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How do i do fresh install of Win7?

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May 29, 2010 8:27:41 AM

How do i do a fresh install of Win 7. I want to do a format C like i used to do with Win 98, but not sure if its possible.

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May 29, 2010 11:55:19 AM

Well you just insert your Win 7 DVD & restart the PC. At the BIOS page, press the suitable button to boot from DVD. At the install page, you then get the options for formatting, deleting/creating new partitions, etc.
May 29, 2010 12:11:22 PM

Hi, forgot to mention i have Windows 7 on an external drive not on DVD.
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a b $ Windows 7
May 29, 2010 2:03:21 PM

Exactly what do you have on your external drive? A fully installed Win 7 OS? Or just the installation package?
May 29, 2010 2:07:14 PM

Probably the installation pakage. Working for a uni we can download the OS to load onto our PC's, from microsoft.
a b $ Windows 7
May 29, 2010 2:16:48 PM

Then it's probably a 'iso image' of the installation package.
You can burn that image to a DVD and use the DVD to do a clean install that will include the option of formatting the hard disk.
a b $ Windows 7
May 29, 2010 2:17:23 PM

ImgBurn is a free utility that makes it easy to burn iso images.
May 29, 2010 6:34:10 PM

Hello Howieleem,

You will of course need the DVD or USB drive setup with Windows 7 install package. At that point setup your BIOS to boot to DVD or USB depends on the media setup.
The Windows 7 install process will then begin. All applications and documents stored in other locations will have to be reinstalled / transferred manually.
For more information on the Windows 7 Upgrade, please go here:

For additional assistance with the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7, please go here:

thanks again,
John M
Microsoft Windows Client Team

a b $ Windows 7
May 29, 2010 9:11:18 PM

You won't need to change any BIOS settings. Just use the F8 key when you power on. Keep pressing the F8 key till you see the Boot Options menu on your screen and choose the CD option to do a 1-time boot from your CD/DVD drive.
a b $ Windows 7
May 29, 2010 11:27:28 PM

It depends on the computer... some access a boot menu with F8, while others will use F10 or F12.