Solved re installing windows 7

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August 23, 2011 at 12:51:38
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit, AMD785
I have an HP computer with Windows 7 on it. The hard drive has like 3 different volumes on it, and I want to wipe it all clean and make it into one Volume! I know this will delete everything, but that is what I want to do. I have downloaded all the drivers from HP, and have ordered a new Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit operating system.

When I get the O.S. can I just pop in the CD and will it let me wipe the disk clean so that I can make the new drive into ONE volume, and then install Windows 7 back on it?



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August 23, 2011 at 15:29:47
I'm sure it will, just have it reformat the drive and it should all install with no partitions (unless you make some)

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#1
August 23, 2011 at 14:24:17
I'd ask how Windows 7 got on it to begin with.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
August 23, 2011 at 14:50:37
I don't see how your reply answered my question, but here goes. The machine came with Windows 7 64bit on it. Now back to my original question, please.

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#3
August 23, 2011 at 14:53:29
windowa 7 install discs all have the option to totally wipe a drive and install a new OS

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#4
August 23, 2011 at 15:23:36
Thanks XpUser4Real, by totally wipe a drive, I hope you mean that it will remove all the volumes on that drive. Thank you for answering my question.

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August 23, 2011 at 15:29:47
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I'm sure it will, just have it reformat the drive and it should all install with no partitions (unless you make some)

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#6
August 23, 2011 at 19:24:48
Here is the reason I asked.

One is basically that you may need part of or some parts of the original install. Either now or later so you may need to understand this. If you bought an upgrade you will need the original data. You may just as easily upgrade in place if you have a lot of apps you want to keep.

Second is that you have that ability to combine partitions right now in this version. The only thing I can think of for buying ultimate is two additions that you may never use. One is Active Directory integration and the other is a free VirtualPC with XP included. Basically you are wasting your money on ultimate.

Lastly, I wonder what use you could get from this expensive purchase? There is very little to be gained by that product. One is AD integration and the other is free xp with VirtualPC.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#7
August 23, 2011 at 21:07:05
When you launch the install disk you will need to choose 'Custom' then 'Partition/Format' then you will delete all partitions, create a new partition (the full available size if you like) and format it. Then just proceed with the install.
When you are finished with the install and adding all of your drivers, make a 'Windows 7 repair disk' and even consider possibly an image of the drive ready to run as it is (to another drive).

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#8
August 24, 2011 at 19:17:18
Yes Fingers, that is exactly what I'm going to do. I have a program called Casper, that will make a "mirror" image of the boot drive, and that will be bootable if something goes wrong with the original boot drive.

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#9
August 24, 2011 at 22:33:12
you also have win 7 image, when you have finished your installation, transfered all your files and installed all your favourite games and proggies, go too the backup center and create an image, and also a recovery cd, even a password disk..

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