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Will Windows 8 read files from a Windows 7 HD after a clean install?

Question: Will Windows 8 read files from a Windows 7 HD after a clean install?

My computer had Windows 7 on it, but the boot drive became unseated during a move and now it won't boot. I don't know where my install disc is, so now seems as good a time as any to put Windows 8 on it. My question is: If I do a Windows 8 clean install on a HD, will it recognise the files on a different HD that I put on there with with Windows 7, or do I have to put 7 back on and upgrade? Thanks in advance.

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Preferred Solution: Will Windows 8 read files from a Windows 7 HD after a clean install?

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Answer: Will Windows 8 read files from a Windows 7 HD after a clean install?

Reseat the HD Drive & cables first, so that Windows 7 is booting.
Find your reinstall disc's, just in case.

Welcome to EightForums.

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In March 2011, the Service Pack 1(SP1) upgrade was released for Windows 7.

Between that date and April 2016, over 200 important/recommended updates have been released.

That means anyone doing a clean install of Windows 7 SP1 will need to go through a time-consuming and aggravating process to bring the operating system up-to-date.

Microsoft has decided to simplify that process by making available a "rollup" update (KB3125574) at the Microsoft Update Catalog site which contains those updates during that 5-year period.
(Click the image to enlarge and view it)

Note: Microsoft has also decided to provide future updates differently in the future.

You can read all about it here:

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsof...date-for-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2

http://betanews.com/2016/05/17/windows-7-convenience-rollup/

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Answer:READ THIS(!) Before Doing A Clean Install Of Windows 7 SP1

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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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Okay, finally I managed to borrow a friends XP install disc to install on my computer, my Thinkpad T60 didn't come with one, and it didn't have the Rescue Recovery backup on the hard-disc either. Anyway, I was installing it, and it was up to the disk partitioning bit, and when I wanted it to delete the C drive, it said that files were in use, and it could not unpartition it. What is wrong here?

Answer:Windows XP Clean Install - Files in Use?

Did you boot pc using that cd or just run it inside windows?Try booting pc from dvd-drive to get txt mode setup. Press F12 when computer starts to choose boot location.  Message Edited by outouser on 01-23-2009 01:12 PM

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Can I recover any files from the HDD which were deleted before I restored back to Factory settings Vista and then did a clean install of Windows 7?

Answer:Recover files before clean install windows 7

You will need to try recovery software, like Recuva. The more the disk was written to since the files were deleted, the lower the chance of recovery.

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Last year I downloaded Windows 7-64 ISO files from Digital River before the shutdown. I burned the files to a USB drive so I assume they will still work in a clean install. Will I have a problem when I try to activate Windows?

Answer:Using stored Windows 7-64 ISO files to do clean install

Not as long as it's the right version, Starter, Home, Pro or Ultimate and you have a valid Windows 7 key for that version.

Should install and activate okay.

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Hi all, im really at a loss as to why this is happening but here go's . i have recently installed a SSD and have my older 1tb drive as storage now. i have the new ssd in sata 0 port on the motherboard and changed to achi in bios. everytime i install windows it seems to work fine untill i get some of the windows update and then weird things start to happen:i get corrupt file warnings(this time it was staem files on the 1tb drive) and windows wants to do a check disk every reboot and sometimes it finds things and then loads windows but sometimes it says newly installed software has stoped check disk from running. also today after installing some windows updates(seemed to work fine for 3 days before this) i lost my graphics driver and i cant seem to reinstall it(says i dont have the right driver when i try to install CCC and i know its the right one) and system restore will not work because it detects corrupt files. i have wiped both drives and deleated all partitions multiple times and always get the corrupts files issue and seems like a new issue to go with it everytime(all my usb ports stoped working last time)
do i have a bad ssd or hdd? i will gladly provide more info if needed.

any help would be great

ty

Answer:windows has corrupt files with clean install of SSD

How have you transferred the system to the newly installed SSD? By doing a clean install, or sysprep?

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A local computer place convinced me not to do an upgrade but do a clean install. OK but now I am having trouble finding my files and when I do I'm not certain how to recover them.EG found Outlook Back Up file folder.Backup Office Data File 317,457 KBContacts. Microsoft Office Excel Comma Separated Value File 126 KBContacts. Office Data File 1,505 KBHow can I recover all the information to Outlook?Some files parked in "Local Disk (C:). Users. Admin. My Documents.My Music files and My Pictures contain no files but I found my Pictures in another file.I realise I shall probably have to get some one with knowledge to try to sort it out but I would like to see if I can recover Outlook filesSuggestions appreciated

Answer:Recover files after clean install to Windows 7

Did you do the clean install to the same partition as your original Windows Installation? If so there should be a "Windows.old" folder in the root of your C: Drive where your original Windows installation(and your documents) should be preserved.

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Okay I have Windows Vista 32 bit. I want to clean install Windows 7 64 bit.

I have a 640GB HDD running my vista now. I was thinking of buying a 1TB Internal HDD because I need more space. I want to transfer all my movies, pics, music, etc to my new HDD and have it all on a clean windows 7.


So if I;
-unplugged my old vista HDD
-hooked up blank new HDD as master
-installed windows 7 to the new blank HDD
-click my old vista HDD to slave
-plug in the old HDD
-copy all my files from old HDD(vista) to new HDD(windows 7)
-format the old HDD to be windows 7


Would this work? Or would there be a problem switching the vista one to be a slave? Would there be a probalem transfering files?

Any other way that would be better?

Answer:Clean Install Windows 7, but keeping Files using 2 Internal HDD?

Noone has any help? Any other ways to do it with 2 internal HDD?

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Help!
i just installed windows 7 ultimate x64 on my dell inspiron laptop.. and i cant open exe files that i downloaded (AVG) and other stuff..nor in safe mode..i did extensions fix and stuff.. please help me!

Answer:Clean install of windows wont let me open exe files?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by abraham2nd


Help!
i just installed windows 7 ultimate x64 on my dell inspiron laptop.. and i cant open exe files that i downloaded (AVG) and other stuff..nor in safe mode..i did extensions fix and stuff.. please help me!


Hi abraham2nd,

Just curious. Where did you get Windows 7 Ultimate X64 from? If it is not genuine and downloaded from a surreptitious site, it could already have been loaded with bucketful of malware.

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Answer:Clean install Windows 7 32 bit and I have a Program Files x86 folder.

are you trying to say after the install there is a Program Files (x86) Folder?

are you sure it is a 32 bit OS?

Try to check you system specs .. dxdiag on the search bar of the start menu

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Hello there! Pardon the long-windedness, but there are multiple questions, so the description is necessary.

I had Vista on my laptop and got Win7 today and finally installed it after buying an external hard drive and moving all my stuff over to it. I went with the clean (or "custom") install because I wanted to clean out all the junk and just keep what I had backed up.

The first problem I had was finding that there were two partitions on the machine - the regular one and the Recovery one (which, I assume, was placed there by the manufacturer). I didn't know whether the recovery partition was an image of the clean install of Vista or if it was some other form of recovery, so I left it. I moved on to installing on the regular partition, thinking it would wipe it or format it or whatever like I had always heard (I didn't manually format the drive since I got an upgrade license of Win7 and heard that you had to have an existing install of Vista or XP for it to activate... so I didn't want to take the chance of it not working).

So, yay, it's finally installed and all. However, there's a folder in C called "Windows.old", which apparently contains the entirety of my old files (including Program Files and such), and the files and folders that were in C previously are still there.

So my questions are as follows:
Are the programs still installed (they don't show up in the control panel's "Uninstall a Program", b... Read more

Answer:Clean install of Win7 - Windows.old and old Program Files?

If you choose to perform custom install of Windows 7 on the same drive which previously had earlier version of Windows (XP, Vista etc), then Windows.old folder is created. It contains files from the previous Windows installation, typically the folders Windows, Documents and Settings, Program Files.This is done because you are installing Windows 7 over an earlier version of Windows, and setup wants to make a backup of important files for you. So that if you later realize, that you lost your pictures, saved game files, software licenses etc. then you can look for them in windows.old. If you don't need any file in windows.old, then you can happily delete the folder. But have a look at it first, you might find some needed files.Are the programs still installed ? Is the old registry stuff still there? No and NoCan I just delete the whole "Windows.old" folder to safely recover all my hard drive space that it's taking up?Yes. but have a look at it firstAlso, should I have left that Recovery partition there? What should I do with that in the future? Recovery partition is for making a recovery backup. Your system manufacturer must have supplied you with some kind of recovery software cd. You should read the system manual on how to make recovery backup. Now that you have Windows 7 fresh installed, its time to make a recovery backup (yes yes, factory settings )

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I was using Windows 8 since it's launch, upgraded to 8.1 and then to 10.

5 months or so ago when I was on 8.1, I started having this problem of video files played on any media player (tried MPC & VLC) would crash suddenly. I thought a clean install would fix it but didn't bother to do it at the time cause windows 10 was around the corner.

So Windows 10 came out yesterday and I upgraded to it then immediately clean installed it, and I was shocked when my Media Player Classic crashed today multiple times and I need your help to troubleshoot and resolve this problem. I'm just guessing now that it maybe a hardware problem, and I don't know which one...

My PC's specs are as follows:

ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION (0801)
Intel i7 4930K @4.4 GHz
4*8GB G-skill TRIDENX
2*GTX TITAN BLACK SLI
SAMSUNG SSD 840 PRO
WD HDD 2TB Green
WD HDD 6TB RED

the below link has the dxdiag and 2 consecutive error reports for the crash.

http://www.filedropper.com/dxdiagcrashreports

The crash itself happens in 2 different ways, sometimes the video would freeze while the sound still plays and when i exit full-screen mode it would crash and the little crash window comes up. and sometimes it would be playing just fine, but the moment i exit full-screen the video itself freezes while the sound still plays and I wouldn't be able to close the app normally and I have to end the process.

This is basically my problem, does any one has an idea of what's going on, or at ... Read more

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I'm at a loss. With 1511, everything was fine. Since going to 1607 a couple of months ago, things have gone haywire, as documented in other threads.* Among the biggest problems has been that music files played via players (not online streaming) invariably crash during the first song, the second song or occasionally down the line and take the OS with it (foobar, Zoom Player, others - not watching videos with ZP though). That was with a USB connection to a dac with its own USB driver. That and repeated file manager and Start/Restart hangs with 1607 finally led me to do a clean install last night.

Everything was going great until I installed Zoom Player and the dac's USB driver. First song stops halfway through and Zoom Player locks up, won't close. With that, the hanging Restarts and Startups commence again, even after I uninstalled both the driver and ZP and add ons. So I tried again today, this time with no USB, just Zoom Player and earphones. Right off, after reinstalling Zoom Player and presumably when it crashed, all the taskbar buttons went nonfunctional, blank (white). And again, the music stops after several songs, and shows "Loading" indefinitely. With that, the taskbar buttons go nonfunctional again - "can't open this item" - although this time they are not blank. Had to manually shut down via the case. Upon reboot, I try VLC. It hangs too, three seconds into the first file. Same deal: VLC won't close and have to manually shut down.

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Answer:Audio music files crash Windows (1607), even after clean install

Maybe your DAC's USB driver is not compatible with 1607. Try another DAC and see if the same happens

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Got new parts for PC upgrade. All parts new (including cables) but recycled HDD and DVD/CD-ROM.

All bits connected and powered up last night in about 10 mins. Put Windows XP CD in, went into setup/ reformat process then PC needed rebooting to continue with Windows setup. Fine.... or so I thought.

Then uhoh... rebooted, went into "Please press any key to boot from CD".

IF pressed any key, went through the whole reformat, copy setup files etc. ELSE, just hangs on that screenie. No error messages or anything!

Seems to me like it's gone into a loop, and not running the Windows set-up files copied into the HDD.

Other unusual thing I've noticed was that it takes a while (about 3++ mins) to progress from the "Setup is checking your system configuration" statement -> blank screen -> Windows set-up/ reformat.

Don't remember having faced with this problem before. Am thinking is it the HDD (about 5 yrs old), etc? Don't believe it's the connection as I have checked, unplugged and replugged the cables inside and after all, it recognises the HDD and DVD/CD-ROM in BIOS.

Any thoughts?
 

Answer:Clean install doesn't start Windows setup after copying the files!

Welcome to TSG

maybe the key is the '10 minutes' part of your story

take your time to make sure all ribbon cable connectors, add on cards and memory modules are seated properly ... and load the BIOS defaults.
 

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Hello everyone,

So; I'm kind of in a very frustrating situation right now. This past week has been absolutely stressful in terms of trying to troubleshoot this problem I've been having with my custom rig. About two months ago my power supply died and in result shorted out and burned one of the chips on the motherboard. Now, I got both parts replaced and all is fine. Everything functions, turns on, and is running smoothly.. except for the fact that 3 out of 5 attempts of booting up my PC it will fail to start and begin "Loading System Files" (the black screen with the white rectangular load bar underneath) and ask to continue normally or run startup recovery, safemode, etc. I have of course tried to use start-up recovery and windows repair from the disc (haven't used the command prompt though - not very knowledgeable on that), but it fails and continues to produce the same error message.

Additionally, every once in awhile the computer will boot up and let me in. The error message isn't consistent. This is where I got lost and am just absolutely confused as I've never encountered a problem like this before. Furthermore, aside from the additional windows failed to start due to a recent hardware or software change message, there are times when it will say certain files or drives are missing (winload, system files, or even the checksum has an error). It's all very mind boggling to me and I'm honestly just out of options and have no i... Read more

Answer:Windows Failed to Start & missing files after MOBO + PS change (clean install)

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My windows system was corrupted so windows support sent me a new windows home premium sp1 disk to perform a clean install. I used the windows backup feature to back up all my files to the D drive. I then performed the clean install. However now I can't move the backed up files back onto the C drive. Also it says this computer does not have a wireless adapter installed and configured. I'm pretty much fkd. Please help.













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Answer:performed windows clean install, now cant access backed up files or connect to internet

Ok, with some research I realized I needed to say the windows restore was from a backup on another computer and then point it the the d drive. Its now in the process of restoring them. Ill update whether I'm still having problems connecting to the internet when it is finished

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I've been trying to get windows installed again on my laptop after I formatted the disk to start over. I created a usb installer using their special utility and ran it. I have also attempted to create the image using winUSB on my ubuntu partition with the exact same results. Every time I run it it freezes at some arbitrary percentage of "getting files ready for installation". I've seen a few threads on different forums that all either had no resolution or had the resolution "I tried it a bunch of times and it worked once."

Some seem to think the issue lies in a bad iso image... not hard to believe the asshats at microsoft would forget to do a checksum on the download, but I also find the claim incredible in the literal sense because every time I read it there was no evidence or logic presented as to why a bad iso might be the case here. (can't blame people. The installer literally freezes without giving any information as to what is going on)

Quite frankly I don't particularly care much since ubuntu does all the things I want (without the installation issues, driver problems, and random freezing/BSODing/bloatware/intrusive privacy settings that come with windows), however my OCD is telling me that this should be a ridiculously simply problem which shouldn't take half a dozen unfinished threads online to get to the bottom of, so I'm following this issue regardless of my need or lack thereof of a solution.

Anyone else have a similar problem and actually f... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 usb clean install freezing at "getting files ready..."

Are you installing windows on a separate partition on a drive you already have ubuntu on ?

Have you tried Rufus to create the usb installer.

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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.
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Answer:Moving a windows install or swapping motherboards without a clean install of windows.

Very informative thanks for posting
 

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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
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-... Read more

Answer:Clean Windows Install on Wiped Drive- Am I still Clean?

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Here's a little more clarification from Microsoft. More and more of the free upgrade pieces are falling into place.Clean install activation:
Once your device upgrades to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer it will activate online automatically. This information will be stored as a record so when you perform subsequent installations, the activation code will be automatically applied, as long as its the same computer and the exact same Windows 10 edition. As long as you take advantage of the free upgrade offer time period (1 year from July 29), you will be able to clean install the same edition of Windows 10 that you upgraded to on the same device during and after the free upgrade offer. A new license will not be required for purchase since activation is automatic.Clean install options
Installation media will be made available for you to download (ISO) so that you can create installation media on a USB drive or DVD. Product key information will not be required and Windows 10 will activate online automatically. The online activation will happen automatically after a clean install of Windows 10 if the device has already been upgraded and activated online the same Edition of Windows 10.Clean installs for hardware changes
If something major happens to the device that requires something as monumental such as a motherboard change (basically turning it into a new computer), Windows 10 will require re-activation which will require you to purchase a license. This is what Microsoft m... Read more

Answer:How Windows 10 Will Handle Clean Installs (Read Me)

So if I read this right, you have to do the upgrade first before you can do a clean install. Right?
Sent from my 5th gen iPod touch (beta testing) using Tapatalk

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ok first I upgraded to 10 from 7 all went great but it was freezing and running slow went to settings and the area that lets you erase all files and do a clean install of 10. I did it no problems until I got to the screen where it says .......... Hi There let's get a few basic things out of the way asks for country,app language,what keyboard language and where located for the clock setting but it does not read my mouse or keyboard .....both wireless, not the USB mouse that is wired to my pc........ am totally stuck. If I go into bios the wireless keyboard works. Any ideas?

Answer:Why won't the Windows 10 clean reinstall read my keyboard STUCK?

hi, I've done exactly the same as yourself and I'm having the same issues. have you found anyway round this issue please?
regards

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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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I have a Visual Basic 6 app that reads files from a shared network folder and then processes them.  It was installed on two Windows XP computers many years ago.  Now we want to upgrade it to Windows 7.  I have two different computers with
Windows 7.  When I connect the Windows 7 computers to the network and run the app (which has a File Watcher window) and am watching all 4 computers, I noticed that the File Watcher window of the XP boxes show the files about 2 seconds before the Windows
7 boxes see the files.  What would cause this?  Everything else in the app works as it should.
The apps are running as Administrator on the Windows 7 boxes and XP compatiblility mode.  I have tried it both ways.
Confused...

Fred

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Hi, I joined the forum yesterday in order to get help recovering my XP system from a major attack by trojans and viruses - thought Trend Micro was switch on, but has been off for three months.

I have followed the Read and Run Me guide for XP and I believe the system is clean now.

Most things work fine apart from internet explorer which can only run "with add-ons disabled". I have requested help on this in your Software forum.

I have attached the three logs as directed.

Would anyone be able to help me view the log files from the clean-up? John
 

Answer:Big mess, now clean - read log files

Hi jonny,
Welcome to MajorGeeks!

You did a goodly amount of damage to the infection. I will post a set of instructions back to you as soon as I've been through all your logs. This can take some time so please be patient. Also, it would be better if you use your computer as little as possible while you are waiting.
Thanks.
abri
 

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I will clean install windows 10 once the new build is released.. which will accept keys from windows 8.1/ windows 7.. My laptop is now on windows 8.1 single language the keys of it are embedded. Can i use it just like normal/retail keys?

Answer:Hardware embedded keys of Windows 8.1 SL for activating Windows 10 (clean Install) (build10565)?

No, you would need to upgrade first to Win10 before you can do a clean install.

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Hello all, here is a bit of context. I had an extra Lenovo T410 sitting around so I wanted to restore it to its "factory state" by performing a "format boot". Plan was to boot from CD drive and reinstall Windows 7 (32 bit) during the process. However, disaster, after the process finished I am now stuck in some sort of safe mode (everything is larger than usual) and the computer is missing several drivers. I installed the network adapter driver manually (can identify networks but can't connect to internet). Device manager still lists Base System Device, Ethernet Controller, PCI Serial Port, PCI Simple Communications Controller, and Unknown Device drivers to be out of date. My objectives here are to 1) restore connectivity to internet and 2) get Windows 7 Home Premium to full functionality. Thanks for any input! *Virtual High-Five if you stuck with me through that whole explanation.













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Answer:Internet Loss and Limited Windows Functionality After Windows 7 Clean Install

You need to install all your drivers. Everything is large because the display driver is not installed, likewise you have no internet connectivity because network drivers are not properly installed.  You need to download all the drivers for your laptop on another machine, copy them to the laptop via CD or a USB device then install them all, usually starting with the chipset driver first. Also, check if you have a recovery partition, if so, just boot to that. That will reinstall your OS with all the drivers included.

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I would like to install windows 7 on my old Dell Dimension 4700c which currently runs windows xp.
I have been told that it is not possible to do an upgrade from xp to 7.
Is it possible to do a clean install?
Or do I need to first upgrade to windows vista and is this possible.
I recently purchased the windows 7 disk from dell online.
Thank you

Answer:Is a clean install of windows 7 on a dell dimension 4700c running windows xp pro possible?

It depends on the disc you purchased.  It will need to be a full copy of Windows 7 (not an upgrade edition) with a new license key.  If that's what you purchased, you should be set.
If what you purchased is an upgrade disc with no license key, you're not going to be able to do a clean install.

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I've been attempting to get Windows 7 up and running on my Asus F8Sp-X1 laptop for a couple of days now. It came with Vista, which only lasted as long as it took to take the disk image with True Image, after which XP was installed. It's been that way ever since, and it runs perfectly... but everyone knows the limits of XP now since the security updates have stopped.

Since I have an unused product key for 7, I thought that would be a better choice than the Vista the laptop came with. I've never used Vista, but it is widely held that 7 is leaner and faster, and on a 3gb laptop, that seems the better choice.

The DVD that corresponds with the product key I have is of the 64-bit edition (OEM), so I plugged that product key into the MS web site and downloaded the 32 bit Win 7 SP1 DVD ISO, then created the disc.

I had already restored the original Vista setup from the image I made all those years ago, and had allowed it to update up to SP2. I started the CD and selected an in-place upgrade, which (though painfully slow) worked without any errors.

After fooling around with the fingerprint sensor for a while (finally I did get it working), I went to Windows Update to download all of the fixes that came after SP1. It never finished searching for updates... just goes on and on, with no errors and no results.

I went to the MS support site and tried the fix it tool. It claimed to have fixed things, but the problem persisted. I did a lot of reading... I tried the WURT, but it j... Read more

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I am attempting to do either an upgrade or clean install of Windows 7.  The HP laptop I have is currently running Windows Vista.  
The error message is:
Windows cannot copy files required for installation.  The files may be corrupt or missing.  Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation.

I bought the .ISO file from eKey Market for about $55.  

I've tried resetting the laptop to factory settings, and still get this error. 
I've made 2 different DVDs with the .ISO files on them.
I am using an external USB CD/DVD drive.
What is the problem?

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Hi, Im getting infinite bootloops when i trying to do a clean install of windows 7 i did this with no CD just installation files from my old desktop and got no recovery disk or installation disk or what so ever if any could help me pls... thanks

Answer:windows 7 clean install from windows desktop, infinite boot loop

Hello RJ,

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE to create yourself a Windows 7 installation DVD or USB flash drive that you could boot from to do a clean install of Windows 7 with at boot instead. The TIP section tells you how to get an official Windows 7 ISO to create this from.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Now that we have the ability to clean install 10 onto a pre-existing 7 machine, and then activate using the pre-existing 7 key...

1. Created a 200GB partition for 10.
2. Booted from USB 10 installer (created today, so latest version).
3. Installed 10 into said 200GB partition with no reported errors.
4. Installer first reboot re-loaded the installer, so removed and rebooted. You'd think they would do something about this, but I'm not holding my breath. Also few walkthrus mention this fact.
5. Boots Windows 7 original bootloader with no sign of the 10 install, so unable to continue on with the setup.
6. Booted into 7 and I can see the installed 10 partition (with no drive letter obviously). Assigned a drive letter and explorer shows Win 10 files are present, and what looks like a bootloader.

According to various sources a Win 10 install will lay down its own bootloader and provide a dual-boot to the pre-existing o/s, in this case Win 7.

As a quick and dirty I used EasyBCD to create a third entry to 10 inside the 7 bootloader, but it throws an error when trying to use that option, something about not being able to verify the o/s.

It should be noted this is an MBR arrangement, a Dell machine, with a separate 20GB OEM recovery partition containing the Win 7 bootloader.

Any "intelligent" ideas much appreciated.

Answer:Adding Windows 10 dual-boot (clean install) to a Windows 7 Laptop.

From an elevated ("Run as administrator") command prompt in Windows 7 try:

bcdboot e:\Windows

The path in red will be the path to the Windows 10 "Windows" folder.

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Now that we have the ability to clean install 10 onto a pre-existing 7 machine, and then activate using the pre-existing 7 key...

1. Created a 200GB partition for 10.
2. Booted from USB 10 installer (created today, so latest version).
3. Installed 10 into said 200GB partition with no reported errors.
4. Installer first reboot re-loaded the installer, so removed and rebooted. You'd think they would do something about this, but I'm not holding my breath. Also few walkthrus mention this fact.
5. Boots Windows 7 original bootloader with no sign of the 10 install, so unable to continue on with the setup.
6. Booted into 7 and I can see the installed 10 partition (with no drive letter obviously). Assigned a drive letter and explorer shows Win 10 files are present, and what looks like a bootloader.

According to various sources a Win 10 install will lay down its own bootloader and provide a dual-boot to the pre-existing o/s, in this case Win 7.

As a quick and dirty I used EasyBCD to create a third entry to 10 inside the 7 bootloader, but it throws an error when trying to use that option, something about not being able to verify the o/s.

It should be noted this is an MBR arrangement, a Dell machine, with a separate 20GB OEM recovery partition containing the Win 7 bootloader.

Any "intelligent" ideas much appreciated.

Answer:Adding Windows 10 dual-boot (clean install) to a Windows 7 Laptop.

From an elevated ("Run as administrator") command prompt in Windows 7 try:

bcdboot e:\Windows

The path in red will be the path to the Windows 10 "Windows" folder.

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Ok July 29 th said my update was ready. Updated to windows 10 from 8.1, no problems. Havent really had any , i just thought this was strange. So I used the upgrade for a month or so and realized I really needed to do it. I love clean installs but I have this game and it updates for 2 days and I wasnt sure I could go without it for that long :p. So I read up on it a little, threw it on a flash drive and booted from it. Super easy to clean install, maybe I missed something cause I dont remember doing hardly anything but after I logged on I noticed my same wallpaper I just had up was still up so I started looking around to see what got left behind. All I could find was a couple folders in the C: drive and my user name was still there along with a new one which was the same but has _357 added to it and my gmail and MS account got spilt to 2 different accounts. Does anyone know what happened, know how to go back to my original user name and get rid of 357 and get my emails to be on the same log on account? Thanks appreciate it. Just wondering really if I should do a "real" clean install? and where I went wrong to prevent it again. THx Tilt

Answer:Specks of old windows 10 upgrade left behind after Clean install of Windows 10. Couple ?

your description is a little fuzzy, so I'm not sure how to respond to your question about your first logon experience after you think you clean installed. Your wallpaper is often shared between desktops nowadays, so that is a good thing as that service is cloud based, so that means you have network connectivity. Your user name should be what you logged in with, that is also cloud based. Again, this is a feature and the experience your describing is by design (unless I misread, if so, my apologies). If what you're saying is you now have two user accounts, then perhaps you didn't clean the drive before your clean install, which I always recommend.
If you have the opportunity do perform a real clean install, always do that. Always. The only issues I can think of with running a clean install is with drivers and apps. Drivers can be mitigated by going to the manufacturer's website and installing the missing drivers. And with apps, just make a list of what you're missing and install after your clean install.

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So I've just had to clean install today, and after this - ALL of my files on my external hard drive are apparently no longer my own. I have already tried taking ownership - it didn't work. Just keeps telling me I don't have permission.

Somebody, PLEASE help!

This has NEVER happened to me before... EVER. And I have done countless restores (this is my first clean install, but I've done countless factory restores).

I have far too many files to lose over this - very important ones to me. I need them.

Answer:Read Only External HDD AFTER Clean Install?!

Hi,

There is an easy fix for this, but I can't recall what it is - I have asked for more help. Don't worry - you won't lose the files.

Regards,
Golden

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OK, I have Windows 7 OEM Version and want to upgrade to Windows 10 After I get Windows 10 Activated through the upgrade can I...

Clean install Windows 7 (with Original 7 key) and clean install Windows 10 (should automatically activate) to have a dual boot? Or is Microsoft going to block my activation saying you can't have both 7 and 10?

1 more question related to this too.

I have a different computer that has a OEM-Builders edition of Windows 7. I don't want Windows 10 on it right now as the software I need to run will not run on it but...

I want to upgrade to Windows 10 just to get the free upgrade and activate then revert back to Windows 7.

Later on down the road a year or so can I install Windows 10 with no problems activating it?

Thanks

Answer:Windows 7, upgrade to Windows 10 then clean install dual boot

Michaelrj9 said:

Or is Microsoft going to block my activation saying you can't have both 7 and 10?



No. I have installed a dual boot system with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.







Michaelrj9 said:

Later on down the road a year or so can I install Windows 10 with no problems activating it?



Yes.

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Tech forum noob here. Quick & possibly dumb question for you Windows 7 & 8 tech people out there.

I have OEM discs for Windows 7 Home & Ultimate as well as corresponding product keys. I can't stand Windows 8 or 8.1 on my Lenovo any longer. I want to do a fresh Windows 7 install on my Windows 8 laptop. I'm adept at reinstalling Windows 7 operating systems on any Microsoft Windows machine (pre Windows 8).

With OEM Windows 7 discs, I essentially wiped the 1-3 partitions clean and combined them to create 1 raw partition to install whichever Windows OS I happened to be installing on any particular MS Windows computer. I think I have like 8 partitions on my Windows 8.1 Lenovo.

Before I get to the point of no return on this, can my Windows 7 OEM discs successfully delete 8 partitions to create 1 partition to install an older OS on a Windows 8.1 Lenovo? (I have valid product keys).

Answer:Clean OS Install-Windows 7 Ultimate/Home OEM over Windows 8(.1) comp

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Spectr3


Before I get to the point of no return on this, can my Windows 7 OEM discs successfully delete 8 partitions to create 1 partition to install an older OS on a Windows 8.1 Lenovo? (I have valid product keys).


I've never heard that any Win 7 installation disc can't delete whatever partitions you want to delete. If push comes to shove, you can certainly delete partitions through other methods.

You want to install Windows 7 on a Lenovo PC that was originally sold with 8.1, using a "Windows 7 OEM" disc?

Hmmm.......

Tell us more about the "Windows 7 OEM" disc and the "valid product keys" you have.

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windows 10 after clean install still not restarting correctly after update,hangs at 30%
HDD can be heard spinning.clean install was to try and fix same problem since creators update.

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So I tried installing update-1 for Windows 8.1, however KB2919355 wouldnt install correctly. Luckily Microsoft released new Windows 8.1 ISOs with update 1 included, and I thought its always better to reinstall the whole system afresh, as I prefer to do so at least once every year.
I managed to get one of these ISOs, specifically: Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) - DVD (English), then copied the ISO contents to bootable USB and managed to use it for formatting my laptop and installing a fresh operating system.
During the installation process I used a generic key (Bing windows 8.1 generic key and you will find one), then once the system is installed I was able to successfully activate it using my original Windows 8 upgrade key that I purchased for $15 during a promotional period late in 2012.
Today my brother was trying to do the same on his Surface Pro which comes originally with Windows 8. He used a tool to extract the product key from his system, however using that key to activate Windows 8.1 with Update 1 didnt work. We managed to use another tool called RWEverything to extract the actual key from the ACPI, and that key worked correctly to re-activate Windows. My brother gained around 8 GB on his Surface Pro after doing a clean installation of the system.
I hope this information is helpful to you guys. If you are not a MSDN subscriber, unfortunately I cant talk about where to get the ISOs from as it might be against the forum policy, but this is just to let... Read more

Answer:Clean install Windows 8.1 with Update 1, activate using original Windows 8 key

I really wish MS would just put these ISO's on their downloads web site. They've gotten the validation process down, needing valid keys, for installing. I would really make some of us techies lives so much easier if they did.

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i have a HP corei3 4gb ram 1 TB HDD laptop. Recently i found some lag on my system so i decided to perform a clean install.
win 10 stuck at middle 40 % from DVD disk.
 Then i went for win 7 64 bit ( Ultimate) and formatted whole drive and installed win 7 from USB like always but now i am stuck at first boot logo after installation??
 Tried once more installing same problem ?  HDD check from bios passed no error.
 
is this HDD error or something else?? what to do now my system is just 13 month onlt for study used.
 

Answer:windows 7 stuck on windows boot logo after clean install???

Do you have valid Windows install disks for the attempts that you have made?
 
What model HP system?
 
Louis

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Now that Microsoft has finally started offering the free Windows 10 upgrade to users across the world, we?re seeing quite a lot of people trying to clean install the new operating system and thus avoid the painful process that the upgrade could turn out to be in case of compatibility issues or any other problems experienced during download and install.

And while the clean install worked for every single version of Windows released in the past, it doesn?t work for Windows 10, so you must not attempt to clean install Windows 10 without upgrading first!

The reason is as simple as it could be: the product keys you have for Windows 7 or 8.1 won?t work in Windows 10 and in order to benefit from the free upgrade, you need to perform the direct upgrade first.

How Windows 10 activation works
Microsoft explains how exactly this process works:

?Once your device upgrades to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer and activates online automatically, an entitlement is registered to your PC?s hardware for your edition of Windows 10. (If you go to Settings >> Update & Security >> Activation says ?Windows is activated?.) Now you will be able to clean install (i.e. boot from media and install Windows 10) the same edition of Windows 10 seamlessly without having to enter a product key.?

In other words, once you perform the direct upgrade to Windows 10 and the operating system is activated, you can perform the clean install how many times you want, as the g... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 and 8.1 Users, Don’t Try to Clean Install Windows 10 Without Upgrading First!

They are late, almost a week after we gave the instructions
 

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i have a HP corei3 4gb ram 1 TB HDD laptop. Recently i found some lag on my system so i decided to perform a clean install.
win 10 stuck at middle 40 % from DVD disk.
 Then i went for win 7 64 bit ( Ultimate) and formatted whole drive and installed win 7 from USB like always but now i am stuck at first boot logo after installation??
 Tried once more installing same problem ?  HDD check from bios passed no error.
 
is this HDD error or something else?? what to do now my system is just 13 month onlt for study used.
 

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Then:
Ok so, to begin, I run Windows XP Service Pack 3. About June 21, I installed CA Internet Security from the CD I bought. The next day, my computer started acting weird. The start menu/toolbar was missing, internet didn't work, when you opened programs they looked different, etc. I figured the problem was CA. I unistalled CA, Service pack 3, and IE8. I tried reinstalling Service Packs 2 & 3 but couldn't fix the problem. I finally found a registry repair program that found 2,000 errors, and fixed my computer. I reinstalled everything.

Now:
I've been getting "another installation is in progress" alerts when I try to install some programs. I tried using Computer Management, shutting off MSI, then restarting and turning it back on. But this fix only lasts for 2 days. I downloaded "Windows Install Clean Up", and deleted a part of CA that never re-installed June 23. Also, when I start my computer, 3 or 4 "Windows Installer" programs open themselves and I dont know what program its part of. Can anyone help me? Also, some System components haven't been working right since June.
 

Answer:Recent Problems with Windows Installer (also need Windows Install Clean Up help)

Hi and welcome to TSG!

Too bad you haven't had the chance to read the many many threads about staying away from registry cleaners. 2000 errors removed!!! You may have damaged your registry beyond repair.
 

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I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on a Lenovo laptop that originally had Windows 7 Home Premium. there was 289 updates two weeks ago, I made sure that they were all installed before shutting it down, but somehow the laptop magically downloaded and installed more while the computer was off for two weeks. I turn it on and get a "configuring Windows Updates" and then it automatically restarts, upon restart, it gets stuck on the Windows logos screen "starting Windows" for 20 minutes and now it has been stuck on the "Please wait..." screen for four hours! I hard shut it down, it get suck again same on Windows logo and same "please wait", hard shut down, choose safe mode, and the same thing happens yet again! I cannot get into the computer whatsoever and the machine was running PERFECTLY two weeks ago! It was flawless two weeks ago and now it won't get past the startup screen!
 
Please help!!

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hi guys,

i'm at a bit of a dead end here and pulling my hair out!
i'll start with my specs:

hp g62 laptop
win 7 ultimate
8gb ram.
60gb ocz vertex ssd (os)
500gb wd green (drive bay for music)
i3 cpu

ok so here goes, i think i had picked up a virus a few weeks ago as everything spiked and i was getting issues, i did several boot time scans with avast for and pup's that may not be picked up when os is running and it didnt find anything.
at this point i was running 7 home premium, i tried a format and fresh re-install with that but the problem did not cease. so i then sanitized the drive twice with parted magic which was recommended to me by a few other sources and purchased 7 ultimate, installed it and hoped for the best.

I dj severral times weekly with this machine, the only programs that are installed are serato scratch live, ableton Live 8, internet explorer and vlc media player.

the laptop will run sweet as a nut for a while with cpu idling between 0 & 1% then all of a sudden the fan will go mental and cpu will jump upto 60/70% and stay there until i reboot

i did a system restore back to literally just the os installed and internet explorer and it is exactly the same.

does anyone have any ideas/suggestions that can please help me out... i have very important gigs on weds and thursdays with celebrity acts supporting and im starting to really worry about this.

ANY ideas much appreciated i will try all of them!!

many thanks in advance,

Brian.

Answer:need some help... sky high cpu usage after clean install. read for inf

just noticed that this post has been moved, thanks mods, i wasnt sure where it should have gone

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hi guys, i got a pc off ebay with no operating system on it. i downloaded an xp sp3 iso from a torrent site with good comments(i have the serial for xp, just not the disc) and i installed it just fine, but when i start up the computer it says a disc read error has occurred and prompts me to restart. it has 2x500gb hard-drives and im not sure what hard drive i installed it on. please help me to install xp properly or fix this problem so i can use the computer!!! thanks, addy.

Answer:disk read error after clean install

Hey Addster,

TSF does not assist with anything which is / may be considered Illegal. Torrenting Windows is illegal, hence the thread will be closed.

I recommend that you start a new thread asking how to find a legal copy of Windows XP (without the serial) as there is probably a legal way to obtain the Operating System (I am no Windows expert so I cannot advice you on that matter). It is likely that the torrented ISO isn't up-to-scratch and could be behind the issue you are experiencing.

See the below excerpt from the Rules.


Quote:




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software pirating
hacking
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We will also not offer advice, assistance or instruction with regard to any of the above activities, illegal or otherwise.




I have therefore closed the thread. Feel free to send me a PM if you deem this to be in error by clicking here.

Yours Sincerely,
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I have just bought a new PC which contains windows 10, which was an upgrade from windows 8.1.
If at any stage I need to do a clean install of windows 10 will I need a product key? There doesn't seem to be a product key on my windows 8.1 CD ROM pack.
I have downloaded and saved to disc a windows 10 iso.
Many thanks

Answer:Do I need a product key to clean install Windows 10 after upgrading from Windows 8.1

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question I have just bought a new PC which contains windows 10, which was an upgrade from windows 8.1. I'm a bit lost. Did the PC come new with 10? Or did it come with 8.1 and you upgraded to 10 yourself?
In either case your license is in the cloud and attached to the Microsoft Account you are using on the computer.
If your device came with 8.1 the key is likely stored on the motherboard and that's why you aren't finding it on the CD pack.
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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OK, can't get windows update to work after clean install. It just hangs "checking for updates" ....no errors.

ANy tips?
 

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I read on here about changing windows vista to windows 10. It was stated the only was to do a clean install, but at a cost. I was wondering what the coast would be and how difficult it would be to do?

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Hello,
I have windows Vista business with SP1 installed on a Dell Latitude laptop D830. I have run Windows upgrade advisor , it is giving me clear signal to upgrade to windows 7 professional or ultimate. Now with so much news about upgrade problems occurring. Should I upgrade or do clean install? Also I want to know , if there is a difference between windows 7 upgrade and windows 7 full version? With windows 7 full version, Can I get the upgrade option also?

Thank you
Regards
Anoop

Answer:Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Upgrade or clean install ?

If I were you, I'd backup your files and do a clean install. This will ensure you don't take any little problems into your new installation and you will be pleased with the results. The difference between an upgrade version and a full version is that the full version doesn't require a previous version of windows to install. You can of course choose to upgrade from the full version but I don't suggest you do

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Hey Guys

I have a really strange issue going on, I don't know what Microsoft are up to.

Ok so from the top, I have a Sony Vaio which had 8.1pro on it, I did an in place upgrade via the media creation tool, and it updated and activated successfully.

I then did a clean install from iso, ( skipped the product key prompts ) and it worked, initially would not active, but after 24 hours it did.

I then ran into a few issues with drivers and thought I would give it 1 more clean install, ( again skipped the product key prompts ) once it loaded, it now states Windows 10 Home version and again will not activate???

Have any of you guys experienced this issue?....do you think it is linked to their activation server issues?

I rang MS and they were very unhelpful ( international call centre ! ), basically said not to do a clean install?

Not sure what to do now, I don't really want to install the original 8.1 sony image as it takes around 3-4 hours!

Any help appreciated.

Answer:Windows 10 Pro changed to Windows 10 Home after another clean install?

Did you use the same ISO each time, or did you recreate the ISO from the MCT? If so, you probably created the wrong version.

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I read on here about changing windows vista to windows 10. It was stated the only was to do a clean install, but at a cost. I was wondering what the cost would be and how difficult it would be to do?

Answer:What would the charge be to do a clean install to put Windows 10 into Windows Vista?

The cost is that of a normal W10 license. Go to your country's MS online store to get a quote.
Then you just install W10 as you always would. Nothing special.

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My t400 has now been searching for updates in a week. Nothing happends. Any clue?

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I recently purchased a new 1TB WD drive for my Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 PC. I installed Windows successfully onto the hard drive, and naturally became the administrator. In fact when I go to User Accounts in the Control Panel, it lists me as an administrator. But for whatever reason, when I try to do anything, I get "access is denied" error stating that an administrator needs to execute the command. What in the heck happened? Is there any way to take ownership of everything on my PC so Windows will recognize me as an admin? Is there another place to check user accounts in more detail other than the 'User Accounts' section in the Control Panel? I'll take all of the help I can get. I'm lost at this point.
 

Answer:Why does Windows not recognize me as an administrator after a clean Windows 7 install on a new HDD?

Can you take a screenshot of what comes up?
 

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Windows XP SP2

My buddies computer which I had a thread going got a couple of viruses and it wiped out the tcp/ip and anyway it is a long story you can read the other thread if you want. Anyway I decided to do a repair install to see if it would work and if not would do a full clean install. He gave me the xp disk that came with the computer, he bought it from a computer store so it is not any name brand. anyway I just was going to try the repair install and it won't let me. It is set to boot from the cd-rom I put the disk in and when the computer starts to start up it says to boot from the cd-rom press any key which I did.

It then starts loading files like they do and it comes to the part where it asks you if you want to
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

I press enter like it says in the directions for a repair install but then it gets weird.

Instead of going anywhere a message comes up and says

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer.
Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program. Setup cannot continue , to quit setup, press F3

Thats crazy cause I can start the computer and basicly do anything on it except get on the internet because... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows XP SP2 need help with windows repair or clean install

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Hi there,

Just bought an upgrade to RAM, graphics, processor and motherboard this week and have been having problems with it since.

I keep getting BSOD whether is be memory_management, NTFS.sys , or usbhub.sys. on clean installs on a range of new and old hard drives.

I have run memtest and is gave and error first time but haven't been able to replicate the error since.

System spec is currently:

Asus p8p67 LE
i5-2500K
Nvidia 8800GTS 640MB (haven't installed HD6850 yet)
4GB RAM Corsair XMS3 2x2GB CMX4GX3MA1600C9 xmp
Toughpower 650W
WD 640GB HDD/ 2TB EARS/2TB EAXS

attached is dump file. any ideas what is going wrong?

Answer:BSOD on clean install of windows 7 and windows update

Hi.

Run Disk Check
Check the Automatically fix file system errors box.
Check the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors box

Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Run RAM - Test with Memtest86+
Finish and post back with results.

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I have a genuine windows 7 pro installed on VMplayer. My pc is windows 8.1 not pro. i want to install windows 10 pro on my pc now.
But my pc has UEFI and GPT partition table that doesnt allow windows 7 64 bit to install as a dual boot. Tried all possible ways. I Know it should be possible. But somehow it is not working on ACER Laptops. Finally i concluded that i have to change to legacy bios and change to MBR Partition table which deletes the data on the entire hard disk. copying back is a pain. so im trying to avoid it.
1. Is it possible to upgrade and activate windows 10 on VMP and then clean install on the same PC?
2. Is it possible to do it on other pc using dual boot, activate windows 10 and install on my pc? i will use the same email id that i use on my pc to activate win 10 on other pc.
3. My Windows 7 has the flexibility to reinstall it on a different pc after removing it on the previous one. will this be same even after upgrading to windows 10?
Thanks

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I bought a computer from my college computer lab that was tested running in perfect condition, It is a Dell Optiplex 780, the second one I bought from them. I wiped it and reinstalled Windows 7. Updates took 24 hours to download and install, out of 238, 29 failed. it asks me to restart my computer, after another two hours, I get a "Failure configuring Windows Updates reverting changes"

May I add that installing Visual C++ 2008 and 2005 fail when any program tries to install it. Any program trying to install dot net framework 4 fails too. Any program trying to register dll files throws an error that the dll file could not be registered causing the install to fail.

The other Optiplex 780 did not have this problem.

Any ideas?

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hi guys,

I have tried formatting a few times, memtest but still bluescreens. hope someone can help thanks.

os: win 7 64 bit

previously win xp

retail version win7

hardware from around 2008 but gpu is new msi gtx660

cpu: intel Q9550

mb: asus p5k-pl

Answer:[SOLVED] windows 7 bluescreens after clean windows install

Hello,

I would suggest first start by testing the Memory. Memory Diagnostics

Let the test run for several passes.


Code:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 7601.17944.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02a00000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02c44670
Debug session time: Sat Jan 19 09:25:09.016 2013 (UTC - 5:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 3:07:25.657
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BugCheck 3B, {c0000005, fffff96000253313, fffff88006a1f700, 0}

Probably caused by : win32k.sys ( win32k!EngDrawStream+4b )

Followup: MachineOwner
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A while ago, I posted this thread asking for help with a situation that was or wasn't caused by malware. Some of these problems were that I was getting BSoDs that appeared to be caused by a different problem each time, web browsers crashing spontaneously, and Svchost.exe taking up 100% CPU in random spikes. Since I got no replies at any site I asked, and the symptoms were getting unbearable, I reformatted my computer only two days ago.

But today I've been getting some of the symptoms from before the reinstall. Earlier I had a BSoD and 2 random Firefox crashes within two hours. I was not doing anything too CPU or graphics-intensive (on Youtube and doing normal web surfing). Since I haven't even completely installed all the necessary programs and drivers [from CDs that came with my computer] yet, I am ruling out malware as a factor. I have installed graphics drivers for my GeForce 4 MX GPU, but they came with the computer, so it shouldn't have been a problem.

Things like this have never happened before, especially not right after a reinstall. Would anyone like to take a guess as to what's causing the problems? Is it possible that my hard drive is dying, since it's almost 5 years old?

EDIT: svchost high CPU usage problem recurring again... :sigh: At least this time the internet connection on Firefox doesn't stop.
 

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Hi, I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit from Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit when Windows 10 launched, then a few months later, around New Year I decided to do a clean install. I made an installation disc with the program from Microsoft's website and did the procedure, skipping when asked about a product key.

After that, however, I started getting messages that "Activation failed because this device doesn't have a valid digital entitlement or product key. Error: 0x803F7001". That is even though I still have the emails from when I upgraded to 10 and my old install is still listed on my Microsoft account. When I asked Microsoft on the phone about this they told me I needed either the key I used for Windows 7 with which I upgraded or a new Windows 10 key. My old key is long lost and I feel I shouldn't have to pay for a new key when it is pretty clear it's the same machine and since it's also stated I don't need a key after a clean install after an upgrade.

Is there any way to prove that my laptop is the same one that upgraded from windows 7 so that I can get my OS activated? Any and all help is much appreciated!

Here are some of the things that I already tried per advice elsewhere:

- A program that shows the Windows key. It found a key but when I tried it in Change Product Key in settings it thought about it for a while and said "Windows can't activate with this product key" with the same error 0x803F7001 as before. I will probably call Microsoft tomorrow about... Read more

Answer:Windows won't activate clean install after upgrade from Windows 7

ever use method 2 here http://www.fixerrs.com/2015/11/fix-a...x803f7001.html

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Hello! I'll be doing a clean install/upgrade of my Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 to Windows 7 Professional. Can you anyone give me guides or tips on how to do this properly?

I'm also planning on backing up all the data (or some of it) in my Acer Aspire 5738ZG and reformat it afterwards. Can anyone suggest any backup software that could do the trick?

Also, I have worries that if ever I upgrade to Windows 7 that some of the programs my laptop is using won't function. I have bad experience in laptops that upgrade from one OS to another. Some of the functions in that certain laptop didn't worked after the upgrade like the shortcut keys in the keyboard (e.g. LCD Lightness, Sound Volume, Bluetooth, etc.) What should I do to avoid this?

Hope anyone could help me out. Thanks!
 

Answer:Clean Install/Upgrade of Windows Vista to Windows 7

Well, from you brand of laptop, it looks like you can get drivers for windows 7, if ye need them.

Are ye doing a clean install or an upgrade? I see you put in clean install/upgrade. Just like to know which one.
 

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Hi, I upgraded to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit from Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit when Windows 10 launched, then a few months later, around New Year I decided to do a clean install. I made an installation disc with the program from Microsoft's website and did the procedure, skipping when asked about a product key.

After that, however, I started getting messages that "Activation failed because this device doesn't have a valid digital entitlement or product key. Error: 0x803F7001". That is even though I still have the emails from when I upgraded to 10 and my old install is still listed on my Microsoft account. When I asked Microsoft on the phone about this they told me I needed either the key I used for Windows 7 with which I upgraded or a new Windows 10 key. My old key is long lost and I feel I shouldn't have to pay for a new key when it is pretty clear it's the same machine and since it's also stated I don't need a key after a clean install after an upgrade.

Is there any way to prove that my laptop is the same one that upgraded from windows 7 so that I can get my OS activated? Any and all help is much appreciated!

Here are some of the things that I already tried per advice elsewhere:

- A program that shows the Windows key. It found a key but when I tried it in Change Product Key in settings it thought about it for a while and said "Windows can't activate with this product key" with the same error 0x803F7001 as before. I will probably call Microsoft tomorrow about... Read more

Answer:Windows won't activate clean install after upgrade from Windows 7

ever use method 2 here http://www.fixerrs.com/2015/11/fix-a...x803f7001.html

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Hello all,
I have a very specific question that i can not find an answer.

I bought a new pc and i want to buy Windows 10 Pro. I have found a very good price for a Windows 7 Pro license which will give me a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

I will have the key in the following days but the pc is assembled and ready.

(1)Can i clean install Windows 10 Pro and activate it with the windows 7 pro key that has never been activated even for a windows 7 machine or
(2)should i first install windows 7 pro, activate it with the key and then clean install windows 10 and activate it with the windows 7 pro key

Thank you.

Answer:Activation of Windows 10 (clean install) from a Windows 7 Pro edition

Hi Trod,
You can install W10 NOW and you dont have to activate it immediately, theres a 30 day grace period.
So when you get your W7 package you can activate it with the product key.
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums.

note your purchased W7 pro licence MUST be either System builder or retail or it will not activate

Roy.

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hi i fancy getting a copy of windows 7 but i dont no which one to get my current laptop is running vista premium i love my laptop so dont want to change it would i be better getting the w7 upgrade or the clean install version also do i have to wipe the HDD clean or do both versions of w7 do it for you ..................ps do you know of anywhere doing offers on w7 and how much should i expect to pay
 

Answer:Solved: windows 7 clean install or windows upgrade.

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if i do a clean install of windows xp to replace windows vista, will it create a windows.old folder that has all the stuff i had from before the clean install?
 

Answer:Will doing a clean install of windows xp create a windows.old folder?

No, you'll need to back everything up first, then restore it after the install.
 

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I would be grateful if you can let me know ? I have Windows 8.1, I want to have clean install Windows 10 but first I want upgrade to Windows 10 ? keep this for few days to see everything is WORKING and OK then do CLEAN INSTALL of Windows 10. Can I do this ? If yes then please guide me or let me know how to do this. My email address is <removed>

Once more thanks and I do appreciate for all the advise.

Yours faithfully,

AK
 

Answer:First Upgrade to Windows 10 then after few days CLEAN INSTALL Windows 10

I have removed your email address - ALL communication and support should be kept in the forums as per our rules
ALSO putting your email on public forums is the quickest way to get spam

Yes you can do that using the ISO from here https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

You must do an upgrade first - so that MS can see an orginal valid license for the software and then assign a windows 10 key
After the upgrade you can then do a clean install

I would wait a bit longer than a few days , to check everything works OK
With the upgrade you can revert back to the original software for upto 30days after the upgrade and then the windows.old folder will be deleted

I would make sure you make a note fo your old windows key before the upgrde
With 8.1
that would be obtained by running www.belac.com or https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
 

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I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro upgrade from Microsoft website and problem activating like so many other users. The issue I have is that I also downloaded the media pack and received a e-mail with a different key which I entered and now I cannot activate it. I spoke to Microsoft technician and they removed media pack and key but I still cannot activate it as my system stills shows Windows 8 Pro with Media Pack Key !.Now would buying a retail boxed version of Windows 8 Pro solve the issue as it will come with a new key and can a clean install be done over the downloaded upgrade version I have ?

Answer:Can I Do a clean Windows 8 install over downloaded windows 8 upgrade?

Thanks for reply Jock1e.I am not sure what you mean by not taking any files or folders when clicking on remove everything and re-installing windows.This procedure sounds like reformatting the hard drive..if it is...by clicking this option windows will remove everything like drivers which will make my pc 'dead '...am i right ?

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Hello - I am about to move from Windows 7 64-bit pro to Windows 10 and after much reading I want to check that I have the steps correct. I would class myself as a computer literate user but far from expert and I have highlighted what I understand to be the right steps along with a couple of questions below.

Prior to install :
1. Take system image
2. Copy user data to separate drive
3. De-activate software (such as photoshop etc)
4. Create bootable USB using media creator
5. Unplug data drives and move my current Disk 2 which is partitioned as EFI system / C: Windows boot / D: Prog and User data to the SATA 0 port which will make it the only disk visible (disk #0)
6. Unplug network connection and all peripherals except keyboard and mouse
7. I am not clear on this part :
My BIOS is set to Fast Boot "enabled" - should I disable this?
My BIOS secure boot setting is Windows UEFI mode - do I need to change this? the only other option is "Other OS"
(The motherboard is an ASUS p9x79Pro)

Install :
1. Boot from USB
2. During installation delete the current partitions (will I be given the opportunity to do this for all three?)
3. Enter my Windows 7 pro product key during the set up

Once running :
1. Move drives and plug back in data drives (will I be able to use disk management to see these in windows 10 without losing the data?)
2. Download and install latest drivers and then plug back in peripherals
3. Re-install software packages
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Answer:Steps for clean install to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10

You could -if you have a lot of programs installed- consider using Laplink PC Mover or Easeus ToDo Trans to transfer installed programs, if your file structure is going to be the same.

You also need to consider any data in other places - e.g. favourites, and if you use an email client, address book, email rules, emails etc.

Note that 'latest' drivers may or may not work. You'll just have to see. Some find that the odd driver cannot be updated for older hardware, or the latest version as provided in the Win 10 installation causes problems and an earlier version has to be used.

For example, a clean install of Win 10 64 bit on my 5 year old laptop left me with one driver (coprocessor) unresolved. No later manufacturer's drivers. In the end I resolved this with DriverMax (a driver utility) which is NOT recommended in general- esp. with Win 10.

Make sure you have a bootable CD for your image software just in case- and check it works.

Note that you may be displeased with
a. The Win 10 start menu (it does not respect my iconised start menu folder structure - so I use Classic Shell.
b. The appearance of the windows- whilst active windows now again have coloured title bars and a 1 pixel or so border, inactive windows have white title bars. So you may wish to use the Aerolite theme to solve this, or Aeroglass which adds transparency.

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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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Carried out my first clean install today,i put all my software onto a cd ready to put back but my cd-rom and seperate writer arnt responding,i have looked in device manager and they are showing as ok,loaded motherboard drivers from disk ok just my homemade ones wont show, grateful for any suggestions,thanks.

Answer:optical drives wont read after clean install

" just my homemade ones wont show "I assume you mean the software,what exactly have you put on the disc.If you have tried to copy the software programs to disc and they had been setup previously...they will not work !As there will be mutiple registry paths created, and files scattered all over the place.You may have to download the software again etc.

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DVD drive read as CD Drive after clean install of win 7 x86 from vista
i just did a clean install of windows 7 in my HP laptop but now i found that DVD drive is recognised as cd drive

can some one here help me on this issue its really hard to install few things or even watching a movie.

regards
raj1402

Answer:DVD drive read as CD Driveafter clean install of win 7 x86 from vista

Hi raj,

You could try uninstalling the device from Device Manager then rebooting your machine. This will force Windows to re-install, hopefully as the correct device. Then try putting in a DVD and see if it has solved the issue.


OS

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 have a product key that only works for Windows 8. When Windows 8.1 came out I purchased the upgrade but did not receive an additional product key. I know Windows 10 will be rolled out very soon and I would like to get a clean install after the upgrade. How can I accomplish this? I mean I want to format my computer with fresh Windows 10. I have the live Windows 8 installation disk which I can use to install Windows 8. But my product key does not work with Windows 8.1 installation disks.

Thanks you for your help!

Answer:How to clean install Windows after upgrading to Windows 10

No details yet, we know this will be possible to do a clean install after you upgrade to Windows 10. Just do not know when and how it will be done yet.

Sign up for Ten Forums, many posts on these topics, as will be more info there too Windows 10 Forums

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Hey all

I'm having a boat load of glitches, I think mostly coming from Cortana (works maybe 3 out of 10 times correctly and sometimes not at all and locks up the windows menu until I kill her in task manager). I spoke to Microsoft who said to do an upgrade that will re-install windows 10 from their website. Second he said I could do a clean install by downloading to a usb but needed a product key. So I called Toshiba and they said to just reset the pc that would reinstall the windows on the partition "clean" (hahahaha, if bloatware is clean) and back to factory specs. The guy at Microsoft said if the problem is with the windows 10 itself it wouldn't help b/c it is the same software. Toshiba says my product key is embedded into the firmware and will only work with the software of windows 10 on my partition. Can anyone here tell me what is what, I don't trust any of these people. The way I see it I have these options and not sure what to do:

1. Try the "reset this pc" option that puts the computer back to when it was new with software on the partition (no product key issue)
2. Try to "upgrade" to the latest windows 10 software (not sure what that means b/c I am up to date?) from microsoft.com.
3. Do a clean install by downloading windows 10 to usb (was told there would be a product key issue from Toshiba and they won't give me mine, said it was proprietary OEM yada yada, whatever).

Please any help/advice/clarification would be helpful.

Answer:Windows 10 Clean Install On New PC With Windows 10 Pre-Installed????

What I do (but you need a USB/External hard drive, or network storage location) is make an image of the entire hard drive using Macrium Reflect Free. Create a Macrium Free Rescue USB/DVD. Export all non-Microsoft drivers using DISM to the same location I stored the image of the hard drive. Create a vanilla Windows 10 install USB/DVD directly from Microsoft. Boot computer from the vanilla Windows 10 install USB/DVD, delete every partition on the hard drive, clean install to the unallocated space. Look in device manager for any "unknown devices" or exclamation points - manually install those drivers from the drivers I exported earlier.

The clean Windows 10 install from the USB/DVD created from Microsoft will read the Windows 10 product key stored in your bios and should not even ask you for a product key and it will activate itself. If you need any specific instructions on the above steps, please ask.

Macrium Reflect Free:
Macrium Reflect Free

OR
Kyhi's recovery drive (contains Macrium Reflect Free rescue):
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

Windows 10 install media:
USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Dism command to export drivers (run from an elevated "run as administrator" command prompt):

Dism /online /export-driver /destination:E:\Drivers

NOTE: the path in red is to a folder that you create to hold the exported drivers. I would recommend at least 1 GB free ... Read more

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According to this article (http://news.softpedia.com/news/wind...h-windows-7-and-8-1-product-keys-514679.shtml), I am able to use my windows 7 pro OEM key on a clean install Windows 10.

I guess my question is: do I need to have upgraded my windows 7 to 10 previously? Or I can just go from activated Windows 7 pro to a clean install (and activated) Windows 10?

Thanks a lot.
 

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Does anyone know how I install, not upgrade, W10 Pro on a laptop that has W10 Home?
I bought a W10 Pro licence key off eBay and downloaded the W10 ISO file from Microsoft, but when I try to reinstall from the ISO file (on USB) it rejects a clean install.
I already tried to use the key as an upgrade through Control Panel but it got 'rejected' & on live chat with Microsoft they said it doesn't register.
The seller is adamant its a legitimate product key (sells plenty of keys). I have PayPal protection.

Answer:Install Windows 10 Pro clean on Windows 10 Home

yoyoma said:

on live chat with Microsoft they said it doesn't register..



You mean Microsoft said it was an invalid key? If they said it is invalid then it is (as it is their servers that validate it) and you should try to get your money back.

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I am trying to do a clean install of windows 8 on my laptop (Elitebook 8770W) from a USB stick with original MS Windows OEM iso. Once I boot from usb stick, at the setup screen I enter the product key and then choose advanced to do a clean install. I then choose my hard disk partition to install windows but I get stuck here with this error:

"Windows cannot be installed to disk 0 partition 1"

I deleted the partition and choose to install on the unallocated space (150GIG) But still get the same error and when I click on the error this is what I get:

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's Bios"

In bios I have my disk set as Raid and I also have a m-sata Flash cache. If I change raid to AHCI I will be able then to install windows. But if I turn it back to raid after install I will no longer be able to boot I have to be in raid mode to use my m-sat as cache drive.

So here I am stuck not being able to install windows I even downloaded latest intel rapid storage technology drivers and put them on the usb stick with windows setup files. When i got the error I choose to load driver. But even after that I was getting same error and windows would not install on my HDD.

Can anyone here explain what's the right way to install in this condition (raid)?

Answer:Windows 8 clean install does not work. *Windows cannot be

Are all youre USB settings set to Full initialization in bios?

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..now if I don't do a fresh install what do u suggest I do to get rid of the excess baggage and to make my pc as fresh as possible..how do I know which stuff to delete? And what can I do to improve the performance and optimize my pc to be more efficient? And is it a problem to always run 32 bit vsts and plugs on my 64bit system? What do I lose? Is there a difference?

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If you want to downgrade or go back to your previous version of your Windows operating system, you'll need to reinstall your version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC, says Microsoft. This is if you have clean installed Windows 10.
If you don't have recovery media: For Windows 7 or Windows Vista: Before you update, you might be able to create recovery media from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer's website for more info.For Windows 8.1 or Windows 8: You might be able to create a USB recovery drive. For more info, see Create a USB recovery drive. If you didn’t create a USB recovery drive before you installed the preview, you can create installation media for Windows 8.1.
You can also downgrade from Windows 10 using EaseUS System GoBack.
Also see: How to uninstall Windows 10 Technical PreviewRollback from Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows.

Answer:How to downgrade Windows 10 to Windows 8.1 / 7 after a clean install

You can downgrade to a prior windows version if there isn't any available . How can one downgrade from a clean installation since the hard drive only has the clean install windows, So how does one downgrade from there ? One must have a OS software whether it be a recovery disc or a full windows version other wise it's impossible to downgrade . So please don't make it sound like one can downgrade froma clean installation when one can't without the circumstance

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Hi guys,
We all know that Windows 8.1 is a FREE update to Windows 8 OS. Recently my teacher's Toshiba Satellite Laptop shipped with Windows 8 Single Language, is very slow, so she wanted me, to do a clean install to get rid of bloatware. And also, we all know that Microsoft released a tool that downloads an installation media of Windows 8.1. So here's my questions:
1. Will Windows 8.1 activate with a OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

2. If I install Windows 8.1 does it automatically activate it without Internet?

Answer:Activation in Clean install Windows 8.1 on a Windows 8 PC

1. Will Windows 8.1 activate with a OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

- Yes - if you install Windows 8.1 Single Language (it contains an ei.cfg file that bypasses an installation key)

2. If I install Windows 8.1 does it automatically activate it without Internet?

- No. it needs online activation.

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..now if I don't do a fresh install what do u suggest I do to get rid of the excess baggage and to make my pc as fresh as possible..how do I know which stuff to delete? And what can I do to improve the performance and optimize my pc to be more efficient? And is it a problem to always run 32 bit vsts and plugs on my 64bit system? What do I lose? Is there a difference?

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Hi,

I have a Dell Inspiron netbook which initially had Windows 7 Starter. Since I get free operating systems from my school, I decided to try Windows 8 on it. It's been fun, but I want Windows 7 back now. But, whenever I try to boot from the flash drive with the version of Windows 7 that I want to clean install on my netbook, I get a blue screen that says,

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to be sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the Stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters.

Check with your hardware vendor for an BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0xFFFFFFFFC0000420, 0xFFFFF880012427BE, 0xFFFFF88002DCC4C8, 0xFFFFF88002DCBBF0)

*** ACPI.sys - Address FFFFF880012427BE base at FFFFF8800121D000, DateStamp 4ce7745a"

Answer:Trying to clean install back to Windows 7 from Windows 8

Hello Edac mate yo might just get lucky if you can doa factory default if the 8 hasn't destroyd the Dell partition.

From memory it is DEL or F8 this ref say the latter. But anyhow just power off and leave for a few seconds then power on and tap the appropriate key and follow the prompts. Like I sadi I hope the 8 install didn't wreck that partition.
DELL Inspiron - Restore to factory default settings

OOPs missed this too USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

If it did then you will need to make a USB stick ISO and boot from it and use the activation code on the sticker wherever that is located usually a 5 x5 alpha / numeric code.

the tutorial to follow is Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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