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I have a brand new copy of Windows 7, a hard drive with Windows 7 that is full of junk. Help!

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June 21, 2014 4:33:57 PM

I can't believe I am actually making this post, but to be honest, taking a look at some of the methods I've seen online have my head spinning.

Here is my situation:

I am building a new machine, well, mostly; I'm keeping my RAM, case, and HDD, and replacing everything else. This is a gaming rig, NOT for use with word processing, music, etc.

I just want to wipe my HDD and install a brand new copy of windows I purchased. I don't want to back anything up, I don't want to make 5 partitions, I just want it to be like I was when I first build the machine.

Is this as complicated as I have read? I have seen solutions ranging from downloading and burning a 3rd party app and booting from that, to going into the command prompt and making all sorts of odd changes.

I just want what is on there, to be gone, so I can build, pop in a CD, and start fresh. Is that too much for a guy to ask?

Thanks as always, everyone.
a b G Storage
June 21, 2014 4:51:53 PM

usually doing a full install of an OS will wipe away the previous OS.
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June 21, 2014 4:56:35 PM

So just boot from my new windows disc? Should I do that before replacing the parts?

What I had planned to do was format the drive, then put together the pc, pop in the disc like a brand new build and go from there.

What will happen if I have a new processor, MB, and GPU, when I turn on the PC? I used an OEM version of windows, and this one will be OEM as well, so I want to install my new copy of Win7 when my new MB is in there.
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June 21, 2014 6:01:42 PM

Skilly225 said:
So just boot from my new windows disc? Should I do that before replacing the parts?

What I had planned to do was format the drive, then put together the pc, pop in the disc like a brand new build and go from there.

What will happen if I have a new processor, MB, and GPU, when I turn on the PC? I used an OEM version of windows, and this one will be OEM as well, so I want to install my new copy of Win7 when my new MB is in there.


id do it after you put in the new parts to avoid problems.
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