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#1 BenyBlanco

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:10 AM

Hello,
I was helped by someone in the virus area and was informed of an option to reformat my pc to get rid of a backdoor Trojan. I was directed here and I do not know how to reformat. Also, I had purchased an upgrade to Windows 7 on the internet. If I upgrade, would it get rid of the Trojan as reformatting would? Or should I reformat and then upgrade later?

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:19 PM

Copied from this link: Clean-install Windows 7 from the upgrade disc

.........If you have a version of Windows running on your PC, start Windows, insert the Windows 7 upgrade DVD, and follow the on-screen instructions. (All of the usual caveats about first backing up your data apply, of course.) If you wish, you can reformat your hard drive at the beginning of the installation process. This wipes out all the old data stored on the drive..............

You can also reformat, reinstall Vista if you have the Vista disks. Windows will ask if you want to reformat at the time of install.
Just follow the instructions from the disks.

After new installation you will need to update windows and reinstall programs.
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#3 BenyBlanco

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:40 PM

Cool, I would like to reformat the harddrive but don't know how to. Also I purchased the online version and did not get the disk and deleted the link I had to the Windows 7 upgrade page. Do you happen to know the windows upgrade page?

Edited by boopme, 17 August 2011 - 02:17 PM.


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Posted 19 August 2011 - 09:55 AM

You were advised to reformat the disk...which means deleting the old O/S and partition structure.

If you delete the old O/S, that disqualifies you from qualifying to use an upgrade version of Win 7, IMO. Some Win 7 users have reported installing Win 7 minus a qualifying other version of Windows...I would not want to try it.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 10:58 AM

Thanks Louis. I've already upgraded but I'm not sure if I reformat my O/S. All I did was perform the upgrade in custom mode. Did this clean out my computer as reformatting would?

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 12:28 PM

A quick look in Disk Management...will reveal what's on the hard drive, whether it's one O/S or two.

You are asking me questions...that you should know the answer to, since you are the one who oversaw the process you accomplished.

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