how do i wipe my HD clean and reformat the drive.i have win

December 5, 2012 at 07:15:24
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate, 1.6ghz/2gig
i have a windows 7 ultimate OS.i dnt like it and want to downgrade to another OS,but it wont let me do that.what do i do?

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December 5, 2012 at 09:24:00
What do it you mean, it wont let you. Explain what you are trying to do and how.

First thing you need to do is to do some research to find out of there are drivers available for that OS you intend to use and the hardware you have.

If your computer came with Windows 7 and you want to go back to Windows XP, the chances of finding drivers are slim.

You might be able ti install a version if Linux. However, either way, have to decide which OS you are going to install and obtain an instillation CD to install it. You then need to boot from the CD and delete everything that is on your computer at the moment and start again from scratch.

It really is easier to learn how to use Windows 7, it is a far better OS than windows XP. After all, I made the switch and I have been using computers since before Windows was invented.


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December 5, 2012 at 09:25:40
Assuming you want to install an older version of Windows (XP?), the best method would be to completely wipe the HDD of all current partitioning, create at least 2 new partitions (one for Windows, the other for storage), format them both using NTFS file system. That will prepare the HDD, then XP can be installed. However, if you have a SATA HDD (which you probably do), installing XP isn't simple. See the following:

How-to Install Windows XP to SATA Hard Drive

And as mentioned by StuartS, you will have to round up all the XP compatible device drivers for the motherboard chipset, graphics, audio, network, etc, assuming they're available.

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December 5, 2012 at 09:31:22
As you've probably guessed, you can't downgrade an OS without first wiping out the existing OS. You can do that by booting your PC from the Windows CD or DVD that you wish to install, then deleting the existing OS partition. Then install the downgrade version on the "unallocated" space (the deleted partition space).

However, before proceeding with the downgrade you must first make sure that your PC manufacturer has drivers for the Windows version you want to install. If they don't have drivers for that version, there is no point installing it. Check the PC manufacturer's website first.

I have to say I'm puzzled why you dislike Windows 7. It's arguably the most stable and user-friendly version of Windows to date.

I can understand people not liking Windows 8 which was designed to work best on touch-screens, but not liking Windows 7 - why?

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December 5, 2012 at 09:49:09
None of us answered the main question: "how do i wipe my HD clean and reformat the drive"

Partitioning & formatting needs to be done from a bootable disk. Are you familiar with the BIOS? You will have to check the boot order to make sure the DVD drive is listed before the HDD, if it's not, you will have to change the order, save & exit. Then you will be able to wipe the HDD clean, but you'll need the proper software to be able to do it. It's available from the HDD manufacturer's website or there's a number of 3rd party programs you can use. You may be able to do it with the XP disc if you have the SATA drivers or change to IDE mode.

In other words, your downgrade plan will NOT be easy, especially if you're inexperienced.

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December 5, 2012 at 10:12:06
Be sure you have created the restore disks so you can put the computer back to Windows 7 at some point. If nothing else, when you go to dispose of it. Old computers are worthless without an operating system installed.

Another point worth mentioning is that you can make the Windows 7 start menu look like the traditional WinXP stat menu.

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December 5, 2012 at 10:31:55
Also ensure that any applications etc. will work in XP; likely they will... But useful to check beforehand.

Likely drivers for XP will be your biggest headache...?

And as advised bt OtH make a full restore disk set for win-7 - in-case you decide to go back to win-7 at some stage?

What is it that you don't like about win-7?

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December 5, 2012 at 11:24:31
About the only thing I hate about Win7 (and Vista) is the automatic file sort. If you do a lot of file reorganizing and renumbering it is a nightmare. However there are free third party file managers that make auto-sort an option. Pity this option was so carelessly removed but at least there is an easy non-MS way forward.

I wonder why on earth MS removed the useful facility to load a CD or DVD using the Shift key, so that you could browse it without clearing MS popups or disabling them permanently.

Productivity seems to get eroded away with each new OS, often in favor of glitz.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 5, 2012 at 11:42:18
Another point worth mentioning is that you can make the Windows 7 start menu look like the traditional WinXP stat menu.

If you were to see my windows 7 installation you would be forgiven for thinking it is Windows 98 but is is Windows 7 underneath with all the unnecessary eye candy removed.

I don't understand what you mean by Automatic File sort Derek. Once you are into Windows Explorer all you need do is click on the column header and it sorts any way you wish.

The only thing i don't like about Windows 7 ids the way Favourites are organised and the Network Home-group but they are easily circumvented.


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December 5, 2012 at 12:09:20
Re #8. Perhaps I should have said "auto arrange".

I mean that as you add a file it automatically flies into sort order - not handy if you trying to add into a stack of existing files. Previous OS's used to put anything new at the end of the list, until you refreshed or went back to the folder. You could then immediately locate them and change their names to suit what you had in mind.

This might not sound like a big deal if you don't do much renumbering or rearranging. If you do, you will know exactly what I mean. You need to try it on a big project to see how messy it is. Maybe computer productivity is gradually being replaced by Apps, social networking and so forth.

It is not just me - stacks about it in Google - here is but one:

MS have been partitioned about it but they have totally deaf ears and their answer was to remove the thread. They probably fail to understand the problem and I suspect they assumed the original OS designers (from W95 to XP) were bonkers. Sadly it is the other way around.

All it needed was an option then users would have been able to choose, depending on what they were doing.

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December 5, 2012 at 14:54:41
mmm... one must remember that even though BG hath gone from the M$ head office.. there is still a kultur of: "we know best, and "we" will tell the rest how it is to be." Regardless of feedback that clearly suggests otherwise...

Derek - perhaps you can/will suggest one or two of the freebie file manager utils to which you refer (if only for my benefit) please... And I agree with your comments re' teh loss of what worked in that regard in '9x-XP...

Also using the Shift key to load a cd/dvd...? Must have passed by on the other side of life's highway, or been away from skool when that was introduced... Never heard of it before.

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December 5, 2012 at 15:04:24
Where is the OP mrdiddels in this thread?

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions 7 Golds

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December 5, 2012 at 15:40:45
Re #11
Good point. Best we curtail this digression and give the original poster a chance.

trvlr #10
I'll PM you with the info - anyone else interested can PM me.

Please excuse us chatting.
We're ready and waiting to help with your question.

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December 6, 2012 at 09:07:23
Actually, this is the 4th post he has made on this subject, I deleted 2 of them but left the 3rd one open as it is slightly different.

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