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So whats the best or right way to go about this guys? Does reformat basically just mean reinstall? Thanks smile.gif
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Just boot from the DVD and choose Install smile.gif All your files are automatically backed up in a folder, called Windows.old, which you can later delete, if you wish smile.gif

It's the best implementation I've seen so far, M$ really did a good job this time smile.gif
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Originally Posted by ronnin426850;13929360 
Just boot from the DVD and choose Install smile.gif All your files are automatically backed up in a folder, called Windows.old, which you can later delete, if you wish smile.gif

It's the best implementation I've seen so far, M$ really did a good job this time smile.gif

Thanks smile.gif. Wicked, so thats it? No need to do anything before hand? Just put in the Windows 7 DVD and choose install?

What does reformatting Windows 7 do exactly?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ronnin426850;13929360 
Just boot from the DVD and choose Install smile.gif All your files are automatically backed up in a folder, called Windows.old, which you can later delete, if you wish smile.gif

It's the best implementation I've seen so far, M$ really did a good job this time smile.gif
That only works if you do it through windows.
post #5 of 49
reformatting would imply that you totally wiped the Hard Drive of any data that was on it. so all your documents, game saves would be gone to unless you backed them up on a seperate HDD or DVD.

reinstalling would mean exactly what the above poster said, the hard drive would still have all you documents and such in a backup folder, but windows would be a new install, ie clean registry, no drivers, or old software files bogging down your system.

Personally, I would recommend backing up everything you consider irreplaceable and then completely reformat the drive, to erase any malware or viruses that might be hidden in your HDD. Maybe download DBAN and run one pass before you install Windows 7.
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Originally Posted by Bryst;13929678 
reformatting would imply that you totally wiped the Hard Drive of any data that was on it. so all your documents, game saves would be gone to unless you backed them up on a seperate HDD or DVD.

reinstalling would mean exactly what the above poster said, the hard drive would still have all you documents and such in a backup folder, but windows would be a new install, ie clean registry, no drivers, or old software files bogging down your system.

Personally, I would recommend backing up everything you consider irreplaceable and then completely reformat the drive, to erase any malware or viruses that might be hidden in your HDD. Maybe download DBAN and run one pass before you install Windows 7.

Thanks, how do i go about reformatting my drive then?
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post #7 of 49
Well, first save ANYTHING on the drive you want to keep, otherwise its gone forever. Then download DBAN and burn it to a CD. Run DBAN and just do one pass, depending on the size of the drive it might take 2 hours or 5. This will ensure the drive is as empty as the day you bought it. Then just pop in the Windows 7 DVD and when it gets to the screen where you select the drive to install windows on, click the format button. It'll take like 2 minutes or so to format and your good to proceed to the install.
post #8 of 49
Dont forget to backup your bookmarks.... I always forget that.
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Ok thankyou, i guess i need to deactivate my microsoft office, adobe suite and uninstall them both then? Or do i only need to deactivate them and let DBAN do the rest? Thanks again, youre being very helpful smile.gif
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1. Backup existing data if any.
2. Gwipe your drive.
3. Insall Windows 7.
4. Tweak it to your liking.
5. Have a beer.
    
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