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Windows 7 over Ubuntu on Compaq CQ50


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#1 JordanS81

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 06:28 PM

So here is the story. My wife's computer was still on XP and I wanted to upgrade it because she complained about the speed, so I upgraded it to Windows 10. Apparently Windows 10 does not work for a computer as old as her Compaq CQ50 and was causing a number of difficulties (such as pretty much not working). So in order to at least have a working computer for her, I installed Ubuntu which she didn't really like, being a Windows person.

 

I have now purchased a copy of Windows 7 because I thought it should work on her computer. It was an online download and I wanted to boot from a USB, so I installed the iso on my USB using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool. I was looking how to install it over Ubuntu and read where I needed to reformat the C: drive, so I did.

 

Everything was going well until start-up. It asked me if I wanted to upgrade from a previous edition of Windows or Custom to install a new system altogether. When I attempted to do the latter, I am getting the error that it can't install my Windows 7 because it won't install to the partition; that it needs to be installed as NTFS. The computer runs on BIOS, I don't even think NTFS was around when she got it.

 

So my question is, does anyone know how I can install it as BIOS and not NTFS?

 

Any help is much appreciated!!



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 04:16 AM

NTFS is a file system.  The file system is what allows Windows to be installed and used...it's like the foundation of a building, with Windows being the building.

 

If you were asked if you wanted to install over anything...then you did not delete any previously existing partitions.

 

That needs to be done, as part of the install process...before the Windows install routine gives you the option of creating a new NTFS partition.

 

Once that partition is created, the Win 7 install will proceed.  A clean install of Win 7 will be the result, with Ubuntu and any previous O/Ses nothing but a memory.

 

The specs for the CQ50 indicate only 2GB RAM...I suggest that you ensure that the system has 4GB for a smooth Windows 7 experience.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 31 August 2017 - 04:23 AM.


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:30 AM

Thanks for the reply. This brings up a couple of quetions (sorry for the computer ingorance on my part):

 

1) I show two partitions currently -- "0 partition 1" and "0 partiton 2". If I delete those two, will that just give me the one partition I need or should I just delete one of them. I believe 1 had about 14 MB and 2 had 150GB.

 

2) Is there a way that I can add two more GB of RAM to the computer to ensure optimal performance?

 

Thanks for your help!



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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:37 AM

I would delete both partitions, since neither can contain anything which you want.  You don't want Ubuntu, nor do you want anything relative to XP or Vista (appears to me that Vista was original O/S installed).

 

System has 2 RAM slots, 4GB maximum.  If there are 2 1GB modules currently installed, you can just buy 2 x 2GB modules and replace.  Just to check...

 

Please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.

    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
 
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
 
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     Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot.

     Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard

Now, once you are back in the forum topic you are posting in, click the ADD REPLY or REPLY TO THIS TOPIC button. Right-click in the empty space of the Reply box and click Paste. Then, click Add Reply below the Reply box.

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:41 AM

Will do. I'll give it a try this evening and post that snapshot in the next day or two.

 

You've been a big help. Thank you!



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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:46 AM

:thumbup2:, we try :).

 

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 10:42 AM

Firstly people migrating from Windows should probably be installing Mint and not Ubuntu.

 

Than being said you received that error because of the existing partitions including the ones for Ubuntu which uses a file system Windows cannot detect.

 

To do a clean install on a hard drive with existing partitions do the following.

 

Boot the Windows 7 disk and when you see the screen asking for language press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt. Type the following commands

 

diskpart     Opens the diskpart command window

list disk      List all disks on the computer

select disk X      Where X is the number associated with the drive you will be installing windows to. On a single drive computer X is 0

clean                  Deletes all existing partitions and sets up the drive for a clean install. Back up all personal data as this will wipe the drive

exit                     exits diskpart

exit                     exits command prompt

 

continue with the install. Where you see the window showing you empty disk click next and Windows will automatically partition and format the drive. 

See this guide on a clean windows 7 install.

 

I have a CQ60 that originally came with Windows Vista and it runs Windows 7 fairly well. You will probably need to install additional drivers after the install such as your wifi driver. Note: Backup all license files for your purchased software.


Edited by JohnC_21, 31 August 2017 - 10:45 AM.





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