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  1. #21
    Tekno Venus's Avatar
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        ASUS Z170I ITX
      • CPU:
        Intel Core i7 6700K
      • Memory:
        16GB DDR4
      • Hard Drives:
        500GB Samsung 850 EVO, 2TB Seagate HDD
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        450W Corsair SFX
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        Silverstone SG13 ITX
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        Dell U2715H - 2160x1440 27 inch
      • Operating System:
        Windows 10 Pro x64

    Re: Tutorial Discussions

    I do not want to use the recovery partition since it was full of bloatware and ran as slow a snail in reverse when I received it. That's why I want a clean install.

    With the laptop came:

    • Vista Install Disk
    • Dell Drivers
    • Dell Software (on a few disks)


    The laptop never came with the option to create recovery disks either. However, I like the idea of a set of custom made recovery disks, that could be very useful and work well.

    So, it should be safe to delete the partition? I am backing up the old data to an external HDD now.


    Thanks Mike,
    Stephen



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  2. #22
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        VPCF232FX/B
      • Motherboard:
        Sony Corporation VAIO
      • CPU:
      • Memory:
        8.00 GB Crucial CT2KIT51264BF1339 DDR3 1333
      • Graphics:
      • Sound Card:
        Realtek High Definition Audio/nVidia High Definition Audio
      • Hard Drives:
        TOSHIBA MK5061GSY 500 GB (465 GB actual)
      • Case:
        Laptop black matte case with backlit keyboard
      • Cooling:
        Air cooling via fan and heat exchanger heatsink
      • Display:
        Laptop display
      • Operating System:
        Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

    Re: Tutorial Discussions

    You're welcome.

    You could backup the system recovery partition just to be safe, and then do the clean install after deleting all partitions and formatting the drive. Not sure if that was what you meant when you said you were backing up the old data, but it wouldn't be a bad step to also backup the recovery partition. That way, if the OS has trouble installing during the clean install for whatever reason (not likely, but possible), you have a backup plan. :-}
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  3. #23
    Tekno Venus's Avatar
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      • Manufacturer:
        Custom Built
      • Motherboard:
        ASUS Z170I ITX
      • CPU:
        Intel Core i7 6700K
      • Memory:
        16GB DDR4
      • Hard Drives:
        500GB Samsung 850 EVO, 2TB Seagate HDD
      • Power Supply:
        450W Corsair SFX
      • Case:
        Silverstone SG13 ITX
      • Cooling:
        Corsair H60i
      • Display:
        Dell U2715H - 2160x1440 27 inch
      • Operating System:
        Windows 10 Pro x64

    Re: Tutorial Discussions

    Well, I re-installed Windows Vista on the old machine last Friday, and one week later, it's complete. All drivers installed, updates on (finally!) and it is running like a speed daemon, almost as fast as my new machine to boot. I am stunned by the difference - 30 minute boot to 30 seconds!

    One thing to note, I used the disk that came with the machine and it activated itself without me needing to enter the product key at all, so that was good. Not 100% sure why, it must have been in the disk. I also deleted the recovery partition and have made my own recovery disks.

    Selling it on now, sad to see the old machine go. It served me well.

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial Mike!
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  4. #24
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      • Manufacturer:
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      • Model Number:
        VPCF232FX/B
      • Motherboard:
        Sony Corporation VAIO
      • CPU:
      • Memory:
        8.00 GB Crucial CT2KIT51264BF1339 DDR3 1333
      • Graphics:
      • Sound Card:
        Realtek High Definition Audio/nVidia High Definition Audio
      • Hard Drives:
        TOSHIBA MK5061GSY 500 GB (465 GB actual)
      • Case:
        Laptop black matte case with backlit keyboard
      • Cooling:
        Air cooling via fan and heat exchanger heatsink
      • Display:
        Laptop display
      • Operating System:
        Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

    Re: Tutorial Discussions

    Glad the tutorial was helpful. It is amazing how cluttered systems get with time. That's why I generally do a clean install every 3-6 months to get my system cleaned out. I now have backup images of my clean installs so I can revert to those instead and bypass at least the majority of Windows updates since I made the backups after updating.

    I just recently did clean installs of Windows 8 on both of my systems when the upgrade was released.

  5. #25
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      • Manufacturer:
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        ASUS Z170I ITX
      • CPU:
        Intel Core i7 6700K
      • Memory:
        16GB DDR4
      • Hard Drives:
        500GB Samsung 850 EVO, 2TB Seagate HDD
      • Power Supply:
        450W Corsair SFX
      • Case:
        Silverstone SG13 ITX
      • Cooling:
        Corsair H60i
      • Display:
        Dell U2715H - 2160x1440 27 inch
      • Operating System:
        Windows 10 Pro x64

    Re: Tutorial Discussions

    I just quickly thought of something you could add to the tutorial. Before you reinstall the OS, it's a good idea to de-authorise any software on the PC, such as iTunes or the Adobe Creative Suite so you won't have any issues reinstalling. I've learnt this the hard way before.


  6. #26
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      • Manufacturer:
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      • Motherboard:
        Sony Corporation VAIO
      • CPU:
      • Memory:
        8.00 GB Crucial CT2KIT51264BF1339 DDR3 1333
      • Graphics:
      • Sound Card:
        Realtek High Definition Audio/nVidia High Definition Audio
      • Hard Drives:
        TOSHIBA MK5061GSY 500 GB (465 GB actual)
      • Case:
        Laptop black matte case with backlit keyboard
      • Cooling:
        Air cooling via fan and heat exchanger heatsink
      • Display:
        Laptop display
      • Operating System:
        Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

    Re: Tutorial Discussions

    Good idea. I'll see about adding that. I have had that problem with Amazon UnBox a few times. iTunes is pretty easy to de-authorize after the fact, but not all media license companies seem to have that ability.


    Edit: Done.

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