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Ok thanks alot guys. Quick question though, im guesssing all my drivers will be gone too? So will i have to get them too, like the motherboard for example?
Also I have been watching videos on this and most people seem to boot up, put OS CD in and boot from the CD? Obviously they back up first.
Wow, just read through the thread and some folks made this sound complicated. If you want to format your HDD and reinstall Windows, just insert Windows disk and boot from the disk, select custom install, and select the drive you want to format and install Windows on, format, then click next and install. When you first boot into Windows it will start downloading updates and stuff, but you can use whatever drivers you want. Windows will use enough to get you started.

No programs or anything are needed.

Yes those people already made backups of anything they needed. If you have two HDD just copy that stuff you need onto the other.
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Wow, just read through the thread and some folks made this sound complicated. If you want to format your HDD and reinstall Windows, just insert Windows disk and boot from the disk, select custom install, and select the drive you want to format and install Windows on, format, then click next and install. When you first boot into Windows it will start downloading updates and stuff, but you can use whatever drivers you want. Windows will use enough to get you started.

No programs or anything are needed.

Yes those people already made backups of anything they needed. If you have two HDD just copy that stuff you need onto the other.
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Wow, just read through the thread and some folks made this sound complicated. If you want to format your HDD and reinstall Windows, just insert Windows disk and boot from the disk, select custom install, and select the drive you want to format and install Windows on, format, then click next and install. When you first boot into Windows it will start downloading updates and stuff, but you can use whatever drivers you want. Windows will use enough to get you started.

No programs or anything are needed.

Yes those people already made backups of anything they needed. If you have two HDD just copy that stuff you need onto the other.
Lol, thanks . What are the drivers i will need? Motherboard, GPU. Any others? Where is the best place to get my motherboard driver? There is probably a more recent one than the disc it came with.
Also, how do i go about my anitivirus? It was a download and its now registered and paid for? I dont want to lose that. Thanks again!
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Lol, thanks . What are the drivers i will need? Motherboard, GPU. Any others? Where is the best place to get my motherboard driver? There is probably a more recent one than the disc it came with.
Also, how do i go about my anitivirus? It was a download and its now registered and paid for? I dont want to lose that. Thanks again!
Lets see, for the anti virus, find your registration code. Either in an old e-mail, or maybe shown in the program itself somewhere, if you havent already written it down. You can use the disk for your motherboard drivers if you want or download them from the website. You do not really need them, but some like the sound driver or something you may prefer over the ones Windows 7 automatically installs. You will want to go to AMD's website and download the newest driver for sure. That way CCC, (catalyst control center) and everything gets installed. Just download and install.

It takes a little work but many feel it is worth it. Just to have a clean fresh install. If you do not feel its worth it then do what some earlier people said and just re install it instead of formatting the drive, and all your old info will be saved in a folder called Windows.old Then you can just pick at stuff you need from there until your confident enough to delete.
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Lets see, for the anti virus, find your registration code. Either in an old e-mail, or maybe shown in the program itself somewhere, if you havent already written it down. You can use the disk for your motherboard drivers if you want or download them from the website. You do not really need them, but some like the sound driver or something you may prefer over the ones Windows 7 automatically installs. You will want to go to AMD's website and download the newest driver for sure. That way CCC, (catalyst control center) and everything gets installed. Just download and install.
Ok thanks, yeah i forgot about the sound card lol. Should i make a backup image or anything? Maybe i should do that once the reinstall of everything is complete?
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Ok thanks, yeah i forgot about the sound card lol. Should i make a backup image or anything? Maybe i should do that once the reinstall of everything is complete?
Just backup any important files, or files, pictures, music or whatever that you want to keep. Stuff that you may not be able to find to download again. Other then that, you can get everything back via the internet. Your motherboard manufacturer will have your latest onboard sound driver, unless you have dedicated sound card then that companies website will have that driver. Good luck.

The most annoying thing is all the updates that download and install afterwards.
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Just backup any important files, or files, pictures, music or whatever that you want to keep. Stuff that you may not be able to find to download again. Other then that, you can get everything back via the internet. Your motherboard manufacturer will have your latest onboard sound driver, unless you have dedicated sound card then that companies website will have that driver. Good luck.

The most annoying thing is all the updates that download and install afterwards.
Thanks again, yeah i have a dedicated sound card so i will get that separately. Do i need to download the latest motherboard bios before i do any of this? Or is that not affected?
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i personally never understood why partitioning was ever used

i still do not get it and people never explained it to me proper lol
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Thanks again, yeah i have a dedicated sound card so i will get that separately. Do i need to download the latest motherboard bios before i do any of this? Or is that not affected?
This is a much simpler process than it might seem.

If you want to format and start over, then boot from the Windows 7 DVD. When you see this, click "Custom (advanced").

Then when you see this, click Next. The drive you had selected is automatically formatted, and then the installation begins. So, you'll see this.

Formatting a drive means that the Master File Table is replaced with a blank one in the specified format. So that's why it's called "formatting". Absolutely none of your data is deleted, erased, or even touched. So, that's why data recovery is possible even after formatting a drive you've been using for years. However, once a Master File Table is replaced with a blank one (once a drive is formatted), Windows will no longer know that there's any data on the drive because the drive has a new and blank Master File Table. It's just like a table of contents.

So the actual formatting process takes just a couple of seconds.

Regarding motherboard drivers: use the CD that came with your motherboard. Alternatively, download the latest drivers from ASUS' website.

Regarding the Xtreme Audio: you can use the CD that came with the card.

Really though, this is going to be so easy that I think you'll be surprised. Just make sure that you put any files you want to keep that are hard to replace in a safe place, such as on a separate hard drive or flash drive(s).
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This is a much simpler process than it might seem.

If you want to format and start over, then boot from the Windows 7 DVD. When you see this, click "Custom (advanced").

Then when you see this, click Next. The drive you had selected is automatically formatted, and then the installation begins. So, you'll see this.

Formatting a drive means that the Master File Table is replaced with a blank one in the specified format. So that's why it's called "formatting". Absolutely none of your data is deleted, erased, or even touched. So, that's why data recovery is possible even after formatting a drive you've been using for years. However, once a Master File Table is replaced with a blank one (once a drive is formatted), Windows will no longer know that there's any data on the drive because the drive has a new and blank Master File Table. It's just like a table of contents.

So the actual formatting process takes just a couple of seconds.

Regarding motherboard drivers: use the CD that came with your motherboard. Alternatively, download the latest drivers from ASUS' website.

Regarding the Xtreme Audio: you can use the CD that came with the card.

Really though, this is going to be so easy that I think you'll be surprised. Just make sure that you put any files you want to keep that are hard to replace in a safe place, such as on a separate hard drive or flash drive(s).
Thanks alot. Im a little confused as to whether im actually reformatting the HDD or just Windows now lol? I think ive been given different methods for doing both . Some say to just do it by booting from the Windows CD and others say to use DBAN and wipe the drive etc...
Regarding my motherboard driver, i have gotten to the right page : http://support.asus.com/Download.asp...eluxe&p=1&s=29 Just select Windows 7 64bit and it will take you to the page i mean. What is the one i need?
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