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Format & Reinstall Windows

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Graeme1, Feb 21, 2015.

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  1. Graeme1

    Graeme1 Thread Starter

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    Hello All,

    When I reinstall Windows 7 I would like to Format the disk also, should I choose Delete or Format in the Advanced Setting?

    Thank you as always,

    Best wishes
    Graeme
     
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    Select Format.

    Here is a good Windows 7 install guide that you can follow.

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  3. Graeme1

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    Thank you,
    The reason I wanted to re-install Windows & is that the PC is playing up and has all sorts of spyware on, I would like to reformat but not sure whether to use delete or format in the advanced settings

    Thanks again

    Graeme
     
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    You haven't provided a description of your computer or how you plan to reinstall Windows 7.

    Does your computer have a built-in recovery/restore partition that allows you to revert it back to its original new condition?

    Are you using a recovery/restore disc kit that came with it or that you created for it?

    Are you using a standard original Windows 7 disc?

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  5. Graeme1

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    Windows 7 disk, I thought about booting it to the disk and when installing would format if needed, not sure about the partitions, thank you
     
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    If you're not sure how to format the hard drive and do a reinstall of Windows 7, get someone knowledgeable to help you.

    It can be an "all day" job to reinstall Windows 7 and get it completely up-to-date and get all devices working and get all desired programs installed and get it set up to your liking.

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    If you want to change the partitioning (e.g., increase the size; decrease the size and create another partition) then Delete. If you are going to keep the same partition then just format it.
     
  8. Graeme1

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    Thank you Terry,
    I can see what you mean, I haven't actually seen if it is partitioned or not yet, if it is do I select the one with Windows System (I think) on then Format that one and just leave the other? I'm OK from then on I think ,

    Many thanks,

    Best wishes
    Graeme
     
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    Yes. You can see now what the partitions are by looking in Disk Management (Example attached).
     

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    Ah thank you my friend, so in your example I would choose C:, click on it and then advanced settings Format? Then the fresh install would go on there?
     
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    Yep! :) But remember that those "drive letter" designations are pretty meaningless. Better to identify partitions by name or size.
     
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