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whats the BEST way to re install vista?

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so my friend tells me one way i hear another way.....

what the best way exactly to re install vista? do you format them boot from that drive with the disk in? or just put the disk in and reinstall it?
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post #2 of 14
The vista installation process formats the OS drive anyway. Just stick the disk in and boot from it. During installation it'll format the drive.
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Put in the disk. Start up the computer like your going to install. You will come to a window that will say repair. Repair the OS and you should be okay.
    
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i just throw the disk in, reformat with the utility on the disk, and install.
    
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post #5 of 14
Although people will disagree, the way I install any OS is first I zero fill the hard drive using a tool like DBAN or Seatools. Then I install OS.

I learned that after noticing hard core hard drive slow downs after I had a hard drive for like 6 months after I reinstalled the OS every month.
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If you are reinstalling due to a virus then do a complete reformat of the hard drive and not the quick one. This will be an option during the Install Process
    
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Enigma8750 View Post
If you are reinstalling due to a virus then do a complete reformat of the hard drive and not the quick one. This will be an option during the Install Process
there is an option to either? think i have a virus nothing says i do but somethings up plus i have not reformatted since i have had vista on this rig
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post #8 of 14
Boot from the disk, select the disk you want to install from, reformat said drive, install Vista to that partition.

Then...
-Disable UAC
-Disable System Restore and Drive Indexing (completely optional)
-Install drivers
-Install updates
-Install programs
-Install AV/AS software
post #9 of 14
I would install AV first, even before running windows update. Then Firefox. Then everything else.

But why do people format and reinstall so often?!
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post #10 of 14
I would say to disable most if not all of the eye candy. At least until Vista Lite (Vienna) comes out. Some video cards just won't be able to handle the eye candy.
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