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Old Settings There After Re-Installing Windows 7

February 3, 2012

I have received a couple questions now from people saying their settings or files are still on their computer after a complete new install of Windows 7.
While installing Windows 7, there is an option to perform a 'Quick Format' or a 'Full Format'. Doing a quick format does not erase all the data on the hard drive, so some of the files, setting or even a virus could still be on your computer after a new install of Windows 7.
On Microsoft's Website click on 'What's a Quick Format?' A 'Quick Format' only prepares the hard drive for Windows 7. Data can still be there, even traces of a virus.

If you had a virus and you want to re-install Window 7, I would download Hirens BootCD(Free), burn it to a CD, boot off of it and run Darik's Boot & Nuke. This will clean everything off of your hard drive, it will take a couple hours, then install Windows 7 on the clean Hard Drive. Otherwise you can use the 'Full Format', not the 'Quick Format' in Windows 7 Setup.

Jordan M Matthews


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