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Initial post: Oct 5, 2010 5:32:22 AM PDT
PotaDos says:
i have a Dell C521, now this computer is old old old...and tiny haha, and I never got a vista disc from the place I got it, it just came on the harddrive.

I bought Windows 7, which will arrive today and I bought the full thing, not the upgrade. Will I still need the vista disc or can I just insert the disc and have it write over everything.

I've never formatted or installed an OS before...so any help would be amazing. Thank you.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 3:42:18 PM PDT
Well you posted this on the 5th so hopefully your all done loading Windws 7. You should have no problem and no you do not need any of your Vista stuff to load a new Windows 7 DVD. just plop it into the reader and then restart the PC respond yes when asked if you want to boot from the DVD/Cd reader and then follow the instructions.
from Mike - just trying to assist.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 6:13:44 PM PST
spookiewon says:
Actually, if you paid for a licence that is NOT an upgrade you can--and I recommend you do--format the HDD and install Win7 clean, unless you don't have install media for your programs and hardware drivers and can't back up your data. If you can backup data and have a means of reinstalling your programs and hardware drivers, Win7 will run much better if you format and start with a clean install. It helps Windows out to have a new, clean registry.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 7:13:14 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2010 9:42:54 AM PST
You can just put the disk in and watch the monitor close, you must reply to a message that will ask if you want to boot from the CD/DVD and you just hit any key on the keyboard to respond, with no response it will boot from the Hard Drive. Windows 7 will format the hard drive but again you must make some selections while the install begins. One question will be if you want to do an upgrade or an install, you do NOT want to do an UPGRADE you want to install. Then it will open a screen where you must select the hard drive, if you only have one Hard drive that is easy to select!! I like to select the drive, then open the drive options window and delete the sector so windows 7 can format the entire hard drive so when I install it begins with a clean hard drive with one sector. If you want two sectors then this is the time to create a second sector. If this is too confusing just select the hard drive and let it run, it will save the old operating system in a file called OLD. OS or something like that. The process is simple, if you feel like you made a mistake you can restart the complete installation just by shutting the computer off and turning it back on, it will start the install all over again.

If you cannot get the computer to ask if you want to use the CD/DVD player to boot then you're going to have to change the BIOS settings, most computers need either a Delete to enter BIOS or an F2 to enter BIOS. Once into BIOS you have to find the BOOT order screen and change the order so that it boots from the CD/DVD reader FIRST the Floppy (if you even have one) second and the Hard Drive Third. I hope you do not have to get involved with changing the BIOS but you need to know that can happen.

Installing Windows 7 is about the easiest Install I have ever seen Windows 7 has the drivers for almost every single piece of hardware that your computer might have like a modem, camera, but once you are up and running you might want to go to your manufactures web site and just check the support area for downloads and download the drivers specific to your model. I like to do that before I even start a new install, put the drivers on a USB memory stick so once you're up and running you can just plug in the USB Stick and get the current drivers for your PC. If you're not able to do this Windows 7 will have 99% of the drivers anyway and it will check for updates once running so you can probably skip that step - but you run the risk Windows 7 cannot find a driver for something on your computer - it can happen but I have found this to be a rare situation.
Good Luck.
Mike

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 5:31:15 PM PST
Harry says:
Installing WIN 7 is the easiest install as long as all of your hard disk are formatted. Win 7 does not have the Fdisk tools that previous version of Windows had. It will not see any unformatted disk even if they show up in your BIOS.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2011 8:59:48 PM PST
This is incorrect. You can format and recreate all of the disks on your computer with the Windows 7 installer. It doesn't prompt you to do this by default anymore, so you have to click on the link to begin doing disk operations.

The Windows 7 install is very smooth and easy to operate. You will not need any recovery images from your pre-installed OS because the Windows 7 DVD contains an exhaustive library of drivers and support software. Just remember to check for updates after you install the OS. There are always updates to install...

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 6:07:58 PM PDT
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