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    Installing Windows 7 from scratch o9n a laptop

    I decided to move from the version of Windows that came on my new HP laptop -- Home Premium -- to my 64-bit Windows Ultimate.

    So I backed up the entire platter, and started out. I deleted all the partitions and "cleaned the drive so that I would have just a single partition. But when Windows went to install, it wouldn't. I got missing driver errors.

    Now obviously there is something in one of the hidden partitions that IA being looked for.

    So how can I wipe the disk and start "over"? Or can I not do it? I made a recovery dvd...does HAT have the drivers on it that Windows looks for, or must I restore the hidden partitions because they are tied into the BIOS somehow?

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    It looks like you have a hidden partition, as is common for OEM laptop manufacturer's like HP.
    In many instances, booting with your Windows 7 Ultimate disk will offer you the oportunity to view all partitions and delete them.
    This should be done while booting, NOT while in Windows.

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    Generic drivers loaded with Win 7 should work initially for you. To get the best drivers, simply go to the manufacturer's sites and download the 64 Bit drivers for everything. Heck HP might have approved drivers for all the devices on your laptop right on their site. Just go to the support site for your model and search for 64 Bit Win 7 drivers.
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    It does/did have 2 hidden partitions -- SYSTEM, RECOVERY, and HPTOOLS. I can [did] delete the partitions. But then [now] it asks me for missing drivers when I start the install of Windows.

    Would I NOT run into that issue if I did the install and deleted the partitions as part of the install, Clint? Would it read the necessary drivers and then save them separately "off to the side" before starting the install?

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    Ted, I have the drivers, since I backed then up separately. so I should copy these to a flash drive to read them from during install

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    I would think Windows should load generic drivers during the installation. I have never had to load drivers off a flash drive during the installation, only afterward to update the drivers. On my Sony, I deleted all the partitions, as you did, then inserted my Win 7 Ultimate DVD and started the installation. After the installation finished I went to the Sony site to look for possible driver updates, etc. This approach worked fine, but like I said my laptop is a Sony. I also did a similar approach with my granddaughters Dell laptop.
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    I dunno. I just backed up all my drivers to a flash drive, so I'll see if that works.

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    I got it guys. I backed up- all my drivers etc. to a flash drive, and when the install started, it found them, and all is well.

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    Install won't work!

    OK, twice now I've tried installing Windows 7, and twice it gets to 98% of expanded and crashes,

    so what the heck is wrong, and what can I do to fix it??

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    Is it a home built PC, or one off-the-shelf model? If it's the latter, please post make and model.

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    It's an HP Pavilion dv7. I haven't gotten to the I'll put it together myself" stage as yet.

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    Which operating system was preinstalled on the machine?

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    Did you run the compatibility check on the win 7 install disk.to see if your computer has good enough hardware?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    It's an HP Pavilion dv7. I haven't gotten to the I'll put it together myself" stage as yet.

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    According to HP that model comes with win 7 home already installed when I Googled it and looked at HP website..
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousclive View Post
    According to HP that model comes with win 7 home already installed when I Googled it and looked at HP website..
    Not necessarily. In the FAQ / System Recovery section for that model, I see mention of Vista and XP and Windows 7.

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