Solved Need to format badly infected laptop HDD

June 12, 2012 at 13:59:46
Specs: Windows 7
Long storey I will make short. My Vista 32bit Asus G2S laptop contracted a several nasty keyloggers and trojans. despite having a firewall and antivirus. It came with the operating system but not a cd of vista but if I hit F9 I could restore it back to orginal state. This virus crap infected even that! I know I can buy a vista rescue disk but want to switch to Windows 7 Professional.

That given, the last time I tried to restore {F9] I changed the partionion from two drives to one drive. It was ok but the virus was still there. The system because of the virus won't load windows proper;ly even in safe mode. When I get windows 7 will it allow me to format it from the CD and what parameters do I use to make sure even the restore F9 option is formatted? I am typing this from another system. I have not formatted a drive before but consider myself an intermediate windows user. Money is tight so any utilities I need to download should be free. Thanks in advance for your kind help. - John


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June 12, 2012 at 19:22:13
A Windows 7 Upgrade DVD will first verify you have an installed system that qualifies you for the upgrade so when if fully launches you go immediately to the Custom/Advanced install. Then you go to the Partition/Format Options and you completely Delete all partitions. When the drive is Raw you then create one partition for installing Windows 7 on and Format it. In your case I would select Full Format (it may take a couple of hours but it will write 1's & 0's to all locations) as a safety measure. If you are going to create other partitions, do it later from Disk Manager from within Windows 7 (you have better control that Windows will install on the correct partition - I once set up the entire drive but Windows installed on the second larger partition....).
It is best to get your drivers from the system manufacturer's website, but many (not all) Vista drivers work on Windows 7 and as mentioned generic drivers and drivers from component manufacturers from similar products may also work. Chipset, Video, Optical Drive and even Sound drivers should be easier but other components like built in webcams may be harder unless you can figure out who made it for them.
Linux is an option (and a free download) but I do like W7 and it is more universal.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
June 12, 2012 at 14:28:08
The Windows 7 DVD (not CD) will request during install where to install, use Advanced Options to totally remove any partitions and recreate:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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June 12, 2012 at 15:52:49
thank you now when i format what about my sustem drivers? Will 7 automatically install them? I went to asustek website and they only list drivers for vista system and I am installing 7 how where do I get the correct sytem drivers to match the windows 7?

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#3
June 12, 2012 at 16:14:12
Drivers should definitely be a concern. Win7 may or may not have them itself---it's pretty decent about having somewhat generic drivers for relatively recent hardware. I'm running Win7 Home Premium on an older 2006 Sempron desktop with no problems. If there's nothing on Asus's website, and Win7 won't identify some hardware you may still have issues. You may have to determine specific manufacturers of video and LAN hardware (possibly others) individually to determine if there's a driver (or possibly a "better" driver) for Win7.

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#4
June 12, 2012 at 17:31:58
I rather doubt you NEED the windows 7 Pro version.

A normal windows version may be what you need.

An upgrade may be way less expensive and work just as well.

I have never heard of a virus that affects the recovery software. I'd use memtest and hard drive diags to check for hardware issues first.
Hang up and live.


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#5
June 12, 2012 at 18:03:45
Wipe the HDD, install Linux Mint.

http://linuxmint.com/


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June 12, 2012 at 19:22:13
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A Windows 7 Upgrade DVD will first verify you have an installed system that qualifies you for the upgrade so when if fully launches you go immediately to the Custom/Advanced install. Then you go to the Partition/Format Options and you completely Delete all partitions. When the drive is Raw you then create one partition for installing Windows 7 on and Format it. In your case I would select Full Format (it may take a couple of hours but it will write 1's & 0's to all locations) as a safety measure. If you are going to create other partitions, do it later from Disk Manager from within Windows 7 (you have better control that Windows will install on the correct partition - I once set up the entire drive but Windows installed on the second larger partition....).
It is best to get your drivers from the system manufacturer's website, but many (not all) Vista drivers work on Windows 7 and as mentioned generic drivers and drivers from component manufacturers from similar products may also work. Chipset, Video, Optical Drive and even Sound drivers should be easier but other components like built in webcams may be harder unless you can figure out who made it for them.
Linux is an option (and a free download) but I do like W7 and it is more universal.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
June 12, 2012 at 22:07:55
Yep, most Windows Vista drivers will suffice, as Windows 7 is built of Windows Vista code.

Though you did not state whether you will be installing 32 or 64 bit version !

You can purchase a cheaper upgrade Windows 7 DVD and use for a clean install:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...


Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#8
June 13, 2012 at 20:29:16
Also, if nearly everything except say sound or NIC works, these can be purchased inexpensively as add in cards that will be W7 compatible with W7 drivers and can be used instead of the onboard components. Just an optional work around if needed. In fact, if you are using onboard graphic, there are inexpensive graphics cards (if not used for gaming) that will actually be better than the onboard graphics and support additional W7 graphical features.

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