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Clean Install Of Windows 7 on Acer 6930G Questions

Question: Clean Install Of Windows 7 on Acer 6930G Questions

I just bought my Acer a couple of weeks ago and I have a question. Because I bought it after July I will receive a free copy of windows 7 when it releases. My question is, I want to do a clean install on windows 7 64 bit home premium. I have never loaded a new operating system before (I have only used the recovery disks) so I have a couple questions. My first question is when I install the clean install do I have to download and install the current drivers I am using on my computer? Video card, sound card, ect, or will windows automatically recognize my current hardware? If I do have to find them myself where can I find them? Will they be on the recovery disk Acer gave me? If that?s the case how can I only load the drivers and not windows vista? I am sure I can get them from Acers website but I am looking for the easiest way. Would ?windows update? find them for me?

Also my last question is there are a couple of applications that were previously loaded on the computer when I first started it up. The 2 main ones are Microsoft student office 2007 and Acers ?empower? program (Erecovery, Eaudio, ect.) I use both of these programs and I don?t want to lose them. Also because office came preinstalled I don?t have a physical disk. Any help would be appreated. Thank you for your time

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Preferred Solution: Clean Install Of Windows 7 on Acer 6930G Questions

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

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

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

Answer: Clean Install Of Windows 7 on Acer 6930G Questions

You can get all of the newest drivers from Acer's website. Acer Service & Support

It appears that the have the empower program available there as well. If you purchases MS Office Student they should have given you a disk or at least a product code for it. You should be able to contact Acer and get a physical copy if you cannot find it on their website.

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Hi
My son has an Acer Aspire 6930g running on xp.
Upto a couple of weeks ago he was happily running his blu rays using cyberlink 10 powerdvd when he announce that they no longer played. No disc found. Normal Dvds continue to run ok.
I have tried uninstalling the programme and reinstalling but that didnt seem to work.
Before i conclude that maybe the blu ray sensor has gone is there anything else i could try (- yes i have also tried cleaning the sensor and blowing away any possible dust) Do get suspicious that it all happens as the promotions for powerdvd13 flood in each time we open powerdvd lol.
Any suggestions welcome    ty for your time
 

Answer:a Acer aspire 6930g and was running on windows xp

I would presume that if it work before and all the disc are still scratch free, then the read layer function of the drive is not working anymore.

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Hi guys

I have a new copy of windows 7 64 can I install it on this laptop it has windows vista 32 by default.It came with a windows 7 32 home premium upgrade cd.

Answer:Windows 7 64 ultimate on Acer aspire 6930g

I recommend downloading and running the upgrade advisor tool:
Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

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(sorry for the really long post but its kinda complicated)Okay to start with I bought the acer almost a year ago. Its still under guarantee but I would rather not have to take it in. So on friday I came home from School turned my Acer on (it was working perfectly the night before) and I got the blue screen of death. I tried everything, safe mode etc etc. I loaded up my windows 7 home premium CD and selected repair. It worked for perhaps a hour before telling me it failed to repair it. Next I decided to try and reinstall windows. i to the point where it asked for the Cd key. I typed it in just to be told it was invalid. Once I had done all that it no longer does the blue screen of death but it boots up the laptop you see the windows 7 logo then the screen went black and nothing could be seen APART from the cursor. This morning when I tried again now I just get a black screen then it restarts again.What is wrong? I can't figure it out at all!!!

Answer:Acer Aspire 6930G - Windows boot problem?

is your win 7 cd upgrade or full version if upgrade i believe you will need the key for the quallifying o/s Win 2k Xp or vista

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Hi, I hope someone can help, the crystal eye webcam on my Acer 6930g has stopped working, I dont know what I have done, it was working fine. Now when I try to start it up a box appeers saying:

Acer crystal eye webcam.EXE - unable to locate component
Thisapplication has failed to start because Image.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

I have tried re-installing application but still keeps coming up with same box.

This is a real pain as I am now unable to skype my son who lives with his mum. Please Help
 

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When you do a clean install of Windows and you have to register it. Misrosoft then scans your PC hardware to make sure that you're not trying to pull a fast one and put it on a different set-up.(1) How much updating does Microsoft allow and still give you a pass? For instance: RAM ~ HHD ~ GRAPHICS/SOUND CARD ~ ETC.(2) Is cloning your OS legal?

Answer:2 questions regarding a clean install of Windows.

May depend on the Windows version. Older versions tend to be more lax than newer ones.From my experience, it doesn't make any fuss about anything as much as it does the motherboard. XP will ignore a motherboard change some of the time, but I don't think you can get away with it when it comes to Vista/Win7.Yes, cloning is very legal. It's what you do with the clone that matters. For example, you cannot clone one PC to another similar PC & continue using the same Product key on both. G

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Hey guys, I did some searching but wasn't able to answer my questions.

I have a Lenovo Y650 and I was wondering if I could format the HDD and do a clean install, or if this would be a bad idea. The computer came with quite a bit of bloat ware, as well as a separate partition of 30 GB that has around 2 gigs of lenovo drivers that is for the recovery system i guess? it also has about 20 gigs hidden, not quite sure what that all has on it.

I'm still learning with computers and everything.. so would it be okay to wipe EVERYTHING and start fresh with one single partition (320GB) for windows 7?

Will everything still work properly on the computer or will i need to get drivers from Lenovo? If everything will still work properly, that would be great, but I don't know what happens when you do a clean sweep on something that comes so loaded up from the factory.

Thanks guys

Answer:Windows 7 Clean Install Questions

You could format the whole HDD and do a clean install. Or you could just format the partition where your Vista is and leave the remaining partitions. If Lenovo has a recovery partition, you might want to keep it just in case you need to start over from the way the factory shipped it.... especially since you spoke of "learning with computers and everything." Existence of a recovery partition will not affect how your clean install of Windows 7 performs. If, later, you want the extra HDD space, you can always delete the other partitions.

Your partition layout is a little unclear. How do you know the 30GB partition has about 2GB of drivers? Are they in a folder labelled as-such? Are you saying there is a 20GB hidden partition from looking under "Disk Management" or because the visible partitions in windows explorer only add up to around 300GB? What does the Manual say about restoring the factory image? Most of the time it is by tapping F8 when booting to go to a customized Recovery Environment. Installing W7 over the Vista partition will probably mess up the custom recovery enviroment but if Lenovo uses a windows image (.wim) file for recovery, the factory image can probably be restored using imagex.

Although Windows 7 comes with more drivers than Vista does out of the box, you will probably need some drivers from Lenovo, if you start fresh with Windows 7.

Hope this helps a little.
Tom

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Hello,
I need to reinstall my Win 7 32 bit OEM and I didn't receive any media with it, so I found this tutorial:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
and I am having some issues:
-The download size is 2.4 GB but everytime the download finishes, the file size is changing and is less than 2.4 GB, sometimes it finishes at 1.5 GB , sometimes at 2 GB etc, I cant get it to 2.4 GB !

-My Windows is installed in a language that is not on the list in DELL website, can I still use the English version instead?

-Is DELL website the only place I can get the official Windows 7 ISO? will that leave DELL logo on my pc(if yes, can I remove it)?

-Also, in the tutorial, it is said to use "Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool", but can I use ImgBurn for example to burn the ISO to dvd?

Thanks everyone

Answer:Questions about clean Windows 7 OEM install

As far as i know install is universal, you can add any language pack you wish
Dell download is not linked to dell i think it points to digital river download links (the MS official download that we are not allowed to link directly)
No it will not give you dell splashscreen

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I have a Compaq Presario CQ62-225NR laptop. It came with Win 7 Home Premium.
I'd like to do a clean install of Win 7 Premium to get rid of all the junk.
Which "versions" of Win 7 Home Premium can I use? I don't need Ultimate. I think there is one "upgrade" version for Starter 7, then there are Upgrade and Full versions of Home Premium. Any others? Isn't "full" only when the installation can't find a previous version of windows? Do I install by booting from the disc, or do I just "run" it after the laptop boots to its current OS? I had to do the latter recently with an XP install.
Before I do this, should I make copies of all the driver's in my system, or just let the laptop search for the driver's using "Windows Update" after the clean install?
Can't I make a DVD of the current setup in case I want to revert back to the factory install?

Thanks!!!!!!
 

Answer:Windows clean install questions

I don't understand. Are you reinstalling to clean up accumulated junk, or is this a new computer and you are going to reinstall to get rid of the HP installed extras?

If the former I'd assume you'd use your Recovery partition or DVDs/CDs.

If the later I suggest you first create your set of Recovery DVDs from the Recovery partition. Then you can boot from any OEM Windows 7 Home Premium DVD, format, install and use the Product Key on a sticker on your PC. Or purchase any version of Windows you want.
 

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The first thing I want to do is congratulate Dell on having the worst support staff and technical support on the planet. I resell a lot of Optiplex 3020 and the question I posed was simple: How to you do a clean install of Windows 10 Professional? During two days worth of chats and several technicians this is what some of then told me:1) You can do it but you need the correct media. The "Already Installed Windows 10 Pro 64-bit" media that came with the computer isn't the one you want. I'll send you what you need on a flash drive. Of course the flash drive showed up and it was the exact same thing I had on the media.2) You have the right media but you need to enable UEFI. At that point the DVD you have will display the option  to install ground ground zero.3) You have the right media but you need to disable UEFI. At that point the DVD you have will display the option  to install ground ground zero.4) They sent me links to hundreds and hundreds of third party pages explaining how to do it. None of which worked.I even went so far as to suggest that it was obvious that the techs I was chatting with have never done this and don't know the answer. Their reply was that they have all done and Dell makes them take classes on the subject. Right.....So after two to three days of beating on Dell and trying everything in the book I have found that there are only two ways to install WIndows 10 Professional on a Dell Optiplex 3020:1) Install Windows 7 Pro. Do... Read more

Answer:Yet more questions about a Windows 10 Professional Clean Install

Ziggy32So I am going to pause here and ask if anyone has come up with a way to Install Windows 10 (clean install) other then one of the two ways I mentioned above?
I don't understand the problem. You have the Windows 10 media ... just install it.
Ziggy32Is it true that there no longer seems to be a Dell Windows 10 OEM SLP DVD which looks in the BIOS to determine if the computer is a Dell and, if it is, installs and bypasses the activation.
ALL Windows 10 media checks the BIOS for valid product keys. There is no longer a need to verify the manufacturer.
Users will likely have a discounted upgrade path to Windows 10 after the free upgrade period expires.
Ziggy32The just released Optiplex 3040 comes with Windows 7 Pro and is advertised as being Windows 10 up/downgradable. Is that via the free Windows 10 upgrade which is soon to be discontinued or is Dell going to actually start putting Windows 10 COAs on the Optiplex 3040?
Dell has already started putting Windows 10 COA's on systems and all systems shipping with Windows 7 are downgrades.
Ziggy32Not much has changed with either Microsoft or Dell. The "Free" Windows 10 upgrade isn't really free and Dell still doesn't have a clue how to supply upgrade/downgrade media nor are their technicians very good at helping with the issue.
The "free" upgrade is free. I'm not sure I understand your reasoning for it not being free. A clean install of Windows 10 is not difficult - very easy, in fact. Why D... Read more

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Hello! My Mothers computer needs to be wiped clean and windows xp home reinstalled. She has many issues regarding missing files, errors, collected junk and cant even access the help files or update correctly anymore. My thought is to do a clean install. I tried repairing but no dice. Mom has alot of family history info and some games, the usual for a barely used home computer, however the hard disk has c: with her current info and then E: (I think its e anyway) which was done by the computer store when she bought this computer a few years ago. They just copied all the stuff from her old computer to this partition. In any case, She is terrified that I will lose some of her "stuff" even thought most of it needs to be removed anyway.Can anyone tell me what is the best, easiest, safest, way to go about saving her data and programs.I guess a possibility is just networking it to my computer, saving it all on mine and then just dumping it back onto hers. Is that a possibility? I really need to spend the time to clean out all the crap that's just not pessary. Hmm...Thanks in advance for any help or advice! 

Answer:Questions re clean install of windows xp home

If the computer has problems, than an image might not be a good idea.The best course would be to get any storage device (like another computer or external hard drive) and copy all her important files (anything she wants to save) except any programs in Program File.If you copy Program File, you will not only be wasting time, but space as well because they will have to be reinstalled again.

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Dear Community,  I am considering doing a clean install of windows 7 64 on my x301. I am worried that some features will stop working however: 1. Fingerprint reader 2. Camera, because Roxio Suite came pre-installed and will disappear with windows 7 clean install Will they still work? Thanks!!

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Hi guys/gals, I am new to the board and just took delivery of my W520 (2720QM/8gigs/500gig/1000M) last night and I have already increased the RAM to 16gigs and plan on ordering a Crucial M4 128gig SSD for it soon.  While browsing this forum last night I already solved the issue with my Turbo Boost not working (after I flashed to BIOS version 1.25) by going back to BIOS 1.06.  I have also installed the ThinkPad fan control and have it set as ibmford suggested.  I don't game at all but I do prefer to keep my system as cool as possible.  I realize this may, over time, wear out my fan prematurely but I would rather replace a fan over prematurely frying a system component.   Anyway, I am basically experimenting with things right now and getting my software/drivers ready for when I do a clean install on my SSD drive.  My question is, what all do I NEED to know about doing a clean install on this thing?  I have done NUMEROUS clean installs on all sorts of systems before but never one that has as much power management stuff involved.  I know I need the latest Intel RST driver and have to load this during Windows 7 setup.  I also know that I will probably have to disable Intel's LPM.  Is there any special order I should install the drivers in?  I normally install the chipset driver first and then the graphics driver followed by sound and the network drivers.  Then I proceed installing whatever dr... Read more

Answer:W520 clean install Windows 7 x64 w/ SSD - questions

OK, I found -THIS- link for a clean install. However, I'm thinking about doing a UEFI BIOS/GPT partition. Do I have to do anything differently once I change over?  I know the fingerprint reader won't work correctly w/o doing the Lenovo published work-around found -HERE-, but is there anything else I should know? thanks!

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So I've successfully reinstalled windows on my SSD using USB... I'm having a problem, however, figuring out how to best utilize my SSD.  Do I need to be booting with RAID or AHCI?  I can only boot in "Compatible" mode, otherwise I get stuck in a loop.  What should I be booting with? Also, what files do I move from the SSD to the HDD?  And how do I make sure Windows is always installing to the HDD rather than the SSD? Thanks for any advice

Answer:U310 Clean Windows Install... BIOS & Saving to HDD Questions

I should also mention that when I try to boot RAID instead of Compatible, and try to install windows, no drives are appearing.

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well, what cou can it take to upgrade, cos different sites talk different things, on official site it say, the dafault t5800 cpu has ppga 478 socket. But there is also pga socket, and many people on youtube have cpu upgrades for pga socket. Probably, there are different variantions of 6930g model?













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Answer:acer 6930g cpu upgrade?

The Core 2 Duo T5800 is a Socket P microprocessor, which has 478-pins.http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/Intel/Core_2_Duo_Mobile/T5800.htmlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_478

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Hard drive died. Installed new drive and formatted to ntsc. Trying to install Windows and then hangs after a couple of minutes displaying blue screen saying the hard drive might have a virus. Checked memory sticks and all fine. Help!!

Answer:Acer 6930g-583G25Bn

Do you have any other HD's connected?Put the EXACT error message into Google.

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I have done a clean install of Windows 7 (64 bit) on an Acer Aspire 5741 laptop using a retail Windows disk which included SP1. The install seemed to go OK but I can't connect to the internet. The hardware page on the control panel shows exclamation marks against three items, and says drivers are missing for them. These are:

Network Controller
Ethernet Controller
PCI Simple Communications Controller

I visited Acer's support site which has a driver download page for the Aspire 5741. This is it:

My question is...which of these drivers should I install?

I am using a Devolo DLAN Homeplug connection with a Linksys WAG325N gateway.

[I put this question to Acer support by email and got a reply from Sunil. His answer was, I should.....'update the appropriate drivers'. Thanks Sunil .]

Answer:Clean install of Windows 7-x64 on Acer Aspire

Try the LAN (Local Area Network) driver first. That should do it.

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So I upgraded to windows 10... It didnt work quite well and I decided to use eRecovery to return to windows 8 and then update to 8.1.After the system restore I found out that windows was corrupt. (Windows worked, however I cant install updates)So I decided to wipe everything and clean install windows 8.1, only to find out that I can only install it using Legacy Boot mode, using the UEFI it gives me the error: Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration, installation cannot proceed. (Already tried disabling secure boot, no success.) Legacy mode worked fine until I went ahead to re-install drivers, that's when I noticed that some hardware wasn't detected, my nVidia gpu for example.Any help is appreciated. (Please... I'm so frustrated right now.)And yes, I configured another usb to fully support UEFI boot, no success.

Answer:Acer Aspire V3-772 Windows 8.1 clean install

1.  Backup your important personal files because the following steps will completely wipe your drive 2.  Go in to your BIOS and load your BIOS defaults (F9) and then save/exit (F10).  Your computer is not designed to run Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 in legacy mode. 3. Go back in to your BIOS and enable the F12 boot menu. 4. Boot your Windows 8.1 installation media 5.  When you see the screen below, press Shift F10 on your keyboard to get a command prompt   6. Use diskpart clean to wipe your drive.  "Diskpart clean" works on both HDDs and SSDs.  This will also put your drive in an uninitialized state. http://forum.crucial.com/t5/The-Cru/Reset-your-SSD-to-factory-settings-Windows-DiskPart/ba-p/162503 7. Exit out of diskpart and exit out of command prompt 8. Install Windows 8.1.  Select custom install.  Click on the drive where you want to install Windows 8.1 (it should say unallocated space) and then click "next". The Windows installer will automatically partition and format your drive and install windows. If my steps don't work, then that means you don't have UEFI installation media.  If that's the case....download iso and use rufus to create UEFI installation media. You always have the option of getting your windows 8 media from acer store,,,,,if you prefer factory install. http://us-store.acer.com/erecovery/rcd/  

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Hi guys! My 6930g wont boot, its giving me a black screen saying

For Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCIE Ethernet Controller v1.0.0.12(2008/07/26)

check cable connection!
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

And sometimes "operating system not found" come's up under it.

I've pulled out the HD and put it back in and still the same. I've tried running the recovery disk I made but it doesn't tell me it's just going to restore the C: drive (it's just blank) and I don't want to lose the data on my other partition. I run system restore through F11 and it booted once but now wont let me run it again. I have done a search on here and can't find anything.

I'm running Vista.

Any help please??

Cheers guys!!!
 

Answer:acer 6930g wont boot

The PXE message just means that it does not see a cd in the tray and does not see an operating system on the HD so it is trying to boot from the last option a network (which you are not on).

You are able to boot to CD so the problem is with the HD.

Try rebooting and hitting F12 during the acer logo screen--do you get a boot Order Menu? If so see if the HD is listed and choose its number to try to boot. Do you get the no OS error?
 

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Hi !
Problems with bsod in the last 2-3 days.
Anyone can help?thank you

Answer:bsod acer aspire 6930g

Looks pretty straightforward: your network adapter. I suggest removing the drivers in Device Manager, and installing a fresh copy.

If you can find an updated version on the computer manufacturer's site, use it.


Code:
Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\Users\Jonathan\Desktop\050210-23228-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (2 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`02c57000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`02e94e50
Debug session time: Sun May 2 06:52:57.381 2010 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:07:52.488
Loading Kernel Symbols
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Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
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Hey there. My acer aspire 6930g wont boot up. I think the problem is in the HD.
When i open the laptop there are some sounds come from the HDD and it stucks after the acer logo.It was working nice till now but suddenly the HDD showed this problem. :confused

Any help is appreciated
 

Answer:Acer 6930g boot up problem

Hi my friend , welcome to MG's :major

You can press F2 , esc , del or something else F key to enter the bios inspecting if your hdd is recognized or not , even at the bottom of the laptop there is a sticker with model number , you can inform us about it :wave
 

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Hello,

I have changed my graphic card from ATI HD4650 DDR2 to NVIDIA FX 770M DDR3. The OS started to give video_tdr_failure so I decided to do a fresh install. Eve after fresh install i still get the error randomly, may it be when I start firefox, or close mediaplay classic etc. I run benchmark tests ,memory test but I could not find anything. My temps are good, when I game it is around 80C-degree. The thing is the driver I install is from laptopvideo2go with modified inf since the original drivers from nvidia can not detect the card. Used latest driver version. Changed the firmware of the to latest one which was no help at all for this case. Any help would be appriciated, I may return the card if it is not driver related and the card is actually at the end of its life.

My system is:
CPU: X9100 C0 Stepping @ 3.06GHz 1.125V
VGA: NVidia FX 770M 512MB DDR3
RAM: 2x2 DDR2 800MHz 5-5-5

Answer:Acer 6930G with FX770M video_tdr_failure

Please return the card. Having to use specially modded drivers to detect the card isn't a good solution.

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Hello,

I have got rid of vista and reinstalled xp, all is good except the sound card has no drivers

I need realtek hd audio drivers for an acer 6930 gemstone edition(6930G)

they have to be XP and here is the driver number?

V6.0.1.5704

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Hi
Sometimes when i "wake" my computer from hibernation(I think thats what it is called in english) I get a bluescreen saying Driver_power_state_failure and I have to restart my computer. Is there a way to solve this?
I?m attaching the TSF_Vista_Support zip file which I have generated. It?s in Swedish but I hope you will understand.

//Duzii

Answer:Driver_Power_state_failure Acer Aspire 6930g

Your Xtreme N Gigabit Router doesn't have drivers installed (?I didn't even think that they needed drivers - and don't have one on mine?) Are you having any troubles with yours?

The BSOD's point to NETw5s32.sys - a component of your Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN adaptor. Please do the following:
- download the latest Win7 driver for your Intel wireless device from http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Default.aspx
- uninstall the current wireless drivers from your system using Control Panel...Programs...Uninstall a program
- install the freshly downloaded drivers
- wait for another BSOD

Also, Please update or remove these older drivers that were loaded at the time of the crash. Don't use Windows Update or the Update drivers function of Device Manager. Please use the following instructions to locate the most current drivers:

Quote:




How To Find Updated Drivers:
- search Google for the name of the driver
- compare the Google results with what's installed on your system to figure out which device/program it belongs to
- visit the web site of the manufacturer of the hardware/program to get the latest drivers (DON'T use Windows Update or the Update driver function of Device Manager).
- if there are difficulties in locating them, post back with questions and someone will try and help you locate the appropriate program.




- some driver links are on this page: http://www.carrona.org/drvrdown.html

Here's the older drivers:

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Hi all members . . .
My problem is as follows:
I have a laptop Acer Aspire 6930G; since 1 week later, the computer does problem as a picture:
When the computer run with battery, we dont have any problem, but when he was without battrie, we dont opening over 45?.
view pictures:
pc without battry:
when we opened with 90?; he does not work...
plz if had someone solved me, or someone has a same problem.
thx

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So it all came to this: I was going to restart my Acer and suddenly it got stuck on "Preparing for Repair" forever and it didnt stop. So I got my usb stick and put a Windows 10 setup boot on it. It worked the first time very well but then my Acer froze and the Preparing for Repair loop was beginning again.... After that I have tried to Windows 10 setup boot it and it says "missing drivers" on the Windows 10 Setup...Ive tried so many ways, i have tried to use the drivers that are on https://www.acer.com/ac/en/IL/content/support-product/6761?b=1 and it wont work. im very desperate. I could send it for repair since its on warranty but I want to fix it myself in some way. I dont know why it is doing this..I have the Acer for 4 months. Thanks if someone helps













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Answer:Failing to clean Install Windows 10 on Acer Aspire...

well i have contacted acer and they told me that they can send me a replacement HDD since i am still in my warranty year. hopefully that solves the problem.

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i have an acer aspire 6930g with win7 ultimate 64bit and i have all the sound drivers installed but when i am playing a game specified Command & Conquer Zero hour the sound is very bad ... i have sound bad is in low quality...can you help me what is the problem the game my pc the drivers ...because when i am getting out of the full screen and opens the WMplayer it plays good...thanks you very much

Answer:Acer aspire 6930G sound prob

Since this apparently (from your post) is a game related issue and everything else is OK, repost this on the gaming section.

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Hi, (first post in any forum so far)

I got this notebook (Acer Aspire 6930G - the version with the dvd-drive) for around 7 years now and I am happy that I chose to buy it.
For about a year ago it started shutting down, when putting it under some workingload (games). I found out pretty quickly that the reason was due to heat. So I simply opened it (since the warranty already expired) and cleaned it up and the problem was solved.
A few weeks later however the problem started again. To my surprise however it seemed to shut down without any reason. The only connection I was able to detect was the fact that it only happens while playing games.
But I did not care about my laptop anymore, because I saved up enouth money to build myself a desktop.
Long story short. I need it again to play some games
The Laptops hardware is pretty much the same. I only added a SSD in the second HDD-slot and installed Windows 10 on it.
Now what I actually want to ask:
I am pretty sure, that this problem is caused by my nVidia Geforce 9600m GT.
These are the points that make me think of this:
- the PC does not really "shut down" more like freeze with a blackscreen on (and the only way to exit that state is to hold down the power-button :x)
- while doing so the sound (ingame music etc.) does not stop
- also all LED still work
- ONCE it was not just black but was showing a pretty glichty screen (a lot of red/green pixels with the frame it showed before still seeable)
- also before this "s... Read more

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Hi, (first post in any forum so far)

I got this notebook (Acer Aspire 6930G - the version with the dvd-drive) for around 7 years now and I am happy that I chose to buy it.
For about a year ago it started shutting down, when putting it under some workingload (games). I found out pretty quickly that the reason was due to heat. So I simply opened it (since the warranty already expired) and cleaned it up and the problem was solved.
A few weeks later however the problem started again. To my surprise however it seemed to shut down without any reason. The only connection I was able to detect was the fact that it only happens while playing games.
But I did not care about my laptop anymore, because I saved up enouth money to build myself a desktop.
Long story short. I need it again to play some games
The Laptops hardware is pretty much the same. I only added a SSD in the second HDD-slot and installed Windows 10 on it.
Now what I actually want to ask:
I am pretty sure, that this problem is caused by my nVidia Geforce 9600m GT.
These are the points that make me think of this:
- the PC does not really "shut down" more like freeze with a blackscreen on (and the only way to exit that state is to hold down the power-button :x)
- while doing so the sound (ingame music etc.) does not stop
- also all LED still work
- ONCE it was not just black but was showing a pretty glichty screen (a lot of red/green pixels with the frame it showed before still seeable)
- also before this "s... Read more

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Hi folks!

I had an error reading "Notification tool for Realtek Audio Chip has stopped working". I looked on Google for this error and Yahoo Answers came up with this: Acer. Notification tool for RealTek audio chip has stopped working. After nvidia driver update help? - Yahoo! UK & Ireland Answers

Jeezers replies with "device manager > sound video,game controller > uninstall realtek > restart your comp and let windows reload the drivers"

I followed these instructions, but it appears to have killed my stereo mix function. Does anyone know how I could get it back please? I have hunted for it all through my system but just can't find it anymore! I also have all devices shown, hidden and unused ones alike.

Many thanks!

Answer:Acer Aspire 6930G Stereo Mix Disappeared After Realtek Audio Chip Error

I've been a noob... Checked out this thread:RealTek Audio Chip and downloaded it again. It still comes up with the above error, but at least I have the stereo mix back! Thankyou for reading!!

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k, I want to get windows 7.

I currently have vista installed. I do not want to upgrade I want a clean install. But I want to install it on another hard drive. I have 3 hard drives connected using SATA. I want to keep all the files I have on the hard drive with vista (don't care about vista). Can I install win7 on the other hard drive? Also the HDD I want to install it on is now called "H" will it be called "C" after I install win7 and boot in win 7? Do I need to change the order of the HDDs?

Thanks in advance

Answer:clean install of win 7 questions

Hi cinek, welcome to the forums.

When installing Windows 7 (from the DVD) you can select a 'Custom Install' and then choose which HD to install onto. Once finished, you will have boot options for both Vista & Windows 7, alowing for copying or usage of the files on the other HD.

You can, later (type MSCONFIG into the Start Menu), delete the Vista selection from the 'Boot' tab.

Hope this helps


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Hello

I need some help/confirmation on what I intend to do in the near future.

I am currently a windows insider on the slow ring and I have build 14342 installed, I want to get out of the insider program (I know how to do that in settings) but it raises a few questions. Since the build that I have installed is not a build that was publicly released what will happen? It is my intention to clean install the anniversary edition and let windows update as normal with it cumulative updates and whatnot. I am currently freeing up space on an external drive for a backup of my hard disk (or a system image with Macrium Reflect) - what is the difference? And do images take up as much space as the data they are imaged from? Also, do I wait until the insiders on the slow ring get the anniversary edition and then clean install it from the ISO that Ive downloaded?, another possible route is to let my system upgrade to this anniversary edition and then create the ISO from the update - I have no idea how to do that so if it is an option could somebody please point me in the right direction.

My ultimate goal is to have the anniversary release clean installed and to have regular backups created either by Macrium Reflect or another program so I can easily restore if there is a problem. I have never used Macrium but I need to create a backup (or image) to restore my installed program I have quite a few.

Thanks

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Hello

I need some help/confirmation on what I intend to do in the near future.

I am currently a windows insider on the slow ring and I have build 14342 installed, I want to get out of the insider program (I know how to do that in settings) but it raises a few questions. Since the build that I have installed is not a build that was publicly released what will happen? It is my intention to clean install the anniversary edition and let windows update as normal with it cumulative updates and whatnot. I am currently freeing up space on an external drive for a backup of my hard disk (or a system image with Macrium Reflect) - what is the difference? And do images take up as much space as the data they are imaged from? Also, do I wait until the insiders on the slow ring get the anniversary edition and then clean install it from the ISO that Ive downloaded?, another possible route is to let my system upgrade to this anniversary edition and then create the ISO from the update - I have no idea how to do that so if it is an option could somebody please point me in the right direction.

My ultimate goal is to have the anniversary release clean installed and to have regular backups created either by Macrium Reflect or another program so I can easily restore if there is a problem. I have never used Macrium but I need to create a backup (or image) to restore my installed program I have quite a few.

Thanks

Answer:Clean install questions

Is your current Windows installation activated with a digital entitlement? (Settings, Updates and Security, Activation tab on left). If it is then you can either clean install the Anniversary Update or upgrade to it, either way.

A system image created by Macrium Reflect will be a single file that is 80-90% in size of the used space of whatever you are backing up. You should image your entire hard drive, so the image file would be 80-90% in size of the used space of your entire hard drive.

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I just did a clean install, but I have 2 things to ask that I'm having problems locating.

1) MSJAVA, I'm fairly sure I deleted it, but not 100%.
How can I tell if it's still in the system (WinXP Pro)

2) I'm not sure if the ASUS drivers for my motherboard are installed.
I know I need the Audio and USB drivers, but I'm going to assume that in order for me to get online with my ethernet connection, that would require some aspect of my motherboard drivers at the least, correct?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Clean install...2 questions

1. Don't worry, it's available as a download from SUN or Microsoft.
2. You will need the LAN driver for this motherboard. ASUS maintains a full set of drivers and manuals on their website if you need them. http://support.asus.com/
 

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Hi all, 1/. What is the 'proper' way to do a clean install...I have the 98SE disk.( plz help).2/. I lent my 'friend' my win 98SE disk, & when I got it back, I noticed it's a different disk...even though it says Win 98 SE. I installed it on a friends PC, I noticed that 'My Briefcase' was misssing + 3 programs....don't know what they are though....(Norton Utilities told me this).Any help appreciated.( Are there differend versions of this disk?). Thanks in advance.

Answer:Need to clean install Win 98 SE...2 Questions plz.

click hereclick here?

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Hi there,

I'm considering going from vista to windows 7 (32 bit to 64 bit which I have checked is possible on my laptop).

However, I have a couple of programmes on my current laptop which I have lost the disks for (e.g Microsoft Money) or I bought and downloaded from the site e.g recovery software.

Given I need to do a clean install, is there anyway of me being able to backup these programmes and then reinstall with windows 7?

Thanks

Answer:Clean Install Questions

Why consider upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit?
I might be wrong, but just give it a shot....

Install Windows 7 on the same partition as Windows Vista. It will create a folder for Vista (Windows.old), you still have access to data, programs, system files, everything....

Just make sure you backup your data, checked for malware.
Everything to know about is here...

Repair Install

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I just upgraded my computer from 7 to 10 from the free upgrade using windows update. I now want to do my clean install but have a couple questions before i do it. The first is about activating i read somewhere that you can use your windows 7 key with the new build. So do i enter my key during install or wait until the OS is done. The other question is in my BIOS under the boot menu i have both UEFI and legacy boot. So what one should i use to install windows 10 on?

Answer:Clean install questions

You won't need a key to activate Windows 10, as it has already been done. The clean install will finish and show as activated.

As for the BIOS, I'm going to say you want UEFI, but others will be able to shed better light on this part of your question. I'm about to build a new tower, so I'm curious as well.

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Hello,

I'm planning a clean install of Win 7 Pro x64. I plan to have the My Documents folder on the D:/ drive. I'm running Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID 1. So, the C:/ drive and the D:/ drive will be logical disks. I intend to partition the drive so that I have ample size for the OS on the C:/ and the remainder of the available space on the D:/. What is the recommended minimum size for the C:/ drive if all data files will be located on the D:/ drive? Are restore points saved to the C:/ drive as well or can they be saved on another drive?

Thanks you your assistance.

Regards

Answer:Clean Install Questions

Recommended ? Windows needs at least 20 to 30 GB, but I wouldn`t go smaller then at least 100 to 150 GB

Save restore points on C. If you create disk images you don`t even need to use system restore, but that`s up to you.

Also, what`s the point in using raid ?

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My 350 gig HD has 7 partitions. C: is Vista (186 GB) D: (87GB) is HP factory image. The others have most of my programs, files, photos, etc. I have avoided installing most of the larger important programs on C: and they are on other partitions. I plan a clean install of 7 upgrade on C: (also considering 64 bit as my comp qualifies). By "clean" I assume that you and I both mean that partition C: has been formatted prior to inserting the 7 DVD to begin installation. First, am I correct with this assumption? Second, if only C: is going to be affected by the formatting and installation of 7 is there any mandatory reason to backup all of my programs and files that reside on the other partitions? (other than just being prudent, that is). Also, how much can I reduce the size of C:, as it currently has 132GB free? I also intend to empty D: when this is over. Thanks for your patience with my basic questions, but I'd like to know in advance as I don't do this very often.

Answer:Clean install and backup questions

A clean install is one where the existing Windows installation was either erased or overwritten by the new one. So yes, your assumption is correct.

I am going to assume you know that you cannot format the C: drive from within Windows. You would be formatting it by booting from the 7 installation disc instead. Windows 7 will not touch your programs and files on the other partitions, but you *will* need to reinstall most of your programs after the clean install, so that they plug into the new Windows. So you may want to back up your program settings and program-related files (which would be any personal documents or project files residing in program folders).

As for reducing the size of drive C, the short answer is "I don't know." It seems to vary from computer to computer. Your best chance of reducing it at all would probably be on the Windows 7 install disc, in between the format and the actual installation.

If you need any more clarification, don't hesitate to ask!

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Hi,
I had a question for the experts here prior to doing a Windows 10 clean install on a new SSD.

Background ? My 7-year-old PC came with pre-installed Win 7 Home Basic that I upgraded to Win 10 during the free offer. I used Windows 10 for a couple months before the power supply of my PC died. After I replaced the PSU, I got stuck on the (first looping, then frozen) Preparing Automatic Repair screen. I suspect it?s the HDD, but in any case I plan to use a new SSD to boot etc. So instead of wasting time trying to repair the earlier Windows 10 installation, I plan to clean install on an SSD with the Win 10 USB media creation tool. (Later on I plan to connect the HDD and retrieve the data and format the C drive containing the older Win 10 installation.)

Thanks to Shawn, I understand how to clean install Windows 10. The issue I am concerned with is the Windows 10 activation. During the initial upgrade, I had linked Windows 10 to an existing MS account. However, that same MS account is also linked to a Windows 10 upgrade I received on my Laptop (originally Win 8). In short, I have a (currently dead) PC and a laptop both linked to the same MS account.

Question 1 ? While doing the clean install, can I ?Create a new Account?, and still be able to activate Windows 10? Do I absolutely need to use the same account to which Windows 10 was previously linked?

Question 2 ? If I use the same account during the clean install on the PC, will it conflict with the existing account on my lapt... Read more

Answer:Win 10 clean install on a new SSD - Activation Questions

Hi, I won't attempt to answer the question directly, as there are a couple of experts who know the details.

However, meanwhile have a look at more of Shawn's work which touches on these issues (usually worth browsing or searching the Tutorials as I just have for you):
Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
Activate Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

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I apologize for these noob questions but I really want Windows 7 64bit.

I have done XP clean installs before but now I have a new machine with Vista 64. In addition I now have two hard drives (only had one before).
I will be installing W7/64 on a 300 g 10,000 rpm and my other drive is a 1TB 7,200 I use for storage.

Here it goes!!
1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive? Is there a good reason to clean this drive also. (saving content to an external is not a problem)

2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86). All the windows files are on the program files and all the stuff I have added are on the (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does W7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive? Do I need to do anything special for this?

Sorry for all these questions but I did not know where else to ask for help.

Will be installing W7 Home Premium 64 bit.

I have read/bookmarked/printed the Clean install directions.

Clean Install Windows 7

Any help/advice would be deeply appreciated.

Harry

Answer:Noob W7/64 Clean Install Questions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Toes


1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive?


The best thing to do in this situation is to unplug the larger hard disk. Never trust Windows installation process to leave your hard disk alone, so disconnect it.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Toes


2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does W7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive?


Yes, that behavior is the same in Windows 7. x86 folder is where the 32-bit programs live.

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I have an HP 7960. Originally this PC had Windows ME when purchased off the shelf. However about 4 years ago I purchased Windows XP Upgrade CD from Best Buy and took it to a computer store and had them install it for me. It's been running well since then, but has gotten sluggish. I'm thinking of doing a clean install using the same disks on the same pc expecting that this will speed up my PC.

I have the instructions on how to do a clean install and I plan to do it myself to save a few bucks. Not having ever done this before and being fearful that I've overlooked something I do have the following two questions:

1. Do I need to worry about "qualifying media?" Will it ask me for my ME CD and will the ME system recovery disks (that came with my PC) work?

2. When I get to the step to activate will there be any problem? After all it's the same CD on the same PC?

I have made backups of everything. I've checked the BIOS and know that booting off the CD Rom is the first choice. But if there's any other gotcha's I'd appreciate hearing them.

Thanks, All
 

Answer:XP Clean Install -- Two Questions before I start

Upgrading older HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario desktops from 98SE or ME to XP is something that I enjoy doing, so I've had plenty of experience doing it.

The first 2 things that I do is:

Install as much RAM as the desktop supports(which is usually 384 - 512 MB) because I usually receive them with too little RAM.

Locate and download and burn off to a CD-R the current XP drivers for the devices in that desktop because the XP install usually doesn't install most or any of the device drivers.

Although I have 98SE and ME CD's, I have the luxury of having a full version XP SP2 CD, so a "qualifying" 98SE or ME CD isn't needed. In your case, you have an upgrade XP CD, so a 98SE or ME CD is needed.

If you have a decent amount of computer expertise, formatting the hard drive and doing a fresh install of XP is pretty straight forward.

Boot from the XP CD and allow the setup process to start.

Read each screen carefully so you can press the correct key to perform a certain function. The sequence of functions is:

Delete all current partitions.

Create a new C partition.

Format that new C partition in the NTFS file system(not the quick option).

Install XP.

Remove the XP CD and insert the ME CD when prompted to. After the "qualifying" process has completed, remove the ME CD and reinsert the XP CD when prompted to.

The entire process will involve 2 restarts. DON'T press any key when you see the Press any key to boot from CD command dur... Read more

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i want to do a clean install on my pc so i can be free of all the crappy programs and registry errors that ive accumulated over the years. ive transferred all the files i want to keep like my movies, audio, and such. i have the 2 cds to install windows. ive heard xp doesnt recognize sata drives. all i have is a 250gb sata drive. if i format the drive to install xp on it, will windows no read the hdd or somehting along those lines? doi have to get drivers for the sata drive or what?
also my hdd has 2 partitions the system one, and a 8gb recovery one that came in it. i dont want to format teh recovery one just in case i ever need it. will formatting the system one format both?
also, any other steps i need to take to make sure i can clean install xp appropriately?
thanks all.
 

Answer:Solved: win xp mce clean install questions

I hit the f11 key during the first part of my boot up and it takes me to the recovery process and no it doesn't format the recovery partition.
If you do it from the recovery partition you most likely won't need to load the sata drivers but make sure you have them on a disc just in case other wise you will not be able to go forward if it requires them.
read your manual and see what the steps are for doing a recovery that is always the best place to start.
 

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I plan to perform a fresh clean install of win. 8.1 from my retail disc after, installing a new motherboard and processor. Will the new install format the ssd clean or, will it just store the old OS and all data in a folder? If possible I would like to do the install without all the old system being saved to the drive to reserve space. Thanks for all help!

Answer:Questions about a fresh clean OS install

when you do the installation, when you get to the partition screen, delete every partition and allow windows to install to the unallocated space

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I'm getting ready to do a clean install, but before I do that I have questions. Windows 7 is currently installed on a 128 GB SSD (C:/). The 100MB SRP (Sys. Res. Parti.) and a Backup Partition (F:/) are on one of my HDD.

I have set (and tested) the SSD so I can boot from it without a HDD connected.

I have a second HDD if needed for temporary location for the following.
(both HDD are 1 TB so there are plenty of room)

Can I use the forum tutorial to delete SRP? When do I delete it? My (F:/)Partition has backup files, restore points, and system imaged backups on it. Can I leave it there safely and (format?) then extend the (F:/) Partition into the area where SRP was? Can I move the old users files all at once, which would include all of the folders under favorities and libraries? (yes, I may need a partition for them)

I'm planning to just have the SSD connecter for the clean install.
After the clean install is it still considered as clean if I move Programs and Users files to a HDD? What current tutorials should I use to move them?

I think I covered the bases but please fill me in if you think I massed a point
Thanks

Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there.

Answer:Intel says do a clean install so I have questions.

Why do you want to delete the System Reserved partition? Just pre-partition the SSD to avoid having it issued in the first place. Use Step 2 here: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

It's best not to move your User folders to another HD because Win7 Backup Imaging will want to include them in the image since they are System files. In that case it's better to copy them to HD and then link them to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

Be sure to unplug the HD during install to SSD. Afterwards you can boot Win7 on the HD using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key until you're ready to delete it in Disk Mgmt.

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Hey, all,

I currently running Vista Home Premium and am finally moving to Win 7

I have the bootable Windows 7 install disc and certainly want to do a clean install.

Now I'm a bit on the anal side so I really want the install to be clean and am considering doing a wipe on the drive, then booting from teh Win 7 install cd.

Is this wipe needed? Or will I get a good, clean install by simply booting to the Win 7 install cd?
Thanks in advance!

MK
 

Answer:Solved: Clean install of Win 7 Ultimate X64 questions

The wipe is NOT needed, and the by not doing it, the install should make a "Windows.old" folder that one can go back and get some of those files and folders that one did not get backed up. It can NOT be used to restore any programs that WERE installed on the older OS.

Once you are 1000% (not a typo error) sure that you have all of your data within the new OS, then this Windows.old folder can be removed. It is part of the Windows Clean up tool, that has been part of Windows since Windows 95.
 

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I just did a clean install of xp professional. Which sp packs do I need and can I download these from another computer onto a cd? I don't have Internet or virus protection yet and don't want to risk a virus by downloading from Internet directly onto my computer. I want to load Microsoft security essentials but you arent supposed to do that unless you have sp3. :?
 

Answer:Xp professional 2002 clean install questions

www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=10767

here is a site that has info re: downloading windows xp pro SP3.
Please make sure you download it from a secure site. My first attempt was to download and save onto a flashdrive. The site was Soft32 and it took forever to finish downloading onto my computer. In the end, I had to reinstall SP3 from Microsoft download Center. Also, they have more than one type of SP3. You need to get the download for just one computer which has SP2 installed. Also, downloading is one thing but installing is a completely different ballgame (see my posts re: Problems Installing SP3). Your computer is probably in much better condition than mine, but I would just get everything from Microsoft. That's just my opinion. Also, they have the automatic updates. You better get some kind of antivirus/malware protection because just about anywhere you go on the internet has THREATS bundled up among the good things. I wish you luck, Aspar Alp Arslan
 

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I have a new HD and a Vista Ultimate full retail edition, and I am going to install the 64bit version. Some questions that come to mind are;

1. My current HD has a Vista Premium 32bit OS installed. Can I just take the HD out and put it in another machine, with the already registered Premium OS and use it? Are there some hardware incompatiblities that would interfere with using the still existing 32bit OS on this HD?

2. I have onboard sound and I also have a Creative Extreme Gamer Pro card. Should I install it on the 32 bit OS before I put it in the 64bit OS? (that's probably a strange question ).

3. When I have done a clean install of XP Pro I had to first install, after the loading of the OS, an Ethernet driver from the motherboard CD to get started. How does this work with my attempt of installing a Vista Ultimate 64bit OS; meaning do I need an Ethernet driver for my Dell TP406 Intel X38 Express chipset (ICH9R)? or does a Vista 32bit or 64bit OS install handle this differently?

4. What BIOS changes do I need to perform before installing the 64bit OS? I have already set the boot device to the CD ROM.

5. I read something that I should only have 2gb installed when a 64bit OS is installed and after the OS is loaded, and all Vista updates have been installed, then I can install the DIMMs that I have. I now have 4ea 1gb DIMMs installed and want to install 4ea 2gb DIMMs after the OS is loaded. Does this method sound reasonable?

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Answer:Some questions before Ultimate 64bit Clean install

Originally Posted by Win95


My current HD has a Vista Premium 32bit OS installed. Can I just take the HD out and put it in another machine, with the already registered Premium OS and use it? Are there some hardware incompatiblities that would interfere with using the still existing 32bit OS on this HD?




This version would have to be full retail and not OEM, as OEM are forever tied to the first mobo it's installed on and cannot be moved.

I haven't had time to read all your questions, more later.






Later Ted

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Hi,
have never attempted to upgrade / install new operating system......hence question

i have not actually bought win8 yet but tempted for ?25 upgrade download before end of the month......

I have an acer 8930 laptop running vista. It has 1 drive with 2 partitions ACER (C and DATA (D. Both approx 140GB with 10GB and 40GB free respectively.

I have read somewhere (I think) that only the partition with the old OS is deleted. Is this correct?

If so, will DATA (D containing all my photos remain? Also if I copy all of my music (inc iTunes stuff) folder to D: will this all be safe?

also general question - will upgrading to win8 be noticeable in terms of performance? Vista seems a bit slow. I use computer for iTunes, photoshop elements, photos etc. nothing too demanding.

also whilst I'm on a roll.......what software will i need to play blu-rays?

thanks

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I plan on running the BIOS in UEFI only mode and with a GPT formatted SSD drive. I have a couple questions about this setup.I have been playing around with an old 60 HDD formatting it GPT and also putting the BIOS is UEFI only mode. My first question is should I leave the SSD drive as a simple disk or change it to dynamic? The other question is: I noticed when I loaded Win7 SP1 x64 on my 60gig HDD while in UEFI/GPT mode the install took a whopping 35gigs of space!! Is this normal for a Windows 7 install to use so much disk space on a GPT disk? Something just doesn't seem right, but maybe it's correct. I let Windows do the formatting of the drive during setup.Anyway, any insight would be greatly appreciated!thanks!Paul

Answer:W520: Clean WIN7 install w/ UEFI and GPT Questions

I have two identical W520 systems sitting side by side.  i7-2920XM, 16GB RAM, and 500GB 7200rpm HDD.  On both of them I installed Win7 ultimate 64-bit from Microsoft DVD - one in legacy mode and the other in UEFI, and Windows created all of the partitions automatically starting from a completely clean HDD.  then I installed lenovo-specific drivers and Windows update, repeat until everything is installed.  I have a couple benchmark tools installed as well but they are small.
 
After the install, the legacy system has 415GB free of 465GB (according to windows).  The UEFI system has 414GB free of 465GB.  The difference is the extra partition that UEFI needs to boot. 
 
As far as boot times, the UEFI system boots about 1/2 second faster (24 seconds vs 23.5 seconds), according to the Microsoft Velocity test tool.  In my opinion, it is statistically insignificant.
 
The only thing a UEFI installation is going to give you today, is frustration when you can't make the fingerprint software or bitlocker work.  We don't have fixes for those issues yet.  See the following link for more info and FAQ.
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/General-Discussion-Knowledge/What-is-UEFI-and-when-was-it-introduced-on-...

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Hello!

I intend to do a clean install of Win 7 Home premium on my HP pavilion dv4-2045dx. I will do this by running ISO image off the desktop which I have already downloaded and extracted.

I will have everything copied to my external before I do this. I have a recovery partition on my hard drive, and I plan on copying the folder "SwSetup" and all of its components onto the external before proceeding.

1.) Do I need all the "SwSetup" components or just the "Drivers" folder?

2.) When I proceed with the clean install, will my laptop's keyboard and touchpad function so that I may be able to complete the process, or will the drivers for them be deleted / will the drivers be unusable? I have not found much info on this.

I am doing this because my computer is getting WAY slow, and I want to start fresh and WITHOUT the HP bloatware. Mainly what I need to know is, does windows 7 have drivers for the keyboard and mouse ready to go when doing a clean install from the ISO image?

Thank you!

Answer:HP Pavilion Laptop CLEAN INSTALL driver questions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by zoomont


Hello!

I intend to do a clean install of Win 7 Home premium on my HP pavilion dv4-2045dx. I will do this by running ISO image off the desktop which I have already downloaded and extracted. If this desktop is on the partition you wish to remove to do a clean install you cant do it. If there is a recovery partition you can park it there unless you intend to delete that partition as well.. The easiest (and fastest) way is to put the image un a USB thumb drive. I clean install every three months in under 20 mins.

I will have everything copied to my external before I do this. I have a recovery partition on my hard drive, and I plan on copying the folder "SwSetup" and all of its components onto the external before proceeding. See above. lauch from rxternal media (DVD or USB) by running setup from the ISO not a folder. you should not extract the ISO

1.) Do I need all the "SwSetup" components or just the "Drivers" folder?

2.) When I proceed with the clean install, will my laptop's keyboard and touchpad function so that I may be able to complete the process, or will the drivers for them be deleted / will the drivers be unusable? I have not found much info on this. no worries on the drivers for most HP computers.

I am doing this because my computer is getting WAY slow, and I want to start fresh and WITHOUT the HP bloatware. Mainly what I need to know is, does window... Read more

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I am struggling with knowing which Drivers are the newer, or if the newer are even desired for this laptop.   I have the AMD Stuff all taken care of except for one Optional Update that came through that I did not recognize. Update type: Optional

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Graphics Adapter WDDM1.2 software update released in September, 2012

More information:
http://sysdev.microsoft.com/support/default.aspx

Help and Support:
http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=hub Already did some of the less important ones like:SynapticsRealtek Card Reader Driver Also, not sure which one of these Drivers below are newer, and that would be important to me, or as asked above, more appropriate for this pc.   Realtek PCIe Family Controller 8.1.510.2013 is the one M.S. Loaded8.3.730.2012 is the one that is at the HP Link for this computer: sp58496 as seen on the actual driver from HP. Can someone tell me which is newer, is the last number the Year? 2012 or 2013? and which one would you guys go with? newer or older.  If that is not the Year, then is the first numbers 8.3 the newere one? These below have not been done yet, same questions as above. Qualcomm Atheros QCA9000 Series Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Window:Would like to do this one also, but will likely run into the same issues.  This one has completely different numbers from the one M.S. Loaded and the one HP has for a download. HP UEFI Support Environment:I... Read more

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Hello,

I recently upgraded my one laptop to windows 10 and thought I was doing a clean install but did not and wound up doing a restore that deleted everything. I downloaded windows 10 via the media creation tool in hopes of doing a clean install to my other laptop. I have windows 7 pro installed and want to dual boot windows 10 with a clean install on a different partition. Will I be able to activate windows 10 this way? I have read conflicting things that I may actually have to first upgrade windows 7 to 10, so it "activates" it. Then downgrade to 7 then install 10 on the other partition. Sorry for the long post but I want to make sure I do it right. Any help/info would be much appreciated.

Thank you

Answer:Dual Boot win7/10 questions...with clean install

Clean installs will not activate on a machine unless it has already been upgraded to Win10. In your case, since your Win7 machine has not been upgraded, the clean install will not activate. Sorry, at this point, MS is not allowing folks to activate by entering their Win7/8/8.1 key.

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As I walk thru a clean install (actually a reintall due to some issues) a few of questions have arisen.

First, why am I not permitted to name the first user "Administrator". Indications are that this name is already in use but this user is the first user set up as an administrator. As I plan to set myself up separately (not as an administrator) I would not want to use my name and "administrator" would seem appropriate.

Second, I had previously moved my own user files (documents, music, videos etc) over to the D drive (a second drive on the system). When I recreate my user won't I have duplicate versions on my C drive? How do I address this?

Third (and last for now), I am not initially permitted to create a user name that is the same as the pc name. But I can change the user name after the fact so that it is the same. Will this create any issues for me?

Thank you.

Answer:Clean install of Vista Home Premium 64 bit questions

Originally Posted by FortuneSmiles


As I walk thru a clean install (actually a reintall due to some issues) a few of questions have arisen.

First, why am I not permitted to name the first user "Administrator". Indications are that this name is already in use but this user is the first user set up as an administrator. As I plan to set myself up separately (not as an administrator) I would not want to use my name and "administrator" would seem appropriate.

Second, I had previously moved my own user files (documents, music, videos etc) over to the D drive (a second drive on the system). When I recreate my user won't I have duplicate versions on my C drive? How do I address this?

Third (and last for now), I am not initially permitted to create a user name that is the same as the pc name. But I can change the user name after the fact so that it is the same. Will this create any issues for me?

Thank you.



1. You cannot create a username called Administrator as there is already a user called administrator on the system by default. see here for details on how to enable the administrator account > Administrator Account
2. Your documents cannot possibly be duplicated as they are your documents and are personal to you, any documents that are created by the install are again "default"
3. Why would you want a name the same as your computer? my computer name is dave-comp-vista and my username is dave, so as long as y... Read more

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I want to upgrade my drive and have OS installed on SSD. How do I Clean install and activate windows 8.1 by upgrading my SSD? Acer Aspire R7 571

Answer:Acer R5 571 -clean install win 8.1

If you are able to boot your computer with the orginal hard disk, you may create the USB recovery media to install windows on new SSD. You also have the option to purchase the USB recovery media from Acer store. The Product key is electronically stored in the firmware of your mainboard. It's automatically applied and activated.    Click the Kudos to say ?Thanks? for helping! select "Accept Solution" if your issue is resovled.

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I had to do a clean install of Win 7, and then, of course, Office 2010.

I backed up my outlook.pst and still have it.
I started Outlook, and did an "import" from my saved file into a new/blank outlook.pst file.
The import process did NOT include the email account set ups, signatures and perhaps some other stuff I haven't found yet.

It also failed to import a couple (at least 2) personal folders. But that is not critical.

When I look at my folders, on the left, I see:
- a primary folder (section) called "Outlook" AND another primary folder (section) called "Personal Folders"
- Under each section, I see my "saved folders"; they appear to be duplicates
- Under each section, I see a "Calendar"; they appear to be duplicates
- Same for Contacts They have the same number of items.

What is the difference in the folders under "Outlook" and "Personal Folders"?
I feel I should delete one or the other. I certainly do not need 2 sets of "saved folders"!

Thanks!

Answer:Office 2010 clean install - questions about Outlook folders

You will probably have to set up your email accounts again. this can be done either from within Outlook or open Control Panel, select the Mail (Microsoft Outlook 2010) applet & this will open a box where you can select various options & one is Account Settings & another where you can change folders.

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I recently purchased a Kingston SSD, which I've installed in my U460. I've done a fresh install of Win7 x64 and most of the drivers from the U460 driver page. Everything seems to be working, but I haven't fully tested. From the U460 driver page, do I install all of the drivers?For example, since I have an SSD, I wouldn't think I need the Active Protection System.Which wireless LAN driver? Intel or Cybertan,Gemtek? I can't find which is in my system.Also, I didn't install ReadyComm since I saw posts about issues with it and wireless.Anything else? FYI, I had one unknown device in device manager -vpc2004 after installing everything I thought I needed, including Lenovo energy management. I reinstalled the Lenovo energy management and it seems to have fixed it. That brings up my next question: What is the recommended order of installing the drivers? Lastly, there are several hotfixes on the drivers page, but no explanations about any of them. Any idea what they are for or if I should install them? Thanks in advance,lbo 

Answer:U460 - new SSD Win7 clean install driver & hotfix questions

can you post your lenovo's sub-model?if you already installed drivers from lenovo, it's up to you to install applications such as readycomm, veriface, etc...installation order : chipset drivers, graphic card, sound card, power management, etc...

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Decided to try and sort out erratic performance of Acer Aspire netbook by doing clean install of XP SP3 to replace XP SP2. This was not the original operating system and there is no hidden partition so far as I can tell with restore software on it.

Because there's no DVD drive I copied XP SP3 installation disc onto a USB hard drive and made sure USB HDD was first choice for boot up in the BIOS (although I don't think I've made the USB drive bootable, I'm a bit vague on this)

Anyway by opening the copy of my disc on the USB HD and clicking the set up icon. installation appeared to happen (took about an hour)

Problems are these ..;.

Despite system info showing that SP3 is installed the desktop is the same as it was before the install and the performance issues are the same with applications not shutting down properly and a warning about an unspecified missing file on start up.

I've tried re-installing XP SP3 several times, the first time I had the option to partition (but not format) but may have made a mess of it as I've ended up with a hard drive which is one large partitition and also 8MB of unallocated space that I can't do anything with.

I thought about trying to create another partition get a working install of XP SP3 on that then perhaps delete the other OS from the other pertition.

Problem is I'm now out of my depth and am confused about volumes, partitions and logical drives. Nothing I've searched for in the forums ... Read more

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As another operating system (ubuntu/linuxium) setup attempt was made, the partitions were corrupted. Therefore, the Windows recovery partition is also not accessible. I burned Windows 10 32 bit ISO on USB using Rufus. While trying to power on, I get ACPI-BIOS Error message. What do you recommend?

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i  am not very advanced in computer knowledge but would like to know if there is a way to re-install the oem windows 7 and 8.1 that were preinstalled on my laptop - the same effect as a clean install. i have already tried to create an iso file on usb flash drive but cannot get it to boot,  so am hoping there is a way to get either win7 (preferably) or win 8.1 to reboot as original? if i could save my data in the process that would be great but have back-ups so it's not essential. thanks













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Answer:hi! i am wanting to do a clean install on Acer Tra...

hi ironfly - i did a reinstall of win 8 (the only one it would let me do) from within windows 8. then used the acer recovery management tool to load windows 7. all sorted, so thanks a lot for your help! regards, alan   

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I just got a new laptop, Acer 1410 and have gotten my W7 upgrade disk (just did a standard install). I really desire for this thing to be as bare bones as possible without one bit of the preloaded junk on it. I am gathering this is one reason why people do what I see from this website is called a clean install?

I know the basics and catch on to technology well but I am no regular computer wiz, so is this something I should attempt? Will the laptop function fully? Anyting this dummy should know?

Thanks

Answer:Doing a clean install on a new laptop? Acer 1410

They used to say clean installing is like "getting a new computer" but as you are finding out, many new computers today are loaded with junkware with little or no option to clean reinstall. So it's really better than getting a new computer.

Thanks to MS requiring the Upgrade Kits to have a clean copy DVD of Win7 in addition to a drivers/apps CD, it is possible to get the cleanest possible install from Win7: booting from the DVD to Custom Install, using Drive Options to delete the useless recovery partition, creating new partitions as you wish, then formatting before installing Win7 to the first partition.

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer ones arriving in Windows Updates. Any drivers missing in Device Manager, as well as favorite apps, can be found on the kit CD or on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer. Adobe reader/flash and Java runtime/free Ofc Suite are on their sites.

Once you get it running as you like, be sure to save a Win7 Backup Image externally (and in a primary formatted partition if you like) so that you never have to reinstall again - just boot into the DVD repair console or Repair CD and reimage the HD or a replacement in 15 minutes.

Were here to help with anything.

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New to the forums. First time poster. Thanks in advance for the help.

So I searched through the old posts and found many topics related to my issue but I did not find one that directly spelled out my problem nor gave an answer that I could use. I also searched the net for as much info I could find but still no success in finding the answer to my problem.

FYI: I have experience with clean installs. I have completed 4 previous to this one.

So I have this Acer laptop that has Vista installed currently. I have 'full, authentic version' of Windows XP SP2 that I am using to perform a clean install (note: I have used this CD for 2 previous clean installs)-
After booting to CD and getting through the setting up files portion of the process I come to the 'Welcome to Setup' screen- I press ENTER to set up Windows XP- I press F8 to accept the terms- this begins the trouble!
I get a blue screen that says:

'Setup cannot find a previous version of Windows installed on your computer. To continue, Setup needs to verify that you qualify to use this upgrade product.' It also says 'Please insert one of the following Windows product CDs into the CD-ROM drive: etc, etc, etc. At this point I have the XP CD in the drive so I press ENTER- I then get a message that says 'Setup could not read the CD you inserted, or the CD is not a valid Windows CD'.

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Answer:Trying to clean install XP SP2 on Acer laptop w/ Vista. Help please.

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Hey all...first time poster here. I can normally sort out my PC problems by reading the threads from others, but not this time.

I bought an Acer Predator G5920 over a year ago. i7, 16gb RAM, 2TB HDD with a 16GB SSD-cache. Recently I bought a 256GB SSD, removed the installed SSD-cache and put the new one in its place, planning to use it for my OS.

I performed a clean install on the 2TB HDD and was planning to clone the system partition to the SSD. That didn't work, I'm guessing because the boot info is on a hidden partition on the HDD, and it kept booting to that. I tried to clone multiple partitions but that didn't work either, and when I unplugged the HDD and tried it from the SSD, it of course failed.

So I made an Acer Default Recovery Backup USB, copying the Recovery Partition, hoping to use it to clean install onto the SSD. I disconnected the HDD, plugged the SSD into the cable, put the Recovery USB in, and rebooted.

I clicked on Reset, and selected "Repartition Drive" (it might be something else, my system is in German) and told it to completely format the drive. It proceeded in doing so, and I went for a walk because I know this can take a really long time. When I left it was on about 10% When I returned, it said the PC had had some problems and Windows 8 couldn't be installed.

I might be wrong...but I think the problem could be that I'm trying to do a factory install onto a 256GB disk, when the original drive was 2TB. I'm pretty sure that the PC was runn... Read more

Answer:Clean install of Win 8 to new SSD Acer Predator G5920

Ok so I booted up from the HDD and discovered that there were now 2 partitions on the SSD: 400mb Recovery Partition & 300 EFI System Partition. So I just cloned my C: to the Unallocated Space on the SSD.

Didn't work either. Worth a shot tho

On the Recovery USB drive I created there are some script files inside E:\sources.

ResetConfig.xml :<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Reset>
<Run Phase="BasicReset_BeforeImageApply">
<Path>OEM\BasicReset_BeforeImageApply.cmd</Path>
<Duration>2</Duration>
</Run>
<Run Phase="BasicReset_AfterImageApply">
<Path>OEM\BasicReset_AfterImageApply.cmd</Path>
<Duration>2</Duration>
</Run>
<Run Phase="FactoryReset_AfterDiskFormat">
<Path>OEM\FactoryReset_AfterDiskFormat.cmd</Path>
<Duration>2</Duration>
</Run>
<Run Phase="FactoryReset_AfterImageApply">
<Path>OEM\FactoryReset_AfterImageApply.cmd</Path>
<Duration>2</Duration>
</Run>
<SystemDisk>
<MinSize>32000</MinSize>
<DiskpartScriptPath>ReCreatePartition.txt</DiskpartScriptPath>
<OSPartition>4</OSPartition>
<WindowsREPartition>1</WindowsREPartition>
<RecoveryImagePartition>6</RecoveryImagePartition>
<RestoreFromIndex>2</RestoreF... Read more

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hello every1,

this is my first time posting here as i couldnt find an answer to my question anywhere on the net. actualy there are many little questions instead of a big one.

1) i recently bough an acer aspire 5745g to replace my "old" sony vaio vgn-fw41e.
now.. the acer has significantly better specs than the vaio and for some reason it feels like its a lot worse..
it takes 2-3 mins to fully load windows where the vaio only took 30 secs
it is slower at opening applications such as mozilla, msn, winLive mail and some more
and the graphics on games dont respond that well than with the vaio
what could be the cause of this? i have cleared all the items from the startup and maximized performance for nvidia graphics and still dont see any difference..

2)i was thinking about doing a clean reinstall of win7 pro ( it came with home edition) so i can maybe get rid of any acer programs i dont need. the thing is.. as with my previous laptop, i needed to install the drivers in a very specific order to get them all working properly.
i cant find that order for the aspire 5745g and even though i found the drivers on their support site i see many different drivers for the same thing. how can i know which one is for my pc?

i just feel like i got screwed .

well..there actually were only 2 relatively big questions after all.
i would really appreciate any help you could give me!

Answer:win7 64bit clean install on acer aspire

A clean install might be the easiest, at this point. It is probably all the software already on the laptop that is causing this problem.

If you upload a msinfo32 report for us, we can find you the drivers you may need. Chances are, though, that your devices will work fine with the default Windows drivers.
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Originally Posted by JK


Enter msinfo32.exe into the start menu, and press enter. Go to File>Save, and save a copy on your desktop. Right-click on it, and select Send to>New compressed folder. Then attach the file to your next post.

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So I bought an Acer V3-572PG, core i5, nVidia Geforce 840m, with a boasted 7 hour battery life. It was great, however it came pre-installed with a lot of bloatware, which slowed it down (and there was even an unknown service running in the background that stated in its privacy policy that I had not agreed to, that it was allowed to track my movements on the internet and send it to them. Which I was NOT okay with). So I bought windows 8.1. Wiped the hard drive and installed Windows 8.1 again. However now, my 7 hour (sometimes 11 hours, if I reduced power settings enough) battery life, has been reduced to 4 hours. So I assume that Acer has modified the underlying OS to cut down on certain processes to extend the batty life considerably. Any idea on how I can bring my battery life back up? The long battery life was the main reason I bought this laptop. And I'd be rather dissapointed if I lost that feature. Thanks!

Answer:Acer V3 572PG - Clean Install caused bad battery

You can try the guidelines mentioned on the following link to save battery power on Windows 8.1 and check if that improves your battery performance:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/tips-save-battery-power Hope this will help you.

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Hello to you all,

I am attempting a clean install of windows home premium 64bit, with not much success.

The laptop is an Acer Aspire 5553 with Toshiba MK3265GSX 320gb HDD.

I have the product key and downloaded an .iso image from digital river, burned to disc and changed BIOS to boot from cd/dvd drive.

I also wiped clean hard drive (with DNAB) and deleted all partitions which the OS was stored on using diskpart (I may re-partition the hard drive at a later date) and I've subsequently booted install disc.

After default language and and install screens appear I receive message stating cd/dvd drivers missing.

I've now started Startup repair which has been attempting repairs for over 15 mins now. Perhaps I shouldn't have run that but I was curious to see if there was any problems detected.

I have now powered down laptop as I suspect that it had frozen. After reboot, it has now froze on second 'windows is loading files...' screen and disc drive is constantly whirring.

I know from the microsoft website that the drivers for the Toshiba MK3265GSX are included on installation disc, so why is it stating that driver's are missing? I have the option of loading drivers from the installation disc, but I wouldn't have thought I had to do that?


This is my first time using Windows 7 so a little wet behind the ears.

Please go easy on me lol!

Thank you for allowing me to join your wonderful forum, and access it's treasure trove of information.

Answer:Clean install problems on Acer Aspire 5553

Hello Juneau, welcome to Seven Forums!


It sounds as though there's an issue with the CD/DVD drive, have a look at the tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with an update.

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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Hi folks,

I have an Acer E1-571 with Win 7 Ultimate x64 pre-installed and I would like to make a clean install. I've had some malware infections over the years and registry-damaging cleanups, and for peace of mind, I want to wipe the drive and install fresh.

Relevant or not, I have a couple of concerns regarding the authenticity of the pre-installation, i.e. whether it was done at the store I bought it from rather than at the factory:
I used Magical Jelly Bean to get the OEM product key and cd key: when I googled the keys, they worryingly appear on several web sites offered as keys for anyone to use.
I checked for the hidden partition PQSERVICE, using DISKPART commands as well as in Disk Management. No hidden partition found. It possibly existed at one time and I accidentally deleted it in Disk Managment, seeing no use for a reserved partition and thinking it was part of some virus infection. Yes, I won't be doing that again. Stupid some might say, but then if it is supposed to be hidden to protect it, why not hide it in Disk Management as well as File Explorer, or just label it Recovery Partition Do Not Delete. Anyway, back to topic.
When I explained the situation to Acer, they wanted to charge for a recovery disk. If I was responsible for deleting the reserved partition (and I think I did) then I could just pay them, and the job might be done, but I think the cost of the disk is excessive and I wonder why they couldn't just have it for download for customers to bur... Read more

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hi guys,

on startup my Acer aspire e15 goes straight to a blue screen
with an ACPI BIOS ERROR (SAD face)

i have backed up the hdd,but when i try reinstall windows 10 i press any key to install
the acer splash screen comes up and the then its back to the blue screen

i have tried
usb boot
different disks
external dvd drive

nothing seems to work,any help appreciated
 

Answer:Acer aspire e15 has ACPI BIOS ERROR and wont clean install

Is this a continuation of this thread and the same Acer Aspire Es1-512 laptop?
https://forums.techguy.org/threads/does-russian-laptop-need-russian-win-8-install-media.1190767/

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Hey guys,

Really hoping you can help me with this. A friend of mine has this laptop http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/LX.RNT02.057 which I did a clean install of Windows Ultimate 32 bit on.

First problem: can only display 1024 X 768 but the computer supports widescreen. I've installed all drivers from acer support website but nothing has fixed it at the moment.

Also, under Device Manager, I have a warning symbol at SM Bus Controller. I can't find the drivers for the SM Bus Controller anywhere and my friend can't find the drivers cd. Any help would be veeeeery appreciated. I'm sick of tearing my hair out over this thing.
 

Answer:Acer Aspire 5560 (15") couple issues after clean install

K, I fixed the SM Bus Controller but it still seems as thought it's running in safe mode with low resolution...
 

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I have looked at this guide:
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

But I am still a bit confused regarding the part to choose "where you want to install Windows 10"
When at the screen showing you the different hard drive partitions, I still have no idea what to do. Should I only reformat the part where I am going to install Windows 10 on, or should I delete every partition until I get 1 unallocated drive? Which is better? What are the consequences of both options? What actually happens in both situations? How do I re-create my recovery D: - partition afterwards, if I choose the second option I mentioned? (I have backed up all files from my D-partition, but not really sure how to re-create it when it's deleted.

Also, will my computer name stay? For example: When I first bought the computer I had to give it a name, like "PC-1", will that name be gone? (will it become unrecognized for software, like I'm talking about in the next question)

The question regarding the name can be connected to the following question...:
I have an Office 365 license activated on the computer (on the site, it says it's activated on "PC-1") which I want to perform a clean install on. Do I have to deactivate it first, or can I just keep it like that and re?nstall it without having license-problems? When doing a clean install, will it "forget" my "PC-1" and so will it cause conflicts with my activation of Office 365?

Answer:Some questions regarding clean installation of Windows 10

Post a snapshot of a fullscreen Disk Management Window:

To open Disk Management, press Windows key+r, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter or click GO. Make it full screen.
Expand the fields as necessary so everything can be seen.

Windows 10: How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10

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Hello, I am receiving my Y50-70 in a week from now, and plan on clean installing Windows 10 with a bootable USB. However, I have some questions regarding any possible complications; 1. Will the 8GB SSD cache still work after this? Will there be any sort of problems with this (things to note)? 2. I've seen that the Y50 has two partitions of the 1TB HDD. Will clean installing affect this and what is the purpose of the two partitions in the first place? 3. I've read a thread on the Lenovo forums where people were having lag issues because they did not have the Lenovo Energy Management program installed, and the settings prior to the wipe were kept so that the performance was sub-par. Should I be worried about this, or will installing the Energy Management program after installing Windows 10 prevent any sort of problem similar to this? 4. Regarding drivers, which ones would you recommend me downloading from the manufacturer? For starters, I am installing the NVIDIA graphics driver from NVIDIA. Should I install the Intel drivers from Intel, etc.? The rest will come from the Y50-70 downloads page from Lenovo. 5. Anything else to note regarding clean installing Windows 10 on a Lenovo laptop/Y50-70?Thank you for your time!---P.S. I bolded the important parts for the longer questions.

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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 am trying to clean install Windows 7 Professional on My Toshiba Laptop (W7 Home Premium 64-bit came preinstalled). I am a student and had access to DreamSpark Premium at a community college that I attended. I have a copy of Windows 7 Pro and when I put the key into VAMT 2.0 it says it's a Volume Licensed MAK with 5 Remaining Activations (It hasn't been installed yet).

I am no longer a student there, but the licenses are perpetual. I frequently clean install my laptop usually every 6 months.

Am I going to run into problems down the road if every time I reinstall Windows it will use 1 activation?
How can I avoid this? What will happen when there are no remaining activations. All support is apparently managed through Kivuto, but as I am no longer a student at that college, I am not sure they would fix it.

I thought about using the Windows Backup and Restore tool, but am not sure how reliable this is.


What/How do you guys recommend I do?


Current System Specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Office 2010 Pro Plus SP1 32-bit
Kaspersky PURE 3.0 (also have Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 I may switch to).

What/How do you guys recommend I do?


Thanks!

Answer:Questions relating to clean installing Windows 7 Pro 64-bit DreamSpark

I would not mess with VLK for an organization you're no longer a part of as these are to be strictly administered by the IT.

Instead I would use the Win7 Premium key on the COA sticker which you already own for the life of the PC, to reinstall as often and however you want in 32- or 64-bit.

If you'll prepare from and then stick closely to the tools and methods in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 you'll get and keep a perfect install for as long as you do.

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Having a number of issues with my installation that I am pretty sure are a result of my tinkering with the registry on two proplem apps. In particular I can not get either my HP 7410 All-In-One and my Bitdefencer 2011 Internet Security to re-install properly and function properly. Both previously did prior to abut August.

Since these are both key to my everyday operations...I'm leaning toward a repeat clean install

I don't believe a repair install would correct erroneous or missing/corrupt registry entries....correct ??

I know I have to reinstall all programs...my main question is can I use the WET on my current W7 system to backup all user settings...program files...etc and then import them back after the clean install.

Have read and printed out Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers by Orbital Shark and How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7 by Brink...but I', not sure that WET will work the same as it did when I moved from XP Pro 32bit to W7 Pro 64bit after the original clean install ?

Unfortunatley..I didn't realize until too late that Windows Backup (includes system image) deletes older versions of system image. I now only have a system image dating back to after the issues began in August.

Thanks....Tim

Answer:Questions on a "clean re-install" of W7 Pro 64bit

  
Quote: Originally Posted by trinaz


Having a number of issues with my installation that I am pretty sure are a result of my tinkering with the registry on two proplem apps. In particular I can not get either my HP 7410 All-In-One and my Bitdefencer 2011 Internet Security to re-install properly and function properly. Both previously did prior to abut August.

Since these are both key to my everyday operations...I'm leaning toward a repeat clean install

I don't believe a repair install would correct erroneous or missing/corrupt registry entries....correct ??

I know I have to reinstall all programs...my main question is can I use the WET on my current W7 system to backup all user settings...program files...etc and then import them back after the clean install.

Have read and printed out Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers by Orbital Shark and How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7 by Brink...but I', not sure that WET will work the same as it did when I moved from XP Pro 32bit to W7 Pro 64bit after the original clean install ?

Unfortunatley..I didn't realize until too late that Windows Backup (includes system image) deletes older versions of system image. I now only have a system image dating back to after the issues began in August.

Thanks....Tim


Registry can be repaired with a System Restore, if you have points going back far enough.
Yes, I have tested Easy transfer and that can be done. WET is un... Read more

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Hi Geeks.

I have a Win 2K Pro desktop and I'm considering upgrading it to XP.

I understand that I can't "upgrade" it to XP Home, I would have to choose between upgrading to XP Pro OR do a full install with XP Home. If I do choose to do it, I've already decided to go with the full install of XP Home... that is not the question.

That said, here's the questions:

1) It's a Compaq desktop that I bought used. It did not have a recovery partition or recovery disks when I bought it so I had to order the "Compaq Restore Plus Recovery Solution" restore disks.
I've formatted / restored to factory conditions a few times already with no problems at all.
I need to know if anyone foresees any difficulty in doing this using my new XP SP2 disk as the second restore disk instead of the second Compaq restore disk?

2) What would be the preferred way to do this?

3) Although this rig runs great, I know it won't last forever. When it dies, will I be able to "retire" it and use my XP SP2 Home full install disk to install it on another computer... a future "downgrade" from Vista perhaps?

As always, thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Windows XP Home Full Install Version... Install / License questions

When it dies, will I be able to "retire" it and use my XP SP2 Home full install disk to install it on another computer... a future "downgrade" from Vista perhaps?Click to expand...

Full retail is perfectly transferable so no issue there at all. Downgrading from Vista is more problematic due to availability of proper XP drivers, you may luck out and you may not. It's a roll of the dice. If you're not going to build your own then I wouldn't waste my money on an 8 year old machine getting XP.
 

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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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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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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 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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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 of windows.

Very informative thanks for posting
 

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

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

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

Thanks for help.

Answer:Clean install to replace existing windows 7 install

Hello Third Man, and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

Uninstall or Change a Program - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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