFI firmware chip, and activate.

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I want to put windows on my new SSD and want to know if i have to format the old one before or if I can do it with windows on it I will be using it as a usb clean installer. Also can it contain other files when doing a clean install?

A:Can i use a Ext HD with windows for a clean install

Not really understanding what you are trying to do here. You can possibly clone the old drive to the new SSD with proper software and equipment. But I do not understand what a usb clean installer is in this context. 

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I have windows 7 and I can install windows 10 if I want, but I want to clean install windows 10 so all my pc files are deleted. Is there an easy way for this?

greets Ruud

A:How to clean install windows 10?

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My laptop originally came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled (purchased in 2014). Last year, I did the free upgrade to Windows 10. I also made the original OS HP Recovery discs for the Win 8.1 system that came with my laptop, and I made the Windows 10 upgrade recovery USB. My question:  I am considering doing a Windows 10 "clean install" as I don't believe I necessarily need ALL of the preloaded software that HP initially installed on my computer, which obviously remained after I did the Win 10 upgrade. However, my question is if I do a clean install, I'm aware that NONE of the original HP software and drivers (including the HP Support Assistant that helps with any software/driver updates) would be installed. I have concerns about not getting updated drivers if I did a clean install.  I also assume that there is no possible way to later install SOME of the software that came with my original install, like the DVD burning software (CyberLink), the Foxit Phantom PDF program, etc. Can anyone shed some light on this, particularly if you did a clean install of Win 10? Thanks.











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A:windows 10 clean install

Hey there @jrobbie82,  Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forums and Welcome! This is a great site to get answers and ask questions. I read your post on the HP Support Forums and I understand that you are wanting to do a Windows 10 clean install. You had said "My question:  I am considering doing a Windows 10 "clean install" as I don't believe I necessarily need ALL of the preloaded software that HP initially installed on my computer, which obviously remained after I did the Win 10 upgrade. However, my question is if I do a clean install, I'm aware that NONE of the original HP software and drivers (including the HP Support Assistant that helps with any software/driver updates) would be installed".  Here is what I found for you. The rest is at your own discretion:  Here is a link to the HP Support Assistant. Here is your HP Notebook - 15-f111dx (ENERGY STAR) Software and Driver Downloads page. You will see that there are downloads under Windows 10 for: Cyberlink Youcam SoftwareCyberlink PhotoDirector SoftwareCyberlink PowerDirector SoftwareCyberlink Power Media Player SoftwarePlus drivers for: Realtek High-Definition (HD) Audio DriverAMD High-Definition (HD) Graphics DriverSynaptics Touchpad DriverAlps Touchpad DriverRealtek RTL8723BE/RTL8188EE 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN DriversRealtek RTL8723BE Bluetooth DriverRealtek Local Are... Read more

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Howdy , I bought win 8 pro from best buy , they did not say it was a upgrade ok so what . here is my problem I am running 32 bit vista . I have now changed mother boards so I can run 64 bit . When I tried to upgrade it says that I can not upgrade to 64 bit . I tried to do a clean install and my key code is for upgrade only . so does anyone have any ideas ? thanks

A:windows 8 pro clean install

I hope it will help
1. You do not need a buy Windows 8 System builder for clean installation on a new PC, you will receive a tool to prepare CD/USB installation media with purchasing Windows 8 upgrade
2. You do not need activated Windows System on an old PC to receive a key and installation tool.
3. You should just to know that you do not have a choice between 32 bit and 64 bit to receive a tool for creation installation CD/USB, it depends what system is installed on your old PC.
4. If you a got a key, your new Windows 8 depends only of installation media you are going to use (32 or 64 bit)

Now how to make a clean installation on new PC using a key received as an upgrade.
1. Prepare you installation media.
2. Your new PC should be connected to internet.
3. Make a clean installation. Choose ? installation with Local Account (not a Microsft account!). Turn Automatic Windows upgrade "off"
4. Check Control Panel/System and Security/System. You will see ? Product Id: Not available?.
5. Restart.
6 Go Settings/Change PC Settings/General/Refresh your PC without...(You will be asked to use installation media again)
7. After that check the activation - it's activated!

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Hey everyone, I'd like to preform a clean install of 7 Home Premium. The computer in question already has 7 on it, installed using an upgrade disk, but now I'd like a fresh start. I read in a stickied post above that upgrade discs are able to preform clean installs, but will I need to deactivate Windows before using the same key to install? Thanks in advance

A:Clean install of Windows

no, if you run into problems with activation just use this Activate Windows 7 by Phone

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Hi got my device with Windows 10 home, but I am not happy how it works.I don't want to restore from recovery partition. Can I download W10 Home from Microsoft website and install it? Will W10 be activated automatically? I dont have a key

A:Windows 10 clean install

Hi Keano16 , 
 
Greetings. 
 
Yes you may do a inplace install and likewise a clean install of Windows 10 for your pc. 
The product key is embedded onboard and would automatically install the OEM product key having installed same version that came with the machine . 
 
Proceed first on creating a Win10 recovery media first , Recovery Factory partition is hidden also on the drive . 
You may also want to consider Windows reset / refresh as another option keeping the hidden recovery partition intact.
Back up your files before any changes are to be made. 
 
Hope this help answer your query. 
Update us how it best work for you. 
 
Regards

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I am wanting to clean install W10 on my new laptop. Will there be issues with HP drivers at all? With my previous two Acers, W10 just automatically gets the drivers. Also, will this mean I can never use the HP support assistant again to check my warranty, or can it cause issues with warranty?Thanks

A:Clean Install Windows 10?

Have you previously upgraded to Windows 10? Once you do that you can clean install as the Microsoft activation servers will "know" your computer and allow activation of Windows 10. If you have never had it before it will not activate if you try to do a clean install, unless you buy a Windows 10 license code. Free Update expires 7/29/16 so if you are going to do it, do it soon. Warranty will not be a problem and HP Support Assistant has a version that works in Windows 10 just fine. For computers that came with Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10 generally installs all the drivers. A few might have to be updated through Windows Update. The glaring exception is Intel/nVidia switchable graphics which does not function well under Windows 10 but I don't think you have that hardware. 

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Hello there

I'm thinking of doing a clean install of windows 7, but want to avoid all the windows 10 and telemetry updates that are geared for windows 10 upgrade.

Does anyone have a definitive list of updates to avoid, or will install only critical updates get around it completely.

Many thanks
Andy

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