My system is crumbling to bits and bytes, and I need a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium. I have never done this before and need some guidance. If anyone has time to walk me through, I would very much appreciate it! =)
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit
Computer: HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC
CPU: AMD A6-3420M APU
Ram: 4 GB
Here is some info about what’s wrong with my current system, just in case it is useful.
“Unfortunately, your operating system has become exceptionally corrupt. For example, Windows Resource Protection replaced winload.exe. Winload is the operating system boot loader and loads the NT Kernel (NTOSKRNL.EXE), the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL.DLL), dependencies, kernel drivers, and the SYSTEM registry hive. It's a wonder how you even managed to boot! Windows Resource Protection, also replaced conhost.exe (Win32 console), consent.exe (User Account Control), wuauclt.exe (Windows Update), iexplore.exe (Internet Explorer) — and over a thousand other system files! In my opinion, you might just want to eventually reinstall Windows. I'll leave that up to you. If you need help with that, post in the Windows 7 forum.”
Malware has been obliterated but I’m posting this for anyone interested: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/632460/decompression-bombs-and-runtime-error-r6025/
Link to log of corrupted files (insanely long list!): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Q2G79CXKGuVXRHbHUyX3FqV00/view?usp=sharing
I am backing up files at the time, as I usually do (as in personal files) and I’m not quite ready for the install yet. I have a 4gb flash drive, 4gb rewritable disk, and a new 16 gb micro SD card with adapter. I also have a few questions already…
1. What entirely do I need to back up? I don’t want any corrupted files coming along and messing things up.
2. When this is completed will I need to reinstall every non-windows program I want and reset ALL of my settings? For example, it took a while to get the screen resolution right. How would I save any settings –if that’s even possible?
3. Oh, will I need to reinstall my MS Office Suite afterward, too? I have the disks somewhere…
4. I read new Windows installs can result in myriads of updates, how do I get them in segments rather than one big chunk? (My battery is fried, I don’t think I can install a new one yet because my system is so messed up, and I don’t want to risk a critical thermal event.)
5. Will I have enough space? I don’t use hibernation but what is the Paging file thing? Would that be an issue? Also, I may eventually like to create a partition for a dual boot with Ubuntu –separate topic, but I would like to ensure it could be possible to perform in the future.
6. Additionally, it would be handy if the fresh install didn’t have all the HP bloatware that I finally got rid of and if my PC had fewer weird extraneous background processes going on (it has overheated a few times.) If the HP stuff is unavoidable, I remember how to do away with it, so that’s okay.
I apologize for the long post, I wasn’t sure what all to include here or where to start. Thank you so much!