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Will Formatting a hard drive uninstall windows ?

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Will formatting a hard drive wipe windows from the disk? Basically I want a really fast way of wiping everything but my OS from the drive and start from scratch. Can't re-install windows since I have lost my disk biggrin.gif
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well if you bought it 100% legally, and you have your serial key just download the iso from their website, install and create a restore point as soon as you login, then whenever you want to revert back just restore it to that version
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I believe you can, trying to remember how though...but ehm, keeping disks is a must if you ask me, just don't lose them again because like you noticed, they come in quite handy. I think you can download the OS from the site with your product key

edit: yeah what flux said xd

ps: reformatting will absolutely remove your OS too, which you probably don't want to do ;p
Edited by Ollii - 7/3/11 at 2:00pm
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Yes it would.
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Yes it will leave your drive with no visible data on any drive or partition of any drive you format.
You can not format your System drive (the one with Windows on it) from with-in Windows, but you can format any others that are there.
You will have to either run the Recovery Partition system if your PC or Laptop has one to clear what is on the C: (Windows) partition, and it does this by formatting first then over writing the data.
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Yes, it will erase everything on your hard drive.
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