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Q: Installing Windows 7 on a Dell system

Hi all;

I know this question gets asked a lot (yes I have searched the forums), however none of the previous posts have been particularly relevant to me. This is my first post, so here we go:

I recently won a competition where the prize was Windows 7 Ultimate (full, not upgrade, version). I also just bought a new Dell Studio XPS desktop (please see the specs. in my profile... if you can) which came pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) (OEM version with no disc, of course). My question is this:

I want to (clean) install Windows Ultimate onto the new Dell PC. Will I run into any problems in doing this? I basically also want to get rid of all the Dell crap and 3rd party software that came with the computer, and set it up the way I want it. I have heard that Win 7 will install all my drivers automatically, so would I be right in saying that I do not need the Dell "drivers and utilities" disc that came with the system?

The internet is littered with people bitching about how their Dell keeps screwing up or how Windows isn't compatible with this or that, and I'd like to try and avoid becoming one of those people. Basically, I'm just wanting to know if there are any issues in straying from the Dell OEM operating system, and installing my own full retail version of Win 7.

Any and all help will be appreciated.
Also, I am not really a "tech savvy" guy, so simple terms would be great.


A: Installing Windows 7 on a Dell system

1) Make sure you clean your HD
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

2) do a clean install is always best
Clean Install Windows 7

3) you need your drivers disk to install all miss drivers.

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I have a Dell XPS 13 running Windows 10.
I have been unable to install updates. 
After several sessions with Microsoft support, I spoke with a Level 2 technician who emailed me the following diagnosis:
This is XXXXX from Microsoft escalation team. We had a conversation regarding the case number: XXXXX,
and we tried to Upgrade to the Anniversary update using the ISO, but unfortunately it failed with the error
 "We could'nt update the system reserved partition" .
 So we would not be able to Extend the system reserved partion as we do not have the access and it needs to be done by Computer manufacturer.
So please conatct Dell and ask them to Extend the system reserved partion.
Has anyone else had this issue? When I contact Dell support they blame me (because I upgraded the computer from Windows 8 to Windows 10) or Microsoft.
Any advice is appreciated. 

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When I installed this and rebooted, the "Starting Windows" screen took a little longer than usual. Then there was a blue screen for half a second and then the system restarted. I was able to revert using startup repair to a previous restore point. Do I really need the system software that much, and if so, how do I go about fixing this problem?

A:Installing Dell System Software causes system to not boot.

Hello and Welcome to SF,

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Alright I recently did a reformat of my girlfriends harddrive for her dell. To make things simpler I just popped her hd into my system as a slave and installed a Non-Dell Windows XP Pro onto the drive. I figured that'd be all I need to get the system up in working order so that I could pop it back into her case, boot up, and reinstall all of her drivers and what not. Unfortunately I keep getting a "Failure to Boot" screen whenever I try to power up the machine. Any ideas?

Can I put a non-Dell OS on a Dell Machine?

A:Installing Non-Dell-OS on Dell system

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Hello to all,   I recently did a clean reinstall of Windows XP (Home) on my Dell Dimension 2350. All went fine. Now I need to install the correct drivers. I have the Dell Resource disc and this is where the problem starts.    As noted elsewhere, after the reinstall the screen display of the Resource disc is as it would be in "Safe Mode". I was aware of this. As such, the Resource disc Search Criteria screen was a bit larger than the monitor screen. I was able to size it to fit the screen but this is really not the problem it is the following: The Search Criteria options I have from the drop down menus (on screen) are as follows:System Model:   All, Dimension C521, DXC061, Dimension DXP0G1, Dimension E521, DM061, XPS710    (Which, if any, do I pick?)Operating System: (I think I got this one)   All, Windows XPTopic:   (Maybe this one too)   All, Applications, Dell Diagnostics, Diagnostics, Drivers, Utilities   For the life of me I cannot figure out the exact drivers I am to install*. Windows XP only appears in the Operating System menu. I pretty much know the install order but as I said, I'm a bit confused about selecting the correct drivers from the disc. This computer is not connected to the internet at the moment so I can't download and use any sort of driver detection program. Other searches have confused me further and have provided no specific answer to this problem.&nbs... Read more

A:Installing drivers after Windows XP reinstall on Dell Dimension 2350 using Dell Resource disc

You need, in installation order:

Chipset driver
Video driver (depends on which video card)
Audio driver
Network driver (depends on which you have)
Modem driver, if you use a dialup modem

Go to the Support page and put in your Service Tag. It should give you the drivers you need. You can download them on any PC and copy onto a USB stick for installation on the 2350.
You only need the applications, if you actually use them (eg, Roxio, Jasc Paintshop, etc).
Then install your antiviral software and get online to the Microsoft Update site for all the patches and updates.
Keep in mind that XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and they stopped releasing security fixes for XP and IE9, more than 1 year ago. So they're both full of security holes and put your personal data at risk.

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First it wouldnt boot from the hard drive so i had to configure it to boot from the external cd rom drive
Once i did this, it goes the the window set up screen and says that "setup is loading files......." etc...etc....
After it load the takes me to the "Windows XP Welcome Screen"
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I press Enter then it takes me to the Licensing Agreement page to install Window XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
NOW HERE IS THE PROBLEM. It's aksing me to read the agreement carefully and press F8=I agree, ESC=I donot agree BUT it would let me press anything. I know the keys are working because i had to press keys on the previous screen. THIS IS FAR AS I AM GETTING. CAN ANYONE HELP?????

I am using the CD that came with the computer - by DELL. The CD that I am using says "OPERATING SYSTEM - Reinstallation CD a- Recovery Media for Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Product Service Pack 3.

It also says: "Only us this CD to reinstall the operating system on a Dell Computer".

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A:Trouble Installing Operating System On My Mini Dell Lap

Hi Bretta01

Why do you want to reinstall ?
what do you mean by crash ? what happen when you start from hard drive ?

if you can not install you may have a problem whith harddrive or memory !

please tell me what really happen to this computer .

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I bought a new Dell i3847 and it has Windows 7 Pro 64bit factory installed on it.
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I can't use the Dell provided system disk for recovery because it is clearly marked Windows 8.1

1) Why is a Win 8.1 disk included with a Win 7 Pro 64bit system?
2) What is wrong with Dell Backup and Recovery that it:
a) can't create a factory recovery disk
b) won't allow me to create a system back up so I can return it to the factory state


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It has now been 4 hours and Dell Backup and Recovery is sitting on "Initializing Disk" under create Factory Recovery Media

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Hello I want to reformat an e-machines computer but the only windows installation cd I have says only to use it on Dell computers (it came with a Dell computer). My question is what will happen if I use the Dell CD anyway because I don't want to spend the hundred(s) dollars to buy another one?

Also the reason I'm reformatting it is because of virus damage including an inaccessible cd drive. Would re-formatting it fix the inaccessible cd drive problem? I'm still able to access cds by booting from them so I assume that will work. The problem is the drive doesn't show up in My Computer anymore and nothing happens when I insert a CD.

Than you for any help.

A:installing windows xp from a dell cd but...

Welcome to TSG....

Well the OEM disks like from Dell, Compaq etc are all re-written for the particular computers processors that they are made for. Trying to install them on another manufacturers computer is a total waste of time. Your best bet would be to purchase one of the right ones by calling the manufacturer of the computer and ordering a restore or recovery disk set from them it is a lot cheaper.

Please do not ask me the price I do not work for any of them....

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I want to purchase Windows 7 and upgrade my PC from Windows XP. In the past, I tried using freshly installing Windows XP with a retail Windows XP disc and it couldn't find my HD to partition during the beginning installation. I'm nervous that will happen again.

I don't suppose anyone has installed Windows 7 on a Dell XPS Gen 5? I have no problem doing a fresh install but, before I buy it, I'd like to know that it'll work.

Also, which retail version of Windows 7 should I get? The upgrade?

A:Installing Windows 7 on Dell XPS Gen 5

Hello, Welcome!

Don't worry about installation problems. I have written a troubleshooting guide, and we have hundreds of capable volunteers willing to help you should anything go wrong.

As for the version, if you have a Windows OS now, like XP or Vista, you qualify for the Upgrade version. There is a way to do a clean install with that copy, don't be fooled.

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Been scouring the net but haven't been able to find anything so I thought I'd post. Sorry if there's been a lot of these types of threads but here's my issue.

Installation of the operating system for Windows 7 actually goes without much difficulty but when I go into the post install setup the monitor goes blank. I've been poking around and what I've managed to conclude is that Dell likes to use it's own generic driver for video display rather than use the Windows Standard VGA Compatible Driver that should start up by default.

The reason why I've come to this conclusion is because I tried booting the new install in safe mode and I could actually see the initial setup page. However I get a dialog box at that point telling me that initial setup and configuration cannot be done in safe mode.

My question for you guys, is there any way for me to disable the Dell OEM drivers that like to start overriding the generic drivers that come with windows? And if so how?

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i had a dell. with it came a windows 2000 pro cd. now i have a computer thats not dell, and it has windows xp home on it. i want my win 2000 pro instead but it wont install, saying its not a dell computer. is there any way around it? needless to say the people at dell are not a help, they say i should have bought another dell instead.

A:Installing windows 2000 pro from a dell cd

Don't know if it helps, but on the CD, in the I386 dir. check the contents of:



[SMS Inventory Identification]

[Product Specification]
Product=Windows 2000 Professional





; Microsoft Windows NT Workstation Version 4.0 and
; Windows NT Server Version 4.0
; (c) 1994 - 1996 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
; Accessible Setup Answer File
; This file contains information about how to automate the installation
; or upgrade of Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server so the
; Setup program runs without requiring user input during the text-mode
; phase.

OemPreinstall = no
TargetPath = *
UnattendMode = GuiAttended

The above 4 are from the regular W2K Pro CD.

SETUP.EXE in the root has 196,880 bytes, dates from (06 December) 06/12/1999 21:00 and has version 5.0.2195.1

The legality of what you want is dubious.

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I have a dell Inspiron N5110. I purchased it with windows Home Premium but I had to reinstall windows, but I couldn't back up windows and  by the time of purchase I didn't get a windows 7 OS cd as well. Therefore I am unable to re-install windows although I have a product key for windows 7. 
How can I obtain Windows 7 home premuim. I would be really grateful if you can help with this.

A:Re Installing Windows 7 to dell inspiron

If you are within your warranty you can click the link below to request backup media. If you are not within your warranty you will need to purchase the disk. The second link provides information on purchasing the disk.
Request Backup & Recovery Discs for your system (US, Canada and UK only)
Windows Restore Disk
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-Jesse L and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your Dell Order number. Click my name in blue then on the next page click where it says send private message

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Dell is not checking the Inspiron 620 for Windows 10 compatability and has no plans to update drivers. Has anybody successfully installed Windows 10 on a Dell Inspiron 620?

A:Installing windows 10 on a Dell Inspiron 620

There are millions of hardware combinations on the market, which people use. So I don't know if you'll get many answers if you ask that way.

However, there are quite a number of Google hits on that question:
"windows 10" "Dell Inspiron 620" - Google Search

I found one user for whom the upgrade itself worked nicely, but he wrote that afterwards he had issues with the Intel HD 2000 card: Video playback was somehow problematic and also the sound did only work, if he connected and disconnected his headphones.
The sound problem sounds like a setting problem to me; I think that should be solvable. For the HD 2000 graphics card, you should really use the newest drivers. For an Intel HD 3000 card I am using drivers from May 2015 and they work nicely. Older drivers may have problems under WIndows 10. So check, if there are new drivers for the HD 2000 and if so, install them.
The user with the graphics/problems found these issues to be too bad for him.

Whatever you do: Before you start the upgade, make sure that you have a system image of your Windows 7 installation. From the user with the graphics/sound problems:

After a couple of unproductive hours I restored the machine back to windows seven. This did not come without problems though, the factory installed OS image has been removed and all system scheduled tasks have been corrupted. It has taken a few days to get the machine running ok but restoring the system tasks is complex and ... Read more

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Been scouring the net but haven't been able to find anything so I thought I'd post. Sorry if there's been a lot of these types of threads but here's my issue.

Installation of the operating system for Windows 7 actually goes without much difficulty but when I go into the post install setup the monitor goes blank. I've been poking around and what I've managed to conclude is that Dell likes to use it's own generic driver for video display rather than use the Windows Standard VGA Compatible Driver that should start up by default.

The reason why I've come to this conclusion is because I tried booting the new install in safe mode and I could actually see the initial setup page. Of course you can't do the post install settings in safe mode so I couldn't go any further.

My question for you guys, is there any way for me to disable the Dell OEM drivers that like to start overriding the generic drivers that come with windows? And if so how?

A:Difficulty Installing Windows 7 on a Dell XPS 720

CoreFlood, I think you have half of of the solution already. Boot in safe mode, install the drivers you want (worst case just uninstall the problematic ones and Win7 will take care of installing them when you reboot) and reboot normally.

Why do you say: "Of course you can't do the post install settings in safe mode so I couldn't go any further."? Have you tried that? That is what safe mode is supposed to be for

Let us know

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I want to download the drivers for the laptop from Dell's website but I am unsure if I should download the drivers for the XP version or the Vista version. There are no other driver versions available.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

A:Help With Installing Windows 7 on Dell Laptop

If win7 was an upgrade version, then you must have a justifying genuine operating system installed and activated which in your case was xp.

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A:Installing Windows on Dell Computer

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I have performed multiple clean installs of Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) on this desktop, but inevitably I will eventually start getting a BSOD. When the computer restarts, I get the notification "Windows has recovered from an unexpected shutdown" with the following details:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 24
BCP1: 00000000001904FB
BCP2: FFFFF88002AFF318
BCP4: FFFFF800028EC185
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1
Files that help describe the problem:
Read our privacy statement online:
Windows 7 Privacy Statement - Microsoft Windows
If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline:

Here are download links to the files that "help describe the problem":
Minidump file & Sysdata file

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I was able to "properly attach" the files relevant to the BSOD.

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A:Installing Windows 7 on Dell Poweredge 800 (Server)

You can download the DOS Boot disk ISO image for [email protected] and burn the image with their Image burner or IMGBurn in my signature. Boot off of the Kill Disk CD and do a low level format. This will wipe the drive of all previous instlalls. This will take quite a while so please be patient. Once it is wiped, boot off of the Windows 7 DVD and install Windows.

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Anyone's help would be appreciated.

A few years back, I bought a Dell Latitude with Windows 7 Pro SP1 64bit preinstalled with no COA disk.

I recently picked up a few viruses that I've determined require me to completely reformat the disk and start anew. However, I don't have the original OS disk but do intend to purchase one.

My question is: Can I install a new Windows 7 pro OS COA on a Dell motherboard without violating any of Dell's rules and requirements, and will it install and work properly? I fear that Dell is too proprietary with its components that could bar me from installing the OS properly.

Any unsolicited suggestions and comments will be appreciated.


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An OEM copy is tied to the motherboard that it was installed on so unless you bought a special license for multiple computers it will not activate on the new motherboard even if it is also a dell. That is the downside to using an OEM license. You will need a retail copy to transfer it to a new motherboard.

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A:Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

That sounds fine to me, but do you have a broadband internet connection? SP2 is pretty large for dial-up. After you install windows, go to and make sure you download not only SP2 but all available updates and patches.

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I'll try to be succinct as possible.

System Information:

I was having some issues with my Dell i5 580 tower:

& thanks to the advice I stuck my finger in the fan of the graphics card and lo and behold the noise ceased.

So I enquired:

& posted here and elsewhere, received advice and consequently I bought:

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A:Installing Dell Windows XP Home on another computer

Welcome to Techspot

Do everybody a favour and install Windows 2000 Pro, if you have that lying around.
No activation problems, and (in my opinion) much more stable than XP.
Install W2K/SP4, update IE to version 6/SP1, then do a full windows-update.
Now take an image of that install, using Drive Image or Acronis TrueImage.
Then install whatever else.

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Hey Everyone,

I've recently acquired a tablet to pilot with my company. It is a Dell Latitude 10 ST2, and my issue is I'm trying to install and upgrade to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, but having no luck so far.

I have the 32-bit version of Win 8 Enterprise on a USB, and when I get to the "Installing Windows 8.1 screen" it get to 35%, and then gives a popup that the "Windows 8.1 Installation Has Failed". I was trying to see if there was a real error message or log to tell me what the issue is, but I haven't been able to locate anything yet. Keep in mind, I don't even make it to the following screen:

Can anyone offer me any assistance please?

Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Tablet - Installing Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Try Cleaning the HD Drive first, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi People,

I am an IT Administrator.

We have a Dell Server Poweredge R310, of which the hard drive (wd5003abyx-18wera0) running on a custom OS from a product needs to be formatted to Windows 7. Now, When on the screen for the format, It says "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition 3 (which is the Hard drive from the server).

I know for windows to be installed, the Hard Drive needs to formatted as NTFS.

What I cannot find out is the current format for this Hard Drive.

Can any experts help me on this ?\

Much Appreciated

A:Windows 7 not installing on Dell Hard drive

If the hard drive is installed on a computer.

Start Orb
Right click Computer
Select Manage
Select Disk Management
It should state there.

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A:Installing DELL Windows XP SP1 cd onto new hard drive.

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I'm trying to install Windows 2000 over Windows XP on my Dell Latitude LS for performance reasons. The Win2K CD doesn't want to boot(I know how to set the CD as primary boot, I have set it, and it won't boot. There isn't a boot.ini file on the CD.), and if I use Windows 2000 boot disks, I need the CD to be on at the same time as the floppies, which I can't do. I also cannot get Windows XP to pretend to be compatible with Windows 2000.

Help? Please?

A:Installing Windows 2000 over Windows XP on Dell Latitude LS

Can you boot off of the WIndows 2000 floppy disk and perform a format then install Windows 2000 on a clean hard drive?

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Hello all!

I wonder if anyone could help me shed some light on the best process for the above subject.

I currently have a Dell Studio XPS 435MT (Vista 64bit) running two HDD's in RAID 0 (as from factory) I need to install Windows 7 64bit and would like to also install it onto the new SSD I have bought (Crucial 128GB) as an upgrade.

Could I simply take the current HDD's out (after backing up essential data) to keep safe as backup plan and add the SSD into slot 0 and install Windows 7?? Then possibly add say a 1tb storage drive to the system later?

One solution someone has sent my way is to clone the two 500gb RAID 0 drives to a single 1tb drive then install Windows 7 onto the new SSD and have both drives on a multiboot? Could this work?

I have seen/heard many versions of how to go about this install but no real evidence of a true way?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,

A:Dell Studio XPS 435MT - Installing SSD and Windows 7 64bit

It takes 3-500GB drives to give you 1.3TB of storage space because of formatting over-head. 2-500GB drives will be considerably less than 1TB. Keep the 2-500's in a single RAID array and set the SSD as a separate partition for Windows 7

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Hello guy as always i need your support...
we have a Dell Precision T5810 Arrived with Three disk(2 TB ) Configured with RAID 5. My Boss asked me to install Windws 7 but i have some Issue.
I'm installing Windows 7 with USB Stick, during the installation i need to install the driver to be able to read the disk. After Loading the drive i found 4 partition
Disk 1 Part 1 ESP 500M
Disk 1 Part 2 DIAGS 40GB
Disk 1 Part 3 OS 2 GB
Disk 1 Part 4 UNALLOCATED SPACE  3700 gb

but is impossibile to install WIndows becasue this error:
Windows cannot be installed to the this. The selected disk is of the GPT Partions.
How can i fix and install Windows? 

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My hard drive's windows files have become corrupt and I need the files on it, so I purchased a new hard drive. I can't seem to install Windows XP Home onto the new hard drive. Everything goes fine, but then I get an error message saying it can't install the product catalogs. Is this because I'm using a reinstall CD that was provided by Dell. Will I need to actually purchase windows Xp Home ALL over again? Or is this error from something else? I've been stumped for about 3 weeks now. I'l tried EVERYTHING pretty much and I can't reinstall Xp onto my old hard drive properly.

Thanks in advance.

A:Installing Windows Xp Home on a Dell Dimension 8400

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I got a dell Inspiron 1420 from my colleague. He had installed Ubuntu (Hardy heron 8.04) Now I want to install Windows XP on it. While running Windows Xp setup I receive a message "Harddisk not detected" Installation doesnt go ahead. Please guide on how to solve this issue

A:Installing Windows XP on Ubuntu in Dell inspiron 1420

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Hello everyone,

I bought a new dell 15R SE 7520 laptop yesterday with the following configuration:

Processor : Intel Core? i7-3632QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)
Memory : 8192MB (2X4096) 1600MHZ DDR3
Graphics : 2GB AMD RADEON HD 7730M
Operating System : Windows 8 64bit Single Language

I have my 1TB Hard disk (DISK 0) partitioned as image below:

Also the 32GB SSD (DISK 1) is shown in the above picture as the 8GB disk assigned for the hibernation and the remaining assigned for the cache purpose.

I believe that the first partition called EFI system partition is the one which includes all the dell startup options and diagnostics (F2 button at the startup). The large one of 981 GB is my only accessible partition which contains the operating system and this is obvious for everyone here for sure. The last one of 11.96 is the recovery partition which I don't need it as DELL backup and recovery software is a crap and is not working which is a common issue and they haven't solved it yet so I decided to do all my backup and recovery manually as I used to.

I will remove the operating system which is installed but dell and I will install mine so I need to make sure that I do everything in the right way because this is the first time I deal with any computer contains an SSD disk for cache purpose and honestly I don't know how is those SSD disks work.

This is what I actually ... Read more

A:Dell inspiron 15R SE 7520 help needed about re installing windows 8 64

Are you wanting to Upgrade to Win7? You are posting at Seven Forums.

If you intend to keep Win8 then I'd post at for more specialized help.

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Hi! I've recently bought a new Dell Inspiron N5110 with NoOS. Now I'm trying to install Windows 7 Professional x64 on it from a USB drive. I've done this a hundred times, but now I'm stuck with a problem. After the installation begins it shows me a message:
A required CD/DVD device driver is missing. I f you have a driver floppy disk, CD/DVD or USN Drive, please insert it now. 

I've tried to google for answers on this problem, the only thing I've found is that the laptop doesn't have any SATA drivers installed and wants me to install some. However, I can't figure out how to do this. The system doesn't see another USB drive with drivers on it, and if I copy drivers to the root of the USB from which I'm booting it also fails to find the drivers.How can I resolve my problem? Any help is highly appreciated. Thanks! 

A:Installing Windows 7 x64 on a new Dell Inspiron N5110 with NoOS

I solve this problem plug boot flash in USB2.0, when plug in USB3.0 view same error message.

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Hi everyone,

I ordered a dell inspiron n5110 a week back, which came pre-installed with windows 7 home premium 64bit and other dell softwares, however my packaging only contained a driver dvd, no other recovery media.

Like many other unlucky fellows I tried to install Windows XP sp2 on the machine by deleting the partition on which windows 7 was installed, (But I did not touch the Recovery and dellutility partitions) only to figure out that the drivers included in the dvd do not support XP. Now I tried to restore the system back to Windows7 via F8 route, but no repair option appeared. I am feeling utterly helpless now. I am including some of the details that may be helpful for you to guide me.

My system now has WINDOWS folder under label D. The 100mb dellutility fat16 partition is still hidden. The recovery partition (NTFS, around 10gb, which was invisible earlier) is labelled C. It cannot be opened by double clicking, but when I right click and explore, and enable hidden and system folder view, it shows the following files and directories.

Folders under Recovery or C:
Boot (includes BCD, BCDlog1, BCDlog2 , bootstat, memtest etc.)
Dell (Includes Image folder having the 6.5gb factory.wim file inside)
Imaging (includes imagex, facimg, wimgapi.dll, wimscript.ini and a couple of other dll files)
Preload(includes 6.5gb base.wim, base.dat, all.crc, csp.dat, desc)
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A:Windows 7 Restore after installing XP on dell inspiron n5110

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

It's water under the bridge, but the first thing you should have done is create a set of recovery discs.

The first thing I'd do is contact Dell Support and explain you were unable to create your recovery disks, and that you can't get into your system, but don't let on you installed XP as that will invalidate your warranty.

With a bit of luck, they'll send you a set of recovery discs.

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Hello guy as always i need your support...
we have a Dell Precision T5810 Arrived with Three disk(2 TB ) Configured with RAID 5. My Boss asked me to install Windws 7 but i have some Issue.
I'm installing Windows 7 with USB Stick, during the installation i need to install the driver to be able to read the disk. After Loading the drive i found 4 partition
Disk 1 Part 1 ESP 500M
Disk 1 Part 2 DIAGS 40GB
Disk 1 Part 3 OS 2 GB
Disk 1 Part 4 UNALLOCATED SPACE  3700 gb

but is impossibile to install WIndows becasue this error:
Windows cannot be installed to the this. The selected disk is of the GPT Partions.
How can i fix and install Windows? 

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I got this system from a freind it is a dell ( i know ) optiplex Gx260 1.8 p 4 they had windows pirated and installed the wga so it locked out i put three different copys of xp in drive to no ovail it will not boot to disk put win 2000 in same i had my mac os leopard start to run and it stops in the middle so that tells me the drive is good i changed the boot sequence to run from usb and tryed copying xp to a usb drive no way it says operating system not found hit f1or f2 so i hit f12 to do it that way and i pick ide cd rom drive and still it says hit f1 or f2 so is there any one that can help me the guys at dell are rude and there web site was no help

A:Solved: Installing windows xp on a dell optiplex gx260

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Okay so my brother's gf has a dell laptop and is trying to install windows 7 64bit on it. When they run through the setup it gives them the error - “Windows Setup could not configure Windows on this computer’s hardware." How can they resolve this? Thanks in advance.

A:Installing Windows 7 64bit on a Dell M4700 laptop. Help Plz

Please answe the following 3 questions.

Why are they installing windows 7 on it ?

What OS original came with the laptop ? It will tell you on the COA

Where did they windows 7 installer come from ?

Go into the bios, set it to default (F5) save (F10) and exit.

Try again.

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I just bought a used Dell Latitude E4300 which contains an Intel Core 2 Duo P9400 2.4GHz 64-bit processor and every time I install my copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, it installs the 32-bit version.

I have been searching for the last 24 hours online for any issues with Windows 7 64-bit and the Latitude E4300 but cannot find anything helpful for my situation; in fact I have found a couple of sites where people have installed the 64-bit version of Win 7 on thier Latitude and they are having other issues.

I have 8GB of memory in the laptop I would like to be able to utilize, but the system type says it is a 32-bit operating system.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

The Intel Processor Identifier utility says it is indeed a 64-bit processor so I am unsure why Windows 7 keeps installing the 32-bit version:

Intel(R) Processor Identification Utility
Version: 4.41.20111201
Time Stamp: 2012/03/03 06:10:29
Operating System: 6.1-7600-
Number of processors in system: 1
Current processor: #1
Active cores per processor: 2
Disabled cores per processor: 0
Processor Name: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P9400 @ 2.40GHz
Type: 0
Family: 6
Model: 17
Stepping: 6
Revision: 610
Maximum CPUID Level: A
L1 Instruction Cache: 2 x 32 KB
L1 Data Cache: 2 x 32 KB
L2 Cache: 6 MB
Packaging: ?FCPGA/?FCBGA
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) Technology: Yes
MMX(TM): Yes
Intel(R) SSE: Yes
Intel(R) SSE2: Yes
Intel(R) SSE3: Yes
Intel(R) SSE4: Yes
Intel(R) AES-NI: No
Intel(R) AVX: No
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A:Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit installing 32-bit on my Dell Lattitude E4300

That laptop has an Intel Core2Duo SP9400 in it, which is indeed a 64bit CPU. Assuming it's not somehow disabled in the BIOS (and I can't imagine how that could be, especially on a Dell), it would seem you have 32bit installation media. Given that machine released sometime in 2007 or 2008 (Vista-era) and shipped with XP as it's installation default option, it just sounds like somehow you have non-Dell installation media, and it's a 32bit install.

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Please help me with installing Windows XP on Dell T7400 with H/W RAID controller on 4 15k SAS harddrives. When installing windows I hit F6 to add optional RAID drivers and load this drivers using floppy drive, but Windows crashes anyway. The same is without loading optional drivers.

Any suggestions?

The same problem as in
But still no replies. Please help!

A:Dell T7400 with RAID: bluescreen when installing Windows XP 32-bit

pasza.a, can you tell us exactly what it says on your install disc please.
Does it have service pack 2 already in the disc?

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I Made a bootable usb drive...using ROFUS..(i.e, UEFi supported)

But this Laptop Fails to boot from usb drive...

It Just Boots to Installed Os..

Please Help me to Resolve this Issue..

i Want to Install Windows 8..ASAP

A:Problem While Installing Windows 8 in Dell INSPIROn n4010

Hi vinatex,

You have to access the boot menu by pressing a special key (ie, F key, Del, etc) when the splash screen first appears. It should display a text menu that identifies which key you need to press,. Once there, select the UEFI USB boot option and it should boot from the USB drive but "only" if it is recognized as a valid boot drive. However, if it is not, see this tutorial for help:

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

Good luck and hope this helps.


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hi all
i am sorry if it is the wrong place for this question

while i am installing windows 7 on my dell vostro laptop it asks me :
where do you want to install windows ?
and the box is empty no drives are exist !
and there are two selections refresh , load driver
when i click refresh nothing happens
when i click load driver
recive this window " to install the device driver needed to access your hard drive , insert the installtion media contaninig the driver files, and then click OK.
note: the installtion media can be a floppy disk, CD,DVD, or a USB flash drive. "
and there are 3 selection cancel , ok , browse i tap brows and choose " CD Drive (D windows 7 full 32/64bits the tap ok
and i recive this " No device drivers were found.make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, and the click OK.

so what kind of this problem is it that the Hard drive inoperative !!!!

A:Solved: a problem while installing windows 7 on dell vostro !

Check if your computer could detect your hard drive in BIOS.
If so, try to boot up from a WindowsXP CD and run command prompt, then format your HDD.
Make sure you have a copy from all your data somewhere else, so that format will erase all your data.

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The technician I asked to remove Vista from the Inspiron 1545 and install Windows 10 in its place informs me that this is not possible because some item is missing from the hard disk. Is this correct?

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Hello Tech Support Guy forums!

Here's the story:
After cleaning (read - deleting things I shouldn't have) my PC I had to re-install Win7.
Now when I want to play a video game that ran just fine the day before I get maybe 15 minutes of play in and my computer just overheats and shuts down. I read somewhere that the BIOS version was the problem so I updated it to the latest version but the problem still persists.

Here are some specs:

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Processor : Intel Core i5 2410M @ 2300 MHz
Video Card : Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Physical Memory : 4096 MB (1 x 4096 DDR3-SDRAM )

EDIT: After shutting off my computer and letting it cool off for quite a while next to an open window and turning it back on yields me this the second I turn it back on:
THM_ : 61.5 °C
Core 1 : 53 °C
Core 2 : 61 °C
Package : 53 °C
Hard Disk WDC WD5000BPVT-75HXZT1 : 34 °C

A:Dell Inspiron 15R N5110 keeps shutting down after re-installing Windows

Updating the BIOS will never cure an overheating problem. Open up the case and give it a careful but thorough clean out with one of those purpose-made cans of dry compressed air.

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I installed Windows 10 -win64- on my Inspiron N5010 (prior was Windows 7). Now bluetooth is not working! How can I fix that? Do I need a new driver and where to find it?
Help please asap.

A:Bluetooth not working after installing Windows 10 on Dell Inspiron N5010

Given in this case relevant drivers have to be installed on your system. Hence uninstall the relevant drivers ,restart the system. Then in compatibility mode install the Bluetooth drivers.
If there are any other concerns just write to us with Bluetooth card details,system service tag sent via private message.

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I have a dell M5110 with a normal hard disk of 500GB. In order to speed up the machine I want to fit a 128 SSD (Pretec SATM128G-CMM) on which I want to do a clean Windows 7 install. As I want to have sufficient capacity to store all my files I want to install them both at the same time.
Unfortunately I'm unable to get Windows 7 to boot correctly from the SSD. Ay help would be very much appreciated.

1/ Using an adapter I installed the SSD in the optical drive bay.
(FYI: Replacing the 500GB disc by the SSD and fitting the 500GB disk in the optical drive bay is feasible, but requires surprisingly much effort)
2/ I downloaded Windows 7 ISO via the Microsoft service center => SW_DVD5_Win_Pro_7_64Bit_English_Full_MLF_X15

3/ As I have no optical station anymore; I "installed" the iso file on a USB key using the "Windows 7 USB DVD Download tool"
4/ I plugged the USB key in a USB 2.0 slot and started the install (language select > new install > select SSD > start install)
5/ Everything goes well until computer tries to reboot again after "completing installation";
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File: \windows\system32\winload.exe
status: 0xc000000e
info; the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt."
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A:Issue installing Windows 7 on SSD in optical drive bay Dell M5110

Most options to convert optical drive port to HDD are for DATA drive only.

Check your Dell manual.

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A:Trouble Installing Windows XP Home Full on dell mini 10

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Hi all,
I'm really struggling to install WIndows 7 on a Dell 5523.  I've got the majority of the drivers etc. installed but am struggling to get the WIFI up and running despite installing the Qualcomm Atheros drivers successfully.   The minicard drivers don't seem to install, nor do the Nvidia drivers and I'm not sure why.
I've installed the various intel chipsets (I've reinstalled to make sure I got them in the correct order), but device manager still shows that there is an unrecognised network controller:
I've tried various bits of advice online, including similar issues identified on this forum, but just can't seem to get it to work.   Any idea where I might be going wrong?
Thanks in Advance!

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I have Dell Inspiron 3551 i need how removing Ubuntu and Installing Windows 10

A:How removing Ubuntu and Installing Windows 10 on Dell Inspiron 15 3551

Below are some  links to help you remove Ubuntu and install Windows 10.
To delete the Ubuntu Partitions:

Go to Start, right click Computer, then select Manage. Then select Disk Management from the sidebar.
Right-click your Ubuntu partitions and select "Delete". Check before you delete!
Then, right-click the partition that is on the Left of the free space. Select "Extend Volume". ...

How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on
Removing Ubuntu and Installing Windows 10 on Dell Inspiron 15 3551
Inspiron 3551 Windows 10 Drivers and Downloads

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I installed on my Dell Vostro 3550 laptop to the vga diver load the screen off. Restart is not. Who knows help with.

A:Error installing Windows 8 rp black screen Dell Vostro 3550

Originally Posted by koolvanhung

I installed on my Dell Vostro 3550 laptop to the vga diver load the screen off. Restart is not. Who knows help with.

There is an issue with a bunch of dell laptops (Vostro 3550, Inspiron n5110 included) where the laptop display is not detected. All of the new drivers and drivers on this site do not fix the problem. There are a couple of workarounds that you do in the meantime though.

1) Hook up an external monitor. Then you can at least use the laptop (only with the external monitor though).
2) Disable the Display adapter under computer properties. Screen shuts off after boot animation - Microsoft Answers (this will only allow a low resolution and no graphic acceleration.)

I hope they fix this soon as it is tough to develop for an OS that I can't even use.

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Hi i am getting the Blue screen error of death while installing Windows in Dell optiplex GX280.................I dont know how to configure from SATA to IDE..Here is my BIOS screen

A:Blue screen error of death while installing Windows in Dell GX280

Follow these steps for Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

If they fail during install then work through these extra steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

Look through all of the settings choices in BIOS setup for SATA controller to set it at AHCI. But your board may not have it. Is there a newer BIOS update on the Dell Support Downloads webpage for your tag number?

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Purchased OptiPlex 3040 with Windows 7 Factory downgrade install.  Now want to install Windows 10 from the Dell supplied OEM DVD.
Have followed these instructions
and these
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Anyone else experienced this and have a solution ?

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Has anyone found a solution to this problem yet?

Dell T7400 with RAID: bluescreen when installing Windows XP 32-bit
Please help me with installing Windows XP on Dell T7400 with H/W RAID controller on 4 15k SAS harddrives. When installing windows I hit F6 to add optional RAID drivers and load this drivers using floppy drive, but Windows crashes anyway. The same is without loading optional drivers.
I have the same problem. Trying to install the XP with a Dell provided CD (green Reinstallation CD with SP2) doesn't crash Windows, but it doesn't find any hard disks and can't continue.

A:Solved: Dell T7400 with RAID: bluescreen, or no hard disks when installing Windows XP

Problem solved!

I downloaded the LSI SAS1068 driver from the LSI site and used that in the installation process.


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Hi, I downloaded the RC last night for a new system I built, because I didnt have enough money for vista. Well anyways I was installing it and all was well until I got to the step asking where I want to install it, but it is not registering that my hard drive is there. I checked the SATA cables and the power cable and both were attatched securely.

Im sorry if this is the wrong forum for this, but how do I go about getting my hard drive recognized?

A:Installing Windows 7 on new system

Quote: Originally Posted by Rhombus

Hi, I downloaded the RC last night for a new system I built, because I didnt have enough money for vista. Well anyways I was installing it and all was well until I got to the step asking where I want to install it, but it is not registering that my hard drive is there. I checked the SATA cables and the power cable and both were attatched securely.

Im sorry if this is the wrong forum for this, but how do I go about getting my hard drive recognized?

Are there other OS's on the "missing" partitions, or were they created in a different OS?


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Hello, I ordered a new PC from Dell:

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150 graphics GPU
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
No Floppy Drive Included
No operating system - FreeDos shipped in box ready to install

I have Windows XP Pro SP1 retail CD, will it install on this system? It's to late to cancel it's already been shipped, if Windows XP won't install on it, it's useless to me, If it can't be installed, then I'll refuse shipment.

Thank you.

A:Installing Windows XP on new system

How Do I Install Windows XP On A SATA Hard Drive

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A:Installing Windows 7 and 8.1 on the same system

Hello, have a look here on how to dual boot 7 and 8

Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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I want to install windows 7 home premium-64 bit on my computer wich is currently running on windows xp-32 bit
I thought i could simply do it by booting from dvd an then do a format and installation of windows 7.
Strangely it does not recognize it as a bootable disc (the disc is recognized on my laptop so the disc should be fine) and when i try to install it by clicking "setup" it says "cannot install a 64 bit version on a 32 bit system" (something like that)

any ideas how to get windows 7 installed?

dont know if you need any specs but here they are:

asrock p67 pro3
8gb ddr3
sata 2 disc
sata lite-on dvd

thanks in advance for your help

A:Need help installing windows 7 (64) on an XP (32) system

Are you booting from the disc ? Did you place it in your dvd rom and did you get a message during POST to press any key to boot from dvd ?

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I have a Toshiba Qosmio G25-AV13 laptop and there is no way to disable RAID so i have JBOD setup on both.

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I have 2 60gig SATA hard drives in my laptop.

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Prior to leaving our workshop all our top quality pc systems are 100% tested, we then install and configure Windows XP and fully operate all functions, upon completion of this the operating system is then cleared down and your new pc is prepared for dispatch using highly protective packaging.


okay above i was abit confused about what that all ment, but the guy told me you just have to install the windows xp cd and that its ready for to do just that. so how do i install it? ive never done this before, is their a quik and easy way to do all of this.

thank you.

A:Help installing windows xp on system? first time

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I have an IBM Thinkpad. It was only able to start the windows xp in safe mode. So I proceeded to reinstall the operating system. That is I deleted the OS in c drive and started the Windows XP installation. Everything looks ok until the windows xp shows installing windows Installing Devices. at almost 3/4 of the devices installation the installation stops and does not move. Nothing happens after that. What is wrong can anybody help me with this? Again my laptop is an IBM Thinkpad T20.
Thank you

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These are my computer specs:

Cooler master elite 360 mid tower

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Product Description
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Processor Socket:
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A:Help installing operating system windows!!!!!!

Having everything plugged in is good, but if you haven't installed everything properly, the system won't be able to find the optical drive, which seems to be the problem you're having. There are a few items that could be responsible for that type of problem, so let's take a look and see if we can figure this out.

Just a heads-up about installing Windows, or any OS; it will install MUCH faster if the IDE devices are connected to different channels. The HDD should be the only device on the Primary IDE channel, jumpered properly, and the optical drive should be the only device on the Secondary IDE channel, also jumpered properly. If you're installing Windows with only a single IDE cable connecting both IDE drives, the installation will take a lot longer.

First of all, if you're using the HDD on the Primary IDE channel, with the internal optical drive on the Secondary IDE channel, SHUTDOWN the system, UNPLUG IT FROM THE WALL, and put EACH device at the END of their own IDE cable. Then, set the HDD jumper to "Single", NOT to "Master". Similarly, set the optical drive to "Master", not to "Slave". Many IDE optical drives are set as Master by default at the factory before shipping, but you might as well make sure that the jumper is in the right place; if someone moved the optical drive jumper to "Slave", the drive will not be recognized by the CMOS / BIOS when it polls the hardware.

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I have just finished replacing my windows xp with windows 7 and my computer will not reboot with booting from the windows 7 bootable flash drive I used.
How can i solve this problem

A:My System will not reboot after installing windows 7

Can you be more specific and detailed as to how you installed Windows 7 in that computer?

What's the brand name and model name and model number of that computer?


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A:After installing windows 7 my pc goes to system recover

Are you talking about this window?

If so, did it ever work or had it done this ever since you installed Win 7?

Have you tried any of the options listed?

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I am trying to install a volume license version of Windows 7 on a Toshiba Portege A30-C-13D. The install is successful, later when I tried to encrypt the laptop using Sophos I encountered an error to do with the system reserved volume being the wrong partition type.

Basically Sophos only works if all partitions are of the MBR type. I've gone into he BIOS and into system configuration and picked the boot type as UEFI (legacy). But Windows still instalIs with a GPT system reserved partition.

From reading online I've tried to upgrade the BIOS but it comes back with a error saying that the computer is not supported

Is there any way to force the Windows 7 install to use MBR partitions

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hey, i don't really need a response as my reason for posting isn't to fix it anymore... but i'm still curious as to what actually caused it.... but anyways...

i bought a new system at newegg, and put it all together when i got it(parts)
a8n-sli deluxe motherboard
athlon 64 4000+ cpu
i got a 480 watt PSU(thermaltake or something like that)
4 stick of 512 ram all of the same type(corsair, not sure the speed... i just forgot, maybe DDR500 or whatever)
2 120 gb maxtor HD's 7200rpm
sapphire x850xt video card
and some DVD r/rw/w or whatever
anyways, so i put it all together, and first the cd drive didn't work, i must have had a cable loose because i fiddled with it a few times and it worked *Shrug*
so anyways i decided i wanted to RAID0 my 2 HD's so i set it all up correctly read online how to and all(first time building a computer with RAID) created that disk ou need for drivers and whatnot... installed windows XP without a hitch, worked just fine
so inside windows xp, i start installed drivers, i start with motherboard drivers, install them, finish install, asks me if i want to reboot, i say yes, and it starts to reboot, then on the loading screen for windows XP, it blue screens(i don't know the code or anything for that blue screen because it went by so fast, it was practically instant) so i restart again, it loads and crashes again, i reboot again, it loads, it works, i install video card drivers, afterwards, it crashes again. after this... Read more

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Hi all

I just came across the following issue. I had win xp running and the way my system was setup is that i had a drive that had winxp installed on it and then a different HD was the system drive. Now i installed Windows 7 on a completly new hardrive so i could have a dual boot, but now when i login to W7 i cant see that system drive, but i can see it fine in xp.
Any way to fix this or make a different drive to be the system drive? Its just 500GB that are missing

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This is my first posting into this forum. hope someone can help me out.

I m trying to install Windows XP Professional on DL 380 G4 server (which has 6i smart array controller embedded in it). when i was installing the XP, pressed F6 to install a third party driver(for 6i embedded card), installtion was on and sometime later Bhoom!!!!! the system got crashed (during installation itself) with below error message
stop message: 0x0000007E

pci.sys (address lcoation..etc)....

I thought the problem is with the third party driver and i tried to install the XP without the third party driver, even in that case i found the same problem? can anyone help me out how to overcome this issue.


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Over here: KVR: Win7 system restore disaster (& dongle issue...) [slashdotted!]
the poster reported:

The first problem is to do with system restore. Basically Win 7 makes restore points but automatically deletes all of them when the PC is rebooted. This deletion happens during the 'Starting Windows' screen and means that booting after a restore point has been created takes a long time (several minutes).


If you install Win7 over an installation of XP that stored user data in a different partition to the system drive (e.g. by installing XP from a slipstream CD), system restore in Win7 won't work. It will delete restore points without warning upon boot. In other words, this produces the same effect on system restore as dual booting between Win7 and XP.

Anyone-else seen this?

A:Installing Windows 7 over XP - System Restore

I have seen no evidence to support either of these contentions.

In fact, Sys Restore in Dual Boot with XP is fixed as far as I know. I just checked it on a computer here and both XP and Win7 have their Sys Restore on. Just check for sure.

How would installing XP from a slipstreamed CD cause User data to be stored in a different partition than the system drive, thereby causing System Restore to not work? Huh?

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Background: A little while ago, the audio on my Windows XP Pro SP2 system
stopped working. I was using the on-board audio card and never had a problem
before. Then, the audio device just wasn't recognized by windows anymore.
When I went to the "Sounds and Audio Devices Properties" window from the
Control Panel, it would tell me that no audio device was detected. Looking
in the Device Manager, however, under the "Sound, Video and Game Controllers"
section, all drivers were installed properly, with no IRQ conflicts, and no
yellow exclamation points on any of the sound devices or codecs. I also
verified that my speakers were working on another system, obviously, and
ensured that the audio card was enabled in my motherboard's BIOS. I
downloaded the latest drivers for my motherboard (and on-board audio card),
uninstalled and successfully re-installed those drivers multiple times.
Still no sound! I even went out and bought a new PCI audio card, installed
it, downloaded and installed the latest drivers for it. STILL no luck. This
is when I really began to scratch my head.

Next, I tried a to do a non-destructive "Repair" of Windows using that
option from the Windows XP setup CD. I got errors doing that , and I gave up
after several attempts. Finally, on a cloned backup hard drive, I
re-installed Windows completely. Lo and behold, the audio worked fine!

This leads me to believe that some part of the Windows XP audio "su... Read more

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Hi there. How you guys doing? Anyways, i have question, that my c: hard drive is almost full, and i am trying to install the windows vista operating system on my current windows xp profressional operating system. Now, how can i switch the location to save the windows installation from c: to k: which is an external hard drive, as i dont have enough space in my internal hard drive.



A:Installing Windows Vista On Windows Xp Operating System

Generally, no. Vista uses a new type of bootloader, which needs to be able to see the vista partitions at boot. XP wont even work if the drive is not connected.

There is also the problem that no version of windows can install to USB disks.


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I've read over the tuturiol. It doesn't apply in this matter, at least I don't think so.

I have a p6130y Hp desktop that was preinstailled with Windows Vista Home on it. It has one parition with the OS on it. And another Parititon with a recovery on it.

System Stats:

Motherboard: M2n7b-la
8gb Ram
750 Sata Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive

Since i have a Sata harddrive, I keep getting a Pci.sys error. I've found and put on a disk the 7 files that you need to install a sata driver during instaillion. When i press f6 and it ask to specify additional scsi adapters, cd rom drivers, or special disk controllers for us with windows. It lets me choice the xp/server 2003 one. I hit enter and it says that Windows already has a driver that you can use.

I press S to use the driver on my floppy drive. It choices the one i want. Now when it goes back to the selection screen. I have three choices. S to specify a driver, Enter, and press f3 to exit. I hit enter, but the choice for enter says "If you do not have any device support disks from a mass storage device manfacturere, or do not want to specify additional mass storage devices for use with windows, press enter" If i keep hitting the S to specify additional devices i go in a loop.

So the only way to move on is to press enter, even having selected a driver for the Sata harddrive. After it goes to start windows, i get a pci.sys error.

I hope you have all the information to help me. Thank you.

A:Helping installing Windows xp on a Windows Vista System

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Greetings to all,

I had been using windows 7 ultimate 32 bit for nearly 6 months since only 2.90 ram usable out of 4.i have migrated to windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.. for one week the process and working of os was good .. suddenly i has encountered the problem of heating and some buzzing sound which could be heard till next room.. I'm really frustrated by seeing this ****.. please net pals suggest me good ideas to get rid of the this problem. i wanna know whether the problem is my lap OR the current os..
after all the thing my processor support 64 bit..

should i head back to 32 bit again?

A:System heats up after installing 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate

You can try to head back to 32-bit but I doubt it'll help, it sounds like the laptop is over heating due to a broken fan.

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I am interested in buying another copy of Windows 7. However, when I installed my favorite game, the filing system on Windows 7 will not let me install the additional software I want to install for the game randomly!!

(The disk has several lines of data on it but when it is installed and I want to install additional software in the folder to play other portions of the game, the new software installs above the bottom line of the data in the folder instead of below the bottom line of data. This does not occur when installing the game and additional software on XP.)

Is there a way to eliminate this alphabetical filing system so I am install files randomly?

Thanks for your assistance and I look forward to your input.



A:Installing game with Windows 7 filing system

What are you talking about? As far as I know Windows 7 knows of only three filing systems--NTFS, FAT32 and FAT. On a hard drive files will be stored randomly using any of those three.

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Just wanted to say for those who aren't aware and are doing fresh installs in the next couple days. If you have your hard drive partitioned and have system restore turned on, on both drives you might want to try to remember do disable system restore on the other partitions (D,E, whatever) before you do a fresh install. If you don't it will leave the shadow copies behind and it will take a few steps to get rid of them. Its just easier to turn off system restore first. This only applies to fresh installs not upgrades.

A:Vista - System Restore & Installing Windows 7

Thanks for the heads up on this. However I was a day late for reading this. I can turn system restore off and then back on again to delete and start over? Is that the Fix?
I have vistax64 / win7x64 in a dual boot both on same disk. Any and all info will be appreciated

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Over a month ago, I noticed that my system had started to become very slow, taking a long time to switch between apps, or between tabs in Chrome (even with only a few tabs open).

I've constantly had Resource Monitor open to try and track down the source of the problem. Initially, I thought this was a problem with Chrome or my pagefile, because Chrome was often at/near the top of Disk Activity, manipulating pagefile.sys. However, it seems like the amount of data being manipulated isn't very large; typically well below 1 MB/sec. I tried moving my pagefile to a secondary hard drive to no effect.

Thinking that it might be a problem with my hard drives, I've downloaded and run multiple programs to check hard drive health, and none of them have found any problems. I'm not talking about simple S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics, but in-depth scans.

Thinking that it might be a problem with Windows 7 at the time, I wiped the drive and installed Windows 8.1. I installed the latest motherboard drivers and disabled Windows search and file indexing. The problem remains. The fact that the problem persists after wiping the drive had me thinking it's likely a hardware problem. Alas, various hard drive scanners haven't found a problem.

I have 8GB of memory; rarely is more than 4GB ever in use. Both of my hard drives have plenty of free space (400+ GB each).

Any ideas?

A:System running very slow, even after re-installing Windows

It helps to know more then that the unit has 8GB RAM installed.

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I am new to this site. I hope I found a good resourde for my problems. I just had to re-install Win 7. Now I am starting to get some signs that my computer is still infected. My volume control making wierd sound, FBI moneypack shows up but I can still use my browser. Today I was prompted by my Malware protection about this file
C:\Program\Files(86)ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MMLoadDrv.exe Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. I looked it up and I got directed to this Web sit. Does any one have any advice how to handle this problem?

A:A viris that has been infecting my system after re-installing Windows

Which software detected the file? 
The file in question has a legitimate file name, file location and company name. See here.
If you would like to double-check, please upload the file to VirusTotal. 
  VirusTotal Upload
Please go to
Click Choose File and locate the following file:
C:\Program Files (x86)\ati technologies\ati.ace\core-static\mmloaddrv.exe

​Click Scan it!.
If you receive the following notification: File already analysed click Reanalyse.
Once the file has been analyzed, copy the page URL at the top of the window and paste in your next reply. 
Lets move on to the other issues you've mentioned. 

My volume control making wierd sound

Please elaborate on "weird sound". Does it sound as if ads are playing in the background? 
Were you experiencing this issue before reinstalling Windows 7?

FBI moneypack shows up but I can still use my browser.

I assume this occurs within your browser. What are you doing when this happens? 
How does the ransomware screen open? A new tab, new window, same window, etc?
Please upload the file to VirusTotal and respond to the questions asked. 

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Hello everyone, i'm new here and i'm from Holland so my English is not very good.
I want to uninstall my only OS: Windows 7 and reinstalling a new Windows 7. I want to do this because i can't delete a driver that is causing shut down problems (if you people can me help me with that would also be ok!) So i've got 2 partitions; a C and a D. My OS is currently running on my C, so how can i delete the OS and install the new OS? My second question is; will ALL the drivers of external hardware (keyboard, mouse) and internal hardware be gone? Oh yeah, the driver that causing the problem is the driver of my Steelseries keyboard and i can't delete it, can i delete than one in safe mode?

A:Installing a new Windows 7 on a single boot system

Hi there,

Before we start talking about doing a clean install, have you tried going to Device Manager and clicking on the arrow next to Keyboards? You will then see the keyboard you are talking about. Right-click on it and choose Uninstall and that will uninstall your problem driver.

You will obviously have to then look for a more recent one or do some research on Google to see if other people had the same problem with that keyboard and what solution they found.

Stay cool mate.

By the is a link that shows you how to do a clean install in case you decide to go down that road.

Clean Install Windows 7

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I recently installed Windows 8.1 and am now experiencing constant system freezes. I initially thought it was related to playing Battlefield 3 but about 15 minutes ago it froze while I attempting to do some pretty light analyses in R Studio. I'm not entirely sure what you guys need to help me find the source of this error.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

Kind regards,


A:System freezes constantly after installing Windows 8.1

Hello E Allensworth and welcome to the forum. I don't game myself nor am I familiar with the Program you mentioned, but not to worry: someone will be along shorty to help you with those issues.

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Hi Everyone,

I am attempting to restore a Windows 7 image from one computer to another. I understand that the 'Backup & Restore' functionality, which I used to create a system image, is not intended to be used between different computer models, however I am giving this a go anyway. I have successfully installed the image backup from computer 'A' to computer 'B' however computer 'B' is presenting a BSOD, as shown below -

I was able to find some information online related to this error, it mostly pertains to Windows XP, but I believe that it is still relevant.

I strongly believe that the issue relates to drivers, so I am wondering if there is 1). Any 'low level' way of adding relevant drivers to a Windows 7 installation without booting into Windows at all?, 2). Whether alternative drivers could be added to the system image?

Any help here will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


A:Installing Windows with a System Image from a different computer...dri

It will not work as your current drivers and settings are all for the old motherboard if your going to do that you backup the first pc with something like acronis or macrium-reflect that supports universal restore, then you must universal restore it. Macrium Reflect Free Download the trial of home so you ca do redeploy (their universal restore).

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In trying to install the software for DirecWay Satellite Two way
system, I run into a problem with a protocol item stuck in the
"connection area" of Windows XP. It is a blank protocol item as
described below, that pops up when I go through the automatic
install process from the CD provided by DirecWay. I've called their
tech support 14 times and they have tried every thing from uninstalling their software and starting over to editing with regedit to try to get rid of it and nothing helps. They say it is something left over from some previous software that I have installed. Everytime I reinstall their software, it pops up and I can't uninstall it from the Local Area Connections Panel. Here's how it is displayed;
Under Network Connections
and then in Local Area Connections
on the General Tab I have;

Connect using

Satellite USB Device

This connection uses the following items;

Client for Microsoft Networks

a blank item preceeded by the same protocol sysmbol as the next item

Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) preceeded by the protocol sysmbol

Any suggestions as to how to remove this blank Protocol item will be very much appreciated.


A:Problem with Windows XP in installing Satellite USB Two Way system

Welcome aboard, I see this is your first posting.

It is best to use Safe Mode, go into Device Manager, and delete the network and Satellite devices, which will remove all protocol as well. To enter Safe Mode depress F8 when booting the PC. Once Xp is running depress the Windows+Break keys, select Hardware tab, select the Device Manager button, double click Network Adapters, delete the devices, and then delete all Satellite devices. Next unplug all USB connections, reboot, install the DirecWay Satellite software, and then plug the DirecWay Satellite connection into the USB port. Good luck.

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Okay so my problem lies in the installation of windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on my system.


Intel i7 2700k processor
Intel DZ77BH-55k motherboard
Intel 180gb SSD
8gb memory

(feel as though this is all the necessary specs for my issue)

I custom built this computer and after using the installation disk that contains both 32 and 64 bit. On my brother's computer we used this disk and it automatically installed to 64 bit without making us choose. However on my machine, it automatically goes to 32 bit even though all the parts are 64 bit compatible. My question is simply how can I install 64 bit windows 7 to utilize all 8 gb of memory. I have tried reinstalling i using the disk multiple times, each time giving me the 32 bit system.

Basically tried installing windows 7 64 bit, however keeps giving me 32 bit system even though all components are 64 bit compatible. Used this disk on other computer and it booted up as 64 bit. How do I get my system to 64 bit windows 7.

Any response is greatly appreciated, Thanks.

A:Problems installing windows 7 64 bit on compatible system.

Where did you get this DVD? How is it being activated?

Use the latest official 64 bit installer for your licensed version from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Those steps will also assure you get and keep a perfect install, even for retail.

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I've been tweaking my computer since upgrading from Windows 7/64 to Windows 10 last week.

Although I'm seeing the fastest boot times that I've ever seen (47 seconds), my system is becoming very obviously sluggish when doing routine tasks such as emails and word processing.

My HD is at about 20% full and I have 8GB of RAM. What should I do to reduce CPU load and how can I determine where the bottleneck is?



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It'a an Inspiron 560MT desktop, which is about a month off its fifth birthday, and there have been a few episodes recently including this, and some requests to repair the computer have been seen.

I am thinking, therefore, if it may be time to swap the machine and upgrade to Windows 10. What do you think, and is Dell still the way to go, or is there something with the current specs of better value?

BTW gaming does not interest me at all.

A:Dell will not support Windows 10 for my present system

Dell fell out of favor with me about ten years ago. Their quality slipped badly. I've been buying HP ever since.

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My desktop is a new OEM Dell based PC. My questions are about the Dell System Utility Scanner that runs every 3-4 days in the right-hand corner of the System Tray taskbar. It looks like a gear wheel:

1.) What does this thing actually do? Is it safe to uninstall from Control Panel? What would I be removing in Control Panel if I choose to uninstall this utility?

2.) I ask this because approximately every three months, a small quarter inch white square appears around the left-hand corner of the desktop. It's exact location can vary a bit.

3.) Rebooting removes this little square, which has no impact on computer performance when it is there.

4.) On-line users have noted that by removing the Dell System Utility from the computer, it removes this square. Some have also reported turning off the screen saver as well.

5.) If any of you with new Dell PC's have seen this little white square in conjunction with the Dell System information Utility please post what you have done to get rid of it for good.


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I recently installed a distro of Linux on my dell Inspiron, after deciding it wasn't for me I wanted to get use the windows 7 boot loader and remove Linux. No problem, I thought, I'll just boot up the windows 7 system disk, use the repair option to overwrite GRUB and delete the Linux partitions.

Problem is my dell laptop doesn't appear to have come with an install disk for windows 7. It does, however, come with a disk called 'application', 'drivers and utilities', 'resource media' and 'roxio creator strater'. There isn't a possibilty that my OS is hiding one of these is there?

A:Windows 7 System Disk for a Dell Inspiron

Hello OffAndOnAgain and welcome to TSF,

If you didn't remove the hidden recovery partition, you can restore your PC using that. Depending on what Dell machine you have, you can either restore with backup discs or with a built in startup command. Use one of the methods below:

1. Download/Buy a recovery disc here.
2. Press CTRL + F11 during bootup, choose to restore the system.

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i try to install Dell System Detect. I get Application could not be started.

PLATFORM VERSION INFO    Windows             : 10.0.10240.0 (Win32NT)    Common Language Runtime     : 4.0.30319.42000    System.Deployment.dll         : built by: NETFXREL2    clr.dll             : built by: NETFXREL2STAGE    dfdll.dll             : built by: NETFXREL2    dfshim.dll             : 10.0.10240.16384 (th1.150709-1700)SOURCES    Deployment url            : SUMMARY    Below is a summary of the errors, details of these errors are listed later in the log.    * Activation of resulted in exception. Following failure messages were detected:        + The referenced assembly is not installed on your system. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800736B3)COMPONENT STORE TRANSACTION FAILURE SUMMARY    No transaction error was detected.WARNINGS    There were no warnings during this operation.OPERATION PROGRESS STATUS... Read more

A:Dell System Detect will not work on windows 10

Hi, am having same problem. Seem to be getting no help from Dell. Please let me know how you make out.

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I received a notice through HP Assistant that I need to install HP System Event Utility.  After clicking install, the program begins to download and then freezes at the point where it is downloading and then nothing happens. I have tried to installl this program several times and have even waited an hour for download to happen. I recently downloaded Windows 10. Please help.

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I have an Asus 1215n netbook. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. The drive came with the following partitions:

100 GB Windows 7
15 GB Asus Expressgate (a quick-boot minimal OS)
118 GB Empty partition
15 MB (unknown)

I had been using TrueCrypt to encrypt the 100 GB system partition, which required that I enter a password before booting into windows.

Other than that I never touched it until now. Today I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, so after making sure everything I wanted to keep was on the 118 GB partition, I booted into the Windows 7 setup, formatted *only the 100 GB partition* from within the setup, and selected it as the volume to which to install.

Upon restarting, the third partition wasn't shown in My Computer. I went to Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management, which shows the following partitions:

100 GB Healthy
15 GB Healthy
118 GB Free space
20 MB Healthy

I've done these exact steps in the past with similar configurations, and have never had this happen to me before. I can only surmise that this is due to having had a TrueCrypt boot manager, but beyond that I am uncertain.

Any suggestions as to how I might be able to recover this partition?

A:Non-system partition no longer formatted after re-installing WIndows

Quote: Originally Posted by gadgetier


100 GB Windows 7
15 GB Asus Expressgate (a quick-boot minimal OS)
118 GB Empty partition
15 MB (unknown)


100 GB Healthy
15 GB Healthy
118 GB Free space
20 MB Healthy

Any suggestions as to how I might be able to recover this partition?

Can you clarify a bit?

You list 4 before and 4 after.

Which is the problem partition?

Do you mean that the 118 GB that was "empty" before is now "free space"?

Some drive letters or points of reference would help.

The 15 MB partition grew to 20?

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