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Reformatting Win7

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  • Started 4 years ago by LeMarsMan
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LeMarsMan
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Is there a tutorial on doing a clean install of Win7 that someone knows about?

Is it thee a way to backup all of the window updates if one should try this?

Thanks

LM

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whs
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Here is how to do a real clean install without bloatware: http://www.sevenforums.com/tut.....ost1839164

And no, the updates you will have to install again. But they come automatically. The programs you will have to reinstall too. Just make sure you save your user data first.

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warlock
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Thanks whs, couldn't find it. I know it was windows 7 forum. Most good one's are yours.

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raphoenix
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We use to have a good Clean Install Sticky in the Windows 7 Section but it has disappeared now.

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warlock
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I could not find it. Probably have to start all over again anyway.

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raphoenix
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Ya, has gone ??

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warlock
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https://www.howtogeek.com/sitesearch/?cx=009481737823548119489%3Aw5lekpyovpo&cof=FORID%3A9&q=&sa=Search Maybe I missed it Rick check here. Need the right wording I'm thinking.

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raphoenix
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This is it.
It does have one incorrect picture in it I gave hArLtRoN by mistake.
https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/how-to-do-a-clean-install-of-windows-7-8?replies=1

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warlock
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Good, glad you found it. All will really be gone soon. Almost 12000 views.

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raphoenix
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Ya, we'll just have to wait and see how the new site operates.

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warlock
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yep.

Hope the OP gets what they need.

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raphoenix
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Yeah, Ill be most interested in what happens when an OP posts a "Check My First Build" question.

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warlock
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@Rick, move to off topic with that in case LH wakes up. I'm worried about him not on site for hours. Re post there cause I want to ask you about it. Tks Joe

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LeMarsMan
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Do you more knowledgeable folks do a clean install very often?

I was going to do one then make a clone using Macrium or something like it.

I like to do it every once in a while because it is like a new machine-at least for quite awhile.

I did one on my own and it was quite simple. I did back up all my dat

Thanks

LM

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warlock
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Not that I'm more knowlege
able but , I think an image is the way to go.

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LeMarsMan
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I looked at that tutorial and did exactly what they did, except I have my disc so I didn't have to the ISO thing.

I got a notice from Microsoft that my version of Win7 probably was an illegal version and they seemed quite concerned for awhile but I got that solved.

I noticed that you can even avoid typing in the product key code by using: http://www.joshcellsoftwares.c.....nager.html

Also, you can back up the drivers by using some simple program call Double Driver.

LM

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raphoenix
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We have a Tutorial on Tokens.

https://www.howtogeek.com/75496/how-to-reinstall-windows-without-having-to-reactivate/

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LeMarsMan
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There seems to be tutorials on just about everything. Good resource.

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whs
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This will be over with in Windows 8 because the product keys are in the UEFI. It is easier for a reinstallation but impossible to cheat.

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raphoenix
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On the Builder Machines, there is a BIOs Setting to CLEAR THE KEY Information in the UEFI.

Not sure about the OEM machines but I doubt they have that setting capabliity.

That's one reason why it's Better to Build than to buy a large machine.

Don't forget THIS POSTING when everything changes next week.

Rick P.

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warlock
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I won't. thanks Rick.

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LeMarsMan
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I tapped on Warlock's post and now it indicates I reported it. What does that mean? Can I undo it?

I was going to ask how often you folks "image" an operating system?

Sorry.

LM

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GuiltySpark
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Reporting a post indicates you have a problem with the content, but accidents do happen.

Only Mods can remove them.

When you say image do you mean take an image or re-image a machine, either way I think it depends on the user.

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warlock
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@LeMarsMan, I removed the report no problem mate:)

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LeMarsMan
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Thanks. I didn't mean the post was bad.

I was going to reformat Win7 and then make clones of the operating system from time to time. I have heard good things about Macrium Reflect and I have Ease US ToDo Home.

How often do you folks that use this type of software backup your operating system if ever?

LM

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warlock
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@LeMarsMan, I know that. Anyway Use Macrium reflect and make an image. http://www.sevenforums.com/tut.....crium.html follow this. Read through this too.
https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/how-to-set-up-a-good-backup-system-?replies=44

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raphoenix
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Many of us use SSDs which are 128GB or 256GG so my rule of thumb is image the system before every major change of hardware or software.

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StringJunky
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A routine I used to start with was to image a pristine system after a clean install and put that to one side then when there had been sufficient system changes I did another and repeated this until I had 3 consecutive images. On the fourth time I deleted the first image and put the fourth in its place...basically replacing the oldest image of the three with the newest one every time. This gave me three rolling backup images to revert to if necessary. I never keep my data in the c:drive to keep the image size down and it's a lot safer. i use it like System Restore (which is turned off incidentally because I think it's superfluous in this setup) to roll back to a recent configuration if necessary. If I want to start all over again I use the pristine image. You are looking at an image size of about 60% of the original system size at default settings.

Tony

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LeMarsMan
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Very helpful.

LM

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