I have a HP Touchsmart that is full of malware. I want to upgrade from Vista 64 bit to Windows 7 64 bit. Question is, will the upgrade wipe the hard drive thus getting rid of the viruses? Wondering if I need to clean viruses first. Thanks very much.
IQuestion is, will the upgrade wipe the hard drive thus getting rid of the viruses? Wondering if I need to clean viruses first. Thanks very much.
It depends on the type of malware and how it's installed. If it's hooked into the OS the OS upgrade (Vista-> Win7 could take care of it).
If the malware is hooked in with any programs you're using just the OS upgrade won't remove them from your system.
-> Definitely clean house before you upgrade.
If you upgrade with viruses on your computer you run a risk of having the upgrade fail. You will then have the problem of recovering your data. Do as has been previously suggested of backing up your data and doing a clean install.
This pc had 310 infections in Malwarebytes quarantine, and many other problems. Rather than a virus-cleaning, looks like I will have to do a system recovery using the pre-made disks to get it clean. Is this what you mean when you say I need to do a clean install? I have never done an upgrade before.
So I would do a system recovery on Vista, then proceed with the Windows 7 upgrade? Please advise. Thanks very much.
I don’t know what Windows 7disk/ licence that you have, have you got the upgrade version? If so you will have to reinstall Vista using your recovery disks. Make sure that you back up your data before doing a Vista reinstall using your recovery disks as any data on the drive WILL be overwritten. It is better if possible to do a clean install of Windows 7 for many reasons not least is that it can take a very very long time to do an upgrade.
As suggested, I'm in process of doing a clean install of Windows 7 over my Vista virus ridden operating system. In process of formatting drive now, however 2 partitions are showing up. Does the HP Touchsmart IQ504 store restoration files on disk 0, partition 2? Do we need to format this also?
Forgot to add that the 2nd partition shows that of the 11 GB of space, only 1.5 GB is free. There is 10 GB of some kind of data on this partition. Seems like whats on there may be a restore or recovery partition????? Does anyone agree? If this is the case, then we should format the 2nd partiton as well in to avoid possible compatibility issues? Help!
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