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reinstalling vista

by patty63 / September 27, 2008 2:28 PM PDT

How do I reformat my hard drive and reinstall vista?? I inserted the dvd thinking it would wipe my hard drive clean, but after reinstalling, all of my old stuff is still on the drive. I googled, and thought that everything I read said Vista would automatically wipe it clean, but guess not........

Thank you!

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Reinstallation of Windows Vista.
by Soul Raven / September 27, 2008 3:03 PM PDT
In reply to: reinstalling vista

You have a couple of options when reinstalling Windows Vista, and in your situation you did one of two things. You either inserted the DVD while the computer was on, and performed an "In-place upgrade". Or, you booted from the DVD, and performed a "Clean install" to the same hard drive without first formating it.

If your desktop is exactly the same as it was before you did the reinstall you performed an in-place upgrade. Should you have a C:\Windows.old directory you performed a clean install without format. However, it's a simple process to remedy.

You can do a quick search for 'WindowsReinsatll', and you'll find several walkthroughs some even with pictures. But, what you'll need to do is boot from your DVD, and then perform the reinstallation. If you can't find a walkthrough, or have any questions please feel free to ask. However, keep in mind the information is "as-is", and a reinstallation will result in data loss so you'll want to backup any irreplaceable data before proceeding.


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thank you
by patty63 / September 28, 2008 5:18 AM PDT

I have a Dell Inspiron 1720....I contacted Dell, and apparently I need to use the Media Direct cd to reformat, which they did NOT send me! Sad This is a major pain!

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here is a good link for reinstalling vista.
by Basket628 / September 28, 2008 7:33 PM PDT
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Still doesn't reformat
by patty63 / September 28, 2008 10:58 PM PDT

I was able to reinstall Vista,(did it just like the directions in the link that was posted) but it didn't reformat my hard drive. All of my old stuff is still on the drive. Total size of C is 220 GB, after reinstalling Vista, I now only have 36 GB left. I want to be able to wipe the drive clean, and can't figure out how to do this.

Thank you

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At steps 9, 10, 11
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2008 11:12 PM PDT
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You did delete the old partitions, make new ones and let Vista format it?

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My mistake!
by patty63 / September 28, 2008 11:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Still doesn't reformat

I missed the advance tab! Clicked on it, and found the format button. Sorry!

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