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Clean installation in new SSD / How i am able to find the windows OS?

Q: Clean installation in new SSD / How i am able to find the windows OS?

Hi all,
i want to replace my HDD to SSD. My question is how to transfer the windows license in order to proceed with a clean installation.
My PC initial came with Windows 8, and after Microsoft promo upgraded to Windows 10.
Could you please advise how to proceed?

Best Regards,
Dimitris Pilos

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Preferred Solution: Clean installation in new SSD / How i am able to find the windows OS?

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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hello im new here ...firstly my laptop acer aspire 4752zg is around 2 years old...
my first computer error was ofcourse caused by viruses.. but it was resolved (through reformat and install windows using RECOVERY CD)..but the fatal one was caused by a failed windows update ... this time i went to a repair shop)... ok here goes it was formatted with and installed with a CLEAN WINDOWS OS .... this time i got viruses again and failed windows update...i installed windows 7 again and i keep getting lots of errors..bsod..winload.exe...error 0.x45d..atapi.sys,,.corrupt files errors a series of failed windows 7 installation... i did some research and i need your help to expand on this steps or if its needed or not needed
1. dban
2. mbrwizard
3. biosupdate
4. windows 7 installation
thanks alot

A:windows clean installation help

No offence, but you get virusses allot...so I would not suggest you go into bios updates or near the bios. With the aspire you can do the safely recover, I believe its on boot screen press f5 or 8, depending on series. Then follow onscreen steps. This wil recover laptop back to working order.

However, if you formated, and installed a seperate os and deleted the safety partionion built in hdd on aspire format screen...well, you need to format again, rei stall windows on hdd, but seeing as you deleted the partion vefore, you need to do it again, or virusses will return when start up. So only if you allready once delted the partition do so again, delete all partions on hdd, and fresh install windows, after instalation install a antivirus! Avg, avast, norton are all good, also get malwarebytes, then install all other driver as needed

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I have been running Windows 8 for about 3 weeks on my HP desktop. Unfortunely, I had to run a completely clean reinstallation of Win 8 two days ago. Apparenlt, this was not a good idea! Now the computer will not start but only display a failure code 0xc0000001. I simply don't know what to do.

As I installed Win 8 through a download, I don't have it on a DVD. I have tried to use your guide to make a DVD on my XP laptop, but this doesn't work as I am not given the opportunity to save it on media as you describe.

I would very much like to get some help!!!

A:Windows 8 clean installation

Your right. I just tested on XP and do not get that option and have removed it from the guide.

Do you have access to a Vista or 7 computer that you can generate the ISO on?

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Hi,i bought a Alienware 15 R2 and i want to make a clean Windows 10 Installation. Is there someting i have to consider? The computer has a ssd, are the necessary drivers already in Windows included?

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I replaced my laptop's hard disk drive and I am going to install windows xp sp3.

However, no driver CDs came with my laptop when I bought it. Will I need to install any drivers (for my laptop's devices like motherboard, graphics card, sound card)?

Or by just installing Win XP SP3 everything will work properly?

I have not done this before, so any help will be much appreciated.

A:Clean installation of windows xp sp3

Hi nikolasapl !

What's the brand and exact model of your laptop ?

If your laptop uses a sata controller chances are your hard drive won't be detected by a regular XP SP3 CD. Most drivers can be installed once you're within Windows but the sata controller driver may need to be slipstreamed on the XP CD first.

Laptops usually come with preinstalled software that allows to create a recovery DVD, if you still have the old drive I would reinstall it and create that DVD, the event 51 errors shouldn't prevent that, else you may be able to order it from the manufacturer.

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Hi,
Recently, my laptop started to lag a lot so I decided to clean install it with windows XP. I put the disc in and press any key to boot it from the the cd drive, then it proceeds to a blue screen with lots of words at the bottom, then it shows a blue screen saying that "something if this is the first time please restart, (ive done this) and with codes such as 0x0000007b, 0x00000034c and more. I've read that there's something wrong about the hard drives but seeing as this is a laptop, I can't really open it up and diagnose it =S
Please help ~

A:Windows Clean Installation

Try and get back to the windows screen. There are things we can suggest to speed up the computer. How much ram is installed? What antivirus/malware programs are installed?

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Hi everyone, i want to perform a clean installation of windows 10 CU on my notebook becuase recently it runs slowly: but i have some questions.First of all my notebook is a Notebook HP - 15-r117nl (K3F98EA#ABZ) that came with windows 8.1 and then update to win 10.Now i already know how to create a DVD support with an windows ISO image. The questions are:-Can i delete all the exsistent partitions? In "this PC" i can see only the system partition and the recovery D (oem partition) but in control panel i can see other three small partition (i can post a screen if useful). (About the D partition: i heard that with the upgrade to win 10 it becomes useless and the only way to get a factory reset is using recovery discs, is it correct?)-How about activation? Windows will be automatically activated once connected to Internet? (I'm using the notebook with a local account)-How about HP personalitazion? I think i have to download software and drivers from the hp website (like Hp support assistant and the other; how will i get back Dts control panel?). And how about OEM information? I mean HP logo on boot screen and manifacturer information in system information

A:Windows 10 CU clean installation

Hi: You can delete every partition and create one big one if you want. That's what I do. You are correct about the recovery partition being of no value after you clean install W10. Activation is automatic, once you are reconnected to the internet. What you do is when you get to the install screen where you are asked to enter a product key, you select the 'I don't have a product key' option. You will only be able to install the available drivers and software available on your notebook's support page. Some of the programs that originally came with your PC will not be available on the support page. The DTS control panel should be reinstalled by the audio driver.

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I don't quite understand what to do after wiping my drive prior to clean installing Windows 7. You have two partitions. One of which is about 100MB and the other partition is what is left minus the 100MB on whatever volume you're using. Do you delete the volume on the 100MB and format and do the same for the other partition that you're going to install the os? May I ask what is the procedure on this. It's somewhat confusing to me. I hope I've explained this where someone can understand it. Thank you very much for the help in advance.
 

A:Clean Installation of Windows 7

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i try to do a reboot so i can delete everything off my hd and install windows xp and start from scratch. i make the primary boot drive to the cd in BIOS settings, and when i start my pc i press F11 to bring up the boot menu select the drive it reads the cd but doesnt start anything and just continues to loads windows. i then didnt press F11 to see if it would do it but still no change. I just dont know how to make it boot.

any help?

Thanks
 

A:i cant do i a clean windows xp installation

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hi I'm wondering about a clean installation of windows 10,heres my problem:

my mom accidently cracked my touch screen on by beats audio 15 special edition pc and now we have to send it back to at&t (we have the premier protection plan insurance) to get it fixed, however At&t lied about 2 things for our insurance from directv Assurion,that my mom had to add on to the package as it was the basic package even though they said it was an all included package
#1: accidental damage protection plan is not included,hence we had to purchase it as a separate add on.
#2Software is not covered under the insurance

so here's my question:

since software isn't covered,does that mean if they have to wipe the system to fix the screen and reinstall the original OS,can I do a clean install of windows 10 after going back to windows 8.1 and still use the oem recovery kit(contains the original drivers,programs,and windows 8.1 os) I bought for this particular computer to go back to 8.1 factory os condition should I absolutely have to, I understand that if I use the windows 10 installation media and do a custom install that I will have to delete the oem partitions,some people are saying that you cant use oem disks if u do a custom installation of another windows version like windows 10 to restore your computer to the original os because you've deleted the original recovery partition?

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Sorry if I am repeating. In that case, be so kind to just redirect me. Thanks for your usual understanding.
I own a very good custom desk PC (Intel Pentium Dual 2200; 2GRAM, 250 G hardisk). I had XPProPack3 and several severe troubles had recently spoiled its nice using. Repairing was a complete failure. I have a 'two' partition. I have installed every program that could be possible in B, plus all the other personal files. C has the system and the usual unavoidable installed other programs. I have decided to buy a brand new 7 Premium and 'clean' installing it. As, at the very beginning of my PC, the mother board had to be replaced. I think the drivers CD I keep belongs to this late. Well, for shortening this enquiry (as it's possible in real life), my concerns are: first, to get a crystal clear tutorial with the 'specificities' Windows 7 might have; second, to ask if, in the case I wouldn't have or find 'the' drivers CD, is it possible (or easy) to get them on line? Please, sorry. I am a simple amateur old computation fan (74 years old; brain still in good conditions, still working as succesful clinician and expert witness). Sorry again. Many thanks and kind regards.

A:Clean Windows 7 Premium installation

You can Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see what is not compatible.

Windows 7 will have most of the drivers for your motherboard, the rezt can be downloaded from the manufacturers support site

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Hi,

I have Windows 2000 and my PC is infected with viruses. I am trying to perform a clean install of Windows 2000.

I have loaded the installation CD and have reached to the stage when it asks me if I want to delete the partition. I have only partition c:\ which I would like to delete and format my hard disk. However, it does not not allow me to delete the partition. It asks me to press 'D' for deleting, but does nothing when I press 'D'.

Does anyone of you know a solution for this???

You help is much appeciated.

Rav
 

A:Clean Installation of Windows 2000

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Hi there I have bougt used a U410 ultrabook, which has been previously formatted.I have created bootable USB drive with windows 7 and downloaded rapid storage technology drivers from https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/55005/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST- In bios settings i have chosen RAID, disabled uefi-boot and then disabled intel rapid start.Afterwards i have inserted usb drive and started installing WIndows 7. I reached the point where i had to choose a hard drive to install windows to, i clicked browse and marked correct driver but i received a message saying that this driver is unsigned etc, so i have downloaded nearly 10 different versions of rapid storage driver but it didnt help at all. Could you help me please get this working ?

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Hi
I just got new Hdd 1 T. For my min tower acer desktop.
1.I created 2 new partitions.
2. installed a fresh copy of my windows 10.

after initial installation system is rebooting AND I got a very simple message on the black screen :

"Reboot or select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected device and press a key"

I tried to change all options in BIOS related to autostart like secure boot. AHCI IDE on off etc . Still can See only this message.
I installed a 100 of systems on laptops and desktops and never had such problem any genius around?
Thank You!!!
 

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Hi all, (My PC was purchased in August 2015 Dell OEM with Windows 8.1 preinstalled). Ive seen the link listed under my Service Tag where there is the option to download a Windows 8.1 ISO recovery image. Ive also read that you can obtain the ISO from Microsoft. Is that ISO the same as the one  under my service tag on the Dell Support site? Which is the best one to get?
I will be installing from a USB flash drive and the instructions to create the bootable USB installation media on the Dell Support site are straight forward and easy to follow using Diskpart. Then simply Mount the image and copy all files over onto the USB flash drive. With this method am I going to have to mess around in the BIOS disabling Secure Boot etc when I insert the USB to reinstall or after tapping F12 will the USB stick be listed?  A technician took control of my PC a few months ago to do a clean install because my factory  image was corrupted. I don't know if he typed something else as well but he used Diskpart. I don't remember him disabling Secure Boot at all but Im not 100% sure what he typed in Diskpart.
Ive read a little about installing from the Windows 8.1 ISO. With UEFI boot mode I know the USB has to be formatted in FAT32 because NTFS wont work {the support site method abovedoes that).
Ive seen Windows Media Creation Tool..but Ive read that it uses NTFS so there are boot problems. Ive also seen people talking about using something call... Read more

A:Clean Installation of Windows OS help required

Didn't you upgrade to Win 10 when it was free?
ISOs downloaded directly from MS may be more up-to-date than any on Dell's support page.
You can find a Win 8.1 reinstallation guide written by one of the Dell Rockstars here.

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Hi, I would like to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 but I'm afraid to do so because I heard that there could be a problem with the activation key. I already backed up any important files I have on my Envy and downloaded Windows 10 using Microsoft's media creation tool (but didn't install it yet). What should I do next in order to perform the clean installation without any problems? Thank you.

A:Windows 10 clean installation - Activation key

Hi: If you have not previously upgraded to W10, you have to do an inplace upgrade, or you will need a W10 product key. Then when you can see that windows 10 was successfully activated on your PC as an upgrade, you can go back and do a clean install of W10 without a product key by using the W10 media you created. I've reinstalled W10 on two different PC's, and it worked just fine, activated, and no product key was needed. To reinstall W10 after it had been previously installed as an upgrade boot from the W10 installation media. When you get to the install screen and it asks you to enter a product key, there will also be an option to select 'I don't have a product key." You select that option, W10 will install and automatically reactivate once you are connected to the internet.

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Hi,

I have 500 GB hard drive with 3 partitions. Windows 7 is installed on C: drive, 8.1 is installed on D: drive (dual boot) and all of my programs and files are on E: drive. I would like to uninstall Windows 8.1 and do a clean installation of Windows 7 without losing data from E: drive. Can I simply insert Windows 7 installation CD and format first 2 drives and do clean installation without losing data or do I have to format whole hard drive?

A:Windows 7 clean installation question

That is going to be a bit messy. I suggest to backup the User files from E (the programs cannot be used in a new installation) and start from scratch. Wipe the whole disk and install 7. Here is one way to do it.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

When you are done with the installation, create a new E partition and recover the data from the backup.

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We have HP EliteBook 820 G3 laptops and I need to create clean Windows 7 pro installation using the shipped OEM SLP - key. The key I don't actually have or the certificates for it as what I understood is the practice. Nevertheless I need to create clean Windows 7 pro installation for the machine and still be able to activate the windows with OEM invisible key shipped with the machine. I don't want any drivers or HP preinstalled software, updates, configurations or HP recovery partitions, or any such things. Is the following only way to prepare for such: https://blog.hqcodeshop.fi/archives/207-Transferring-Windows-7-OEM-license-to-a-new-hard-drive.html Lets assume I need to change the HD for the machine and recover the system without any pre saved certifications or keys. How can I active a clean Windows 7 installation for the machine again? Thanks for any advice.

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I am trying to set up windows on a Crucial M500 250GB SSD.
I have a ASRock P67Extreme6 which has Uefi.

I boot from a USB drive containing windows 7 SP1(it should). When i try to install it gives me "Setup was unable to
create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition" Im sure you know this.

What i have tried:
I have gone trough this setup about 10 times with different variations.
Setting up manually in cmd.
That includes going to diskpart,selecting disk,
Clean/Clean all (both)
Create Partition Primary and Create Partition Primary align = 1024
format fs=ntfs
active

Im starting to think that windows just doesn't recognize the SSD(maybe not SP1?). How can i tell ?
edit: w8 works but i'd still like w7, any ideas?
Thanks

A:Windows 7 SP1 installation on clean SSD Problem.

Work through these steps for Overcoming Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

Where did you get Win7? Did you burn the disk or flash stick yourself? How? Try another.

The error most often pertains to the UEFI settings in BIOS. If you want UEFI you must boot the installer as a UEFI device, and UEFI must be set to boot first and enabled in BIOS setup. If UEFI presents too many problems as it can I would advise Bypassing UEFI to Install WIn7.

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I am hoping very much that someone can help me out of a catastrophic situation that I find myself in after having done a clean installation of Windows 7.
The situation is that I used my 500 GB Fugitsu HandyDrive to store the Windows Easy Transfer file and now neither of my two computers will recognise the HandyDrive - they just keep saying ?new hardware found - looking for drivers? but don?t find any.
This is devastating as it is (or was!) almost ? full of months of hard work - some backed up some not (my fault of course).
I have been using the HandyDrive to work between my 18? and 10? laptops both of which had Vista.
I have the Acer Windows 7 Upgrade Kit for the 18? laptop and after 4 failed upgrade attempts and one failed clean installation, I tried one last clean installation which at last was successful. Each time I ran the Upgrade Advisor and carried out the recommendations. The Handydrive was shown as ?USB Mass Storage Device? and shown as being Compatible with Windows 7.
I saved the Windows Easy Transfer file on the Handydrive.
After the successful installation of Windows 7, I carried out the Easy Transfer but was dismayed to find I had very few programs now (I had thought they would be on the Upgrade disc but cant find them). I took the Handydrive out of 18? (now with Windows 7) and plugged it into 10? with Vista so that I could print the Upgrade Advisor file I had saved, which showed the programs I had before clean install. Disaster - it wouldn?t work!... Read more

A:Could A Clean Installation of Windows 7 Reformat My Por

Apparently you can't transfer programs only program settings - you will have to reinstall the programs - if you have't got them on a cd you can download them from the internet - just type their name in one of the search providers eg. google or bing and hit enter - hope the following maybe of help I copied out of the help and support in W7RC.

Transfer files and settings from another computer
[This content is preliminary and subject to change.]
Windows Easy Transfer is a step-by-step guide for transferring files and settings from one computer running Windows to another. It helps you choose what to move to your new computer, such as user accounts, Internet favorites, and e‑mail. It also lets you decide which method to use and then performs the transfer.

To open Windows Easy Transfer
Click to open Windows Easy Transfer. * If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
To open Windows Easy Transfer Reports
You can view your Transfer Reports any time after your transfer is complete.
Click the Start button .
In the search box, type Easy Transfer Reports, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Easy Transfer Reports. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Windows Easy Transfer helps you move your many files, folders, and program settings from one computer to another?all in one process.
Using Windows Easy Transfer, you can choose ... Read more

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Hi folks,

Got Windows 7 Clean Installation over the computer's USB 3.0 port done without too many problems but with some hassle anyhow.

For the clean installation I followed the procedure of GreGrocker Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and put the whole installation onto a 4GB USB Flash Drive.

From the computer's USB 2.0 ports there was no problem whatsoever and Win7 got installed very quickly.

However, over the computer's USB 3.0 port things weren't easy. I finally got it done by uploading the proper USB 3.0 Root Hub and Controller drivers *.ini and *.sys files.

Strangely enough, at first everything went well over the USB3 port and the WinPE environment with its RAM drive (X:\) got deployed correctly. The only sensible explanation for that is that the computer's BIOS used the appropriate and build-in USB3 driver to do that part of the job.

However, once the the installer (located in the X: drive) was about to install Window 7 on the system HDD, it asked me for a CD/DVD driver. I loaded the appropriate USB3 drivers at that stage and the installation process continued over the USB3 port.

I had a closer look in the RAM drive (X:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\), and indeed, there are no USB3 drivers present anywere in that folder, only USB2 drivers where in there, named: usb.inf_amd64... and usbpor.inf_amd64...

So I was wondering, as USB3.0 is so common and the future standard, why aren't there any USB3 drivers in that folder present?
I... Read more

A:Windows 7 Clean Installation from USB 3.0 fails

Best to use a USB2 port for install since few USB3 drivers are in the Win7 w/ SP1 installer until SP2 is released. If Updates doesn't provide it then import the driver from the PC model's Support Downloads webpage.

Thanks for reminding me this needs to be added to the Clean Reinstall tutorial.

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Hi everybody! I recently got a great deal on an HP Pavilion X2 10- 2 in 1 that came with Windows 10. As it is a secondary computer and going to replace an Android tablet as my primary portable solution, I'm trying to achieve the max. amount of free storage space own the embedded 32gb flash storage.

After uninstalling some bloat and running Windows update, I'm left with a whopping 11.6 gb of free space. I'd read there was a solution to reseting the pc minus the bloat, but I believe that article was incorrect. I would like to ditch the HP recovery partition completely as I have no need for any of their crapware and reclaim that space. (It's a 5.?gb partition where they are hiding the HP junk.)

Is the only solution to purchase a retail Windows 10 license or can I install Windows 10 from USB and the serial automatically transfers? (I doubt that would work.) or is there any other solution to achieve a slimmed down install so I can ditch the partition and just have pure Windows 10?

Thanks!

A:Best way to Have a Clean Installation on a new Windows 10 tablet

If and when you get rid of the recovery partition, I would recommend to first make an image of the system so that you always have some fallback. And make sure you include the partition with the bootmgr.

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I have sought guidance from relevant Windows 10 Tutorials and have met a problem. I have fitted an SSD to my Medion Akoya 5024D (MD7659) which now is four years old. The computer originally ran Windows 7 and I upgraded, first to Windows 8, secondly to Windows 8.1 and thirdly and finally to Windows 10 Pro.

Using the Windows Media Creation Tool I have created a bootable USB drive on an 8GB stick with which I have tried to implement a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD with no other disks connected.

Initially the installation process created a 500 MB Reserved Partition identifying the SSD as Disk 0. On restarting I opted to use the non-reserved partition for the installation. In both instances I used the product code used by computer for the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. The installation process is completed in about 15 minutes, the computer reboots and the set-up process is displayed again. I have made a further attempts using the original Windows 7 product code with no change in the behaviour; the installation procedure still appears as if it is in a loop. In what I have done so far there have been no error messages.

Please, I would appreciate advice on how this behaviour can be overcome or the suggestion of a reliable alternative.

A:Clean Installation of Windows 10 in a Loop

Boot from the Windows 10 installation USB. First it will ask for a product key. Click the little link for "I don't have a product key." Set the language and keyboard options. Select Windows 10 Pro when it asks for Home or Pro. Click the bottom option for Custom Install. A list of partitions on the SSD will be shown. Delete each partition shown and you end up with unallocated space. Select the unallocated space to install to and click next - do not create any partitions on your own, let Windows setup create what it wants.

Watch for the computer to say that it is going to reboot in 10 seconds. At that time, pull out the Windows 10 installation USB. Let the computer reboot on its own. If you miss the reboot message and it goes back into Windows 10 setup, just pull out the Windows 10 installation USB and cancel the install and let the computer reboot.

Windows 10 setup should then continue from the SSD. You will be asked two or three more times for a product key. Just click "Skip" or "Do this later" when it does.

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How's it going good people, this site has helped me keep my sanity....now another question,

I just wiped my friends hard drive, looking to do complete re-installation. I have a Mad-boot disc that I used, using the Fdisk utility, I partitioned the HD and made it active, restarted the CPU, and prepared to install Windows 2000 Pro, however, it keeps telling me that it needs a certain amount of HD space to install, I just partitioned it and made it active, so what am I doing wrong?

One more question, after I made the partition and made it active, is it ready to use or must it be formatted before usage, and if so, how do I do it?
 

A:Windows 2000 clean installation

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Hi everybody! I recently got a great deal on an HP Pavilion X2 10- 2 in 1 that came with Windows 10. As it is a secondary computer and going to replace an Android tablet as my primary portable solution, I'm trying to achieve the max. amount of free storage space own the embedded 32gb flash storage.

After uninstalling some bloat and running Windows update, I'm left with a whopping 11.6 gb of free space. I'd read there was a solution to reseting the pc minus the bloat, but I believe that article was incorrect. I would like to ditch the HP recovery partition completely as I have no need for any of their crapware and reclaim that space. (It's a 5.?gb partition where they are hiding the HP junk.)

Is the only solution to purchase a retail Windows 10 license or can I install Windows 10 from USB and the serial automatically transfers? (I doubt that would work.) or is there any other solution to achieve a slimmed down install so I can ditch the partition and just have pure Windows 10?

Thanks!

A:Best way to Have a Clean Installation on a new Windows 10 tablet

If and when you get rid of the recovery partition, I would recommend to first make an image of the system so that you always have some fallback. And make sure you include the partition with the bootmgr.

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My samsung laptop keeps shuting off. Hard drive passed test, Memory passed Test, Clean Windows install and all driver updates and bios updates, and windows updates, Current Java???

A:BSOD on windows 7 Clean install how do I find out why? TIA

hello, torantaulbee. I will try to help you. I need you to do a few things first. Please fill out your system specs as complete as possible including your PSU and CPU cooler. We often have to look up components, so Manufacturer and model is important. These are the instructions I usually give. They may help you a little. But, thanks for what you did fill out.
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If you will go to your last post and click the 'System Specs' in the bottom left of the post, you will find a link to update your system specs. Please fill those out in as much detail as possible, making sure to click save at the bottom of the page. If you would like to know what we would like, you can click 'My System Specs' at the bottom left of this post to see mine. If you do not know what your components are, this will help you accomplish this task. System Info - See Your System Specs

The files you uploaded did not contain dump files, which is what we use to debug a system. Please make sure your computer is configured for Small Memory dumps. Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on B... Read more

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With Digital river gone.  Were can a person find a clean copy of the older windows OS's?  I know I am supposed to now contact HP to buy one from them, but I do not see the point in paying them $30 to $50 for a disk that I already have a code for.  There must be a place I have missed.
 
Thanks for the help!

A:Where to find a clean ISO of Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi LacerdaPC Legally speaking, the only place you can get Windows 7 .iso from is the Microsoft Software Recovery Center if you have a retail version of Windows, or your computer manufacturer if you have an OEM version of it. Any other way of getting a Windows 7 .iso (except of course from a MSDN account) is not legal.

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Hi,  I have installed Thinkpad -brands 1000-2000 in my career but every now and then Lenovo publish new products I usually face these nasty driver issues. I have a slight problem, I got a new Lenovo Thinkpad X260 and want to install a clean Windows 7 installation  on to it. I am doing the installation from USB stick (I tried the CDROM too) The problem is that Windows 7 installation does not detect a harddrive. X260 has an nvme ssd and it is missing the drivers. I have tried to find a solution for this without any luck what so ever yet. I happened to notice that Windows 7 installation ISO image does not have in-box drivers for the nvm ssd drive. I tried to find it from Lenovo Support site under X260. In addition I found out that I need to download a hotfix for the  Windows 7 installation media. I was not able to download it because microsoft did not send the download link via email Could any of you, be so kind that provide me the step by step guide for getting it work.  I think I need the nvm ssd drivers and usb 3 drivers for the installation to be succeeded.  

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My U840-113 had a hard drive failure, and I did not make any backups of the system image.
I've installed a new hard drive (no problems), but am going crazy trying to get Windows 7 to reinstall.

Here is what has happened....
-Installed Windows 7 (service Pack 1) via external CD/DVD, accidentally installed 32 bit version. No problem, but as I began to wade through finding all the drivers from the Toshiba website, I noticed some 32 bit options were missing.
-Tried to install 64 bit version - Note, from my original Windows 7 release, so prior to service Pack 1)
-Initially got error messaging indicating that CD/DVD drivers were required to continue. Really?
-After researching, downloaded drivers to a CD to use as needed. Did not get this message again as I moved the CD/DVD to a different USB port (one which had previously given this message!)
-Got though the entire installation, and I get a "hardware not compatible" message. What?!?!?!
-Tried again, same message.
-Removed the Raid on the SSD drive...no more Raids on anything!
-Tried again, same message.

So I'm pretty sure this issue has to do with the Raid drivers.

What exactly is the "trick" to do a fresh install of Windows 7 64 bit on this machine!??!?!?!!?!

I'm going to see if I can get a 64 bit Service Pack 1 version (on USB!) to try for my next attempt.

I left this PC at work, so that I wouldn't stay up all night trying to get this to work.

Thank you!

A:Satellite U840 - clean Windows 7 installation

I have checked specification for your notebook and it was delivered with preinstalled Win7 64bit Home Premium so I recommend you to install Win7 64bit again. It is fully supported and all necessary drivers, tools and utilities you can find and download from Toshiba download page - http://www.toshiba.eu/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp
Please note you need drivers for Satellite U840 ? PSU4SE.

There you can also download ?RAID driver? that you must load before you start Win7 installation. I presume without this driver HDD will not be visible. Download it and save it on USB stick.
Generally speaking Win7 installation on this machine should not be some big deal. I have done it on U940 without any problem.
When external ODD is connected start notebook and press F12. Choose CD/DVD as first bootable device and confirm it with enter. I presume you use original Microsoft Win7 installation disc, right?

Disc should be read and installation should start. When you will see that disc drive is not recognized load SATA/RAID driver and continue with installation. Create partition C and choose it as place for OS installation. I cannot imagine you will have some problems with it. On my machine it worked perfectly.

When Win7 is fully installed you must start with drivers, tools and utilities installation. All stuf install as follow:
Windows 7 Win7 SP1
Intel Chipset SW Installation Utility
Intel Management Engine Interface
Intel Display Driver
AMD Display Driver
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Hi guys,

I recently bought a new SSHD for my laptop and after initial problems with trying to install Windows in UEFI, I turned to Legacy and that worked. But now when I change it to UEFI, it just comes up as "Operating system not found".

Any ideas or solutions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:Windows 8.1 clean installation; won't boot in UEFI?

You may have to reinstall so you will have the UEFI configuration. But what about the original install gave you problems with UEFI, were you able to boot into the UEFI version of the install media?

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i was just wondering how i extract the files from an installation disc onto a flash drive, so i can use the flash drive to perform a clean install.

Extract Files from Windows 7 Installation DVD

i already looked at this but it wasn't specific to my uses.

A:using a flash drive for clean windows 7 installation

nvm, should have looked harder

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Can someone please help? Ive upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium to Ultimate(custom advance). And now my Ethernet Controller drivers and Video are missing.
I tried downloading it on my other laptop and putting in the USB to install , but it keep saying installing unsuccessful.

XPS 17 (L702X)

A:[HELP!] Missing Drivers After Clean Windows 7 Installation.

Hi perryy, Welcome to the forums, Are you using this link for the drivers ? Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States] Another thing to watch for is make sure when using a USB pendrive is that it is not trying to install to the pendrive instead of the C :/ drive ,Make certain you are installing the correct driver there are 8 network and 8 video drivers to chooise from

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Ok here's the problem:

After formatting and setting a new partition using the installation disk, I install Windows 7, all goes well. But as soon as the installation is finished and my laptop restarts, it wont boot from the HDD. I keep getting error messages saying:


Windows Boot Manager

Windows failed to start....
File: \boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000e


- I have tried changing/and checked boot priorities in BIOS, setting my HDD as 1st prio, but this doenst help.

When I try using Startup Repair from Windows it does find an error that it wants to fix:

This bootoption will be repaired:
Name: {bootmgr}
Id: {9DEA862C-5CDD-4E70-ACC1-F32B344D4795}

These bootoptions will be added:
Name: Windows 7 Home Premium (recovered)
Path: Windows
Windows-device: partition=D: (610378 MB)

A copy of the current boot configuration data will be saved as c:\boot\bcd.backup.0001


However when i hit the "ok go ahead and fix it then!"-button i get another error saying Startup Repair cant save the new boot options.

Anyone know if i can fix this problem with BCDedit or bootrec.exe (if so, please instructions! )

Joris

A:Windows 7 wont boot after (clean) installation

Have you tried these steps.

bootmgr not found. bootrec /rebuildbcd and /fixboot give 'Element not found" error

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hello i had windows vista on my pc and i did a Clean Installation of windows 7.but now i have some problems,and i want to install windows 7 again.do i have to go back to windows vista? i have a windows 7 upgrade dvd.

A:can i install windows 7 again after upgrade Clean Installation

No, you do not have to reinstall Vista, if you did a clean install, read this. You do not have to reinstall.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips

Justd do it the way it shows in the tutorial.

In the future, make a backup and you will never have to reinstall with the DVD.

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My friend's Computer recently crashed and fails to boot up. It had 2 partitions (1 HDD) and was to the brink of its capacity. Seeing that it was no longer booting up, I initially tried loading up an install CD and attempted to repair the windows install. This attempt failed when it told me that the Windows version installed was not compatible. This got me stumped since it was a 64 bit version of Windows Home Basic and I do not understand why it would not be compatible. I then moved into performing a clean install. At first, I formatted the drive where Windows 7 was installed and chose it as the location for the clean install. I became suspicious that there is a problem when it was taking forever to "expand the files". I left the computer for 8 hours at the least until it moved into "install features" "Install updates" and more hours of waiting to "complete Installation". and so, it finally does and I try to boot. It spent at least 45 minutes in the "windows starting screen" and it did not even reach the stage where it said that windows was being set up for first time use. (I was also expecting the computer to restart on its own a couple of times but it did not seem to do so)I came to the conclusion that it was a bad install as it was unreasonably slow to boot up. Read a few threads hoping to fix the issue, I ended up going to Bios and changing the SATA configuration from IDE to AHCI. (the symptoms and behavior at that time see... Read more

A:Extremely slow Windows 7 Installation (Clean)

Welcome to the forums mistereisb!

Wow, you are correct, thats taking way too much time. And yes, it "should" be C drive. While no noob to installing its not my area of expertise and I'm sure you'll get more (and probably better) help soon. Not trying to be rude but have you read these? Our tutorials are written by some very talented people and are worth a look even if not totally needed. Just click on the links.

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Both of these are excellent sources of information.

From what you wrote I tend to agree that your problem is most likely the HDD. Do you have any just sitting around you could spare for this machine? At least temporarily? Or conversely you could take the problem HDD and put it in a machine you KNOW is working right just as a sort of double check.

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Hi, I would like to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 but I'm afraid to do so because I heard that there could be a problem with the activation key. I already backed up any important files I have on my Envy and downloaded Windows 10 using Microsoft's media creation tool (but didn't install it yet). What should I do next in order to perform the clean installation without any problems? Thank you.

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Hello,

yesterday I assembled a new PC and installed the Windows 8.1 64-bit ISO from MSDN (with a UEFI USB stick).

I installed my favorite programs and drivers for motherboard and GPU. Everything was fine until the Windows Update downloaded some updates and after the restart to install them, it said that they failed and it was reverting the changes.

I thought that maybe something was wrong with a driver or the installation so I formatted again.

The second time I didn't install any driver or program and went straight to the windows update. It found 52 updates, I downloaded them and made a restart for installation. And the same thing happened again, at 98% it said that they failed.

Some Notes: Although it downloaded lots of updates, at restart it was 1/1. And after it reverted I tried again it was 37/37 updates, second time failed again.
Also, although the updates were almost 1GB I downloaded much faster than usual, so I believe that not all updates were downloaded.

I formatted and installed Windows again, I disabled windows update. I'm afraid to update again, everytime an update fails and tries to revert the changes, I feel like the system produces corrupted files. That's why I re-install.
What's bugging my is why a new clean installation produces such errors.

Sorry for my English.

A:Windows Update fails after clean installation

some update do need to be installed before others..

go into the windows\softwaredistribution\download folder and delete every file
And try windows update again

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Hi, I just changed the stock HDD of my Pavilion 13-u105nl with an SSD and installed Windows 10 on it. Everything seems to work fine but I can't get the function shortcuts to work (Volume, brightness, etc.). Any suggestion?

A:After clean Windows 10 installation can't use function short...

Hi: The only suggestion I can offer would be to install this software if you have not done so already... This package contains the HP System Event Utility, which enables special function keys on supported notebook models to be programmed. For example, HP System Event Utility enables users to press the Fn+ESC keys to view system information. This package is provided for supported models running a supported operating system. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp76001-76500/sp76383.exe

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My Lenovo W530 crushed. It turned out that my HD had died. Replaced it with a brand new SSD. Prepared a windows 10 boot on USB and connected it to the laptop. The laptop is installing the OS but afterward (?) fails to boot from the new installation. The laptop simply starts the boot process and cycles power again and again. Tried the same process with a formatted used HD, ended up with the same results. Run diagnostics and everything seems to be in good shape. Didn't install the drivers as boot process ended prematurely and didn't get to that. Seems to me that windows installation didn't complete properly for some reason. Can access the boot order menu (F12), diagnostics menu (F10) and BIOS menu (F1). Tried swapping the memory modules (DIMMs) and also tried booting with 16GB of RAM (instead of 32) to no avail. Configuration: W530, i7-3720QM @ 2.60 GHz, machine type model: 24382HU BIOS Ver: G5ETB2WW (2.72)RAM 32 GB: 4xDIMM each 8 GB, Kingston KVR16S11/8, DDR3Original windows: 7 Pro -> upgraded to win 10 (tried to install win 10 Pro)Crushed HD: Seagate SSHD 1000GB, ST1000KM014 (was definitely the cause for the problem).1st attempt to install windows: SanDisk 480GB, SDSSDA 2.5" SSD Drive2nd attempt to install windows: Seagate 7200 RPM 320 GB, ST9320423ASAny ideas what am I doing wrong?

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I got a HP Notebook yesterday that had Windows 8.1 on it. Today I decided I wanted to reinstall Windows 10 (not upgrade, but clean install) on it and I do have experience in reinstalling operating systems. I reinstalled Windows 10 from a USB stick and when the computer restarted after the installation was done, it would keep booting from the USB stick. I exited the installation screen and then went to the BIOS to change boot priority to "OS Manager", but all I got was an error which I don't remember what it said, and then it just restarted again.

So my question is, how can I get Windows 10 to boot after is has installed and restarted? I really need help fast as I can't seem to solve this myself and it is really frustrating me.

This is my laptop: HP 15.6 Laptop - Black (Intel Celeron N3050 / 500GB HDD / 4GB RAM / Windows 8.1) : Laptops - Best Buy Canada

A:Windows 10 Installation keeps booting from USB after clean install

If there is no USB drive connected then the BIOS will automatically choose the next boot device in line...
(You did remove the USB drive, right?)
...for example the next on the list may be your CD drive and the one after that may be your HDD.

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Hello together,

I have installed a fresh Windows 10 on an SSD on my new P50 C 18N.

But when surfing and working in Office, for my opinion the FAN gets sometimes too loud, for this work.

All drivers were automatically installed by Windows 10.

Are there some drivers or programms which I should install, that can help improving the FAN behaviour?

Thanks a lot.

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I had windows 8.1 pro original dvd installed on my system.
Then I upgraded free to windows 10.
Now I want to make a new clean installation of windows 10 without keeping old files and directories and apps on c:\

So I downloaded the Microsoft windows 10 media creation tool.
Running it and I selected not to upgrade but : Create installation media for another PC
Now it's downloading the windows 10 and in the end I will create a bootable installation on my flash drive disk on key.

My question is if I will need a serial number/key when installing the windows 10 ?
My goal is to install a new clean windows 10 even with formatting c:\ or even delete and create new partition on c:\ but the idea is to install new clean windows 10.

A:Windows 10 upgrade is full clean installation ?

You will NOT need product key at all. Even in Clean install.

You already have Windows 10 installed and activated. Yes ?
If so, you are "digital entitled ".
You can reinstall the same Win 10 edition in the same computer as often as you want and anytime you want.
Activation will be automatic.

During the Clean Install, if you are asked to enter the product key, just click the SKIP ( or the "I do not have a product key" ) option and continue.
Activation will be automatic.

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Hello,We're trying to reinstall a fresh copy of Windows 10 after a botched restoration which corrupted the entire OS installation. We can't get the factory Samsung P851 SSD to show up in the locations of installation destinations. The SSD is showing up in the BIOS. The Windows 10 installer is asking for a driver. Would that fix it? Can anyone point us to which driver we need? BIOS is set to factory default settings.Thanks

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I have a new Vostro 3250 and I would like to install win 10 pro from the dvd I recived with the computer. I've changed the settings in Bios to UEFI mode , safe boot is disabled and when i choose F12 and to boot from cd/dvd I can hear the disk spinning but after a minute it stops and I get Win 10 recovery screen :

Can anyone tell my why is it so difficult to boot from CD/DVD to make a clean install ? The DVD with win 10 is original not some cracked copy.

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Hello everyone. I will just copy what I have written to Toshiba troubleshooting forum - unfortunately, they have not answered yet.

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Hello.

I recently performed a clean installation of Windows 7 Home Premium. Before that on preinstalled Windows the problem described below did not show up, sound worked just great.
Now I don't have sound when inserting my headphones in jack (built-in speakers work fine however). Windows reports that sound works, no problems found, but I hear nothing. On the same computer I have also Linux installed and the same headphones work well there in the same jack.
When I put my headphones in, Realtek Manager makes notification that the device is plugged in.

My model is Qosmio X775-3DV78. What I have tried so far:
1) Reinstalling, updating, removing, trying different versions of Realtek HD Audio driver.
2) Changing every possible setting in Realtek HD Audio Manager.
3) Trying different headphones - same result: nothing.
4) Changing settings in Playback Devices.

Since it worked before reinstalling Windows and since it works on Linux on the same computer, there is definitely something wrong with my drivers. Could you please provide information as to what drivers exactly I should have installed to make sound work correctly? Maybe some motherboard driver is missing (though I installed everything important I could find on Toshiba site).

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A:No headphone sound after Windows 7 clean installation

The Toshiba supplied RealTek sound driver should be used. Non-Vendor supplied drivers (even drives directly from RealTek) many times will not work correctly. Also, the Intel motherboard chipset drivers (again get them from Toshiba) should also be installed. Windows may not install the correct chipset version.

In the Sound Panel, Playback section your "Speakers" (the RealTek) should be set as the Default playback device. You can also click the Configure button and make sure the proper type of speakers (e.g. stereo) is set and you can test there (may even be able to test the headset).

Nothing to do with the headset, but in the Recording section, the Stereo Mix should be set as the default recording device. Then whether you use the Mic or whatever input (whatever you hear on the speakers) will be recorded. You also need the Stereo Mix to record streaming audio from the Internet.

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Hello,

After days of trying to search google for help, I have stumpled upon sevenforums and decided to post. So, recently, my hard drive became defective, and my computer would not boot unless I unplugged it, so I replaced it with another old spare hard drive (that works). Because of this, I have to reinstall windows again, and I have already formatted it.

During step 2 of the installation, the step after "copying files", I get this message :

"Windows cannot install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart. Error Code x080070570".

I tried this same CD on a virtual machine, and it works fine. Also tried resetting bios to default, but doesn't work either. I deleted all the partitions, except 1, but to no avail.
Any suggestions?

Thank you.

A:Error during clean installation of Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

A shot in the dark here, do you need to load any drivers for the DVD/CD player?

I have a HDD + DVDRW attached to an PCIe<->SATAII addin card and I can start the boot from the DVDRW but after I get past the Loading files section if I do not load the SATA driver I loose connection to both the HDD & the DVDRW

I get around the problem by attaching a USB DVDRW drive just for the boot process

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