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Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Q: Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Hi BC,
Couple months ago I spent some time in your malware forums trying to resolve issues with a constantly running Windows 7 media center which I noticed was running - not my - porn and bitcoins through. The issue progressed, solutions did not, files got locked, online access became scarce, and as I couldnt keep in timely contact with your well-intentioned helpers here, my thread was closed. To not be a burden on volunteer time, I left the idea of one on one help behind and sought additional insight on my own.
4 months after first noticing an issue, I have my same refurbished HP notebook with no accessible OS, no way to install one from disk, no income, and no hope.
I do have 12 weeks of notes from the most tenacious remote hack I believe exists. It has swallowed my entire home network and every machine in it, even those not configured for online access.
To start, I just want to get an OS on my laptop. I've long since kissed my data goodbye. I ran killdisk multiple times - the last time took 6 days - but I still have an X drive with a registry, command prompt, notepad, you name it, on my machine. I just dont have normal access to "windows"... all these individual programs I can access through command prompt.
Today I'm looking at a new security log called "backup" that starts, "administrative privileged user logged on. Parsing template defltwk.inf. Configuration engine was initialized successfully..."
I have an X drive but no C drive. I have 238Gb of unallocated space on a disk called "0" with no volumes attached. I have a volume called "0" with no disks attached. I have turned the internet inside out trying to get out of this nightmare...
...can you help me? Please?

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A: Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

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

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I want to clean install Windows 10, and I already did that before using the tutorial here.
But last time I did not have Ubuntu install.
And in the tutorial, you must delete all partitions in order for Windows to create the special necessary partitions (Recovery, MSR, MBR etc..)
But now that I have a Linux partition that I don't want to delete, and according to the tutorial, Windows installation will not create these partitions.

How can I manually create them? Is it simply allocating a space for them and naming them the proper way and Windows will know how to use them? Or there's more than that?
Also, What happens if I do not have these partitions?


A:Clean install - how to manually create the special partitions

And in the tutorial, you must delete all partitions in order for Windows to create the special necessary partitions (Recovery, MSR, MBR etc..)

You don't have to delete all partitions. As long as you leave the partition unallocated (excluded UBUNTU partition) then Windows should create all needed partitions.
NOTE: If you install Windows with UBUNTU already existed, Windows is not aware of UBUNTU. You would need to use EasyBCD to create a boot entry for UBUNTU for dual booting.

I want to clean install Windows 10, and I already did that before using the tutorial here.
But last time I did not have Ubuntu install.

Do you use Macrium to backup Windows ? If so, you don't need to re-install Windows. Just use Macrium to copy all Windows partitions back to the SSD/HD unless your Windows 10 does not function properly and you want to re-install.

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Is it possible to create a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit clean install disk based off a bought OEM copy of Windows 7 with the following? 1. Includes current updates integrated into the install 2. Ability to integrate future updates info the installation. 3. Has a viewer that works within Windows 7 4. Can extract files and folder from within Windows 5 Can boot both AMD and Intel CPU based machines. Does such a utility exist?

A:Create a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit clean install disk?

Hello and welcome horusprim mate I very much doubt it - the best thing that I know of is the freshest ISO contained in this tutorial
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I know it is pain but that's the price of a clean install. The ISO does have a substantial number of updates in it hence the "freshest" you can get. Just make sure you pick the correct version and use your activation code from the sticker.

Now it would be good I suppose if one could download updates to a stick after or during the install but again I don't know if that is possible.

PS This might suffice too if you can work it out http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323166

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I had many problems with BSOD crashes, and decided to make a new clean install (SSD or harddisk).
If I make a new clean install (no upgrade) is it enough to create 1 continuous unallocated disk and then it will make a clean install
Or do I have to "clean up" my old disk first before making a clean install?

A:Clean disk before clean install?

You can delete all of the partitions on the disk that you're installing Windows to. The installer will automatically create the partitions that it needs (2 for an MBR disk, 3 for GPT), and format them. It takes very little time, at least on an SSD.

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This is my first post, and I'll start by saying that I'm not that great at computers. I had some issues with my computer, and just want to do a clean install. I'd like to figure out, step by step, how to do it. I have already read the tutorials, but I just want to make sure I'm right, because this is the only computer I have, and I'm worried about doing that fresh install!

I did, however, figure out all the first steps to doing a clean install on my computer :
I have written down the current licence key for my computer (using a keyfinder program) for the activation part.
I have backed up all the crucial information (.pdfs, projects, documents, pictures, etc...) I need on a 32Go USB stick.
I have downloaded the correct .iso file for my computer, and successfully copied it onto a 8Go USB stick using window's USB/DVD Boot tool.

Now correct me if I'm wrong; here's what I'm about to do :

I'll stick my USB in, turn the computer on, go to the BIOS, change the first checked device for a boot to my USB stick, restart my computer, and follow the instructions for the W7 installation, until it's done.

But this is what's confusing me : On my computer, I checked the partitions, and I saw:
C:\ with data on it, F:\ with nothing on it (I never put anything on it), and a "reserved system" thing.

If I understood the tutorial correctly, I'll have to select C:\, hit format, and then click next (in the same window as in the screen below) without tampering with t... Read more

A:Doing a clean W7 Install : How do I go about the partitions?

I'll take your word for it that you have the correct Product Key and that everything is backed up.

I'd delete all partitions. That will leave you with "unallocated space" across the entire drive.

Then tell Windows to install to the unallocated space. You should end up with a new C and a new System Reserved. No F.

You could later make another partition by shrinking C if you want another partition. Most here would tell you to do that---to store data somewhere other than C. But it's a matter of personal preference.

Delete, rather than format. Windows will automatically format what it has to format when you choose to install to that unallocated space.

Then go to Windows Update and get updated; install anti-virus, copy your backed up data to wherever you want.

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Recently my Windows 10 was corrupted and I reinstalled my windows 8.1. I did a clean install and saw that my SSD and HDD were already partitioned. I deleted the OEM and System reserved partitions since I thought it would be ok since it was a clean install (wanted to install as if they were new drives). Now the partition that was the original MSR reserved partition cannot be extended into (the 351 unallocated volume) and I do not see the MSR or OEM reserved partitions. I am currently not experiencing any problems with booting or such, but I am not sure whether I should be concerned. This is what my disk management looks like and the list of partitions of disk 0 which is where my OS is located (currently windows 10 again). Also the HDD had an system reserved partition which I deleted as well, but in diskpart it shows some sort of reserved volume not listed in disk management.

A:OEM, MSR Partitions Don't Show Up After 8.1 Clean Install

Looks like you installed in legacy mode instead of UEFI.

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I've purchased Windows 10 Professional and am preparing to do a clean install of the 64-bit version on my C drive (Windows 10 Home is currently installed). When I reach the "Where do you want to install Windows?" dialog, I see the following default partitions: Name                                    Total size      Free space  TypeDrive 0 Partition 1                     260.0 MB        160.0 MB    SystemDrive 0 Partition 2                     16.0 MB         16.0 MB     MSR (Reserved)Drive 0 Partition 3: Windows            1842.5 GB       1633.1 GB   PrimaryDrive 0 Partition 4: Windows RE tools   980.0 MB        611.0 MB    RecoveryDrive 0 Partition 5: RECOVERY           19.3 GB         2.3 GB      OE... Read more

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Normally I Partition my drives myself using Gparted.
With a Fresh out of the box (Not even formatted) I wanted to see what Win10 would do with the drive.

It created 3 partitions (Which surprised me).
I expected an EFI partition, and the OS partition, but I didn't expect a 450 MB "Recovery Partition" to be created at the very beginning of the drive.

This is a Zenbook (so a UEFI system) UX303UB, 12 GB Ram, i76500U Processor, & an nVidia 940M (with Optimus)

What exactly does Windows 'DO' with this "Recovery" partition, and IF I had partitioned the drive myself with only the EFI System Partition, would Windows 10 Really have cared?
What functionality would I have been out exactly?



A:New SSD - Clean Install - 3 (???) Partitions Created!

That contains the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). It provides you with advanced boot (try depressing shift key while restarting) options - recovery troubleshooting and others. You may or may not prefer to do without it. Those partitions, along with a 16 MB MSR partition (snugged in between the EFI System Partition and the OS Partition, that you don't see in Disk Management) are part of any standard Win10 clean install to a GPT disk.

You can see all 4 partitions from an elevated (admin) command prompt using the following commands, in sequence:

select disk 0
list par

("exit" to leave diskpart)

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I am currently doing a clean re-install, but there are 4 partitions that I am wondering if are ok to delete. It would be great if you could tell me why because I don't want to make a mistake. I have one 500mb total size called Disk 0 Partition 1: ESP type:system. The next one is a Disk 0 Partition 2: DIAGS 40mb. I have an Alienware aurora r4 so I think that is dell diagnostics tool. Next is partition 3 128mb that is MSR reserved. Finally is the recovery partition which I think I can delete. So basically I want to now which one I can safely delete without having any problems. I delete some registry keys accidentally and I wanted to do a clean re-install to play it safe.

A:Clean Re-Install unknown partitions?

You should be following Clean Reinstall Windows 7 espeically the Special Note for Dell Owners at the which explains how to determine whether to keep the OEM Utiliity partition if it will still boot and run Dell Hardware Diagnostics from F12 Menu. If so delete all but that partition to create and Format new as you please. If not then delete all partitions and do same.

Everything that works best is in the blue link, used so far by over a million consumers without a single complaint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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I'm going to upgrade my current 32-bit Windows 7 OS to 64-bit in order to make use of the extended RAM capacity.

However, my external HDD doesn't seem to work any more, and so backing up all the data on the computer currently isn't really feasible (for now, at least - I can't afford to buy a new HDD at the moment).

I know I can't use the upgrade path to install the 64-bit over the 32-bit OS. Can I, though, partition the HDD into two, and do a clean install only over the OS (C) partition? Will the install leave the data on the second partition intact, or will it simply format the entire disk?

A:Solved: Clean Install of Windows 7 64-bit and Partitions

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Hi guys, my first thread here . I recently decided to buy an ultrabook and I got me this one: LG Z360-7416, with a ssd and windows 8 (x64). As usual, it came with a lot of garbage installed which was using almost half of the ssd storage (128GB), so I decided to do a clean install. I got me a msdnaa copy of the windows 8.1 pro (x64). So, i used a pendrive to boot up on UEFI mode and selected custom install and when i get to the select partition, it shows everything fine, i select a partition and when a click on install, it returns an error saying it cannot install on my partition (i dont remember exactly what it says), and when i click on refresh, all my partitions vanishes, even going into the prompt and using diskpart doesnt show my partitions anymore. I tried to load some drivers, but it didnt help. I was only able to install windows 7(x64), where nothing of these things happens, it installs realy easy. I tried to install windows 8 from windows 7, like an upgrade, but after it restarts, it gets stuck also. My disk is formatted on GPT, as im using EUFI on my windows 7 installation.

Tried almost a hundred times using all solutions i found online, but always the same result. And to get even more weird, some rare times it gets to the installation part, where it says the progress, but stays on 0% of unpacking files...

Its seens to be missing some especific driver to windows 8 be able to work with my ssd, but i cant get it right, but if it came installed with windows 8, it must... Read more

A:Windows 8 clean install doesnt see partitions

Take look here:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

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Sorry if this is a duplicate thread. I looked around but couldn't find a thread with the same problem or a solution.
Anyways, I have been trying to do a clean install of Windows 10 on my Acer Switch 10 2-in-1 because my Windows 8.1 fails to boot and it doesn't let me recover it so I can upgrade. When I get to the partitioning screen it doesn't let me delete the partitions. I used two other tools, Gparted and Partition Wizard, but Gparted can't delete the partitions either, and Partition Wizard fails to boot. So I don't know what to do. Please help

A:Can't delete partitions for clean install of Windows 10

NOTE: If you have not upgraded to Windows 10 previously then you need to install Windows 8.1 first in order to upgrade to free Windows 10.

Make sure you only have one disk that you intend to install Windows connected. You can try:
Boot up with Windows installation media (USB/DVD)On the first screen. Press SHIFT + F10 and type
select disk 0
exitContinue with Installation, select custom, select the unallocated partition then click Next (Do not create partition/format. Let Windows create the needed partitions.When prompted for product key. Click on "I don't have the product key" or "Skip this step"

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I am doing a Windows 8.1 clean install. I got to the part where I am asked where to install Windows. I want to delete partitions and repartition, but not sure if I should delete everything.
This is what I have:
Drive 0 Partition 1: Recovery               Total size: 300mb      Free space: 79mb       Type: Recovery
Drive 0 Partition 2                                                   99mb                          70mb                 System
Drive 0 Partition 3                                                 128mb                         128mb   ... Read more

A:Help with Windows 8.1 clean install. What partitions to delete?

If you want to use the full capacity of the entire hard drive (HDD), yes, delete them all and reduce the HDD to space. Then reset one new partition, format it, and you are on your way. This also insures that if there were any junkware, viruses, PUP installes, spyware, etc. it is gone for sure. Remember that Windows will automatically create a tiny space for its own use, so when you are done you will see an "unallocated space" of a few megs. This is normal.

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I am re-installing Windows 10 on my Lenovo Ideapad 210 Touch laptop and was wondering if it's safe to delete the multiple partitions that are presented there? We ran into a problem recently and feel that a clear install would fix the issue. All of our files are saved.

These are the partitions available:
Drive 0 Partition 1: WINRE_DRV 1000.0 MB (total size) 696.0 MB (Free space) Recovery (type)
Drive 0 Partition 2: SYSTEM_DRV 260.0 MB 227.0 MB System
Drive 0 Partition 3: LRS_ESP 1000.0 MB 499.0 MB OEM (Reserved)
Drive 0 Partition 4: 128.0 MB 128 MB MSR (Reserved)
Drive 0 Partition 5: Windows8_OS 425.2 GB 385.9 GB Primary
Drive 0 Partition 6: 509.0 GB 509.0.0 MB 55.0 MB Recovery
Drive 0 Partition 7: LENOVO 25 GB 23.3 GB Primary
Drive 0 Partition 8: PBR_DRV 12.8 GB 3.3 GB Recovery


A:Is it safe to delete partitions for a clean install?

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the tutorial here says to delete all partitions before clean installing windows 10. But I don't want to do that.

I just want to reinstall cleanly on the OS partition only.

In the past with win7, when I had an OS and Data partition, I would just reinstall the OS, and my data would be intact.

Can the same be done with Win10 ? keeping my Data partition untouched?

A:Clean install while keeping existing partitions?

Can the same be done with Win10 ? keeping my Data partition untouched?

Yes. Just delete the Windows OS partitions. Leave your data partition intact.

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I have a top spec HP Envy DV6 i7 laptop which had Windows 7 on it then upgraded to windows 8 then Windows 10. I have noticed that recently the machine has become really sluggish and Cortana is not working not matter what I try.

I have decided to clean install Windows 10 which I have on a USB stick but before I do that I noticed I have 8 partitions

See below

What I want is to have just one partition and clean install Windows 10

So I would be extremely grateful if somebody could list the steps especially how do I boot Windows from USB drive.

How can I delete all the partitions and leave one

Many Thanks


A:Deleting All Partitions and Clean install Windows 10

Hi, cldcp00, and welcome to TenForums.

Note you'll be blowing away your HP Factory Restore partition - I assume you're willing to give that up.

Otherwise, just follow Brink's tutorial here: Windows 10 - Clean Install

Blue text in the tutorial usually are links to other explanations of how to do things - example: " Boot from the USB flash drive".

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Hello all,

Since my computer is performing very poor, I decided to perform a clean install of windows 8.
I have a CD from dell "Windows 8 Recovery Media for Windows 8 Products 64-bit" and a product key.

I followed this guide: Clean Install - Windows 8
Everything goes well untill I reach step 7.

It shows nor unallocated space nor partitions, so I have nowhere to click to install windows.
(this is an example, the only buttons active are "refresh" and "load driver")
Dell Inspiron 15R SE 7520Current OS: Win 8.1Disk mgmt:
Someone who can guide me through?

Kind regards & many thanks

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CREATE clean restore DISK - [ advanced.] { please move if this is the wrong forum, Im
new here }


I've wanted to do this for a long time. I am intermediate to advanced level, on pc.

I am currently using a TOSHIBA satellite, laptop, with xp , no service packs. I am considering upgrading to a HP laptop, with windows 7. But i don't want all their junk installed.

{ I know of no way to buy a laptop without the junk }

I want to create a restore disk , dvd. { the TOSHIBA uses 2 dvd's } that can restore the OS without ANY JUNK software attached. Yes, I know you can delete those programs, but it takes forever and creates a mess!

The current dvd restore disks are older and dont have sp2 on them. so I would add sp 2 to a custom disk, also, it there is a way. { why not xp sp3 ? I found it
runs worse than sp2, for me }

Also, I want to repeat the process for the new windows 7 laptop.
What is the best way to do this please?

Or should I create a junk free version by removing all programs , then copying to another partition?

I would like this copying partition method, as a second way to restore the clean Junk free OS, without having to reformat and use recovery disks.

I would be willing to buy bootit ng, or what partitioning software ?, to do this.

Or is it better, to just install A NEW HARDDRIVE to the laptop to do this? How?

{ I did buy a new, bigger harddrive for the toshiba, but haven't tried to install it yet. Not really sure how }

I hope this is c... Read more

A:CREATE clean restore DISK - [ advanced.]

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Just a basic user here so thought I would ask somewhere on the internet before attempting. Have windows7 installed on drive C:, and have win7 and winxp installed on two other partitions (E: & F: ) on the same hard drive.

Last year I used EasyBCD so that 7 and XP could dual boot as options.

Now the main partition drive C: has way too much crap on it, want to just reinstall windows 7 all over again but leave everything else alone. Will reinstalling windows 7 to drive C: affect the whole drive, i.e. Master Boot Record, special boot loader or anything like that -- do I risk damaging other partitions in any way or any precautions I should take / be aware of?

A:OK to do clean re-install windows7 drive C:? Affect other partitions?

Hello and welcome extra mate I am NO expert but if I understand you correctly you have 7 installed ?twice? and will end up with three installs of 7 plus the XP if you go ahead.

I stand to be corrected but I think you can install again on the same drive it will keep the "old" Windows there too.

Any chance of a screen shot of the Disk Management screen? and some system specifications would be real good too.

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Trying to do a clean install Windows 7, have enough space, Dell Studio 1555 laptop. When I get to the screen "Where do you want to install Windows?" I have:

Disk 0 Unallocated Space 298.1GB

At the bottom of the screen:

Load Driver
Delete (grayed out)
Extend (grayed out)
Format (grayed out)

When I tried to delete Disk 0, not able to.

Been searching on the net for a solution, none found. I am unable upon boot to a command prompt in order to run diskpart. Lost.

A:unable to delete partitions for clean install windows 7

Have read of this tutorial from Step 6.
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

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Hi all I need some urgent help, hopefully i can get some advice.

I accidentally used the cmd prompt and clean and created partition primary wrongly on the wrong disk. Can i know is there any way to recover the data inside? please help... this is what i did below...
Please advise me how do i get back my data and also label it as d drive.

I have downloaded active file recovery and i am currently running super scan on it.


DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

DISKPART> create partition primary

DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.


A:Help! Disk clean and create partition primary recovery

Hope that Jumanji can step in here and help you.

I would NOT try to recover the files as a first choice.

I would think in terms of recovering the partition--rather than the files.

The best single tool is probably Partition Wizard. It would try to recover the partition, and if successful, your files may be intact.

Don't do anything that writes to the disc.

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I am doing a clean install of 8.1 onto a WD 1TB hdd. Using UEFI dvd in port 1 and hdd in port 0. Everything appears normal until the hdd shows unallocated space of 931.5 GB. I select 'new' and want to begin setting up four partitions: Recovery, System, MSR, and Primary. I selected a size of 20,000 MB for Recovery. Soon error msg says it can not create new partition code 0x80070017...sometimes 0x80070057.

A:Clean install will not create partition

Welcome to the forum,

Instead of creating them yourself, have you tried just letting windows create them?

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

Steps 6,7 and 8 in the tutorial above point out what you should see if you do it that way.

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I Installed my windows 7 on C. Now I have 100GB Free on D. So I was thinking if it's good idea to install programs on D? and keep C for windows only?

Like Install firefox, paint.net antivirus all in D..Is that a good idea? or will my laptop be slow?

This is my laptop: Toshiba P205-S8810 review - Satellite Laptops


A:Clean Install 2 partitions - Where to install applications?

No, its not a good idea because most programs like to be on the same partition as Windows is on.

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

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

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

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

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

hope that was of a little help at least

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Hi everyone. I've got two issuesI'm hoping to get help with.

So I upgraded my CPU/Mobo/RAM and did a clean install of windows on the SSD, keeping whatever odds and ends I wanted on my HDD. Everything went great, I'm up and running, drivers all good, windows updates all good.

(Issue 1) However, when I go to Settings>System>Storage>Change where new content is saved and change all of the defaults over to the D drive, Windows doesn't create D:\Users\My Name\Pictures. It creates D:\My Name\Pictures.

Maybe it's just a quirk I need to live with, but I'd rather have a Users folder, especially since my kids will have a profile on this PC and I'll want to move their stuff over also.

(Issue 2) The other thing I noticed is that when I open File Explorer and click the Pictures folder under "This PC," it seems to be pointing to the Pictures folder on C drive, not on the D drive like I'd prefer. Can I just click Properties>Location>Move and point it to the D drive? Or are there other implications with those types of folders that appear under This PC by default?

Thanks for the help!

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I managed to accidentally uninstall "Sonic DVD and CD Burning". (from Add/Remove Windows
Components). When I try to reinstall it, I am told that "The file 'AuthorScript.dll' on
Windows XP Professional CD2 is needed.". Type the path where the file is located, and then click OK. Copy files from: c:\windows \cmpnents\mediactr\i386. I click OK and nothing happens.

I also uninstalled Windows Digital Media Enhancements. When I try to reinstall it, I am told "'The file wpgldfsh.scr' on
Windows XP Professional CD2 is needed.". Type the path where the file is located, and then click OK. Copy files from: c:\windows\cmpnents\mediactr\i386. I click OK and nothing happens.

Please help me resolve these issues and reinstall these items.

I can't find a folder for c:\windows\cmpnents

A:Removed Sonic Via Disk Clean Up/windows Components Clean Up

I suggest running sfc /scannow to verify that all system files are intact, LEARN how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker) in this article! - http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html Louis

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I've done a clean install of Windows 8 + installed all Windows updates.

After doing so I ran the disk clean-up tool to remove temp files and saved files from Windows updates, however I have ran into a problem. The disk clean-up tool gets stuck when it reaches the Windows update Clean-up stage. It's literally been on there for the past hour. When restarting it does say configuring updates but no % bar and also would just get stuck there unless you manually reboot.

Any ideas?


A:Disk Clean-up - Windows Update Clean-up Stuck.

I had the same problem with windows 8 a while back and googled it and found some sites that said to delete everything in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution, do not delete the SoftwareDistribtion folder, only the folders and files in it, these are for the windows updates when installing or something like that. The sites said the the files in the folder could be corrupt. The deleted items will be recreated the next time you check for Microsoft updates. The clean up tool then ran fine BUT it has occurred several more times and I again had to delete the files. I also installed Windows 8.1 beta on a separate hard drive and guess what, it is doing the same thing. Looks like a bug in windows, but deleting the files I said will allow the clean up tool to run. I would only do this if you are brave or see what other people say first.

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it just keeps saying that over n over ! or locate an existing system partition . and its says disk 0 partition 1 232.6 b right on the list , man . please help me get windows on my computer , it wont do anythingobviously without a os and I dont know anything about this stuff

A:setup is unable to create new system partition - windows 7 clean install

There should be an option on the bottom that allows you to delete that partition. Once it is deleted it will be seen as unallocated space and you should be able to install Win 7 on it.

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I had 32 bit win7 home premium provided by OEM. Recently I purchased win7 professional 64 bit in order to increase my memory.(My system is 64 bit capable) I followed [1]. I am using USB for installation. I booted the system with USB. Then at disk manager I deleted all the partitions(including recovery ) Then I refreshed and click next and I got an error saying setup unable to create system partition. I also tried diskpart clean. Still no hope. So I am stuck with a formated laptop. Want to get this working soon. Can anyone of you kindly enlighten me on this issue.


A:Win7 64 bit clean install error. unable to create system partition.

Where did you get the Win 7 that you want to install?

I strongly suspect a bad Win 7 or a hacked Win 7 as the cause.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Hi Folks,

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

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

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

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

Many thanks,


A:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back up your data before beginning.

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

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

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I own a Vaio with a genuine copy of ultimate, but the thing's been giving me hell with SP1 among other general crashes and programs failing to run... Sony wasn't thoughtful enough to provide a disk, and I do have one non-oem (and pirated ) version of 7 lying around, but if I use that to re-install can I still use the serial from Sony?

A:Anyway to do a clean re-install without a disk?

Forum rules prohibit us for assisting with a pirated copy of windows. It is against our forum rules.

Rules link can be found at the top of every page.

Contact sony for a replacement copy.

Please see here:

Tech Support Forum - Announcements in Forum : Microsoft Support

Post closed.


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What exactly does the "clean install" do to an existing Vista C: drive? I have a Vista 64 bit laptop and the Windows 7 upgrade disk from the manufacturer. I do not want the default installation - I want a custom clean install so no Vista crap is carried over and am trying to understand the clean install process. (and yes I have full backups of my data and understand that programs will require a re-install)

Does the clean install
1. actually re-format the C drive?
2. Erase all files on the C drive?
3. something else?



A:WHat does Win 7 Clean install do to disk?

Quote: Originally Posted by FrankP999

What exactly does the "clean install" do to an existing Vista C: drive? I have a Vista 64 bit laptop and the Windows 7 upgrade disk from the manufacturer. I do not want the default installation - I want a custom clean install so no Vista crap is carried over and am trying to understand the clean install process. (and yes I have full backups of my data and understand that programs will require a re-install)

Does the clean install
1. actually re-format the C drive?
2. Erase all files on the C drive?
3. something else?



Hi FrankP999

1) & 2) YES.

Some good reading below:

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


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Seems several people are having this issue. I clean installed Windows 10 64 bit on 3 of my laptops. Two of them have spinning disks, one has an SSD.

The one with the SSD is fine, disk usage sits under 10% when idle. The other two, on the other hand, are constantly between 85-100%, and causing simple things like web page surfing to be very painful as it constantly hangs.

After googling the issue, I have tried all of the following to no avail:

1. Disable Notifications & actions in the All Settings/System section
2. Disable Windows search in services.msc
3. Disable SuperFetch in services.msc
3. Set SuperFetch and Prefetch values to nil in regedit.exe
4. Adjusted the pagefile settings to a min of 1x the memory and 2x the memory max
5. Tried this solution here ... https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3083595

Below is a screen shot of my task manager/disk usage rank. If anyone has any other ideas ... greatly appreciated!

A:Clean Install - Disk at 100%

Have you tried turning off Fast Startup?
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

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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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First off I've searched this but haven't found the relavent information I'm looking for. Chances are I've looked or searched in the wrong places. If you guys can just point me in the direction to the info I'm looking for that would be greatly appreciated.

I've heard I need to boot from disk then format, to do a clean XP install when do I format and how.
Also, I'm going to be getting more RAM very shortly, probably tomorrow, and I think this is the majority of the slow, lagging problems I've been having with the laptop (only 256 now) and I was wondering if I should hold off on the re-install untill I put the new RAM in there or does that not matter.

A:clean XP install from OEM recovery Disk!?

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My computer has 2 hard drives and win 7 files currently live on 500GB c:\drive. I want to do a clean install from Win 7 home Premium 64-bit upgrade disk. However I would like the win 7 files to be installed on the 250GB e:\drive. Not sure how to do this without formatting both drives first.


A:Clean Install win 7 using upgrade disk

Unplug the other HD to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to the target HD. Everything you need to get and keep a perfect install is in the blue link, including the latest official Installer.

If this is a reinstall of the licensed version which came with the PC use the Product Key on the COA sticker pictured in the tutorial. If it's an Upgrade version of an older OS and there's no OS on the target HD for the installer to see when booted to do the install, then leave the key blank during install and afterwards do the quick Option 3 workaround in Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

After install plug other HD back in to copy over your files, then delete the old Win7 partition in Disk Mgmt after Marking Partition Inactive, or wipe the HD to get it cleanest with Diskpart Clean Command

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Please point me to a thread if I missed it ...

I have Vista Ultimate installed today. I intend on buying Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade. I would like to install 7 on a new WD Caviar Black I just ordered as a clean install.

1) Is this possible or will Win 7 flag this as a new install because of the new HD and not let me proceed since I plan on buying an upgrade disk?
2) If not, what options do I have?
3) If I can do this, can I plug my old drive in as Drive D: or E: to transfer the data over?

Thanks in advance,

A:Clean install, new HD, from upgrade disk

You won't be able to install from the upgrade disc unless a previous version of the OS is installed and Activated. That is my understanding until I hear from somebody with the actual media who can say otherwise.

Yes, you can plug in your old drive as a secondary drive and copy over your data.

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I'm expecting delivery of a new computer in a few days, my first with an ssd. Having learnt how tricky it is to keep a clean install on Windows I'm wondering if i could ask some advice?

I will have the OS and programs on the ssd, let's call that c: and data on a regular hd, d:

If after time my c: has become bloated with appdata, unused folders in the users folder etc. How can I revert c: back to it's original state without changing d: ?

Can I do this with a restore point, or do I need another piece of software?


A:How to revert one disk to clean install?


You can always do a clean install, but then you will have to reinstall your apps. I'm not sure if a system restore to the original or any other points would delete the new app folders, but you can give it a shot to create a restore point - if you have enough space - when you feel like you installed your basic apps. If done correctly, D: will not be affected either way.

You shouldn't have any unused folders if you are taking care of windows, you can do it afterwards as well
You will need a good av and firewall as well to keep things clean.

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So basically after i upgraded from vista to windows 7 from the upgrade disk that was sent to me, my computer started having troubles with some things. So i want to know the proper way to do a clean install on my computer. And were do i find all the drivers i need for my computer?

A:How do i clean install from upgrade disk?

If you have a vista install cd, or a xp cd, or a win 2000 cd, maybe even
a win98 cd, you can use the upgrade. Wipe the drive with killdisk, its
free do a google. Then boot to the upgrade, at some point it will ask
you to insert a previous version of windows, windows will look at that
disk, and then say ok, and then ask you to reinsert the upgrade disk.
Im not sure if it requires a full retail version of the previous operating
system, maybe someone else can answer that....

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I have a HP HDX 16 laptop that has a current valid licensed copy of Win7 Pro but I don't have an install disk. I do have the OEM Win Vista recovery disk that it came with but this laptop was long ago upgraded to Win7 HP online (upgrade was included in original purchase since I bought it during the transition) and subsequently upgraded again to Win7 Pro via the MS Windows anytime upgrade online, hence I have no Win 7 disk for this machine.

I want to put in a new SSD to replace the working hard drive but would like to do a clean OS install instead of ghosting the current install. Is there a way to do this, and if so, how, without having to buy a whole other copy?

A:Is there a way to do clean Win7 install if I don't have a disk?

If it the same machine, you can use your license key with fresh installation media

Windows 7 Direct Download Links

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Does Windows XP self boot and copy the necessary system files or do you still need a floppy disk drive like previous windows versions?

A:Windows XP Clean Install Without Floppy Disk?

If you boot with the CD, early on during the install process, you will be given the option to format the hard drive.

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"Floppy Disk not Recognized in Clean Install"
I am attempting a clean installation of Windows XP on a new disk. I have 3rd party drivers to install but the system at this step fails to recognize the floppy drive. At least it fails to respond to the F6 > S > 'Insert ... floppy disk ...' sequence. The drive is required for the floppy disks on which the drivers are located.

Is there a way around this, putting them on a CD or USB since some computers are coming now without floppy disks.

BTW the floppy drives works with an Alt. Boot using Win 2K Pro

A:Floppy Disk not Recognized in Clean Install

You can slipstream the drivers onto your install disk using nLite, if you have a CD/DVD writer.



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Windows XP pro activation notice comes up when booting from the new hard disk (C drive) on which I did a clean install of XP pro sp3. The status is "Already Activated" when booting from the D: drive (formerly C: drive). Thus, in the same XP computer, I have the said two hard disks, each of which can be booted by switching hard disk in the bios. When booting from the new hard disk, the "activation" notice comes up (I try to activate but it fails because of "too many installations") but booting from the 2nd hard disk is fine as windows is already activated on it. Does anyone know how to solve this "activation" problem when booting from the new hard disk? Thanks in advance.

A:XP activation problem after clean install on new disk

Windows OS installs are good for one OS on one drive. Your second copy installed on a additional drive is considered as illegal install.

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