Solved What is the procedure for re-installing Windows 7?

October 25, 2018 at 11:35:49
Specs: Windows 7 Home, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-860 quad-core processor, 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
I own an old laptop that originally came with Windows 7 and was upgraded to Window 10.

I am told that my operating system is all corrupted and needs to be re-installed. Because of the age of the laptop I feel that it is not worth the cost of a new Windows 10 license. What I would like to do is to re-install Windows 7 using the original disc and use the laptop with Windows 7 without upgrading to Windows 10.

What is the procedure to re-install Windows 7 from the original disc and update it to the current version of Windows 7?

Thanks.


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October 25, 2018 at 19:20:42
I'm going to assume you backed up all your important files.

- Boot off the Win7 disc.
- "Press any key..." when prompted.
- When you get to the screen asking "which type of installation", select "Custom (advanced)".
- On the next screen, select "Drive options (advanced)"
- Delete ALL the partitions until you have nothing left but "Unallocated Space"
- Click "New" & create a single partition using all the unallocated space. You will get a prompt about Windows creating additional partitions - click OK.
- Continue with the installation.

After Windows is installed, the chipset drivers should be installed 1st, then the rest of the device drivers. Install an anti-virus before going online.



#1
October 25, 2018 at 11:43:36
There may still be original restore partition on the drive; but may have been obliterated by the win-10 upgrade?

Presuming that partition has gone you, and you say you have the original win-7 disk, then simply boot the laptop from the dvd.

Follow the instructions it brings up.

It will reformat the hard drive to start with, then install win-7 for you.

Get that far to start with, and ”pholks” will tell you how to update it.

You will need the dvd installation disk key; which “may” be on the disk, it more likely on a sticker on the laptop?

If there are files on the drive as is, and you wish to preserve them... then copy them to dvd, and if possible an external harddrive too. Check/verify the copies are accessible too before proceeding with the win-7 installation

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October 25, 2018 at 14:12:18
Thanks for the information!

A couple of clarifications: how can I figure out if the partition is gone or not and what I should do, if it is not gone?

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October 25, 2018 at 15:03:26
Always best you do a clean install.

During the install, Delete all the partitions, keep hitting Delete until Delete & Format are greyed out & you are left with Unallocated.

No other drive should be connected during the install.

Once you have finished the basic install of W7 & it is activated, you can install W10.


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#4
October 25, 2018 at 15:14:54
Before we get too far into it, I'd like to mention a Win10 reinstall will probably activate, since that laptop previously had an activated copy of Win10.

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October 25, 2018 at 15:20:59
If you want to stick with W7, once you have SP1 installed, I use this to do all the updates.
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#6
October 25, 2018 at 15:28:52
This being an olde laptop.... I’d stick with win-7.

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October 25, 2018 at 19:20:42
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I'm going to assume you backed up all your important files.

- Boot off the Win7 disc.
- "Press any key..." when prompted.
- When you get to the screen asking "which type of installation", select "Custom (advanced)".
- On the next screen, select "Drive options (advanced)"
- Delete ALL the partitions until you have nothing left but "Unallocated Space"
- Click "New" & create a single partition using all the unallocated space. You will get a prompt about Windows creating additional partitions - click OK.
- Continue with the installation.

After Windows is installed, the chipset drivers should be installed 1st, then the rest of the device drivers. Install an anti-virus before going online.


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October 26, 2018 at 08:55:32
Thanks to All for the information provided!

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#9
November 20, 2018 at 03:22:39
What is the make and model of your laptop? Do not delete all partitions just yet.

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