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No FAT32 Option on Clean Install of Wnk200

Question: No FAT32 Option on Clean Install of Wnk200

A quick question,

I gave up on ME and did a clean install of Windows 2000 Pro. Part of the install was a reformatting of my harddrive. The only options it gave me were FAT or NTFS format. What I really wanted was FAT32 becuase I play a lot of games. But being that FAT wasn't going to cut it I settled for NTFS.

Question, what is the down side for NTFS for games and second, if I need to go back (I am holding off on re-installing all my software/games/data) to reformat as FAT32, how can I get it to work?

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Preferred Solution: No FAT32 Option on Clean Install of Wnk200

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: No FAT32 Option on Clean Install of Wnk200

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I'm trying to do a Repair Install on my wife's computer. It has Windows Vista SP2 platform 32 bit operating system. When I try to make a recovery disk it displays 3 choices:

Create Factory Default Disc
Create Current System Configuration Backup Disc
Create Driver and Application Backup Disc

Which option should be chosen to do a "clean install?"

Thank you for your help.

Answer:Option for Clean Install

Hello Fertigline, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Since your wife's computer is a OEM factory store bought computer, a clean install would be a factory recovery instead. This will format Vista, then reinstall Vista back to factory default conditions like when you first turned it on out of the box.

If this is what you wanted to do, then the link below can help show you how to for an Acer brand computer.

Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for Recovery media and Restoring a system to factory load

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi,

I am trying to clean install Windows 7 Professional.

When in 'Where do you want to install?' [after selecting Custom (Advanced) option], I am not getting the Advanced option for format (clean install) under the listed HDD partitions.

Pls assist how can I do a clean install deleting my previous OS (Vista Home Premium).

Answer:Clean Install Option Not Available

Are you booting from the disk?

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After doing a clean install of XP Pro SP3 there is no hibernate tab in the power panel and the standby option is greyed out.   I have tried both the Thinkvantage system update function to install drivers and have also manually installed the chip driver and power manager.  There are no warnings in device manager.   I don't see any BIOS options that would affect ACPI but I did wonder why my new SL500 has ver 1.12 system BIOS when the Lenovo site shows 1.08 as the latest released in August .  I have seen reference to an ACPI driver in one of the forum posts but I don't see any such driver in the Lenovo matrix.  Incidentally hibernate was active on the original Vista Home installation and PC Dr shows no hardware problems.    I am desperately out of ideas so any hints would be greatly appreciated.













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Answer:No hibernate option after XP clean install

Hello, if your SL has got 4GB of ram, then this is not a bug but a feature of XP. Look here . RegardsAndreas

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That's basically my question. I'm planning to upgrade my Win7 laptop to Win10 next week and I'd like to know if there is an option for clean install (Delete all files, fresh windows settings, old windows moved to "windows.old" folder) from Windows Update or do I have to download Windows 10 Media Creation tool?
Thanks!

Answer:Does Upgrading to Win10 from WU have clean install option?

There is a special procedure for doing a clean install without having to go through the upgrade process. Is this what you are looking for?

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

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That's basically my question. I'm planning to upgrade my Win7 laptop to Win10 next week and I'd like to know if there is an option for clean install (Delete all files, fresh windows settings, old windows moved to "windows.old" folder) from Windows Update or do I have to download Windows 10 Media Creation tool?
Thanks!

Answer:Does Upgrading to Win10 from WU have clean install option?

There is a special procedure for doing a clean install without having to go through the upgrade process. Is this what you are looking for?

Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

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I'm sure this has been asked 100 times before but my computer randomly shuts itself down so I don't really have the time to look for it. I'm very sorry!

I need to reinstall Windows XP. I want to do a clean install. I have the disc and the reg code. What I don't have is the BOOT FROM DISC option!! How do I get it or how do I do it? I'm wicked frustrated and I just want my computer back to normal!! ARGGH
 

Answer:XP clean re-install, no boot from disc option.

Look in your BIOS , , set the first boot device to CD, second as Hard Drive. Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. T

he prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm
 

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okay well its come to this, i am so close to quite literally just blowing this computer up its not even funny, i have been searching for over 11 hours straight with no break on how to remove sp3, and nothing works. i have tried all four methods that everyone only seems to know and none of them do anything.

-it does not show up in add or remove programs
-i am actually literally completely missing the $ntservicepackuninstall$ folder (and yes i have searched another 3+ hours on trying to find out how to fix that, with no success)
-I cant do a system restore because i just had to do a repair installation, because it was the only way to get rid of the virus on this computer that had been wreaking havoc for over a week, and really looking like i was gonna he to just wipe the HDD, so that is out of the question
-and i finally decided to put aside my pride and do the most ridiculous thing over using the recovery console which in my opinion is going so damn overboard for such a simple task it is unfathomable

now the reason for doing so is not that sp3 is that bad, it's just that there is literally about a snowball's chance in hell i am going to live with on this just about the two worst things that a computer could have
(well besides horrific, hideous look and layout, what makes me want to be drawn and quartered rather then ever use it vista or windows 7, BESIDES THAT...)
Horrible Windows Media Player 11 and Demonically horrifyingly hideous IE8

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Answer:how to remove sp3, ive tried all four methods, and clean install isnt an option

Dude,

Best bet - Caddy the HDD, secure the data that you need and do a clean install - That's your quickest, simplest method. That, and you can be certain that the Virus has gone..

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1) I am using driver 258.96 with my gtx 460 video card (1 gig ddr 5 ). I would like to use the the new nvidia driver 301.42. Is this driver any good and does it help my performance.

2) I was told that I dont have to go to safe mode to install new driver. I just download driver, execute it and pick custom and then pick clean option and install It. Is this okay to do it this way. What does the clean option actually do.

I use ggames like bullet storm or mass effect 3

Answer:Question on new nvidia driver and install with clean option

I've been told the same thing. But, I always run driver sweeper in safe mode and check the Nvidia display check box. Then click analyze and clean. Then install using the custom clean install method. it works well for me. The 301.42 drivers have mixed reviews. Some people get good performance increases from them and others not so good. I have them installed and they did not improve my performance but did not hurt it either. Nvidia is rumored to be coming out with a large driver release this month sometime.

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Hello W10Forums;

We are thinking about releasing the Windows 10 upgrade into the wild on the machines of our customers. However, since we are using specific management software e.t.c., we do not wish the users to perform a clean install of Windows 10, only the in-place upgrade.

Is there a way to remove the 2 other options in the upgrade screen?

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade - block the clean install option

Talking about a reset without keeping anything is one way without a Windows 10 Media.

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Hello W10Forums;

We are thinking about releasing the Windows 10 upgrade into the wild on the machines of our customers. However, since we are using specific management software e.t.c., we do not wish the users to perform a clean install of Windows 10, only the in-place upgrade.

Is there a way to remove the 2 other options in the upgrade screen?

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade - block the clean install option

Talking about a reset without keeping anything is one way without a Windows 10 Media.

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

Answer:Clean-install Windows 7 after the Win10 revert option has expired?

The Windows 10 upgrade did nothing to your Windows 7 product key, it remains just as valid to use in any legal installation as it always was. HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it. You have 1 license/product key for Windows - that means only one installation of Windows is legally allowed from that license/product key, Windows 10 or Windows 7, not both; even though only your honesty is preventing you from using the same license for both the Windows 10 and Windows 7.

If you choose to purchase a second license for Windows, then you can see here for more information:
Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums

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I am currently in the process of building a new PC and am now installing XP Home upgrade as the OS. I have opted to use the whole of the Seagate 60GB HDD for XP. I have done this several times before, albeit only on drives up to 40GB, and I always got the option to use FAT32 or NTFS. On this installation I only have the option to format using NTFS (quick) or NTFS. I am sure that FAT32 can recognise drives up to 2 Terabytes. For information the HDD is attached to a Highpoint Rocket ATA133 controller card which has been correctly recognised on setup. I would prefer to use FAT32 rather than NTFS. Any ideas?

Answer:No option to use FAT32 on new XP installation

I have just read the Microsoft KB article 314463.Part of it says: "You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup. If you need to format a volume that is larger than 32 GB, use the NTFS file system to format it. Another option is to start from a Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me) Startup disk and use the Format tool included on the disk." However, I think that I will take this opportunity to try NTFS.

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Hi all,

I've just had to replace a faulty HD, not my System disk fortunately but the one I keep backups on.

Previously I've always used a DOS Boot disk and done the FDISK and FORMAT from there.

This time I thought I'd do it though Disk Manager in WinXP.

I went through the Detect and Initalise, then to FORMAT, but in the drop down options it only had one i.e. NTFS. The help text certainly mentions FAT and FAT32.
Not a real problem, but I'm wondering why the other options weren't available?

(I do prefer to have back up HD's as FAT32 so that if needed I could read from DOS).

Any advice please?

Cheers
Hew

PS WinXP at SP2 and fully up-to-date.
 

Answer:Solved: Win XP, New Disk - No FAT32 format option

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I recently obtained an upgrade for Vista Ultimate (I'm currently running Vista Home Premium), dated 2007. According to the upgrade chart, it's supposed to be perfectly fine to upgrade from Home Premium to Ultimate. However, I get past the product key dialog and the next one indicates that my system is not capable of taking an upgrade, but can perform a clean install. Strange.

I went on-line and ran into a blitz of different answers to this problem, but finally found something that might look like the reason:






Q. Could this problem be occuring because I have Vista Home Premium SP2 applied, and my Ultimate Anytime Upgrade only includes SP1?
A. Yes. you would need to uninstall the Windows Vista SP2 and then upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate.
Note: An upgrade always begins at the desktop. After uninstalling Windows Vista SP2, boot to the Windows Vista Home Premium desktop, then insert the Windows Vista Ultimate upgrade DVD disc in the DVD drive.



Is this right? Do I need to roll back SP2 in order to do the upgrade to Ultimate, then re-apply SP2 once it completes?
Also, side note question: I entered my product key and then the installation type dialog came up next after a few moments. Does this mean my product key passed the validation? I just want to be sure that my product will activate, as I bought this 2nd hand and was assured that it wasn't activated.

Answer:Ultimate Upgrade won't upgrade--only Clean Install option given

I am not going to answer your question, directly, but will say that a clean install is always better. Go with the clean install. You do not save time with an upgrade if you take into account the multitude of problems that may occur.
Back up your stuff, use Windows Easy Transfer and all you need to do is reinstall your software and you have the very best installatio, a clean install.
Enter your key after you have used the system for a few days, your software is all installed and you are satisfied, you have 30 days, which can be extended.
Clean Install From Upgrade Vista
Would you want your old car after being detailed or a brand new 2012 car, it works the same with the OS.
If you choose not to use my advice, you need to have SP1 with an SP1 install.

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So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?
 

Answer:Clean win7 install after clean win10 install?

nightanole said:





So hipacritly, if you accepted the win10 upgrade, did the "fresh install option", and decided you wanted to go back to win7 in the future, how would you do it? Can you use any normal win7 install media and grab the key from win10 before you blow it away? Do you have to call in and give the robot your win10 key?Click to expand...

I recommend imaging the windows 7 system using acronis or some other imaging software. Then doing the upgrade activating then reverting back to the image.

Lets say you already wiped it out and did a clean install. there is no way that I no to go back to windows 7 without a windows 7 key. There are downgrade right but they still require a key (I know it's stupid).
 

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Fresh Installing Windows 10 and before downloading file, I was thinking if I should format my drive to Fat32 OR NTFS OR exFAT?

Does it make any difference ? - Plz Guide me.

Answer:USB install - Fat32 OR NTFS ?

Try NTFS. I don't think it makes much difference what the host installation is on What does matter of course is the destination.

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Fresh Installing Windows 10 and before downloading file, I was thinking if I should format my drive to Fat32 OR NTFS OR exFAT?

Does it make any difference ? - Plz Guide me.

Answer:USB install - Fat32 OR NTFS ?

Try NTFS. I don't think it makes much difference what the host installation is on What does matter of course is the destination.

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installed new 80gb hdd initailly had choice tou format in fat32 or ntfs Ichose ntfs. I now want to format in fat 32 but win cd only allows formating in ntfs please help

Answer:have a new 80gb HDD not able to install FAT32

I suggest You try deleting the while partition and recreating it as a FAT32 one.start here:right-click my computer, -> manage -> disk management

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Hi

Is it OK to Install XP on FAT32 ?

Thanks

Mike
 

Answer:Solved: Is it OK to Install XP on FAT32 ?

There is NO problem installing XP on Fat32. Although unless there is a real need to, it would be better to use NTFS. NTFS has many added features such as less fragmenting and secuirty as opposed to Fat32. That being said, Fat32 is equally supported by XP and you can always upgrade to NTFS later on, although I wouldn't recomend it.
 

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I have read before that there is a difference when you install XP on a FAT32 partition compared to NTFS. The problem is I can't find the article anymore

A colleague of mine mentioned that it has something to do with security, but I would like more detail than that. I am asking this because I might be able to pull of my dual boot plan by making my C FAT32... (http://forums.techguy.org/t78659/s6ca9d38f75cbfb1ff49f451434b4a6f4.html)
 

Answer:XP Install - FAT32 vs NTFS

Here's one such article. It has the security concerns you were asking about

One such article
 

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Right now I'm running winME on my c drive. I have a new wd 80gb wd drive coming with new xp pro. My plan is to install xp on a 18gb partition. My existing usage on c drive is only about 6gb, so space shouldn't be a problem, I'll probably create a new partition or so after xp is installed on the 80gb.

I will use my existing c drive as a slave to the new drive, (making it d drive). My question is can I use the existing drive with ME on it to use as a backup if I format the new c drive in NTFS? In other words, can I copy and paste files betwen the two drives reguardless of the file system. Files are files, correct or no?

Say for example, for some reason I need to reformat and reinstall xp, I can use the files I backed up to d drive without any problem? Still a little confused about file systems, and actual files. I have no intention to dual boot btw.

I also plan to backup to cd or dvd on a regular basis as well. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated. Flames too for that matter
 

Answer:New xp install, FAT32 or NTFS?

go NTFS... not quite as fast, but more secure and more up to date...


-=R=-
 

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I recently did a clean install of WIN 7 Pro 64 bit. Prior to this I was getting the opportunity to upgrade to WIN 10 Pro but did not do so on the relevant desktop.

I have installed all the hundreds of Windows Updates and rechecked for any more multiple times but I still don't get the one to upgrade to WIN 10.

How do I get the option back to upgrade to WIN 10?

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Clean installed WIN 7 now cannot get upgrade option for WIN 10

Download the Media Creation Tool! IF you had reserved a copy of 10 you should have by now received the second of two emails the first confirming the reservation and the second indicating "Why Wait?" with the link to the page for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Media Creation Tool used to download 10 as well as see the installation media created.

The 10 app first seen in 7, 8, 8.1 isn't a requirement since 10 is now readily available for download. Only a few days ago the click on the app suddenly started seeing the download of 10 while I already have a working dual boot of 10 with 7 going! But if you didn't reserve the copy of 10 and didn't receive the second email this is what it has to say.






When will my free upgrade arrive?

You’ve already reserved, so your free upgrade is on the way. This is the largest software upgrade event ever and we’re managing it so everyone has a great experience.

Your notification to upgrade could come as soon as a few days or in a few weeks.

In the meantime, you can always check your upgrade status in the Get Windows 10 app. Find the app by clicking on the Windows icon on your task bar.

Here are some common questions about the upgrade process. Click on the links for answers.


When will I get my free upgrade?
How long do... Read more

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Hi BC,
Couple months ago I spent some time in your malware forums trying to resolve issues with a constantly running Windows 7 media center which I noticed was running - not my - porn and bitcoins through. The issue progressed, solutions did not, files got locked, online access became scarce, and as I couldnt keep in timely contact with your well-intentioned helpers here, my thread was closed. To not be a burden on volunteer time, I left the idea of one on one help behind and sought additional insight on my own.
4 months after first noticing an issue, I have my same refurbished HP notebook with no accessible OS, no way to install one from disk, no income, and no hope.
I do have 12 weeks of notes from the most tenacious remote hack I believe exists. It has swallowed my entire home network and every machine in it, even those not configured for online access.
To start, I just want to get an OS on my laptop. I've long since kissed my data goodbye. I ran killdisk multiple times - the last time took 6 days - but I still have an X drive with a registry, command prompt, notepad, you name it, on my machine. I just dont have normal access to "windows"... all these individual programs I can access through command prompt.
Today I'm looking at a new security log called "backup" that starts, "administrative privileged user logged on. Parsing template defltwk.inf. Configuration engine was initialized successfully..."
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Answer:Can't clean install Win 7: Can't create partitions or clean disk. Remote hacked.

Hard drive manufacturer?
 
Can you enter the BIOS?
 
System manufacturer and model?
 
In spite of your assertions...the original topic reflects no evidence of malware found, IMO.
 
Louis

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Hi,

Due to some corruptions in files system that can't be repair. I decide to do a clean install of vista from recovery partition preinstalled in D drive.

My question is does the clean install also clean out any hidden/unactive virus/rootkit if i format the laptop to its factory condition?

I have tried various AV software on this old laptop but the results come out clean but I still suspect there're some remain hidden as the system is slowly corrupted.

Answer:Clean install vista from recovery partition in D drive also clean virus?

Hi,

The answer is yes it will, if you do a destructive install (Format "C") & it has not infected any other drives.

So, what drives do you have on your system? "C" (System) & "D" (Recovery) plus DVD/CD drives.

Do you have anything else? USB plug in hard drives or USB memory sticks etc. etc.

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Hi Guys
BACKGROUND: Im relatively experienced technical windows guy but I wanted some top tips please rebuilding my XPS17 (L702X tag D6F23S1) after my HDD started corrupting files & registry after 5 years use.
I swapped it for an SSD, now I have some challenges which I'd love some help / wise advice with.
I WOULD LIKE TO: Either recover the image from data (need help) or do a full format of the Windows partitiion (ensuring I have all the right drivers) and begin the painful task of a rebuild. 
CURRENTLY I HAVE DONE THE FOLLOWING:
1. Imaged the original HDD and applied the image to the SSD. 
2. I have tried a new install of windows which has installed to the original drive but leaving only 10% space free.
3. When I break out of the boot sequence I dont get the Dell Recovery option but i can see the Recovery partition in 'Disk Management'.
4. I cant find the recovery discs easily (think house move and everything in the attic situation) made originally but I do have the data on my network NAS and can copy over to a USB stick - I have tried to boot to the USB but I cant make that happen.
QUESTION:
A. Is there a good guide that allows me to download and boot to a recovery environment, format the C: drive and reinstall windows?
B. Is there anyway I can download software which can utilise existing data I have to recover the original windows state please?
I'd be grateful for any advice you can give!
Many thanks
Marcus

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,

ms

Answer:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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Finally decided to wipe my drive and reinstall windows.   PC has been working good but lately started acting strange with intermittent connectivity and the just yesterday all connected wifi devices lost their log info so that was odd.  Today when I rebooted this PC, I saw the original windows start up screen you'd see if during a fresh install or a restore and that's not right.  Finally I took at look at event viewer and saw a new NT user was added and I didn't do that so here we go again.   This time I suspect the vectors is a compromised Gateway which I have reset but will need to replace with better quality equipment than the junk Comcast is renting me.  This prompted me to run Farbar and come back to the forum for help.
 
2nd issue-  I need help with my Norton firewall settings.   I want to lock this pc down except for approved programs.
​Here is the log and thanks in advance again.  Farbar and addition below
 
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 26-12-2017
Ran by Ronin Asus (administrator) on DESKTOP-O7VPJFK (26-12-2017 17:33:55)
Running from C:\Users\Ronin Asus\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Ronin Asus (Available Profiles: Ronin Asus)
Platform: Windows 10 Home Version 1709 16299.125 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Edge)
Boot Mode: Normal
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I would like to integrate updates and drivers to my windows 8.1 x64 image and install it as GPT/UEFI.

Latter requires fat32, which has trouble accepting the install.wim, grown over 4GB in the integration process. I've read on a few sites that splitting it using the /split image doesn't work for windows 8(.1).

Has anyone tried it recently? Is there any way to install a 4+GB image on GPT?

Answer:Split large install.wim image for GPT (fat32)

Try using exFat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT it's compatible with Fat32 but can accept files greater than 4GB.

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I'm currently trying to install windows 7 from a usb on my laptop, however I seem to have a strange issue - when I go to set the boot priority in my BIOS, it does not list any NTFS formatted usb drives as boot options. I've tried this with multiple usb drives formatting them to both NTFS and FAT32: whenever a usb drive is formatted as FAT32, the BIOS acknowledges it as a boot option, if it's formatted as NTFS, the BIOS refuses to accept the drive's existence and doesn't show it as an option.

So my question is: can I just use a FAT32 formatted usb drive, boot from it and and install windows 7 that way? After all, there aren't any files larger than 4GB in windows 7's installation files, so it shouldn't be an issue, or are there other concerns? I am asking because all of the tutorials about installing windows 7 from a usb always tell you to format it to NTFS, but I don't know if they do that just because NTFS is the newer format or because there are actually some kind of issues wiht using FAT32.

I guess I should also point out these things, because they might be relevant:
- I used this guide to create a bootable usb: Install Windows 7 From USB

- I tried using the bootable usb created using the guide above with my desktop pc and everything worked just fine, i.e. I managed to boot from it and reach the installation screen

- I am running windows 8 and ubuntu dual booted on a single hard drive. I should note that I did install ubuntu from a usb drive on this laptop, so booting f... Read more

Answer:Is it possible to install windows 7 from a FAT32 formatted usb drive?

Hello Norsul, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, the USB flash drive can be formatted with either NTFS or FAT32.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Sometimes with NTFS you may have to select to temporarily boot from the USB flash drive from the motherboard's boot menu.

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I was given a very old computer .... I was going to install win98 on it... but everytime i tried to boot from the HDD formated in FAT32, it would say "Invalid system disk". So i booted with a 95 boot disk, formated the hdd in FAT16, it boots up fine. Is this normal? I'm guessing it's a 16bit processor, and can only read 16 bit allocation tables?

correct me if i'm wrong

the real story:
I'm hacking up an old AOLTV unit. the processor is a "166-MHz Cyrix MediaGX Gxi". i soldered in a keyboard ps/2 port, and a pci card slot

Thanks for any info!

edit: also, if this is the case, is there a way to make a FAT16 partition over 2 gigs?
 

Answer:Trying to install OS on older computer (166mhz), cant read fat32?

Not really having any advice for you, I just thought that I would say...

POST PICS!!!

that sounds awesome man, I wanna have a look!
 

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I downloaded Norton System works and ran the registry cleaner. It re-booted and now I only get blue screen. I cannot get to the desktop. I ran the Startup Repair and cannot fix the problem. Problem signature: Problem Event Name: StarupRepairOffline, etc.

I then tried the system restore and it said I could restore to a earlier restore point. !You must always restore the drive that contains Windows. I was trying to restore windows drive C:. It will not let me select c: drive to restore. Status says you must enable System Protection on this drive. I tried everything on the System Recovery options. I even tried safe mode and still get the blue screen.

I currently not at home and don't have my windows 7 disk with me. Can anyone have a suggestion, other than re-installing windows 7.

Answer:Blue screen after running Norton Clean registry option

Hi bhigdon
Maybe Norton messed up your registry and then the attempts to fix ended up messing up the installation completely.

First thing you should do is to try to get this HDD to another machine and back up any personal files you have. I beleive that further attempts to fix it might ionclude wiping it clean.

I would suggest you run a SFC /SCANNOW command, which is meant to analyze and fix the system files. But you need to run it from a command prompt, unfortunately you don't have it even in safe mode.

What you can try is to run Windows PE (which is what the installation program runs under) and then run the command from there. Please be aware I have not done it myself, so no guarantees it will work or will work right

For WinPE you need to download Windows AIK and burn a DVD with the WinPE boot

Let me know if you make progress.

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My son bought a new computer and is giving me his 2 year old Win7 HP desktop to replace my still truckin 8 year old XP. His computer has Nortons and no virus issues - runs fine, a little slow maybe. He already copied off his stuff but I would to start using it with ALL his user files and torrent downloads gone, clean registry etc. I know can start by deleting his user file, uninstalling some programs, doing a disk clean etc. But is there a one stop idea to make it look like day one or do I need to do multiple functions? If multiple, what would be on the list? I would prefer NOT to do a clean install as I really don't want to reinstall all the programs, win7 updates, drivers, the printer etc. Thanks!

Answer:Best option to clean Win7, remove user files but keep programs

You can try the steps to Clean Up Factory Bloatware but if it's never had a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then the HP factory preinstall is the worst install of Win7 one can have.

If it's dysfunctional I'd run a Repair Install after doing the clean up tutorial steps to turn off all the unneeded crapware, check if its' damaged system files, clean and defrag.

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OK so here's the scenario:

When I got my machine it was WinME - installed XP Pro but was afraid to lose files by converting to NTFS so I stayed in the FAT32 format on my internal drive.

Then I added an external drive (maxtor 160gb) to handle MP3's, JPEG's, etc + backup my internal drive and that drive too was in FAT32 format.

One day the external drive couldn't be accessed so I tried to get it re-mount with no success.

Dilema:

I need to recover the data on the external drive!

Was told I should try hooking up the external drive to a WIN98 machine (still FAT32) to try and move the data off the drive - then I could format that drive (and the internal) all to NTFS and life would go on. Only one problem - have a WIN98 machine with no USB ports or a WIN NT (sp6) machine with USB ports to use to do it but can't seem to get things right?

Questions:

What about a parallel to USB cord (do they make one) to give my WIN98 machine a USB port to try and re-mount the external drive?

Any way that a WIN NT (sp6) machine can read FAT32 files?

Any other brilliant ideas?

Appreciate the help - have always found the replies here to be very thorough and helpful!
 

Answer:HELP - External drive in Fat32 won't mount on XP Pro machine still in FAT32

Welcome to TechSpot

You could always take the harddisk out of the external case and put it inside another PC.
Make a note of the jumper-settings as the HD comes out of the case, then set that HD to Slave if needed (depending where you connect it to).
All Windows versions can read FAT32.
 

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When I upgraded to windows 10 from windows 7,
it worked fine for the next few hours then
i couldnt acess the log in screen
it was just stuck on the slider and then it flickers.

tried to trouble shoot, system restore, clean installed
(using the restart 3 time to trigger system diagnose screen)
tried to use the usb media tool but i t didnt work
it still asked for the usb boot device or disk despite it running that error on the usb
(i used the x64 bit boot installer from windows from another computer,
after i tried to boot the USB on pc, the. i tried it on the laptop after,
it says that there's an error with the autorun.dll error 0xc1 error
and 0xc000012f error

now when I try to load windows on pc it just says
"your pc failed to start, we'll restart for you " screen
then it just loops from there.

help please and thank you uvu
i'll love you forever

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If I run Vista as a custom install from the DVD why when I look in either "computer" or C:\ do I find 3 folders, one for a device manager for a Philps MP3 Player I have and 2 folders of files and data etc for a PIC Programmer I used in the previous install of the OS. Why have these 3 been carried foward ??? Also patches and Acer set up wizard stuff also from previous install.

Answer:Clean custom install Vista NOT CLEAN Help !!

I'm wondering if their is a difference between a custom installation and a clean installation. I have seen a number of programmes that offer custom installation meaning that you can elect to install or not various features of the programme and later on you can go back into the custom installation and add or remove features that you require. Personally I would have thought that any clean installation would require the disk or partition to be formatted first thus removing all traces of the previous installation and then installing the programme on the newly formatted drive.Microsoft does seem to be ambiguous on this point click here and they seem to imply that custom and clean are one and the same thing.

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I think I have a virus or malware and have been unable to get rid of it after many tries, and I am having multiple problems with this home built computer running Windows 7Pro 64bit. I installed a retail version of Windows 7Pro 64bit and I have my original installation disk. I want to do a clean erase of my 480GB SSD and then a clean install of the same Windows 7Pro 64bit. Can you tell me how and provide any cautions etc. Thanks.

Answer:How can I do a clean erase of my SSD to clean install Windows 7?

Hello Joseph,

If you like, a normal clean install will also wipe the drive before installing.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Two questions...

I reformatted and reinstalled XP Pro into a family members P4 laptop the other day and there are two things that kind of have me stumped.

The first thing is....after install and every boot after that until I altered the boot sequence I was greeted with the "Which OS would you like to load...XP Pro or XP Home?" option. The thing is I deleted all partitions and recreated a new one before I installed XP Pro, so where did the option to load XP Home even come from? Curious, I tried to load the Home edition and of course it said no OS present, or whatever...I can't remember the exact wording, so I just went in and changed the time period allowed to choose to zero seconds and left Pro as default.

Second issue and more importantly....When I did reformat the new partition I must have had a brain lock as once I had the system up and running to my satisfaction I noticed it was formatted as a FAT32 drive. Not being happy with myself I went and converted the drive to NTSF via C Prompt within windows following the instructions I found elsewhere here.

In these instructions it said to be patient as this process may take considerable time but in reality it only took about 5-10 minutes. OK whatever...I went and checked to confirm it worked and sure enough it is now converted to NTSF.

Here's the thing....though everything appears to be operating properly, just as it did as FAT 32, it now runs much slower as NTSF...about 3 times slower, especially at boo... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] New XP install runs slow after converting FAT32 to NTFS

No takers yet, eh? Perhaps I posted this in the wrong section? If the staff feels there is an area of the forum that would be more appropriate for these questions feel free to move my post.

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Last week I installed Vista using a clean install. In the Vista installation setup I deleted the entire hard drive, formatted it, and installed Vista. I noticed it didn’t have the same performance that a fresh install of XP had, moreso than I assumed a performance hit from Vista would make (I use an OC’ed C2D @3 GHz, 4 GB Ram, raptor HD).

My theory is because it wasn’t fully reformatted. Like in XP, when running from the CD, you go through all the blue screens, click delete partition, non-quick format, and then it takes a long time saying “formatting”, and then after it spends 1-2 hours formatting, it then installs XP. In Vista. I clicked delete partition, it said deleted, and then went straight to the installation, and completely skipped the long formatting process.

I also noticed when running Vista that my hard drive ALWAYS seemed to be accessing something when using Vista. I would like to discover a way to FULLY reformat Vista and not their crappy version saying it is reformatted and then finding it doesn’t seem to be.
 

Answer:Vista Clean Install = Not So Clean

Look up bootit next generation in google and download the cd version iso burn it when you boot the cd bypass the install by saying no when it asks to install it will then give you the ability to access the partitions and you can format a bunch of ways fairly quick and then tell it to reboot put in the vista cd and let it format it however it wants there will be nothing left from the earlier install it even gives you the option to secure wipe the drive {time consuming}
 

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hello
I had many problems with BSOD crashes, and decided to make a new clean install (SSD or harddisk).
If I make a new clean install (no upgrade) is it enough to create 1 continuous unallocated disk and then it will make a clean install
Or do I have to "clean up" my old disk first before making a clean install?

Answer:Clean disk before clean install?

You can delete all of the partitions on the disk that you're installing Windows to. The installer will automatically create the partitions that it needs (2 for an MBR disk, 3 for GPT), and format them. It takes very little time, at least on an SSD.

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Hello,I have few of A22m's and A21m and a few weeks back I did clean install WIN XP SP2. All is good with the exception of Ethernet card - which is not recognized after the installation. Previously those systems were running XP SP1 and there were no issues with the Ethernet card. I have tried all possible driver downloads from Lenovo/IBM support site including Intel and 3com and still nothing. Supposedly the Ethernet drivers are native to win XP, but for some reason I can't get them to work.I want to donate these units to charity, but I want to make sure all works fine. Thanks in advance,Andrzej

Answer:A22m and A21m will not install/recognize internal Ethernet card after WIN XP clean install

Welcome to the forum! Please post the 7-character model number(s) of your A2x ThinkPads (should be something like 262x-xxx), so we can determine the type of mini-PCI card installed. Also, after downloading the drivers, have you unpacked them from the appropriate directory, should be something like C>Drivers>Win>Ethernet. Good luck and let us know. 

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Hi,
I Just bought 25 Thinkpad T431s Laptops for my company (@ISRAEL)All of them came with windows 7SP1 Installed And Recovery is Windows 8 (not 8.1 even though 8.1 is out for a yr!)
The Install process takes 3 Hours!!! Just for upgrading to windows 8.Then I need to upgrade to 8.1 - the process is about 3 hours more! Because I need to Register And create Microsoft account for each user then to verify the account.After that I need to Log with the account to the PC And then Download the update (3.5GB) And Install it.
IS ANYONE AT LENOVO THINKS THAT ITS ACCEPTABLE?DO I WORK FOR LENOVO? DO I NEED TO SPEND 6 HOURS FOR UPGRADING EACH LAPTOP?
Don't forget that after that I need to uninstall all the bloater from the PC. Like Symantec AV (Because Enterprise company's uses Enterprise Class AV, FW And other software. We uses Kaspersky Enterprise, ESET, And others...)
AND ABOVE ALL.If I want to Install Original Windows 8.1 I can't!Because the OS Recovery DVD is not bootable And contain special recovery files with special extensions. Also, there is no PRODUCT CODE! Just "WINDOWS 8" sticker logo on the back of the notebook.
SO I WANT TO KNOW WHERE AND HOW(!)I CAN GET A WINDOWS 8.1 ORIGINAL ISO IN ORDER TO INSTALL IT ON ALL MY PC's.
I want to know why I can't Install Just the "OPERATING SYSTEM RECOVERY DISK" (A standard clean Install)== When I tried with my own Windows 8.1 Pro VL \ RETAIL ISO to Install it didn't pass activation====================== not even with the extracted key from the ... Read more

Answer:NO Lenovo Windows 8.1 Recovery DVD for CLEAN INSTALL! + unable to Install UEFI MODE

Hi ohad, welcome to the forums,
 
I'm sorry to read about your experience. 
 
I don't work for Lenovo but it would appear to me that something may have gone wrong at the sales / purchasing stage; to my knowledge the T431s is only available with Windows 7 preload, (with Win 8 recovery discs in some cases as you have), or with Windows 8 preload. A Win 8.1 preload doesn't appear to be available for the system, but I stand to be corrected on this.  If you required Windows 8.1, in my opinion the better option of the two, would have been a system with the Win 8 preinstall as this would only require updating to Win 8.1
 
Unfortunately I also can't envisage Lenovo creating a factory image for the T431s because it must be pretty near end of life.
 
You might find the following to be of interest;
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Windows-8-and-8-1-Knowledge-Base/Why-can-t-I-boot-from-a-USB-key-on-UEFI...

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I have a T60p with Vista Ultimate.  It has a 100 GB HD with about 6 GB available. (Thanks Vista!)  It has a 2.0 GHZ Intel Duo Core and 2 GB Ram. I am trying to reinstall the OEM Vista without doing a complete Factory reinstall.  How do you do that? Thanks,Vince





VinceT60p, Model 8743CTO, CPU T7200 Core II Duo, RAM 2 GB, Mobility ATI

Answer:Clean Vista Ultimate install without complete factory install on T60p

Hello, please look here a Vista clean install guide on NBR . Kind regardsAndreas

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Sorry if this has been addressed already (a search didn't yield exactly what I was looking for). I'm planning on doing a clean install of Win10 next weekend after upgrading from 7 x64 Pro. I'm wondering if anybody has a detailed account on what happens after the first load of Win10 after a fresh install; as far as Windows Update automatically actually going out and getting the NVidia driver and installing it then it being installed after a reboot instead of just manually installing the drivers off of the NVidia site. Does it actually do all of the device driver downloads and installs in the first 15 min. as others have described, or will it wait until you go into the settings app and hit the windows update button?

Thanks for any advice...

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Hi
I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

Solved Can't install. possible partition error - Windows 10 Forums

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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Originally I set it to install and walked away came back hours later so I wasn't at the pc watching things. Anyways I managed to damage some files or something and for whatever reasons i could not figure out how to repair them. The microsoft forum was a bust no even one person tried to help me so I got sick of waiting and deleted the partition on the drive and made a new one and formatted it within the installer loaded from boot of the vista CD. That part went fine and quick. However when arriving at the step where its expanding files it took almost an hour before it spun up the CD and began increasing beyond 0%. From there up to 5% at best increases (avg 3%) then the CD spins down and idles for at least several minutes and then spins up gets a little farther and repeat. Basically the amount of time its just sitting there is probably 20 times or more longer than the time its actually progressing. Why is this? Is it supposed to do that? It seems odd to me that it wouldn't just keep spinning the CD and continuously progressing. Especially on a system with a dual core 3.2 ghz and 2GB of ram installs should zip through no time at all. I'm sure the install will be done before anyone replies but i thought I would check here in case its something I should be concerned about as a possible problem with my system.
 

Answer:Clean install of Vista 64bit on brand new pc is this norma install behavior?

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My system setup:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
GIGABYTE GA-965P-S3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX PVT71PUDP3 GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported EXTREME Video Card
OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) {TWO OF THESE}
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 18X DVD?R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black IDE Model SH-S182M
I put up the whole entire name of the parts from Newegg just to make sure I did not foget anything like model # incase you guys need it. Anyways on to the problem. Everything goes good all the way up to the Completing Installation part. It will hang there forever. I've tried a few times, sometimes it would just hang there forever until I reboot it and it gives me the usual error you all are used to hearing about about not being installed properly, or it will randomly restart on its own and give the same error. I have searched and searched and searched but I can't seem to find anything that helps. I've tried messing with the BIOS like instructed from some other help sites but I do not have much experience in the BIOS so maybe I'm missing a setting I need to change? If someone that knows about this motherboard can tell me the steps on what I should change and how to get there I would greatly appreciate it and try it out. My computer has no floppy drive just so you guys know. Also I'm not sure what version of BIO... Read more

Answer:Vista Home Premium Install Hangs At Completing. (clean Install)

First of all, Did you install the sata drivers?

In the Bios set every thing to default.

Vista asks for a few questions then does the rest its self. give it tops about 2 hours usually takes like 30 min or less.

You say you got an error message? Please post the entire message

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Hello Everyone,

I did a clean install and on first use of Windows update the updates for some reason we're downloading and installing at a slow pace which I didn't recall in the past. Not sure if I'm having an issue on my end or not if it is on the side of Microsoft. Any fixes or solutions you might recommend I would appreciate it. Here is some nfo below.

Answer:After clean install, windows update slow to download install updates

I always keep the current cumulative update off line installer on hand and install it before going online. Also remember it is not just Windows updates you are also getting STORE updates in the background.

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Downloaded and ran 0zus06ww.exe, which produced a folder structure in C:\Drivers. Inside I found Setup.exe. Upon running that with administrator privilege and clicking Next, I get an alert box containing only a red circle with an "X" inside.The solution was to use the file SetupUSB3_Dell.exe - which contained all the right stuff marked with the Intel brand - nothing was marked with the Dell brand.













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:P580 clean install Win 7 Ultimate 64bit - Can't install Intel USB 3.0 driver

solved

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Hi everyone, I have an x220t (4296-2WU) running Windows 7 on the stock 320gb HDD from Lenovo, bios v 1.33. I?ve just ordered a Crucial m4 128gb mSATA drive. I?d like to going from my current setup of: HDD = boot drive & data drive, with Windows 7 Pro 64 To: mSATA = boot drive, with clean install of Windows 8 Pro 64 from a MSDN .iso (with a legit MSDN key)HDD = wiped, then used as data drive I?d prefer to nuke all the content on my HDD from orbit during this process. I?m planning to do the following ? but I?m a bit unclear on a) whether the MSDN .iso + license key will allow a clean installation onto the bare mSATA drive, and b) whether the process below will allow me to make the SSD the boot drive while re-formatting the previous boot drive, the HDD: -Burn .iso from MSDN to bootable DVD-physically install the SSD-Boot to the installer DVD, format the HDD, install Windows 8 onto the SSD-Boot into clean Win8 install on the SSD, apply Windows updates, apply Lenovo System Updates Thanks for any thoughts or advice!

Answer:x220t: Install mSATA for boot drive & clean install of Windows 8?

I had a simliar desire but slightly diffferent solution. Been running Win8 betas since they were released last Winter on a 64gb mSata in a dual boot config. I wanted to start  fresh when Win8 Pro was officially released but with a larger mSata in my x220t. The weekend prior to release I backed everything up, installed a 256gb mSata and did a clean Windows 8 RP install on the mSata. Once the update was made available I booted from Win8, made the purchase and installed Win 8 Pro on the mSata.. Worked very well. No worries about trying a clean install from an upgrade OS purchase. Quick, clean and very functional. Plus I stll have a dual boot config until I am confident enough to wipe the Win7 OS from my HD. You should still be able to install Win8 RP through January.

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Hi
I have looked through solutions for this issue, but the suggestions don't seem to fix my issue...

I am running Windows 7 SP1 Pro 64-bit on a Dell Optiplex 760, and try to do a clean install of Windows 10, using the ISO file which I downloaded from Microsoft & burnt on to a DVD, and instructions from the tutorial on here, which are very good. I downloaded the correct 64-bit version.

I boot from the DVD, enter my region (UK), and choose custom install, and then my hard drive does not show up on the list of where you would like to install. I have all my USB's unplugged (except keyboard/mouse).

I tried deleting my partions using MiniTool Partition Wizard (bootable DVD), so that the entire disk is unallocated. That didn't fix it. I also tried creating a new partition (NTFS) of the entire drive (to get one Primary NTFS partition). That didn't work. I also tried setting that partition as 'active'. The same.

Before formatting etc, I tried a boot from the Windows 7 install DVD, and the hard drive does show up, unlike the Windows 10 DVD.

Do you think it's an issue with the Windows 10 installer?

I downloaded another version of Win10 from the MS Tech Bench page, but same issue.

After formatting etc, during the Windows 10 boot, I tried another suggestion to open up Command Prompt (Shift + F10), and ran 'diskpart' - and no drives are found. I checked the Bios, and it was there.

So presumably that is the issue. If i ran 'diskpart' with my prior Windows 7 install, diskpart sh... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 clean install - hard drive doesn't show up before install

Welcome toTenforums, Simon.

I am a little concerned that the Windows 10 setup program on DVD does not have drivers to properly see and interrogate the system on your PC so that the hard drive is visible. It's the second similar case on this forum that I've seen recently. You also seem to be trying to clean install on an empty PC - is this correct, because if you do so It will not activate.

After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally possible to *copy the Sources folder from the setup ISO file onto a partition on the hard drive, and run the setup from there, where it wasn't possible to boot from the DVD, even though it worked elsewhere.

If you still have Windows 7 installed (and you should do for Windows 10 activation purposes - if just to obtain a genuine ticket for digital entitlement), and you have the ISO download available, the solution is fairly simple. If you haven't you will need the Windows 7 key to activate the install.

You seem pretty PC savvy so, I'd ask you to follow the bolded instructions from the * in the 5th para above.

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Installing some drivers went OK after clean install. I was not aware of any special settings or any need to install certain drivers in order. So perhaps I didn't do something right. I noticed that there was no WiFi service. I downloaded and ran the file 0zwl03ww.exe, which is listed as the 32/64 Intel WiFi driver for Win 7. I got a message indicating that something might have gone wrong with the install. So I chose to re-run it. I was asked if I wanted to overwrite some existing file. I said "Yes To All". The result was a message saying "Access Denied". Afterward, there was still no WiFi service and no WiFi driver shown in Device Manager. I restarted the PC, hoping this would help. Still no WiFi and nothing shown in Device Manager. I looked at the C:\Drivers folder containing the driver files and subdirs. I removed these and tried removing the folder. I was not allowed to do so. I checked the security setting on the folder and was shown a red X with a message saying the security settings are not available. When I try re-installing the driver, I get the same results reported (files to be overwritten), but no files are shown in Windows Explorer in that folder. I tried restoring the original folder from Recycle Bin. The restore happened but now the files are gone. There is another driver supplied for Liteon & CyberTan; this does not seem to be the correct driver. So the PC works, LAN works, wired internet OK - but I'm stuck with no WiFi. Ca... Read more

Answer:P580 clean install Win 7 Ultimate 64bit - Can't install Intel WiFi driver correctly

I found and ran a setup.exe for Win7 inside the extracted folder. I went through the install routine choosing Typical and was told "Intel ProSet Wireless/WiFi software setup wizard ended prematurely" with no further explanation given.

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Hi,

I recently did a clean install of Vista Home Premium x32 and upon completion am unable to connect to the internet. I received the following error: "windows unable to install ethernet controller." Upon accessing Device Manager, I noticed yellow exclamation marks associated with my network controller. I have an Acer Aspire 5536-5224 notebook. Windows could not locate the drivers on the machine and I cannot connect to locate. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure where to begin searching for the driver! Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Answer:windows unable to install ethernet controller after vista home premium clean install

Hi -

Try this Broadcom driver from Acer Support --> http://global-download.acer.com/GDFi...e&Step3=Aspire

Acer Support --> http://support.acer.com/drivers_download.aspx



Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Trying to install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (KB936330) , but whenever I try to install it, the error code 80070017 appears saying the update has failed. I have numerous times to install it and it still won't allow me to install the update.
 

Answer:Error Code 80070017 when trying to install updates after a clean install.

Have you allowed Windows Update to run automatically to get all the previous updates? it should follow on to install SP1 automatically without intervention.
 

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I purchased a Toshiba Satellite C50 loaded with windows 8 but want to revert to windows 7.

I have downloaded the necessary drivers and have mounted the .exe files onto a USB pen for installation.

Before I proceed to wipe windows 8 I'd like to know - if I install 7, will my trackpad stop functioning?

If so, how do I install the relevant drivers from the USB pen?




Thanks, John

Answer:Clean install of windows 7 - how to install drivers from USB memory stick?

99.9% sure that W7 will identify the trackpad and install it. You just run the exe's using file explorer or Start >Run then browse. You may decide to leave the laptop as the W7 install left it but you should check Device Manager to ensure there are no unrecognised devices

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This is what is happening. A friend gave me his DELL Inspririon 531 2007 Desktop. It has a pirated copy of 7 ultimate x64 (which I am not sure if this supports 64 bit). Prior to looking into how old the machine was, I was able to install 8.1 64 bit. But it wouldn't allow me to install any drivers from the DELL site. Said that the machine wasn't compatible. So, I tried with Windows 7 32 bit and I am getting this error. I have deleted all partitions, but now, I do not have that option when I choose Custom-advanced. There is no Delete option.

A few times I got the error at 5% other times at over 60%. What can I do to get this to install? It is a legit DVD of windows. Why would it have allowed 8.1 to successfully install now it is doing this? What files are missing? I have tried both deleting the partitions and not deleting. Same result.

Answer:Clean install error Windows cannot install required files.

Install the correct version of windows that`s on the COA, either buy a new installer from Newegg or call Dell for Recovery CD`s.

The dvd you are trying to use is corrupted and no good.

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My PC won't boot because it says it can't find the hard drive. I booted from a flash drive, but it wants to do an install. Is it going to wipe everything or just do an "upgrade"?

Answer:Boot from flash drive wants to install. Clean install or upgrade?

Dont understand that what cant find the HD the bios or other if its trying to install its finding a drive I assume?

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My spouses pc all of a sudden wouldn't boot, not into safe mode or anything (vista), and so we were going to upgrade anyways to windows 7, so i bought the upgrade windows 7 and attempted to do a clean install and reformatted the c: drive which has 250gb, and each time i start the install it bogs down and gets stuck on the install files and cycles over and over and never goes anywhere. I also performed a start up repair and it cycles over and over for hours on end, please help!

Answer:Boot config not working, tried clean install, can't install windows 7

Welcome freakyfrowe

I assume from your specs this is an acer laptop. Check this thread for a lot of ideas.

Questions to use for help with Installation Issues

Disconnect all not necesssary USB devices, printers, ext monitors, TVs, etc.

Also this Tutorial on Clean Install with upgrade disc



Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version


Edit: Optimize Hard Drive for Install

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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The 'Install Vista from Vista' workaround for clean-installing with an Upgrade product key has been done to death, in numerous threads, but I haven't seen mention of the fact that a Vista Upgrade key and disk can be used to clean install with a single installation only.

I've written up a guide at my Techwrighter site here.

In short, the technique is:
Install a Vista time-limited trial
Disable UAC
Use the command line to alter the product key and activate online.
Enjoy a fully functional, activated Vista installation.

 

Answer:Single install clean install with Vista Upgrade disk

Techwrighter?

Ok... gotta ask, was the properly spelled domain already taken?
 

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I would like to install Vista Home Premium 64-bit on my home computer. I currently have Media Center Edition 2005 installed, but want to start from scratch (i.e., NOT upgrade) and install the 64-bit version of Vista Home Premium. I have two questions:

(1) If I buy the retail boxed version of Vista Home Premium, will it contain the 64-bit version in addition to the 32-bit version?

(2) When I pop the DVD into my computer and reboot, what (if anything) do I have to do to get it to install the 64-bit version? Will I be prompted to choose?

Any guidance or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

-ABD-

Answer:Vista Home Premium Clean install - what do I need to install 64 bit version?

Oh great. I can answer this question (I think lol). I could not find a retail 64 bit version of Vista Home Premium. I had to buy the Vista Ultimate. I originally bought an OEM version of the 64 bit Home premium for $119, (I had all kinds of problems that turned out NOT to be from Vista, but that is another story). I exchanged it for the Ultimate retail version which came with Microsoft support. I have recieved better "support' from this website than the official MS support BTW. Anyways........

The Ultimate version of Vista came with 2 installation discs, one the 32 bit version and one the 64 bit version. I popped the 64 bit version disc in and it installed 64 bit Vista on my computer with no additional prompts. While I was unable to find the 64 bit RETAIL version of Home Premium, I'm sure that if you do, it will only contain the 64 bit version on the disc. While I was kind of hacked off to pay much more for the Ultimate than I was anticipating, I like the additional features. Hope this helps.

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Let me start out by saying a clean install is the better way to go; however there may be some instances where a motherboard swap without having to reinstall is preferred. If you are like me and want to avoid all of the custom settings, shared drives, etc; then this option can save a LOT of time.
Recently I did this task on my own network storage system or home server. Some more modern parts became available to me for doing a build. Not only was the motherboard swapped, the system drive was cloned from an ide drive to a more modern sata drive. Here is how you go about swapping boards without a clean install.
This will work on both sata and ide type drives however if you have sata and the sata controller mode is set to AHCI or Raid, you may have problems. If your sata controller mode is set to ahci, you can attempt to swap to native ide in the system bios before beginning this task. If it boots using native ide, then you should be able to do the swap. If it does not boot when changing the controller mode, then you are out of luck.
The old motherboard was a NForce4 with a single core AMD FX-55. The new board was an Epox 945 intel chipset with a Pentium D 940. It does not get much more different than those two chipsets/cpus.

With the old board still installed, do the following. During this procedure, DO NOT reboot. Tell the system later for the reboot.
1 Uninstall any software that is dependent on the old board. This would be things like onboard sound driver, onboard nic driver,... Read more

Answer:Moving a Windows Install or Swapping Motherboards Without a Clean Install

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I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 using an unattend.xml I created.  I even added the feature not to delete PnP devices and so forth.  The problem is, even on the images I did for T520's the Ricoh card reader never installs when I apply the image. Even if I try to download the driver from the website and load it, "Windows can't load driver".  The only way I got it to work on the T520's was by manually selecting HID device and browsing to the driver.  Now on the T530 I can't get that to work and even if I select SD Host Adapters same thing. Any ideas?  I'm about to say screw it and just disable it since not many of our users actually use it.

Answer:T530 Clean Win 7 Install - Base System Device Won't Install

Im experiencing the same issue as you. Hopefully we can get someone to help us out.

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Hey guys!

I have a new ASUS ROG G751JT-DH72 laptop, and I have been trying to install Windows 10 and Ubuntu on it. It came with Windows 8.1, so I upgraded to 10, then did a clean install of 10. Version was Home 64 bit.

That went reasonably well: only thing after the clean re-install was that on boot, the screen did nothing but flash on and off. I found out that I could get it unstuck by mashing F12, and that disabling fast boot fixes the problem permanently. My cleanly installed fresh Windows 10 worked perfectly.

I then installed Ubuntu 15.04 in the small space that I had left for it on the SSD, and gave it the whole 1 TB drive for my "home" folder.

Afterwards, Windows was gone. Mind you, the bootloader still showed up in the Grub menu, but when I tried to launch it, it told me something was wrong and I had to recover it. I tried, but couldn't: bootrec /scanos told me it found no Windows installations.

So I figured: second attempt! I rebooted using the Windows 10 DVD, and during parititioning nuked everything and created new partitions from scratch.

About 90% through the "Getting files ready" part, it failed. Error:

"Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x8007025D"

I see some people here had the same thing, but not on laptops as far as I can tell. Anybody out there who has any idea how to fix this? I tried:

- Two Windows 10 discs
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Answer:Clean Install on ROG: Error 0x8007025D (cannot install required files)

I have the same problem.. I have tried different ways to clean install windows 10 but I still get the 0x8007025D error code :/

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Hey,

I need help, the sound driver for the tecra m2 laptop is

+soundMAX integrated digital audio+ *Version:* +5.12.1.5160+

I have recently wiped the computer with a clean install of windows XP. All drivers appear to work correctly after installation, except sound related ones. When I try to install the correct SoundMAX driver (i know it is correct, I have another tecra m2 laptop that is exactly the same) the following error message appears right at the end of the installation.

+"Driver not found! Reboot your system, and run this setup again."+

When i reboot, the same thing happens. I have installed the intel chipset drivers, rebooted, and tried: Same result.
When i go to device manager, all devices are accounted for except one unknown device which is a yellow questionmark with a small exclamation mark on it. The soundmax device is not there.
I have also tried reinstalling windows and then the drivers again with the sound last, same result.

I would really appreciate if someone can help me to fix this. If you need system data, and you know a program to get system data, send me a link and i will post the data.

Cheers,
Rob

Answer:Unable to install SoundMAX drivers for Tecra M2 after clean WXP install

Did you install a Retail/Street version of XP? Or did you use the Toshiba Recovery Disc?

What Service Pack does XP have installed?

If you installed SP2 or SP3, you may need to get an updated sound driver from the Toshiba website.

Also update the BIOS and reset the BIOS to its default settings.

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hi, i recently picked up a used x200 laptop, it had a small hard disk so i upgraded it to a larger one (wd scorpio black 750gb).since i don't have an ultrabay/dvd drive, i installed windows 7 pro 64 bit via usb stick onto the new drive which works well. i would like to know if it is possible to install the recovery partition onto this new hdd, i really like the option of being able to do a factory reset that reinstalls windows without the need to toting around a windows 7 usb key in case the system goes down. any help or advice on this would be kindly appreciated (i could not find sources for this anywhere in these forums).

Answer:x200 : install recovery partition to new hdd with clean install of windows 7 pro 64 bit

you would need a USB disc drive and a set of product recovery disc





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Hey guys!

I have a new ASUS ROG G751JT-DH72 laptop, and I have been trying to install Windows 10 and Ubuntu on it. It came with Windows 8.1, so I upgraded to 10, then did a clean install of 10. Version was Home 64 bit.

That went reasonably well: only thing after the clean re-install was that on boot, the screen did nothing but flash on and off. I found out that I could get it unstuck by mashing F12, and that disabling fast boot fixes the problem permanently. My cleanly installed fresh Windows 10 worked perfectly.

I then installed Ubuntu 15.04 in the small space that I had left for it on the SSD, and gave it the whole 1 TB drive for my "home" folder.

Afterwards, Windows was gone. Mind you, the bootloader still showed up in the Grub menu, but when I tried to launch it, it told me something was wrong and I had to recover it. I tried, but couldn't: bootrec /scanos told me it found no Windows installations.

So I figured: second attempt! I rebooted using the Windows 10 DVD, and during parititioning nuked everything and created new partitions from scratch.

About 90% through the "Getting files ready" part, it failed. Error:

"Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x8007025D"

I see some people here had the same thing, but not on laptops as far as I can tell. Anybody out there who has any idea how to fix this? I tried:

- Two Windows 10 discs
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Answer:Clean Install on ROG: Error 0x8007025D (cannot install required files)

I have the same problem.. I have tried different ways to clean install windows 10 but I still get the 0x8007025D error code :/

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Tried this and got it to work twice...after many failed attempts using other methods. Hopefully helps somebody else out.
1. Upgraded computer, had to install OS on blank drive
2. Installed vista sp2, during setup said to not enable automatic updates
3. Went into Vista Updates and let it update twice (first time I think had some updates pre-installed from the sp, second time was for the update client update)...this is typically the point where windows update would just get stuck
4. Restarted computer
5. Used program WSUS offline updater, http://download.wsusoffline.net/
6. In WSUS Offline Update program, went under legacy products, checked my version of windows vista, picked all the check boxes under "options" then clicked "start"
7. After it did its thing, went into client folder and clicked UpdateInstaller and ran it with the options I wanted installed
8. Restarted whenever it asked, and it installed all the updates! There was one step that said it would take a while, and it took a little while (didnt watch but was under 1 hour)
The first time I tried WSUS offline update it didnt work, so I am not sure if step 3 is necessary or not, but it was the only difference between the times I tried it when it worked and didnt work, may have just been coincidence. Dont think WSUS offline update does anything with drivers, but around 180 updates installed.
Thanks to the creators of WSUS Offline Update
 
 
edit: Just ran windows update while typing this thread and now it works ... Read more

Answer:How I got clean install of Vista Ultimate SP2 to install updates...

Hi vista134:
 
Thank you for that feedback.  Other users have posted questions about how to use the WSUS Offline Updater to update Vista SP2 (see GaryC's post in the AskWoody.com thread How to update Vista quickly? for one example) so your comments will be very helpful.  It sounds like many users are getting stuck at your step # 7 and aren't sure how to run UpdateInstaller.exe to start the actual installation.
------------32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox v50.1.0 * NIS v22.8.1.14 * MBAM Premium v2.2.1

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I have a new, clean install of win7 and I'm trying to sync my ipad 2 with itunes but when I plug the ipad into the usb port I don't get that beep/sound acknowledgement that a device has been plugged in and installing it's drivers so itunes can recognize it?

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Recently i had a windows error that prevented me from logging into my profile, so i ended up doing a restore and that fixed the problem. But now like half of my programs are working, all failing to load. So i was thinking of just doing a clean install of windows and starting over. But the deal is that i dual boot my machine with linux mint, so i was wondering if it would be possible to do a clean install of windows 7 without having to delete the mint partition. thanks for the help in advance.

Answer:clean install of win7 and keeping install of mint

Welcome to Seven Forums.
Shouldn't be a problem. You should be able to delete the partition that windows resides on, create a new partition, then load Windows 7 in the newly partitioned space.

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I have the Windows 7 key for the netbook but I was not given an install disc when I bought it from the store.
I believe it originally had Windows 7 Premium home edition on it and I updated it to Windows 7 SP1 Premium Home Edition.

I am having many issues with the OS and wish to either do a repair or a clean install. I'd rather do a repair so as not to have to reinstall everything, but if a clean install is recommended I can do that instead.

How do I go about it, without an installation disc?

Answer:How do I repair or do a clean install with no Windows 7 install disc?

Hello and welcome Alicia now hopefully you have all your data backed up because what I am going to suggest will wipe it and reset the machine to as it came out of the factory because it will have a special recovery partition for just tis sort of situation..

See this https://lionpress.wordpress.com/2008...tory-settings/

The alternative is to get an ISO for the version you have from somewhere and use the orih=gianl code to activate it.

Another thing you can do is read through this as it will describe how you can use any Windows DVD - a friends or family members one just read it thoroughly if that is what you want to do but make sure you read the bit about the ei.cfg removal tool Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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During a virtual install, there is a question to install upgrade which says will move everything to the (new) windows folder or to install clean.
If I answer upgrade, will all my windows ?stuff? be MOVED from my Windows 7 Pro? When I close the virtual machine will there be nothing left for my Windows 7? I?d like to have access to my Windows 7 drives, camera, etc.
Or do I need to do a clean install?
thanx

Answer:Install Consumer Preview – Clean Install or Upgrade?

Hello Beachboy, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you are installing W8 (guest) in a VM running in W7 (host), then it will not affect your W7 installation at all since it's only a VM running in W7.

Depending on what VM program you are using, you might take a look at the tutorials below to see if they may help. Once setup using either tutorial below, you would go into the VM's settings to set what you would like to share/use from your W7.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...r-preview.html

or

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...r-preview.html

Please, let us know if you have any further questions.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Hi all,

I'm working on a re-install of all components following a complete corruption of the boot sector on my drive which could not be fixed with repairs. The last time I installed everything fresh, I had no issues. Between then and now, there have been no hardware changes on my system, but now I am having issues installing the IDT Codecs.

I keep getting an error along the following lines:





Quote:
ExitError: Error=Device Object not present, restart the system and run setup again.


Running under compatibility mode, and running drivers from both the motherboard CD and the manufacturer website both have the same effect. The CD, when booted, says "This OS not support!" and only contains 32-bit vista codecs. ECS' website download indicates the IDT drivers as being compatible with Win7. Both do not work. It is almost as if the hardware "disappeared," despite the fact that I was using the drivers quite successfully till just 2 days ago, when the boot sector went kaput.

Windows has installed its own default set, which do nothing to power the 8mm jacks which I use with my speakers, but instead put sound through the HDMI, which is useless because I use a dedicated graphics card. I have tried uninstalling this codec and re-installing IDT, to no effect. Windows replaces with its own default codec.

I have referenced this thread here, but offered solutions do not seem to work for me: Intel IDT Audio Driver will not install

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Answer:IDT Audio Drivers Won't Install - Win7x64, clean install

Do you actually have the newer IDT audio chip or an older SigmaTel audio chip. In most cases the newer IDT drivers will not work with the older SigmaTel chips.

If the drivers are Vista compatible and the correct IDT or Sigmatel (32 and/or 64) they should work in Win 7.

When you reinstalled did you install any motherboard chipset drivers? Generally, on a reinstall if the chipset drivers are not installed then some device drivers and especially sound drivers will not install.

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I have an asus g50vt x2, with windows vista 64 bit.

I can't install almost anything, some programs will, but only a few. I usually get error 1392 or some similar errors.

chkdsk finds errors but can't fix, system file checker stops at 6%, doing /verifyonly comes up with several errors. System restore won't work thanks to the corrupted files. When I put my recovery cd's (that i already had to use to reinstall vista once a week after I got the thing) I get nothing but a screen that looks like a low-res version of the login screen with only the mouse, no menu that I know used to be there.

I've been trying to fix this for over a month now. Please tell me there is a way to fix this POS.
 

Answer:several corrupted files CANNOT REPAIR INSTALL OR CLEAN INSTALL.

Format.
 

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I have been experiencing a really aggravating problem with one of my
computer that I can't sort out. Perhaps you might know of a
solution.... A few weeks back my system crashed, the apparent result
of some registry changes that messed with some critical startup items.
I figured that the easiest thing to do was a clean install, given
that nothing particularly important was on the disk, and the files
that were, I easily got off by setting the drive up as an external
disk. When I went to do the install the XP installer doesn't see any
partitions on the disk. On the screen where you can choose to delete a partition or install a system on an existing one, there is just a list that keeps repeating [drive not recognized] or something along those lines. At first I figured that this was just an issue with the existing problems on the drive, so I wiped it completely clean and reformatted it. When I went back to install
again the same thing happened. Not only does the installer not
recognize the partition, but I get the blue screen of death if I try
to navigate through my options on the installer screen. I hooked up
another disk I had sitting around, and the same thing happens. I
really don't know what to do...installing a new system has always been
that easy way out of a problem, but it seems like I am up a creek here. Have
anyone ever heard of anything like this before?

Answer:Major issue with XP install...BSOD while trying to do clean install

Hi chodeburn

Sorry for the delay in getting a reply to you (been on vacation).

Try using the diagnostic tools for your hard drive to "zero-write" the drive: if anything is wrong with the drive, the utility will provide an error number. If the zero-write finishes successfully, it usually re-certifies the drive as error-free --- http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

If a 'drive-overlay' was used to help an older motherboard 'see' the total capacity of the drive, check with the motherboard manufacturer's website to see if a Bios update is available (for example, one with 48bit LBA support, to recognize large hard drives greater than 137gb). That is a better solution than a drive overlay.

Windows XP prior to SP1 did not have built-in support for drives larger than 137gb. If necessary, slip-stream your XP CD with SP2, to make for a smoother installation --- http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...slipstream.asp

If the drive is a SATA type drive, don't forget - especially with the earlier versions of XP, to provide your SATA driver via floppy diskette by pressing the F6 key when prompted early in the installaton procedure.

And check that your Bios settings correct, and the timings at stock speeds, before installing. [... and stay disconnected from any networks, wired or wireless, disconnect printers, cameras, webcams, scanners, multifunction devices, PDAs, memory card readers, etc. -- until the installation is finished]

Best of luck
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I'm thinking about recovering my system by doing a fresh install of Windows 7 from a Windows 7 CD (non-lenovo). My MBR and bootloader are both from a Windows 7 CD so I can't use the Rescue and Recovery software to restore my system to factory settings. My question is, will I be able to install the Lenovo Thinkvantage software if I'm using a non-Lenovo Windows 7 and if I remove all traces of the Lenovo hidden partition? I want to be able to use the power manager, system update, the thinkpad hotkeys, and any of the basic thinkpad drivers. 













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Can you install Lenovo software on a Windows 7 clean install?

Hi lespauldude, welcome to the forums,
 
in neither of your posts to date do you state which system you have.  That said, the short answer here is yes you can; you'll find when reading through trhe boards that quite a lot of members have "clean" installs on their systems.
 
If you backup the C:\SWTOOLS folder to other media you'll have all you need in the way of drivers and "extras" should ThinkVantage System Update not install something you might need like for instance DVD playing software.

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I've performed a clean install of Windows 7 on my X300 (6476CTO).  I downloaded and installed the Fingerprint Driver 5.9.2 for Windows 7 32-bit (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-73583).  However, everytime I reboot I get a message that the Fingerprint Reader cannot access dll file vtapip.dll and the fingerprint registration fails.  What can I do to remedy this problem? I did notice on the readme that machines running less than the 5.6 version of the fingerprint software should upgrade to 5.6.2 before installing newer versions.  Does this include clean installs?  If so, where can I get the 5.6.2 driver?  I cannot currently locate it. Thanks,Mindy  

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I'm trying to download and install utorrent or bit torrent, neither will run when I click it. They download fine but nothing happens when I double click to run. Flash player installed with no issues. I just did a clean install of XP and I'm using firefox,"there was this big bang once, now we're learnin' to use our thumbs"message edited by ganymede

Answer:Utorrent & BitTorrent wont install after clean install of XP

Are you downloading a file or using Run from the browser? The former is usually the best way to go.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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Hi all, I'd appreciate any help I can get on this, my laptop hdd died a few days ago and I've been pulling my hair out trying to install w7 on a brand new HDD i bought.

Specs:

HP Pavilion DV4 1228CA
Systemboard ID 30FB
AMD Turion X2 Dual Core Mobile RM 72
4Gigs of RAM DDR2
BIos F55
Factory Install, VISTA
New HDD I'm trying to install: Seagate Momentus 7200.4, 500gb

Replacing: Fujitsu250gb MHZ2250BH G2

Process:
- I boot into Windows Installation and select language.
- Shift + F10 - Diskpart - List Disk = NO FIXED DISKS FOUND
(I can see the new drive when I attach it to my desktop pc via USB enclosure, so I know it's not faulty.)

- Where do you want to install windows? - Load Drivers - I found the AHCI SATA driver here: Software & Driver Downloads HP Pavilion dv4-1228ca Entertainment Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (Canada - English)

and used the W7 86x version on my USB key. It seems to load fine, but the result is still: "No Drives Found"

I don't know where else to look for the appropriate drivers. Seagate does not provide any and there are no other drivers on the HP website.

I managed to flash the BIOS with a new version just before my old HDD crashed (it was on the fritz so I managed to back up my data on a USB)

- I've also tried the Clean Installation Guide posted here, no difference.
- I've tried formatting it in Disk Management, still no detection.
I've looked at many forum topics here and it points to an SATA non-detection issue?
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Answer:No Drives Found in W7 install, trying clean install on HP DV4 1228CA

When you boot into BIOS, is your drive listed?

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I downloaded latest Windows 10 64 Home ISO with Media Creation Tool. And prepared bootable ISO with latest Rufus portable.

I clean install Windows 10 64 Home with this bootable ISO on 3 laptop, HP (almost similar to mine), Acer & my laptop HP.
On both HP & Acer no probs.

I tried 3 clean install on my HP laptop (I had already installed Windows 10 on first stable release & no probs were there) install, windows updates & everything is fine.
BUT on first windows updates it find couple updates & everything installs fine except graphic & audio drivers. It mention error failed to install. And for other installed updates I have to restart the system. After system restart on settings panel windows updates mention there were probs with some updates, Retry. I click retry & windows updates starts checking windows updates & mention up-to-date. I checked graphic & audio drivers on device manager & it mention drivers working fine. No yellow icon or anything. Graphic & Audio on the system seems fine.
But whenever I start system it remains black for couple mins (little longer than normal) & screen directly appears on logon screen or sometimes I press enter few times & then logon screen appears. Subsequent restart no probs. But if I shutdown the system the same prob i.e first start with black screen & subsequent restart no probs.

I am thinking of uninstall/reinstall drivers. How to do it?
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Answer:Windows 10 64 Clean Install Drivers Install Scene

Actually, the subsequent updates after the 1511 Fall Update caused some errors too on my netbook. I had no choice but to return to 8.1. Or, I could defer updates temporarily in Windows 10 upon clean install of 1511 Fall Update.
 

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Could someone tell me if a re-install from a system image file on my notebook is as good as a clean install from say a retail disk.

I can not format all my drive and start a fresh. Can my System image file become glitchy or infected with a virus.???

Answer:Clean install vs System image file install?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by blake7


Could someone tell me if a re-install from a system image file on my notebook is as good as a clean install from say a retail disk.

I can not format all my drive and start a fresh. Can my System image file become glitchy or infected with a virus.???


If your system was infected when the image file was made, then a restoration from that image file will result in an infected system.

Re-installs from images are theoretically as good as a clean install. But they don't always restore perfectly. They aren't fool-proof. If you do restore an image and later have problems, you will always ask yourself "Gee, I wonder if I would be having these problems if I had done a clean install".

Images just save you time. If the time saved means nothing to you and you are the slightest bit concerned, just do a clean install and avoid the worry.

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Hi guys... I am trying to do a clean install of Windows7 and after install began a window came up saying : Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart the installation.
My PC is a COMPAQ Presario 5700F, prebuilt, Windows7 .
How/where do I find the required files and such?
Thanx for your help.

Answer:Clean Install of Windows7 - cannot install required files

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

How are you going about installing Windows? Vis USB, CD, or a recovery partition?

Where did you get the copy of Windows?

How far into the installation does it get?

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I'm looking to buy a new laptop, seen a few models I like and they all come with windows 7 pre-installed. Problem is they all also come with a dozen or so pre-installed pieces of freeware/shareware/trial software that I have no use for and don't want and I would like to do a clean install of windows 7 when I buy to get rid of all these. How should I go about doing this?

I'll ask the vendors if they could provide me with some sort of recovery CD that will install the operating system and none of the junk but they might say no (I've done a bit of googling and have read they make money off including all these programmes). If they don't give me anything then could I get by with just purchasing an upgrade DVD even though I obviously won't be upgrading anything, just trying to go from bloated windows 7 to non-bloated version.

Thanks for help.

Answer:Clean install to replace existing windows 7 install

Hello Third Man, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can just uninstall the bloatware software that comes with the computer in "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel just like in Vista below. Otherwise you would have to purchase a separate retail copy of Windows 7 to do a clean install with, then install all of your drivers.

Uninstall or Change a Program - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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This is going to sound stupid but I've installed windows 7 a few times now and I seem to be overlooking the point where I choose between the 32 and 64 bit version. I've got build 7000 that I'm working with. Any insight?

Answer:64 bit option during install

Did you burn both iso images on one disk or see two made up? By labeling one for 32bit and a second for the 64bit 7 you know which one you are placing in the drive and booting from.

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this has been happening for ages. But it's really p!ssing me off lately,

Everytime i download a file or a zip file or try to update a poker client i keep getting errors.

Here are some of them

When trying to install a program. not just one program but it happens on many of them,


and this when i try unzip something

again this happens all the time..


So how can i fix this ?
I dont have a re-boot cd or install disc

Answer:Is a re-install my only option

do you have a restall partition on the h/drive

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I have a PC with W7 business pro and want to upgrade to W10 version. I am not sure of the best way to do so. In this process I also want to add a SSD my system. At this time my PC has one HD with a C and D partitons; the OS is on the C partition.
My question is should I just proceed to upgrade to my current C drive and then clone to the new SSD drive after the drive is installed
OR
If the new SSD is installed am I given a choice by the W10 install program to what drive I want to install the W!0 ie new SSD
OR
Does it really not make any difference.
Please advise
Jerry

Answer:What is best install option for the following

emphasis said:

I have a PC with W7 business pro and want to upgrade to W10 version. I am not sure of the best way to do so. In this process I also want to add a SSD my system. At this time my PC has one HD with a C and D partitons; the OS is on the C partition.
My question is should I just proceed to upgrade to my current C drive and then clone to the new SSD drive after the drive is installed
OR
If the new SSD is installed am I given a choice by the W10 install program to what drive I want to install the W!0 ie new SSD
OR
Does it really not make any difference.
Please advise
Jerry



Opinion: If I had made the factory restore discs for Win7 I would use them to install Win7 on the SSD with no other drive installed, update any drivers necessary. Then I'd Upgrade to Win10 and finally plug in the HDD as a second drive. Some folks have done the Upgrade then done a clean install later.

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I have a PC with W7 business pro and want to upgrade to W10 version. I am not sure of the best way to do so. In this process I also want to add a SSD my system. At this time my PC has one HD with a C and D partitons; the OS is on the C partition.
My question is should I just proceed to upgrade to my current C drive and then clone to the new SSD drive after the drive is installed
OR
If the new SSD is installed am I given a choice by the W10 install program to what drive I want to install the W!0 ie new SSD
OR
Does it really not make any difference.
Please advise
Jerry

Answer:What is best install option for the following

Originally Posted by emphasis


I have a PC with W7 business pro and want to upgrade to W10 version. I am not sure of the best way to do so. In this process I also want to add a SSD my system. At this time my PC has one HD with a C and D partitons; the OS is on the C partition.
My question is should I just proceed to upgrade to my current C drive and then clone to the new SSD drive after the drive is installed
OR
If the new SSD is installed am I given a choice by the W10 install program to what drive I want to install the W!0 ie new SSD
OR
Does it really not make any difference.
Please advise
Jerry



Opinion: If I had made the factory restore discs for Win7 I would use them to install Win7 on the SSD with no other drive installed, update any drivers necessary. Then I'd Upgrade to Win10 and finally plug in the HDD as a second drive. Some folks have done the Upgrade then done a clean install later.

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I'm having a hard time removing Ubuntu so my question is, if I reset my Windows 8 with "Fully clean the drive" option in the reset my PC mode, will it remove all Ubuntu partitions, Grub etc.?

Answer:Does "Fully clean drive" option removes all Ubuntu related

Yes, and depending on the size of the drive - it will take a long while..

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So I was backing up my computer last night with SyncBackPro, and encountered a BSOD (kernel_stack_inpage_error). Restarted computer, got other BSODs. Now, I haven't formatted my computer in quite some time, but I have the vast majority of my files backed up. Next, this morning my computer would start up, but it had a different boot screen and no programs will run("gdiplus.dll was not found"). I think I should at least do a repair install of XP, but I only have a SP1 disk from Dell. I've read about slipstreaming, but I don't fully understand the idea. Ideas? The computer is old, but has been treated very well. What can I do to revive the computer?

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Hi,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 which i bought early 2008. I got fed up with it running slow recently so i did a clean install of Vista Home Premium.

I have just tried to re-install MS Office Home and Student 2007 which came with my laptop when i bought it. I enter the 25 character product key (correctly) from the sticker on the back of the cd wallet but it gives me a validation error and suggests i may have incorrectly entered the product key.

I have performed a clean Vista install before a few years ago and didn't have an issue re-installing Office last time with this very disk

What could cause this?

Thanks,

Alex

Answer:Install Office after clean install of Vista

Alex
The most common problem is mistake with zero and oh, make sure you are doing it correctly.

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Hello I am getting ready to do a clean install of windows 7 on my PC. What would I need before I do the clean install and what is the proper order to install drivers. Also where would I get the drivers from? Should I let Windows pick the drivers or get them off my manufactures website?

Here Are My Computer Specs:

Answer:Doing Clean Install, Order To Install Drivers?

Visit the support page for your motherboard and download the chipset driver and LAN driver. Install those following the install and then run all rounds of Windows updates until no more are offered.

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