Solved Installing a new (old) OS over the old one

Systemax Syx venture vxp3d desktop pc
May 17, 2013 at 03:57:02
Specs: Windows 7 Professional, 500G
Re-installing my OS (Win 7 Prof) I've backup up all my data files and other non-losable, so now what -- just slap the Win 7 Prof CD into the CDROM drive and left at it?

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#1
May 17, 2013 at 04:31:24
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A bit more to it than that.

1. Make sure no other storage devices are connected.
2. Boot from the Win7 DVD.
3. Delete existing Win7 partition.
4. Install fresh Win7 on the "unallocated space" (where your old Win7 used to be).

(Step 3 is necessary to avoid your existing Win7 installation from conflicting with the new installation setup process).


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#2
May 17, 2013 at 04:32:59
You might have to change the boot order in the BIOS, to let the computer boot from CD/DVD first.

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#3
May 17, 2013 at 14:08:39
I would wipe out the existing partitions using 3rd party software, not the Win7 disk. Create at least 2 new partitions (one for Windows, one for storage) then format using NTFS. If you install to unallocated space, you're going to be stuck with the hidden (& unnecessary) system partition. If the HDD is prepared in advance, the hidden partition isn't created.

How to Avoid 200MB Hidden System Partition From Been Created During Windows 7 Installation


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#4
May 20, 2013 at 17:03:25
If you install to unallocated space, you're going to be stuck with the hidden (& unnecessary) system partition.

riider,

Can you explain why the system partition is unnecessary?


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