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Old 23rd August 2012, 08:20 AM   #11
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Clean Install.
I have a win7 disk for my desktop, but no disks came with the laptop.
How best to do a clean install?
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Old 23rd August 2012, 08:58 AM   #12
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Clean Install.
I have a win7 disk for my desktop, but no disks came with the laptop.
How best to do a clean install?
That win7 disk is enough for a clean install, but before that you should make sure that you have a copy of all the basic drivers(audio, graphics, touch pad etc). You should also consider partitioning your hard disc and allocate drive c just enough space for windows and user programs. That way you will not lose the data in the other partitions incase of a virus attack.
Also installing a registry cleaner will help remove unnecessary files in the registry.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 09:18 AM   #13
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Could you, or some other, spell that out, in step by step detail. and in simple english for this nearly illiterate PC user?
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Old 23rd August 2012, 09:27 AM   #14
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I'm guessing your Asus has a hidden recovery partition that can be used to restore to day one condition. You'll have to search for how to do that on your model... it's usually by pressing a key or combination of keys at start up.

Recovery discs are usually a copy of that partition and used as the last resort if you can not access the recovery partition.

Everyone has their own ideas about how to set up a PC. I got a new Dell W7 64bit laptop a few months back. I just run Microsofts (MSE) security software and have found it very good. Installing more than one security program that runs in real time can really slow things down and cause crashes and so on.

Strange to say that a new Adobe flash player has just been released and that is causing IE9 to keep crashing and stop responding for me.

The best possible safeguard... well what I do ... is to install a program like Acronis True Image that allows full image backups to be made. I'm never more than 24 hours from the last one and so don't worry over anything nasty happening.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 10:36 AM   #15
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Could you, or some other, spell that out, in step by step detail. and in simple english for this nearly illiterate PC user?
Have you ever installed win7 before?
About the drivers, hp laptops come with a copy of the drivers in drive c; I don't know about asus. They must be in there somewhere, try searching 'synaptics' or 'graphics' that should lead you to the drivers if they are there. Or look here: laptop drivers, driver updates: Asus X54C drivers for Windows 7 32-bit
About the partitioning process, its a bit complicated to explain without screen shots. You can get a lot more info here: Windows 7 Forums
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Old 23rd August 2012, 10:43 AM   #16
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yes, a complete clean install from the disk I bought.
But I see warnings about keeping the Laptop drivers and other files alive.
I know that the partition, just as Mooly described, should be preserved, so I can't do a format operation.
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Old 23rd August 2012, 10:46 AM   #17
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Everyone has their own ideas about how to set up a PC.
I agree, find a way that's easy and suits you; or try a new way and learn some things.
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Installing more than one security program that runs in real time can really slow things down and cause crashes and so on.
That's a big no no in the computer world!
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Old 23rd August 2012, 10:47 AM   #18
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Thanks for the win7forums link.
They even have a "installation and setup" section.

lots of reading to do.

The drivers download is >550MB !!!!
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Old 23rd August 2012, 10:53 AM   #19
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yes, a complete clean install from the disk I bought.
But I see warnings about keeping the Laptop drivers and other files alive.
I know that the partition, just as Mooly described, should be preserved, so I can't do a format operation.
Like Mooly said, everyone has different ideas about setting up the pc. I've never used the recovery partition.
Would you like to install a different version of win7?
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Old 23rd August 2012, 10:58 AM   #20
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There are some extra facilities in pro compared to home, But I don't know if I would ever use that extra flexibility.
Maybe a 32bit version in case some software is not compatible with 64bit. But I would want some form of hot swap between 32bit and 64bit.
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