Such is so dependent on the machine and the version restore/install media that all those steps vary widely. If I was to start fresh I'd boot GPARTED (see google) and remove all the partitions. Now that's clean enough to boot your Windows 7 DVD to begin the install. At no time do I partition or format ahead of booting the Windows 7 DVD.
I know this is a stupid question and I have done this before but it was so long ago I completely forget how.
I need to wipe my hard drive and do a completely fresh install of Windows 7 but I can't remember how to do that.
I tried asking microsoft but they will only tell me how to create a partition on my hard drive and install Windows 7 a second time and that is not what I need to do.
To fix this problem it looks like I need a completely fresh install.
Sorry this is such a stupid question and thank you for your help and time.