Replacing Vista with Win 7 Professional
by lunaray11 - 3/15/12 2:12 PM
My computer is all messed up so I bought a retail full version of Windows 7 Professional and I want todo a clean install.
I've never used a retail full version before, it has been an upgrade on a computer I purchased, or an OEM disc for computers I've built, and I'm a bit confused. On the computers I've built I had to format the hard drive first and then boot from OEM OS disc to install the OS and that's what I expected I would do with this retail full version of Win 7 Pro, but in the documentation, it tells me to start Windows normally, insert the Win 7 disc and I will be prompted to install Win 7 using one of two methods, upgrade from Vista, or choose custom if I'm running XP, or if I want to completely replace the current OS. Well I want to totally replace the OS because it has some problems, but does this mean that it will reformat the drive as part of the installation? I would like it to do that to insure that I have no flaky artifacts left from the old OS.
Also, during one of my reinstallation adventures several years ago, I accidently formatted the wrong drive and I wiped everything out. Since then, I've learned to unplug every drive but my C drive as a precaution, should I still do this, or since I'm running the set up from a booted OS, shouldn't it know which drive to install the OS on?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!