Vista laptop drive D full after Win 7 install

November 2, 2010 at 08:41:14
Specs: Windows 7
I had Vista on one of my laptops, and recently installed Windows 7. I had to do a custom install, because a straight upgrade was not an option due to the software versions. It seemed to have installed correctly, however now I cannot install any additional software due to space issues. D: indicates that it is full, so I redirected the software install to C:, but still getting space errors. C: shows 62GB available, so I am very puzzled as to why I am getting errors indicating that not enough space is available. What can/should I do to solve this? Thanks!

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November 2, 2010 at 21:11:52
Typically, D drive on a laptop is your recovery partition.
When you say you did a custom install, did you do a clean install? Did you format your C drive and then install it on an empty C drive?
You should have been able to do an upgrade from Vista, unless you were going from 32bit to 64bit, then it is best to delete the existing partition and create a new partition from the available space and format it (back up first of course).
Please give more details as to the upgrade method, and what is on your C & D drives. If you have a recovery partition, it is best to leave it alone until after you have Windows up and running exactly as you like it (drivers and all) and create a recovery DVD. Then if you like, you can recover the disc space by deleting and expanding an existing partition or creating a new one.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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November 4, 2010 at 11:50:58
what if no drivers are working???

I installed win.7 but did not get any drivers, don´t ask why...

now I can´t connect to the internet so I I can´t download this Driver Whiz's to update all the drivers. :(

I tried to download them and copy to usb key and install them that way but no success.

It would be nice to get help here...

Best regards HP

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November 4, 2010 at 12:21:50
spjallari start you own thread please. That's how we do it around here.

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November 4, 2010 at 12:39:05
I did not format my C: drive before the Windows 7 install, was that something I should have done? Windows Vista Home Premium cannot be simply upgraded to Windows 7 Professional. (both 32 bit) You have to choose the Custom Installation option which does not save any of your program files, documents or settings, and that is what I did. I did nothing at all with partitioning. Now my C: drive shows 62 GB free space but D: drive is completely full. I tried to install Microsoft Office which requires about 130 MB, and chose C: as the destination, but it keeps failing with an error that says that there is not enough space available. Should I have done something with partitioning?

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