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January 19, 2012 10:35:01 PM

Hello, I'm buying a new motherboard and cpu soon and I know I will not be able to connect my HDD with windows installed and be able to run it fine. I'm upgrading my OEM HP computer. I'm replacing the motherboard and cpu it came with. My question is, if I format the HDD that it came with, will it uninstall the OEM version of windows 7 so I can do a clean install with my new windows 7 CD im buying? Or will the OEM version of windows still linger on the HDD? I wan't to use the same HDD it came with because it's actually very good and would save me money so I don't have to buy anew HDD.
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January 19, 2012 10:41:50 PM

If you perform a clean install and format the HDD, the old OEM version will be completely gone. Not a problem.
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January 19, 2012 10:42:39 PM

If you do a clean install it will wipe out the oem install because you will format before the new 7 install.
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January 19, 2012 10:43:36 PM

To install Windows 7 using the Custom option and formatting the hard disk

To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then shut down your computer.

Restart your computer.

Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.

If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).

Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.

When you've finished formatting, click Next.

Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.
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January 19, 2012 10:51:14 PM

A format literally removes all data from the HDD - windows and all. It will be like a new drive (with previous partitions however) when you go to install your new Windows.

When you insert/use your Windows 7 install disc, it will prompt you to partition/setup you HDD eventually. Here is where you will run into unexpected issues as the OEM drives usually have additional partitions for hidden backup/restore functions which you won't require after the non-OEM Windows is installed.
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January 19, 2012 11:03:43 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
To install Windows 7 using the Custom option and formatting the hard disk

To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then shut down your computer.

Restart your computer.

Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.

If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).

Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.

When you've finished formatting, click Next.

Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.

Ok I see. So I'm confused on the partition part. I have to pick the opne I want to change? I'm sorry but I have no clue what that is.
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January 19, 2012 11:22:39 PM

Ok wow that seems pretty simple thank you. I guess the only thing I'll need to do is let windows do its auto updates and then re download my video drivers and others etc... correct?
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January 19, 2012 11:26:14 PM

Yes come back to us if you need help!
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January 19, 2012 11:39:16 PM

Perfect choice.It will be exclusive to your new motherboard!
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January 19, 2012 11:42:08 PM

scubasteve526 said:
Oh one more quick question. I was looking to buy Windows 7 on newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... But I'm not sure. This is the cheapest version but it says OEM. Is that going to be a problem for me, when I'm re installing windows on the same HDD just a new Mobo?


Do not buy OEM if you know you'll probably upgrade motherboard again.
OEM license is bound to the mobo. Pick retail license
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January 19, 2012 11:42:58 PM

wifiwolf said:
Do not buy OEM if you know you'll probably upgrade motherboard again.
OEM license is bound to the mobo. Pick retail license
Ok I see Tysm!
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January 19, 2012 11:43:17 PM

Best answer selected by ScubaSteve526.
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January 19, 2012 11:44:19 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Yes come back to us if you need help!
Yea I love Tom's! Everyone here is so helpful and very friendly and It's helped me a lot in upgrading my PC for gaming. Ty and Thanks to everyone who replied.
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January 19, 2012 11:44:22 PM

Thanks and like i stated if you need more help come back and visit!
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January 19, 2012 11:50:00 PM

Sweet! keep us posted on your progress with the new install!
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January 19, 2012 11:57:37 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Sweet! keep us posted on your progress with the new install!
I will indeed =)
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January 20, 2012 12:08:13 AM

Please keep thread open.
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January 20, 2012 12:24:48 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Please keep thread open.

Okay. How do you keep it open?
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January 20, 2012 12:41:59 AM

I was telling my fellow mods to leave it open.
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January 30, 2012 11:41:56 PM

Ok I have another question regarding installing windows on my HDD with my new mobo. Ok so I'm going to be formatting my current HDD(which I hope wipes it clean) to do a windows install for my new mobo. My question is, should I format the drive before I connect to my new mobo or should I just connect it to my new mobo boot up from the windows 7 CD and format/install from there? If I should wipe it clean before I connect it and install how would I do that. I know I can format in windows but I don't think I can format the drive currently in use lol or can you? Also I've read you have to format it 7 times to wipe it clean? I'm just super confused. I want to have no issues with this. The HDD currently has a backup partition on it from HP called D drive. I don't care about it. I have what I want stored on an external HDD that I will connect via usb and xfer the data. will that HP partition cause problems as well?
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January 31, 2012 6:04:15 PM

Should I just connect it to my new mobo boot up from the windows 7 CD and format/install from there?Yes!
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February 1, 2012 2:47:52 AM

ok thanks also, someone told me that since my drive has partitions on it already(The one HP had for backups called D drive and I'm assuming the other one windows is installed on) that I should delete them and then when I click install windows it will automatically format the drive. This true?
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February 1, 2012 10:59:08 AM

Yes!Delete them and format then install.
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February 1, 2012 8:38:46 PM

Your welcome don't forget to choose the best answer.
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