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Reformatting laptop - Upgrade vista to 7


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#1 ClearlyTrying

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:42 PM

Hello,

 

I have a really infected laptop and need to reformat it. My question is: Is it possible to reformat with Windows 7 on my laptop with Vista Home?

Or do I have to reformat with Vista since that is what the laptop originally came with.

 

Any help regarding this would be much appreciated!

 

Regards,

CT


Edited by hamluis, 26 February 2013 - 05:19 PM.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:18 PM

System manufacturer and model?

 

Do you have any recovery/restore discs?

 

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

System manufacturer and model?

Hp Pavilion dv6700 Notebook

 

Do you have any recovery/restore discs?

I do not. 

 

 

The computer is severely infected. I believe this is my only option left. Is there an easier way to reformat other then buying a fresh copy of the OS(Windows Vista Home Premium)?

I like Windows 7 a lot more, and I believe it is a lot cheaper. 

 

Do they sell restore discs?  And will it reformat my computer so everything is fresh?  

 

Thanks for the help!

Regards,

CT


Edited by ClearlyTrying, 26 February 2013 - 04:44 PM.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:46 AM

Hello can you run this to see if  your PC can run Windows 7

As if you do format and install Win 7 Your PC will be clean.

 

Or we can try cleaning it here.

 

Starting over by wiping your drive, and reformatting it removes everything and ensures no remnants of malicious files are left behind.

When reformatting due to malware infection, you can back up all your important documents, personal data files, photos to a CD or DVD drive, not a flash drive or external hard drive as they may become compromised in the process. The safest practice is not to backup any executable files (*.exe), screensavers (*.scr), dynamic link library (*.dll), autorun (.ini) or script files (.php, .asp, .htm, .html, .xml ) files because they may be infected by malware. Avoid backing up compressed files (.zip, .cab, .rar) that have executables inside them as some types of malware can penetrate compressed files and infect the .exe files within them. Other types of malware may even disguise itself by hiding a file extension or adding to the existing extension as shown here (click Figure 1 to enlarge) so be sure you look closely at the full file name. If you cannot see the file extension, you may need to reconfigure Windows to show file name extensions. Then make sure you scan the backed up data with your anti-virus prior to to copying it back to your hard drive.

If your CD/DVD drive is unusable, another word of caution if you are considering backing up to an external usb hard drive as your only alternative. External drives are more susceptible to infection and can become compromised in the process of backing up data. I'm not saying you should not try using such devices but I want to make you aware of all your options and associated risks so you can make an informed decision if its worth that risk.

Again, do not back up any files with the following file extensions: exe, .scr, .dll, .ini, .htm, .html, .php, .asp, .xml, .zip, .rar, .cab as they may be infected.

 

If you need additional assistance with reformatting or partitioning, you can start a new topic in the appropriate forum.

 

 


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:54 AM

The short answer is: if there are Windows 7 compatible drivers available for your model on the HP website then yes, you can use W7 instead of Vista. Laptop drivers should always and only be obtained from the website of the computer manufacturer.



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

Thanks for the info! I appreciate it. 






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