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I\'m giving my comp to my kid and I want to delete everything but windows 7

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April 20, 2012 1:48:39 PM

I'm geteeing a new pc and I have pushed my old hd to the limit (30g of 500) I want to delete everything but win 7 but it's not partitioned. how do I do this? please help

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April 20, 2012 1:58:11 PM

Does your system have a recovery partition? If so, boot into that and re-install Windows 7. Then you might want to use a utility like sdelete to make sure all of your original data is truly gone. You can run sdelete to overwrite all of the "empty" space on your hard drive.
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April 20, 2012 2:02:06 PM

sorry no its a custom system, I installed a copy of win7 pro 64 a friend had with an xtra license. I'm not concerned with the data theirs just so much junk I want to give him at least 250g to work with
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April 20, 2012 2:21:22 PM

Just do a regular re-install. There won't be any data that he will be able to acess when the Hard drive is freshly partitioned
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April 20, 2012 3:31:08 PM

if you want a free os you can download windows 8 cs it free all you need is a 4g usb stick or dvd. if not you have to buy a copy of windows 7 for that pc if you dont have the dvd and a good oem number for it.
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April 20, 2012 6:07:21 PM

You can always just uninstall any programs you don't need and copy all photos and documents to the new computer. Afterwards, just create a new account for him and delete your account. Just be sure you have all your data before you remove your account or you may run into file permission problems.

I'd recommend a clean install though. The system wil be more responsive with a clean install.
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April 20, 2012 6:46:09 PM

delete all the non-OS files normally and empty the recycling bin, then download CCleaner and do a wipe of 'free space' to properly get rid of it. Then do a clean reinstall on Windows 7.
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April 20, 2012 7:06:01 PM

megeetsa said:
sorry no its a custom system, I installed a copy of win7 pro 64 a friend had with an xtra license. I'm not concerned with the data theirs just so much junk I want to give him at least 250g to work with



Hi :) 

7 Pro does NOT come with "extra licences" lol....

All the best Brett :) 
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April 20, 2012 7:33:36 PM

Just move everything into a folder named "Totally NOT Porn" and hide it.

To be serious, if you have your windows disk and your drivers it would be fairly easy to wipe your partition(s), create new ones and then re-install the OS and drivers.

Cheers
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April 20, 2012 7:51:57 PM

Create a New Admin user and delete all the old users, it might free-up good amount of space if you have saved all your files in my documents, my pictures, etc.



megeetsa said:
I'm geteeing a new pc and I have pushed my old hd to the limit (30g of 500) I want to delete everything but win 7 but it's not partitioned. how do I do this? please help

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April 20, 2012 10:50:51 PM

Hi


If you want to ensure no one can recover or undelete any data on your hard disk consider using DBAN to over write all of hard disk space
then re installing from Windows DVD

alternative mentioned above create a new user account (admin)
login to new account and delete all other users accounts .
empty recycle bin
disable System Restore to clear space, then reboot and re enable System Restore
run cc cleaner to clear out Windows temporary files including empty recycle bin and clean out some registry history

finally use (Heidi) Eraser to overwrite free space on hard disk
(Eraser does not seem to work fully on Vista & 7)

This method is quicker as you can easily spend a day Installing Windows, programs, anti virus software then running Microsoft Updates etc


regards

Mike Barnes
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April 20, 2012 11:15:30 PM

Another alternative would be to buy a new HDD - remove the current drive and install the OS onto the new HDD - that way you know it has nothing left over and you also will still have the old HDD in case you find later that you need something that was on it ! ( Or install the old HDD as a secondary drive on your new system - which then gives you access to all of your old info without the need to copy it to the new system.)
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April 21, 2012 4:28:20 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

7 Pro does NOT come with "extra licences" lol....

All the best Brett :) 


actually it was from his college and he was allowed to install his os on two systems and he let me use it for mine,
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April 21, 2012 4:29:11 AM

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April 21, 2012 5:04:22 AM

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