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Hi guys, have my computer around 4-5 years now it is a dell inspiron 530, it came pre installed with windows vista id like to uninstall this and get windows 7 or 8 on it but im not sure how to go about removing it. If i reset it back to factory settings to wipe the system it automatically starts to load up windows vista again id like to replace it with something more modern.

any help in this would be greatly appreciated some sort of step by step tutorial or a guide of some sort.

i have never done this before so any questions or anything else you need to know ask me no problem.

hope you can help thanks
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When you re-install windows it makes a folder named Windows.old for your old OS, it will be the primary OS now. Or when in the install CD, wipe the OS driver.
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use my windows 7 or 8 install guide in my sig,
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Basically you don't uninstall the old OS. You just install the new one and everything on the hard drive is wiped clean.
For the most part all you do is place the new OS disk in the drive and restart the computer. It should start loading the new OS on the hard drive. If not, you need to go into the bios and change the boot sequence to boot from cd-rom first.

Here is a how to
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/windows-7-new-install-part-1.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzvNMlOa1vw
     
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use my windows 7 or 8 install guide in my sig,

or this thumb.gif


Once you install the OS for the first time you will be surprised how easy it is. It can be time consuming if the computer is slow. Sometimes it takes me a couple days to get everything completed on slow computers and only a couple hours on a fast computer.


I have Vista and Windows 7 on two different computers. There is not much difference between the two.
When buying a OS you can choose from 32bit or 64bit. 64bit is better if your hardware is compatible.
You can also choose from OEM and Retail.
Edited by Nick7269 - 3/7/13 at 6:20am
     
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i havnt done this in a while but let me get it straight.

1. i set my computer back to factory settings so it will go around wiping my hard drive and setting up as new,
2. it will restart and when it restarts it automatically installs the new operating system?
3. confusion ??
4. put the new OS disc into the drive and boot it from the bios and it should automatically install ?

sorry if this is confusing im quite confused myself

ill have a look at ur guides also thanks !


edit: ah sorry iv had a bit of a look here so i -

put the cd into the computer that contains the OS

restart the computer and go to the BIOS, reboot the computer from CD

then install the new OS over the top of my vista ?

also is it a better idea to reset it back to factory settings first so everything is fresh and new?
Edited by llyndred - 3/7/13 at 7:14am
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Originally Posted by llyndred View Post

i havnt done this in a while but let me get it straight.

1. i set my computer back to factory settings so it will go around wiping my hard drive and setting up as new,
2. it will restart and when it restarts it automatically installs the new operating system?
3. confusion ??
4. put the new OS disc into the drive and boot it from the bios and it should automatically install ?

sorry if this is confusing im quite confused myself

ill have a look at ur guides also thanks !


edit: ah sorry iv had a bit of a look here so i -

put the cd into the computer that contains the OS

restart the computer and go to the BIOS, reboot the computer from CD

then install the new OS over the top of my vista ?
Yup. make sure you backup any data or files you want to keep!
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also is it a better idea to reset it back to factory settings first so everything is fresh and new?
It does not make a difference. It would just be a waste of time. When you install the system will be fresh and new.

Also, make sure you have a copy of your network driver on a usb or cd just in case windows does not have the right one for your PC.
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Also, make sure you have a copy of your network driver on a usb or cd just in case windows does not have the right one for your PC.

THIS! you dont know how many times I've ended up having to boot up another computer to d/l those network drivers...and if you dont have another available well yeah...just make sure the kids arent around rolleyes.gif

you can just put in the new "OS" media (thumb drive/dvd ect...) if your going to 7 and "upgrade" it will keep all your settings and files. Though Clean installs are always recommended...esp after 4-5 years I'm sure your registry is CRAZY bloated.
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thanks alot guys for the help i have waited so long to do this but i was told it couldnt be done as it was pre installed on my system and couldnt be taken off.

i have windows 8 here to be installed and im not sure what you mean with network drivers as i said this is new to me can you explain what i have to do i have a usb here i can put them on thanks
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it seems my dvd rw disc is 125 mb to small for my OS? im trying to copy the iso onto the RW disc which is 4.7gb is there any way around this ?
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