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My neighbor got a new laptop (HP Envy DV4) with windows 8 and after a few months she hates it. she got a new win7Pro disc and wants me to install it.

I am in the install process and the "where do you want to install" window is up (see pic)

Where should I install it?

Should I reformat the drive completely? if so how?

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Right there on partition 4. Just click format.
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As long as you have a Win 7 disk you should be fine just wiping everything and starting from scratch.

I would suggest you try adding a start menu and glass 8 and give windows 8 more of a try though. It takes some getting used to, but it's basically Windows 7 plus extra (albeit not quite complete) features.

Edit: Looks like you already got past what I said. I think you'll actually be better off doing partition 2; seems like it's set up to separate the system and personal files.
Installing to partition 4 would leave partition 2 as-is, meaning you'll have to wipe it separately if you want the space.

No big deal really though, if you use partition 4 you'll just have a bit less space, and all the files will be together (slightly easier to use, but slightly more risky).

Edited by hello2u, 21 April 2013 - 10:58 AM.


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hello2u, look again at the sizes of the various partitions and you will see that -X- was correct when he said to use Partion 4, NOT Partition 2. (Of course the OS wouldn't fit on Partition 2 anyway since it's only 260 MiB in size.) And -X- did say to format the partition before installing Win7.

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Edited by bphlpt, 21 April 2013 - 01:22 PM.

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And for more info - "Understanding Disk Partitions"
http://technet.micro...2(v=ws.10).aspx
Scroll down to "UEFI-Based Computers" (the MSR partition).

You might want to retain the others as they appear to allow for putting back to Factory (in case you want to sell it?).

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Thanks for the precise info! For the sake of completeness, however, it's worth to point out that the configuration displayed on Post #1 is *exactly* the second recommended configuration for UEFI-based HDD partitions, which is in this page I arrived at from the one you linked.

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Of course, Partition 4 could be divided in two, say, one of 72 - 128 GiB for Win 7 and the rest for a USER DATA partition. Doing so makes it much easier to implemente an effective backup strategy (images for the OS, incremental for the data), from that point on. Just my 2 ¢, of course.




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