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#1 JSTJ704

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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:53 PM

Hi I made a windows 7 home prem reinstall disk. If I run and reinstall windows 7 will I loose all my programs and such?



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 07:59 PM

How did you make the disk with?



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Posted 09 September 2014 - 08:03 PM

Yes. A fresh installation would normally involve wiping the drive clean and formatting it, thus you would lose everything.

There is way to do a new Win 7 installation that would not overwrite your data, but you would lose all your programs.


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Posted 10 September 2014 - 09:58 AM

Hi I made a windows 7 home prem reinstall disk. If I run and reinstall windows 7 will I loose all my programs and such?

I downloaded it from digitalriver and made the ISO file to run on dvd. I put the dvd in and it works. I made just incase I need it.



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Posted 10 September 2014 - 01:07 PM

Repair Install - Windows 7 Forums - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 01:35 PM

It's always a good idea to have it on hand, both for it's repair capacities, or for a full installation.

The day you need it, you'll be glad you have it all prepared and ready to go.


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Posted 10 September 2014 - 02:51 PM

What is going on which makes you believe that your only option is to do a fresh installation?

 

It would help if you post the make and model of this computer. 

 

 Most computer now come with a System Recovery partition rather than a installation disk.  This will effectively be a fresh installation of the operating system.  If you use the disc to make the installation or the System Recovery partition they will both format the C: partition and you will lose all of your data, programs install from a disc or downloaded, e-mail client address book, etc.  So you should save all of your important data to a removable form of media, like an external hdd, flash drive, DVDs or CDs, etc.


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Posted 10 September 2014 - 04:19 PM

I see your question has been answered many times over.  Yes, it's a good thing to keep a Windows 7 disk around as it may come in handy some time or the other.

 

I see too that mention is made about a recovery partition.  If Windows came pre-installed then it should have such a partition.  The manufacturer usually provides a way to restore to factory condition from this partition.  In doing so it will restore everything to like when it first came from the factory.

 

Whether you restore from that partition or use the installation disk you made it will wipe out all personal data and installed programs.

 

There is one important point that wasn't made, and that is a factory restore will restore all the system's drivers that were made for your computer and you won't have to go hunting for them.  On the other hand, if you use the installation disk, Windows may install generic drivers and you will have to find the correct ones (usually from the manufacturer).


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Posted 10 September 2014 - 05:01 PM

There are good and bad aspects of recovering an OEM system vs a clean install, but the most obvious one in favour of the fresh install, is when the client/op has a dead hard drive and needs installation media for the new hard drive.

That aside, the OEM definitely has its merits, specially for the non tech savvy who might find it difficult to find all the right drivers, etc.

It appears that the OP has just acquired this Win 7 DVD for the sake of being prepared for the future, and I applaud the concept.


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