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Most of the time, a Windows 7 clean install means to remove an existing operating system (like Windows XP, Linux, Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows 8, . it doesn’t matter) and replace it with a fresh or “clean” installation of Windows 7.

In other words, it’s the “erase everything and start from scratch” process for Windows 7, a procedure referred to as a “clean install” or sometimes as a “custom install.” It’s the ultimate “reinstall Windows 7” process.

A clean install is often the best way to solve very serious Windows 7 problems, like a virus infection you can’t get rid of completely or maybe some kind of Windows issue that you can’t seem to solve with normal troubleshooting.

As of January 2020, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

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Performing a clean install of Windows 7 is also usually a better idea than upgrading from an older version of Windows. Since a clean install is a true start over from scratch, you don’t risk inheriting any buggy situations from your previous installation.

To be 100 percent clear, this is the right procedure to follow if:

  • You want to erase whatever you have and install Windows 7.
  • You want to reinstall Windows 7.
  • You want to install windows 7 on a new hard drive.

This guide is broken into a total of 34 steps and will walk you through every part of the Windows 7 clean install process. Let’s get started.

The steps and screenshots shown in these steps refer specifically to Windows 7 Ultimate edition but will also serve perfectly well as a guide to reinstalling any Windows 7 edition you may have, including Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Home Premium.

Microsoft has changed the clean install process for every new Windows release. If you’re using Windows 10, 8, Vista, etc., see How Do I Perform a Clean Installation of Windows? for links to specific instructions for your version of Windows.

Plan Your Windows 7 Clean Install

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The most important thing to realize before performing a clean install of Windows 7 is that all of the information on the drive that your current operating system is installed on (probably your C: drive) will be destroyed during this process. That means that if there’s anything you want to keep, you should back it up to a disc or another drive prior to beginning this process.

One quick way to back up the list of programs you have on your computer is with the CCleaner tool. It doesn’t back up the actual program data but simply a list of what’s installed so that you don’t have to remember every program name.

You should also locate the Windows 7 product key, a 25-digit alphanumeric code unique to your copy of Windows 7. If you can’t locate it, there are tools you can use to dig it up, but this must be done before you reinstall Windows 7.

If Windows originally came preinstalled on your computer (i.e. you did not install it yourself), your product key is probably located on a sticker attached to the side, back, or bottom of your computer’s case. This is the product key you should use when installing Windows 7.

When you’re absolutely sure sure that everything from your computer that you want to keep is backed up, proceed to the next step. Keep in mind that once you delete all of the information from this drive (as we’ll do in a future step), the action is not reversible!

If it’s eating up a chunk of disk space

If you have tried upgrading your Windows PC and it has failed a couple of times due to various annoying reasons, you’ve probably come to realize that there is a large chunk of disk space being eaten up by a folder called Windows.old.

Windows.old is automatically generated whenever you perform an installation of Windows with a previous version of the OS already installed. It creates this Windows.old folder in the root of the Windows partition and stores the previous operating system files and data.

In case you try to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 or Windows 7 to Windows 10 and it fails, you can always revert back to Windows Vista or 7 safely. The only issue with this is that every time the install fails, another copy of the previous OS is copied into Windows.old.

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So, if your upgrade install failed 2 or 3 times, that Windows.old folder can become very large, very fast! On top of that, the folder is not automatically deleted once you are up and running with the newer version of Windows, so you have to get rid of it yourself.

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Note: Removing the Windows.old folder will result in your inability to be able to revert back to the previous OS installed. You will have to stick with the new version of Windows. Also, the Windows.old folder gets created when you install those big bi-annual updates for Windows 10.

Remove Windows.old Folder

So how do you get rid of the folder? Well, you have to use the Disk Cleanup utility! Here’s how to go about it. The first method will describe how to delete the Windows.old folder on Windows 7/8/10. If you are in Windows Vista still, follow the second set of instructions.

Windows 7/8/10 Instructions

If you are in Windows 7/8/10 and want to delete the Windows.old folder, the process is fairly straightforward. First, open Disk Cleanup via the Start Menu (click Start and type in disk cleanup) and when the dialog pops up, choose the drive that has the .old files on it and click OK. This is normally just the C drive. If that’s the only drive on your computer, it won’t even ask you to choose.

The system will perform a scan and another dialog will pop up with the selection. Now click on the button Cleanup system files button at the bottom.

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Now choose the drive again that has the .old files on it. The system will perform a second scan of files that need to be cleaned up and will take a bit longer.

Finally, a dialog will pop up with another set of checkboxes. Scroll down until you find one labeled Older versions of Windows or Previous Windows installations and click OK.

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As you can see, it’s normally quite a large amount of data that gets taken up by previous installations of Windows.

Windows Vista Instructions

Click on Start, then All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then Disk Cleanup. Make sure you right-click on Disk Cleanup and choose Run As Administrator.

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In the Disk Cleanup Options dialog, make sure to check the Files from all users on this computer box.

Then in the Disk Cleanup – Drive Selection dialog, click on the hard disk where the the Windows.old folder is and click OK. The system will then scan the drive for unnecessary files.

Click on the Disk Cleanup tab and look for a checkbox that says Previous Windows installations. Check it and click OK. Then click Delete Files when prompted.

That’s it! That should get rid of those space-hogging .old folders forever! If you have any problems getting rid of them, post a comment here and I’ll try to help. Enjoy!

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I bought a laptop one year ago that came with Windows 8. For compatibility reasons, I needed Windows XP back then so I installed that. Now I no longer need Windows XP, and I’d like to install Windows 10.

I still got the Windows 8 OEM key, and the only way to get to Windows 10 as I see it now is: install Windows 8, perform all the Windows updates, then upgrade to Windows 8.1, install all the Windows updates again, then upgrade to Windows 10 and tada; I’ve got my free Windows 10 key.

But there are 2 problems with that approach: 1. I don’t know where to find a Windows 8 ISO, I can only find the media creation tool for Windows 8.1. and 2. the process that I have demonstrated above is VERY LONG and VERY TEDIOUS, this could possibly take me 2 or 3 days (with waiting for updates taking most of this time).

Sooooo. are there any easier ways to get a free Windows 10 key from my Windows 8 key, so that I can immediately remove Windows XP and install Windows 10 straight away without going through all the Windows 8/8.1 hassles? Would Microsoft be happy to pass me a Windows 10 key if I give them my Windows 8 key through telephone?

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A few days ago, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview (build 8250) to the public. The newest version of Windows, which includes over 100,000 changes and tons of new features compared to the previous version, has crossed one million downloads in just 24 hours.

Users who would like to test drive Windows 8 have quite a few options. One can install Windows 8 on VMware virtual machine, install Windows 8 on VirtualBox, install Windows 8 on a tablet, install Windows 8 on Mac, or install Windows 8 on VHD. But if you want to use Windows 8 as your primary OS and want to upgrade your existing Windows 7 installation to Windows 8, you can easily upgrade to Windows 8.

And the best thing is Windows 8 supports direct upgrade from Windows 7, which means that existing Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 without losing files, settings, and applications.

Important: Once upgraded, you can’t downgrade from Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Windows 7. To go back to Windows 7, you will need to do a clean install of Windows 7 using the installation media or recovery disc.


Step 1: Head over to the official Windows 8 page and download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup file. The setup file is a small file (5 MB) and checks if your PC can run Windows 8 and then downloads the correct version of Windows 8.

Step 2: Run the setup file. The setup will check your hardware and software, and it will then provide you application and device compatibility report. This step may take a while if you have hundreds of installed programs.

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Step 3: Click on the Next button to get the Windows 8 Consumer Preview product key. We recommend you note down the product key as you might need it later.

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Step 4: Click the Next button to begin downloading the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Depending on your internet connection speed, this step may take a few minutes to hours.

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Step 5: Once the setup completes downloading required files, you will see the following screen:

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As you are here to upgrade your existing Windows 7 installation to Windows 8, select the Install Now button and then click the Next button.

Step 6: On the next screen, check I accept the license terms box and then click the Accept button.

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Step 7: In the following screen, select what you want to keep in Windows 8. If you wish to move all installed applications, settings, and files, select “Windows settings, personal files, and apps” and then click Next.

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The setup will check again for the available disk space. If your Windows 7 installation drive doesn’t have a minimum of 16 GB free space (20 GB for Windows 8 x64) and you can’t continue the installation.

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Finally, click the Install button to begin the installation. Again, this step might take a while.

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Step 8: Your will PC will reboot two or three times during the installation. Once the installation is done, you will see the following screen:

Step 9: Choose a background color, enter a name for your PC, and then click the Next button. In the next few screens, you will need to set up your account and personalize other settings.

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Step 10: Finally, you will see the Windows 8 Metro Start screen. Good luck!

For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 314458.


This article describes how you can remove the Linux operating system from your computer, and install a Windows operating system. This article also assumes that Linux is already installed on the hard disk using Linux native and Linux swap partitions, which are incompatible with the Windows operating system, and that there is no free space left on the drive.

Windows and Linux can coexist on the same computer. For additional information, refer to your Linux documentation.

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To install Windows on a system that has Linux installed when you want to remove Linux, you must manually delete the partitions used by the Linux operating system. The Windows-compatible partition can be created automatically during the installation of the Windows operating system.

IMPORTANT: Before you follow the steps in this article, verify that you have a bootable disk or bootable CD-ROM for the Linux operating system, because this process completely removes the Linux operating system installed on your computer. If you intend to restore the Linux operating system at a later date, verify that you also have a good backup of all the information stored on your computer. Also, you must have a full release version of the Windows operating system you want to install.

Linux file systems use a “superblock” at the beginning of a disk partition to identify the basic size, shape, and condition of the file system.

The Linux operating system is generally installed on partition type 83 (Linux native) or 82 (Linux swap). The Linux boot manager (LILO) can be configured to start from:

The hard disk Master Boot Record (MBR).

The root folder of the Linux partition.

The Fdisk tool included with Linux can be used to delete the partitions. (There are other utilities that work just as well, such as Fdisk from MS-DOS 5.0 and later, or you can delete the partitions during the installation process.) To remove Linux from your computer and install Windows:

Remove native, swap, and boot partitions used by Linux:

Start your computer with the Linux setup floppy disk, type fdisk at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

NOTE: For help using the Fdisk tool, type m at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

Type p at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to display partition information. The first item listed is hard disk 1, partition 1 information, and the second item listed is hard disk 1, partition 2 information.

Type d at the command prompt, and then press ENTER. You are then prompted for the partition number you want to delete. Type 1, and then press ENTER to delete partition number 1. Repeat this step until all the partitions have been deleted.

Type w, and then press ENTER to write this information to the partition table. Some error messages may be generated as information is written to the partition table, but they should not be significant at this point because the next step is to restart the computer and then install the new operating system.

Type q at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to quit the Fdisk tool.

Insert either a bootable floppy disk or a bootable CD-ROM for the Windows operating system on your computer, and then press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart your computer.

Install Windows. Follow the installation instructions for the Windows operating system you want to install on your computer. The installation process assists you with creating the appropriate partitions on your computer.

Examples of Linux Partition Tables

Single SCSI drive

Multiple SCSI drives

Single IDE drive

Multiple IDE drives

Also, Linux recognizes more than forty different partition types, such as:

FAT 16 > 32 M Primary (Type 06)

FAT 16 Extended (Type 05)

FAT 32 w/o LBA Primary (Type 0b)

FAT 32 w/LBA Primary (Type 0c)

FAT 16 w/LBA (Type 0e)

FAT 16 w/LBA Extended (Type 0f)

Note that there are other ways to remove the Linux operating system and install Windows than the one mentioned above. The preceding method is used in this article because the Linux operating system is already functioning and there is no more room on the hard disk. There are methods of changing partition sizes with software. Microsoft does not support Windows installed on partitions manipulated in this manner.

Another method of removing an operating system from the hard disk and installing a different operating system is to use an MS-DOS version 5.0 or later boot disk, a Windows 95 Startup disk, or a Windows 98 Startup disk that contains the Fdisk utility. Run the Fdisk utility. If you have multiple drives, there are 5 choices; use option 5 to select the hard disk that has the partition to be deleted. After that, or if you have only one hard disk, choose option 3 (“Delete partition or logical DOS drive”), and then choose option 4 (“Delete non-DOS partition”). You should then see the non-DOS partitions you want to delete. Typically, the Linux operating system has two non-DOS partitions, but there may be more. After you delete one partition, use the same steps to delete any other appropriate non-DOS partitions.

After the partitions are deleted, you can create partitions and install the operating system you want. You can only create one primary partition and an extended partition with multiple logical drives by using Fdisk from MS-DOS version 5.0 and later, Windows 95, and Windows 98. The maximum FAT16 primary partition size is 2 gigabytes (GB). The largest FAT16 logical drive size is 2 GB. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

105074 MS-DOS 6.2 Partitioning Questions and Answers
If you are installing Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, the Linux partitions can be removed and new partitions created and formatted with the appropriate file system type during the installation process. Windows allows you to create more than one primary partition. The largest partition that Windows NT 4.0 allows you to create during installation is 4 GB because of the limitations of the FAT16 file system during installation. Also, the 4-GB partitions use 64-KB cluster sizes. MS-DOS 6.x and Windows 95 or Windows 98 do not recognize 64-KB cluster file systems, so this file system is usually converted to NTFS during installation. Windows 2000, unlike Windows NT 4.0, recognizes the FAT32 file system. During the installation of Windows 2000, you can create a very large FAT32 drive. The FAT32 drive can be converted to NTFS after the installation has completed if appropriate.

Ok, so I have tried just about everything to get this to go straight to the desktop. Any help/tips on how to make it so that when a user logs on that it will go straight to the desktop, and not pop-up Metro UI?

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I finnaly got it by just using the local group policy for now. Thanks everyone!

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Right click the taskbar, choose properties, Navigation tab, Start Screen (Tick the first option)

Applies to Windows 8.1.

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You may also want to create a central store, import the .amdx templates for 8.1/2012 R2, and see if there’s a group policy option for this. Unfortunately I haven’t updated mine yet (still using 8 templates) so I couldn’t say. This assumes you’re not already using 2012 R2 for a DC.

Classic Shell will install a start-menu and make the PC go straight to the desktop after login.

. personally, I can’t use Win8 without Classic Shell; Start Screen is too annoying and disruptive to my workflow.

Classic Shell will install a start-menu and make the PC go straight to the desktop after login.

This times a million. Any time i see someone with Windows 8, i ask if they want their start menu back. The answer, without fail, is GOD YES.

I don’t know where all these people who can’t stand Windows 8 are, luckily for me, none of them work here.

Personally I think Classic shell is a crutch for those who don’t want to try to learn something new.

For 8 I found Classic Shell a must-have, for 8.1 it is irrelevant to me. I about had a stroke when the Windows 10 Preview sent my HP Pro X2 to the Desktop by default, I couldn’t change it back fast enough. I get mad in Windows 7 now when I can’t just start typing and get what I want.

I don’t know where all these people who can’t stand Windows 8 are, luckily for me, none of them work here.

Personally I think Classic shell is a crutch for those who don’t want to try to learn something new.

Even in Windows 10 i find myself right clicking on the start button and using the start menu from 8 or just simply using the search bar. One of my favorite features about Windows 8.1 is that it didn’t have a start menu that just takes up screen space.

I hate classic shell (buggy POS) more than y’all hate win8. 1 person here installed classic shell, and after that, I hated working on that machine. I was glad he got canned and I could wipe that box clean.

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar Locate the following setting:

“Go to the desktop instead of Start when signing in or when all the apps on a screen are closed”
(yes – it’s really called that) Enable the setting

Classic Shell for sure. Even if you like Metro, CS adds back some of the file handling functions MS removed from 8/8.1.

I don’t know where all these people who can’t stand Windows 8 are, luckily for me, none of them work here.

Personally I think Classic shell is a crutch for those who don’t want to try to learn something new.

I love learning new things, and trust me, I gave the Start Screen a fair shake! About 90% of the Windows machines I work on are Win7 or 2008 R2. At the end of the day, it was just unnecessarily cumbersome. Once I heard MS is bringing back a Start Menu in Win10 (thank God!), I abandoned using the Start Screen altogether and put Classic Shell on all Win8, Server 2012 machines I manage. Start Screen does has its place and I do use it at home occasionally. However, for me, that place is not the workplace.

This is not unwillingness to learn something new; it is unwillingness to use something that disrupts workflow and is counter-intuitive.

I don’t know where all these people who can’t stand Windows 8 are, luckily for me, none of them work here.

Personally I think Classic shell is a crutch for those who don’t want to try to learn something new.

It’s more a matter of not wanting to use an interface that isn’t designed for the equipment you’re running. The Metro UI is great, if you have a touch screen. If you use a mouse (or thumb ball in my case) the constant screen scrolling sucks monkey balls. It’s even worse if you use a track pad. Won’t even go into what it’s like if you’re using the pointer stick.

Under the superficial nastiness, however, is a really decent OS. This is why most of my home PCs run it. To date, it appears MS finally figured out that whole IP stack thing. Adding peripherals a much more pleasant experience compared to Windows 7 (assuming you have the drivers). UAC isn’t the complete discombobulated mess it was in Windows 7 either.

So, I actually LIKE what’s going on under the covers. Hell I’m posting this from a Win 8.1 machine right now. I just refuse to put up with a crap interface. Classic Shell solves that problem nicely.

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Microsoft removed a registry hack in the latest preview build that allowed Windows 11 users to revert to the “Classic” Windows 10 Start Menu.

When the Windows 11 preview build was leaked in June, one of the most significant and most controversial changes was a new floating Start Menu centered in the middle of the Taskbar.

This new Start Menu was taken from the now-shelved Windows 10X and includes a redesigned interface with the removal of app groups and Live Tiles.

For those who did not like the new Start Menu, it was possible to use a Registry hack to revert to a “Classic Mode,” the Windows 10 Start Menu.

To switch to the Windows 10 Start Menu, users could create the ‘Start_ShowClassicMode‘ value and set it to 1 under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced registry key.

Once you created the registry value and restarted the Windows Explorer process, the old Start Menu would be available again, as shown below.

On Thursday, Microsoft released Windows 11 build 22000.65 to Insiders on the ‘Dev’ channel. Unfortunately, after installing the new cumulative update, users could no longer use the Registry hack to bring back the old Start Menu.

@JenMsft I’ve noticed that with 22000.65 the option to bring back the old start menu (Start_ShowClassicMode) doesn’t work anymore. Is there any minor chance at all that you guys revert that change so people who REALLY want it back, can use it?

BleepingComputer has also independently confirmed that the Registry hack no longer works, but it is unclear whether Microsoft will enable it again in the future.

BleepingComputer has reached out to Microsoft to learn more about this change but has not heard back at this time.

Redmond automatically downloads Windows 10 just in case

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As we’ve told you earlier this week, it turns out that Microsoft automatically downloads Windows 10 files on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs no matter if users want it or not, which is quite a problem, especially because these files use their bandwidth and take up to 6 GB of their storage space.

Previously, Microsoft said that only users who reserve the upgrade to Windows 10 actually get these files, but the company had a change of mind and is now putting all these files on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs automatically, just in case you might want to install the new OS at a later time.

So today we’re going to show you how to get rid of these Windows 10 installation files from your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC, how to block them from being downloaded once again, and how to get back your lost space easily.

How to remove Windows 10 installation files

First and foremost, it’s worth noting that the Windows 10 installation files take up to 6 GB of your storage space (5.40 GB in our case), so it’s no wonder that everyone wants to delete them.

To do that, go to your C: partition and look for a folder called $Windows.

BT. This is where Microsoft puts all Windows 10 installation files, so you can right-click it, hit Properties and check how much space it takes on your PC. Additionally, here’s what the content of the folder looks like.

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The setup.exe file there triggers the Windows 10 installation and it’s proof that files for the new operating system are already on your PC. So to remove them, you can either use Shift + Delete, or let Windows do that the safe way.

Right-click C: drive > Properties > Disk Cleanup > Clean up system files > Enable Temporary Windows installation files > OK

It could take a while to complete, but once it’s done, no Windows 10 files should be there anymore.

How to prevent Windows 10 installation files from being re-downloaded

The Windows 10 installation files are downloaded on your PC with the help of some Windows updates, so even if you remove them, they’ll land back on the computer after a reboot.

To prevent that from happening, you need to get rid of the Windows updates responsible for this.

So follow the next path:

Control Panel > Programs and features > View installed updates

And in the search box at the top right side of the screen, search for this updates one by one, right-click each of them, and hit the Uninstall option:

Windows 8.1: KB3035583, KB2976978 Windows 7: KB3035583, KB2952664, and KB3021917

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A reboot will be required when you complete the removal, so do it, but then follow this path:

Control Panel > Windows Update > Check for updates > View uninstalled updates

Look for the updates you just removed (depending on your Windows version), right-click them one by one and hit the Hide update option.

Assuming that you’ve completed all these steps successfully, Windows 10 installation files should not only no longer be there, but should never arrive on your PC again until you say so.

Thanks for the tip, James Bond 007!

If you upgraded to Windows 10 recently and want to go back to Windows 8.1, here are some things you can try. This info only applies if you had Windows 8.1 on your computer before you upgraded. If your computer came with Windows 10 installed, no earlier version of Windows was ever on it. In that situation, you can’t go back to Windows 8.1. Note: The option to go back to your previous version of Windows is available only for a limited time following the upgrade (10 days, in most cases).

Select the Start button > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. Under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10, Go back to Windows 8.1, select Get started. By following the prompts, you’ll keep your personal files but remove apps and drivers installed after the upgrade, plus any changes you made to settings.

Try restoring your PC to its factory settings. This reinstalls Windows 8.1 if it came with your PC. It also removes personal files, apps, and drivers you installed, as well as any changes you made to settings. Select the Start button > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Get started, then select Restore factory settings.

If you have a product key for your previous version of Windows, use the media creation tool to create installation media for Windows 8.1, and then perform a clean install of Windows. If you need help finding your key, see Find your Windows product key.

If you’re past the 10-day rollback window, or if you’d prefer in any case to fix your Windows 10 installation instead of rolling back, see Reset or reinstall Windows 10.

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You want to delete a partition on Windows 7 because it is corrupted and stops working normally? Or you want to delete Windows 7 partition because you need some unallocated space? Or you want to delete one or more partitions in Windows 7 since there are two many partitions on your computer? For whatever reason, it is not a difficult task to delete any volume (except system partition) on Windows 7.

What You Should Know

Before performing deletion on any partition, what you should know is that there is no way to remain all original data on the partition after deleting. If you just want to delete the partition with all data being not erased, the only way is to move all data to another partition or storage media (like external hard drive) before deleting the partition on your computer that runs Windows 7.

Windows 7 Disk Management to Delete Partition

You are allowed to delete a Windows 7 partition under Disk Management. Now, follow the steps below to delete a volume under Windows 7 Disk Management:

Step1. Right click “Computer” icon on Windows 7 desktop > click “Manage” > click “Disk Management” to open Disk Management in Windows 7.

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Step2. Right click the partition you want to delete and click “Delete Volume” option > click “Yes” button to confirm the deletion of the selected partition.

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Delete Volume Is Grayed out on Windows 7

In most cases, you can follow the two steps above to delete a partition on your Windows 7 computer. However, you may encounter problem sometimes when attempting to delete the selected partition by Disk Management on Windows 7. Sometimes, the “Delete Volume” option might show grayed out after right clicking the partition you want to delete. If you meet this problem, you can check:

1. The selected partition you want to delete is system partition

System partition, namely C drive, is very important on any computer. Therefore, Windows system usually does not allow its users to delete a system partition. The “Delete Volume” usually shows grayed out when you select a system partition to delete under Windows 7 Disk Management.

2. The selected partition is damaged

Sometimes, if a partition is damaged, the “Delete Volume” may also display grayed out.

3. The selected volume contains virus

Virus infection might lead data corruption and corrupt the file system of a partition, in which situation you may fail to delete this partition when it contains virus.

Pay attention: You may fail to delete the selected partition if there is other program or utility is using this partition or you have open a window which is displaying contents of this partition. In this situation, you just need to close all programs and windows that are using this partition and try to delete it again.

Can You Restore the Deleted Partition on Windows 7?

When you delete a volume on your computer, it does not disappear from your PC but it will show as unallocated space under Disk Management. Sometimes, you may want to restore the deleted partition after deleting it by mistake.

Follow the steps below to restore deleted partition on Windows 7:

Step1. Right click the unallocated volume (the deleted partition) under Disk Management and click “New Simple Volume” option.

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Step2. Click “Next” button on the New Simple Volume Wizard and then assign a drive letter to this partition.

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Step3. Wait patiently before the formatting is completed, after which you can get a new volume.

Tip: You can only restore the deleted partition by creating new volume, but you cannot get back the files deleted from the partition unless you can use data recovery software.

Delete Partition from Windows 7 with Partition Manager

Without relying on Disk Management tool on Win 7, you can delete a partition by using Windows 7 partition manger. IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free is a completely free partition tool that can work on Windows 7 and other Windows platform to help delete partition, so you can use it whenever you want to perform a deletion on Windows 7 partition.

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    Updated, July 31 @ 15:55 BST (10:55 EDT): This story has been updated with a few more details, and some other (quicker) ways of achieving an almost-clean installation of Windows 10.

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    Windows 10 is an unusual release for Microsoft: if you have a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8/8.1, it will very easily upgrade to Windows 10—you don’t even need to enter a licence key. Clean installations, however, are a bit trickier: you do need to enter a licence key, and your Windows 7/8 key probably won’t work.

    Fortunately, if you’re running Windows 7 or 8, and you really want to use your free Windows 10 licence key to perform a clean installation rather than upgrade, there is a solution. It’s pretty convoluted, but it works.

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    Once the upgrade has completed, make sure you’ve been activated by Microsoft. Open up the new Settings app, then head to Update & Security, Activation. It will say on the right whether you’re activated or not (see image). Also note down what version of Windows 10 you have (Home, Pro).

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    If you haven’t yet been activated, you can try forcing it via command prompt: run cmd.exe as an administrator, then type slmgr.vbs /ato . You may need to try a few times, as the activation servers were being hit quite hard.

    This first step will convert your current Windows 7/8 key into a Windows 10 key.

    Now you need to install Windows 10 again! Grab the Windows 10 download tool and run it. This time, select “Create installation media for another PC.” Select the appropriate version (Home, Pro) and the tool will generate an ISO for you. Let the tool help you burn the ISO to a DVD or USB memory stick.

    Now, proceed with a clean installation of Windows 10 (select “Custom: Install Windows only” when prompted.) When it asks you for a product key, click Skip. If it asks you multiple times, just keep hitting Skip.

    Once you’ve installed Windows 10, it should activate normally. Again, you might need to manually slam the servers using slmgr.vbs /ato . Voilà: a clean installation of Windows 10.

    In theory, you should be able to reinstall Windows 10 again in the future on the same PC, but if you make significant hardware changes you might need to use the manual telephone activation process. Currently, it isn’t clear if you can take your freebie Windows 10 licence key and use it to install Windows 10 on another machine. Some users are reporting that ProduKey, Magic Jelly Bean, and other key-viewing tools have enabled them to get a new Windows 10 licence key that can be used on another machine, but some users are just getting a generic licence key that isn’t transferable. Your mileage may vary.

    Caveats and other gotchas

    Obviously, it’s crazy that you have to go through a full OS installation just to upgrade a licence key. It would be a lot easier and faster if Microsoft provided some kind of tool that converted Windows 7/8 keys to Windows 10.

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    Another option, rather than installing Windows 10 twice, is to click the small “change what to keep” button during installation, and then select “nothing” from the following screen. This will delete all of your files, apps, and settings. This will be functionally the same as performing a clean installation, but there may be small underlying differences.

    Another method is to upgrade to Windows 10, head into the new Settings app, and go to “Update and recovery.” From there, you can click “Reset this PC,” which gives you the option of reinstalling Windows 10 and either a) keeping your apps and files, or b) wiping everything clean. Again, this isn’t quite the same as a clean installation, but it’s very similar.

    If you do opt for the upgrade-then-install method, one slightly faster route is to download and burn an ISO the first time you run the tool, and then upgrade from that ISO. You can then use the same installation media to do a clean installation, rather than downloading Windows 10 again using the tool.

    If you get the following error when trying to activate Windows 10, don’t panic: “Error code: 0xC004C003. Activation server determined that the key has been blocked.” Some users are reporting that they are seeing that error, even with a legitimate key, perhaps due to the activation servers being overloaded. Of course, if you’re not actually using a legitimate licence key, then. well. do panic.

    I have an old USB device that is not recognized by windows 7, so I grabbed the device driver for the chip that handles the USB communications. After I modified it I used it to install for the device. Stupid I know, but now I need to get rid of it.

    Below is the code from the inf setup file. This does not have the VID and PID that I changed. I need to reverse all the changes it made.

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    Another option (the Microsoft way, without doing random unknown deletings in the registry) is to start CMD as “run as admin” and then list all installed drivers in the Windows 7 driver store via:

    if this caused a longer list you can pipe that into a file via:

    If you have found now the driver you need to remove use the following comand:

    replace NUMBER with your number from your example. You might try to use -F to force the uninstallation. Once a reboot is done the driver should be gone.

    This might be also usefull to delete old drivers and get some HD space back.

    If you have installed a driver for a device and you want to remove it (and the driver store) just plug in your device. Open Device Manager, right click the device and select Uninstall. There will be a box that says “Remove driver software” – check this box and Uninstall the driver. This should remove it from the driver store and uninstall the device from the registry.

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    A question I often get from Windows users is how to completely uninstall all traces of a program or app. Here’s what you need to know.

    When you uninstall a program from Windows via Add or Remove Programs or with the program’s uninstaller, it leaves many remnants behind. Things left behind are folders, temp files, icons, registry entries, and more. If you want to uninstall all traces of a program completely, follow this guide to remove everything.

    Note: Keep in mind this method isn’t for everyone, especially the later part where I manually clean entries from the Registry.

    For this example, I’m uninstalling the Maxthon web browser – not because it isn’t a good browser but because I need to sacrifice an application to the uninstall gods for this article.

    Revo Uninstaller

    The “go-to” app I use to uninstall software on Windows is Revo Uninstaller Pro. Revo also offers a free version that includes fewer options but still does a good job of getting rid of extra entries of unwanted software.

    Launch Revo Uninstaller, and you’ll see a list of the programs you have installed on your system. It also lists programs that aren’t listed in Add/Remove programs in Windows. Right-click the program you want to remove and click Uninstall.
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    Then Revo will ask if you’re sure that you want to uninstall the program. By default, the options to create a System Restore Point and Full Registry Backup before the uninstall. It’s good to allow it to do it automatically every time you uninstall a program. This is important because if something goes wrong with the uninstall, you can easily restore your system and Registry. Click the Continue button.

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    A verification message will come up asking if you’re sure. Click Yes.

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    If there are other leftover files or folders, you’ll click Next and delete those, too.

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    Voidtools’ Everything

    Next, I use another one of my favorite utilities — Everything by Voidtools. Type in the name of the program you just deleted and remove all entries it finds. Another tip is to search for the name of the software company that made the app.

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    Manually Clean Registry

    After that, the last thing I do to make sure all traces of the program are removed is to search the Registry and delete all entries of the program.

    Hit the Windows key and type: regedit and

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    The Registry Editor comes up. Hit F3 on your keyboard to bring up the Search box. Type in the name of the program and click Find Next.

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    When an entry is found, go ahead and hit Delete. Then hit F3 to Find the next one and continue.

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    Continue deleting entries until the full Registry has been searched. I prefer to clean the Registry myself versus using a Registry cleaner program. A Registry cleaner utility can often delete important entries you need for a program to work.

    Be careful while in the Registry and deleting entries, though. I don’t recommend this for a beginner at all. But if you’re a power user and know Windows really well, it’s an effective method.

    We often use the Safe Mode in Windows to perform different tasks to fix the system errors. However, because of some reason; if you get stuck in Safe Mode in Windows 10 and unable to exit it using the GUI System configuration tool then here is another way. You can disable or exit the Safe mode in Windows 10/8/7 using the command prompt.

    The Safe mode in Windows disable the drivers and other unnecessary programs to boot the system in the minimal environment to troubleshoot or diagnose the errors.

    Please see the below steps to find out how to exit/ disable or get out of Windows 10/8/7 Safe mode using command prompt:

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    3. After typing the CMD, press CTRL + Shift and then Press Enter key.
    4. The above step will the CMD in administrator mode, just click the YES when the system asks you for permission.
    5. Finally, you will see the command prompt windows. Now, we have to run the BDCedit command to delete or remove the boot configuration which is the Safe mode. For that run the BDCedit along the syntax given below:
    6. After typing the command press Enter button and you will see a message operation successfully completed.
    7. Just restart the system which now boots in the Normal Mode…

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    I’m so sick of all this complicated stuff. Locking up, trying to uninstall and reinstall, cd id’s ya da ya da. ya da ..This is suppose to be fun? I’ve had great programs before “Avid”, never had this kind of problems.It use to be simple .Please tell me how to get all of this Roxio stuff out of my conputer. Thanks. Oh. once before I was told to get some kind of ms cleaner to get this out. Right. it crashed my computer. Do I need a geek?

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    Cesar De la Torre

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    I just wanna have this “How to” in my blog, even for myself. 🙂

    What you need:

    • USB Flash Drive (4GB+)
    • Windows 7 DVD
    • A computer running Vista / Windows 7

    Step 1 – Formatting the Drive
    Using the command prompt, we’ll use the diskpart utility. [BTW: This will erase all data on your USB drive]

    1. Plug in your USB Flash Drive
    2. Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator” (Or type cmd in Start menu search box and hit Ctrl+ Shift+ Enter).
    3. Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:
      list disk
      The number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step. In my following example, I assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.
    4. Format the drive by typing the following. (Replace the number “1” with the specific number of your disk):
      select disk 1
      create partition primary
      select partition 1
      format fs=NTFS (The Format process will take a few minutes)
      Now you should have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.

    Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable
    Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. Type the followinf in the same command window that you were using in Step 1:

    1. Insert your Windows 7 DVD into your drive.
    2. Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect is situated:
      cd d:\boot
    3. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk F:\ by the computer:
      bootsect /nt60 f:
    4. Close the command prompt window

    Step 3: Copy the installation DVD files to the USB drive
    Using Windows explorer or any other tool to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive.

    Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB
    Don’t forget to check that your computer has USB boot enabled in the BIOS config.

    We’re done!, just plug in your USB and install Windows 7! 🙂

    If you have previously dualboot your Windows 7 and Vista and now you wanted to remove it, either because you don’t like it or you are running out of hard disk space, here is the way to do it:

    Remove the Windows 7 boot entry

    Previously when you install Windows 7, it modifies the bootloader and makes it the default OS to boot up. If you are going to uninstall Windows 7, you will have to remove the entry from the bootloader so that you don’t have any conflicts when booting up later.

    Download and install EasyBCD.

    Run EasyBCD. On the left pane, click on the Add/Remove Entries.

    On the right pane, highlight the Windows 7 entry and click Delete.

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    Download GParted iso file and burn the image to a CD.

    Boot up your computer with the Gparted live CD. On the main screen, you should see your Windows Vista and Windows 7 partitions.

    There are two ways that you can deal with your Windows 7 partition:

    1) reformat it and use it as an additional partition to your Vista partition

    2) remove the partition and return the extra space back to the Vista partition

    Reformat Windows 7 partition

    Highlight and right click on the Windows 7 partition. Select Format to -> ntfs.

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    Remove Win 7 partition and return it to Vista partition

    Highlight the Windows 7 partition and click the Delete button.

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    Next, highlight the Windows Vista partition and click Resize/Move. Increase the New Size to the maximum. Make sure that the Free Space Preceding and Free Space Following is zero.

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    Once all the operations are completed, exit GParted and restart your computer. You should now boot into your Vista. Depending on the option you choose, you will have either a new blank partition that you can use to store data or a bigger Vista partition.

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    Microsoft does not recommend this

    Microsoft has softened its stance on hardware requirements for Windows 11 by documenting a way to bypass them – though it warns against doing so and states that it is unsupported and will not be entitled to updates.

    The explanation was posted on the page about “ways to install Windows 11.” It may be that Microsoft always intended this, but it also follows intense feedback from users frustrated or annoyed at not being able to upgrade to the latest Windows.

    When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella posted on LinkedIn about the “start of a new generation of Windows,” comments included “My 2015 iPad is capable of running the latest iOS. Meanwhile, Microsoft has chosen to obsolete hardware that’s only 2-3 years old. Ludicrous,” and “This entails a significant effort in production which also comes at the worst time due to supply chain shortages.”

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    How to bypass Windows 11 system requirements

    The bypass is easy: one registry setting called “AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU”. Once set, users can run the Media Creation Tool to create an ISO. It is then possible to mount the ISO with a right-click on the same PC and run setup from there to upgrade while keeping installed applications and documents.

    There are limitations, one of which is that TPM 1.2 is still needed, revealing that Windows 11 has hard as well as soft requirements.

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    This warning appears when installing Windows 11 on unsupported hardware

    Microsoft’s warnings are severe. A disclaimer explains that the installation “may result in compatibility issues” and that “your PC will no longer be supported and won’t be entitled to receive updates” – though it seems that Microsoft envisages certain scenarios where the bypass may be a good idea, since the heading states “not recommended unless instructed by support.”

    Exactly how this will play out is not clear, but some users have reported receiving updates on unsupported installations. Rather than intending to punish users with older hardware, it is more likely that Microsoft is covering itself against the possibility that some updates will not work. It would be a mistake to bypass the requirements on production systems that work well with Windows 10, or on hardware that is still under warranty.

    That said, there are cases where this might make sense, such as in virtual machines or physical PCs used for test and development. There is also a category of PCs that nearly meet Microsoft’s requirements, such as those with 7th generation Intel processors and TPM 2.0, where the chances of success are higher – though, as Microsoft emphasises, it is at the user’s risk if it does not work. Uninstall should be possible for up to 10 days after upgrade, but not thereafter.

    The reason this registry bypass key works is that Microsoft’s system requirements for Windows 11 are more to do with ensuring a secure configuration and adequate performance than with enabling the operating system to run. Many of the security benefits in Windows 11 are also available in 10, but often not configured.

    Yesterday Microsoft posted its Windows 11 security baseline, the recommended minimum configuration for a secure system, intended to be applied automatically on business networks via Group Policy.

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    Health check says no: but with the bypass key, Windows 11 installed successfully

    We tried the upgrade on an elderly HP laptop that owes us nothing. Core i5 5200 and TPM 1.2, 8GB RAM, SSD drive. The upgrade took several hours but worked and performance is not noticeably different than it was with Windows 10. No blotches in device manager (which would indicate missing drivers). Windows update works and duly downloaded a security update after the upgrade. Windows 11 Pro is activated. There is a risk that at some point Microsoft will update Windows 11 in a manner that requires hardware features that this laptop lacks; the same can happen though with Windows 10, and for a non-critical PC this seems a viable solution, for those keen to try Windows 11 without purchasing a new PC.®

    One of the most common complaints about Windows 10 is that it doesn’t include the usual selection of free Microsoft games such as Solitaire, Minesweeper, FreeCell and Chess Titans. There are several possible solutions

    Companies don’t charge for the games, but they charge to remove advertisements or to add extra features Photograph: Windows

    Companies don’t charge for the games, but they charge to remove advertisements or to add extra features Photograph: Windows

    I am missing the free games such as Chess Titans, Solitaire and a few more that Windows 10 doesn’t have. I tried to install Chess Titans from Windows 7 but it won’t let me. Are we likely to get it on 10 in the future? Veronica

    The games have vanished. Where is my Solitaire? Oh, I can go to the Window Store and purchase a souped-up (ie ruined) Solitaire, but that costs money. For Solitaire? Crikey! Jim

    Is there a safe way to restore the old versions of the games, which were much faster to load and – to my old eyes – clearer to see? I can find several suggested solutions on YouTube, but they all involve downloading zip files from unknown websites. Tony

    Microsoft uses games partly for educational purposes: for example, Solitaire taught a generation to use the mouse to drag-and-drop. (There’s an excellent post about this by James Hunt.) With Windows 8 and 10, Microsoft moved the games to the Windows Store. This should have taught users to log on and download them.

    These Microsoft games are still free, but they now include adverts. This is almost always the case with free store-based apps whether on Windows, Android or Apple’s iOS. Companies don’t charge for the games, but they charge to remove advertisements or to add extra features. That’s what happens when people don’t want to pay for content.

    Bad moves

    Having said all that, I don’t think this is a smart move on Microsoft’s part, for three reasons. First, introducing a new freemium game is not the same as taking a game that’s been free for decades and making it freemium. The basic free version should still be free and ad-free.

    Second, running a casual game like the Microsoft Solitaire Collection Premium Edition lumbers you with an Xbox Live gamertag. There’s nothing wrong with having a gamertag, and serious gamers love them, but they should be optional for casual gamers.

    Third, the pricing for ad-free versions looks too high. In the UK, the Solitaire Collection costs £1.19 per month or £7.95 per year. The bundle includes five games so perhaps a one-off £7.95 would be acceptable, but I don’t think people who have been playing Solitaire free for 25 years really want to pay that much every year in perpetuity.


    There are hundreds of alternatives in the Windows Store: a search for “solitaire” finds 730 apps, while “solitaire for desktop” finds 81. Why not try a few of those? There are also plenty of alternatives that you can download from other sites. For example, a web search for “minesweeper clone” finds Minesweeper X, one called Clone, and Andrew Lim’s Minez. They all look pretty much like the original.

    There’s also no shortage of versions that you can play online in your web browser. Examples include World of Solitaire, Net Solitaire and Minesweeper.js. Most casual gaming websites seem to have their own versions as well.

    Chess Giants 2.4 by Pierre-Marie Baty is a desktop Windows program that looks a lot like Microsoft’s Chess Titans and may be an acceptable substitute. It’s shareware and costs $11.24 to register. SparkChess also looks attractive, and you can either play it online (free) or download a full version ($12.99). There are plenty of less-slick alternatives, too. These include Winboard, a free, open source chess program based on GnuChess.

    Sorry to say, I can’t provide links to the best alternatives, because I haven’t played them. Perhaps readers can link to their favourites in the comments below.

    Windows 7 games

    Windows 7 included a selection of casual games collected over the long history of Microsoft Windows . though, strangely, not all the ones from Windows Vista. Unfortunately, they were coded to run only in Windows 7.

    People looked into how they worked, and it turned out that the files could be edited to make them run in later versions of Windows by changing one instruction in the code. A post at How-To Geek explains the details. Soon afterwards, files of pre-patched Windows 7 games were widely available for download.

    As Tony says, this involves “downloading zip files from unknown websites,” which is inherently risky. However, following a popular link from a site like Winaero (Google’s top hit) should be less risky, and a good virus scanner should be able to detect any malware in the zip file. (You can always upload files to Virus Total, which will check them with dozens of anti-virus products.)

    Another drawback is that it breaks the original license agreement. Presumably, Microsoft could sue people for running games that they got free with Windows 7 in their free upgrade to Windows 10. However, Microsoft has had several years to sue Windows 8 and 8.1 users for running Windows 7 games, and it hasn’t. And if it did sue Windows 10 users, it would be a PR disaster.

    Some people simply moved the games from Windows XP to later versions of Windows. The XP games were not tied to a specific version of Windows, and they are very small. FreeCell, for example, is only 54K, and the cards.dll file – which is used by all the XP card games – is only 352K. I much prefer these card designs to the “souped-up” versions in the Microsoft Solitaire Collection, which weighs in at around 200 megabytes.

    Either way, it doesn’t cost anything to try the free versions that Microsoft offers in the Windows Store, and this is no more objectionable than using the Google Play and Apple online stores. They all work the same way.

    If you find the adverts in Microsoft’s games unbearable, my advice is to try some of the many clone versions available for download and for online play. You will probably find at least one where both the design and the amount of advertising and/or tracking are acceptable.


    Readers who played Windows games in Windows 7 and Vista will also have used the very handy games folder, which seems to have disappeared from Windows 8 and 10. However, the code is still included in the operating system. To get the games folder back, go to the run box and type “shell:games” (without the quotes). When it appears, go to the taskbar, right-click the icon and pin the program to the taskbar. After that, you will be able to use it without typing the command every time.

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    When a Windows machine is joined to a domain such as Active Directory, a number of Windows UIs relating to accounts are changed (e.g. netplwiz). This makes sense since the Windows login experience changes once bound to a domain.

    A mistake I frequently see technicians make is failing to fully remove an account when attempting to delete it. This is because there are three items to address when dealing with account deletion: User profile directory, user Registry keys, and user credentials (for local accounts).

    User Profile Directory Deletion & User Registry Keys Deletion

    Whether a local Windows account or a domain account, all users will have a profile located by default at C:\Users\ . This directory stores the entirety of the user profile’s directories and files.

    In addition, all users have two Registry keys located by default at HKEY_USERS\ and HKEY_USERS\ _Classes. The SID is a unique Security ID assigned by the local Windows OS to the account.

    Both the user profile and user Registry keys can be deleted in one easy step using the Advanced User Profile Settings:

    1. From Start, open Control Panel >System
    2. On the right side (or along bottom) of the About window, click Advanced System Settings
      Note for Windows 10 1909 and earlier:
      Instead of step 2 above, on the right side of the System window click Change Settings
    3. I n the System Properties window, go to the Advanced tab and under User Profiles click the Settings button
    4. In the User Profile window, select the username to delete and click the Delete button

    This process will delete both the user profile directory as well as the user Registry key.

    User Credential Removal

    Note: This second process is not needed for domain accounts, but be aware that depending on your configuration domain account credentials may still exist and be able to log in and create a new profile.

    If the account is a local Windows account, the user credentials still exist in the system and can be used to log in and create a new profile. Therefore a few additional steps should be taken in order to completely remove these credentials.

    1. From start, open Computer Management (run as Administrator)
    2. In the left pane, select Local Users and Groups >Users
    3. Right-click the user to remove, select Delete, then hit Yes on the confirmation prompt

    This process will remove user credentials from the system so they can no longer log in.

    Welcome to the Linux Mint forums!

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    [SOLVED]What happens if I click on “Erase disk and install”?

    [SOLVED]What happens if I click on “Erase disk and install”?

    Post by edosan » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:34 am

    Hello, a question I cannot find the answer too.

    What happens if I click on ” Erase disk and install Linux Mint“?

    Will I still be able to choose the size of the / and /home folders?
    The swap area size?
    Tell the installer to leave something unallocated? ect ect ect?

    Or will the installer start doing everything by itself as soon as I click on “install”?

    Also, are there issues with secure boot and UEFI in this configuration that I should be aware of?
    What about the bootloader? I am not interested in dual booting and i want Linux Mint to start as soon as I press the power button.

    Re: What happens if I click on “Erase disk and install. “?

    Post by all41 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:57 am

    Post by Dngrsone » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:02 pm

    That option is the ‘Mint will do everything for you’ method. As I recall, it will create a swap partition and a / partition for everything else.

    If you want to allocate separate partitions for root and /home, then you’ll want the manual option, which I believe is the last on the list.

    Mint is at least somewhat compatible with UEFI, and I believe but can’t assure you that it will work ‘out of the box’ for you on a standalone capacity- I multi-boot Mint with Win 8.1 in secure mode using the rEFInd bootloader.

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    Post by edosan » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:32 pm

    Dngrsone wrote: Hello, edosan.

    That option is the ‘Mint will do everything for you’ method. As I recall, it will create a swap partition and a partition for everything else.

    If you want to allocate separate partitions for root and /home, then you’ll want the manual option, which I believe is the last on the list.

    Mint is at least somewhat compatible with UEFI, and I believe but can’t assure you that it will work ‘out of the box’ for you on a standalone capacity- I multi-boot Mint with Win 8.1 in secure mode using the rEFInd bootloader.

    Sent from my SPH-L720T using Tapatalk

    I am erasing the disk because I actually am in dual boot but W8 does not work anymore. It asks me to “restore the disk”, which would send me back to square one.
    I am using rEFInd successfully but I don’t want to have to use a bootloader anymore (as if there were more than one OS to choose)

    Here are the problems I encountered and solved:
    – after some days, Windows “overtook” the GRUB. I wasn’t allowed to choose between Windows and Linux anymore
    – after a couple of days, Windows “kindly” asked me to restore the disk
    – Then, a restore session happened to start as soon as I pushed the power button.

    So I started Linux via Supergrub2 CD, installed rEFInd and now only Linux works.
    My thread asking the community for help on this: . 1&start=20

    So. My questions now concern how I may install Mint on this computer:
    – with Linux Mint as the only operative system, but choosing swap area size and unallocated space size.
    – with Linux Mint booting “straight”, without any bootloader asking whatever before booting (Is having only Mint installed enough for this?)
    – without having to use a bootloader in order to bypass crappy firmware (just erasing the 4 Windows partitions?)

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    Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 include a screen reader feature called Narrator that reads aloud everything that happens on your screen, including text, buttons, and menus. This article will show you how to enable and configure the Narrator feature.

    • On Windows 7
    • On Windows 8.1
    • On Windows 10
    • Configure Narrator

    How to enable Narrator on Windows 7?

    1. To open Narrator click the Start button, and type Narrator in the search box. Click on it.

    2. Click Control whether Narrator starts when I log on and select Apply.

    How to enable Narrator on Windows 8.1?

    1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and Enter.

    2. On the new window, click the Ease of access button and select Narrator.

    3. Go to Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.

    4. Finally, turn the slider next to Narrator on.

    How to enable Narrator on Windows 10?

    On Windows 10 you can enable this feature by going to Start > Settings > Ease of Access and toggling the Narrator feature ON:

    How to adjust the Narrator screen reader’s settings?

    You can also change Narrator’s settings. You can activate it by default by selecting Start Narrator automatically. Windows 10 offers a couple of voices for you to choose from. Scroll to the Voice section, click on the Choose voice menu, and make your selection.

    Don’t forget to adjust the voice Speed and Pitch to match your personal preferences. The next step is to choose the items that Narrator will read aloud. Scroll to Sounds you hear and disable/enable the following settings: Read hints for control and buttons, Characters you type, and Words you type:

    Feel free to play with the different settings available to get them just right.

    In this blog, I will explain how to install an Additional Domain Controller (ADC) in Windows server 2019. An additional domain controller is a backup domain

    1- Click the Windows start button and choose the server manager.

    Install Additional Domain Controller

    2- Windows Server Manager, Dashboard, Under configure this local server and select Add roles and features.

    3- Add roles and features wizard so, click on next.

    4- Installation Type so, select Role based or feature-based installation and then click on next.

    5- Select a server from the server pole and then click on ext.

    6- Select the Active Directory Domain Services box.

    7- Select Add Features that are required for the Active Directory Domain Services.

    8- After selecting the active directory features so, click next.

    9- Active directory add roles and features wizard and click on next button.

    10- Now click Next.

    11- So, click the Install button to start out the active directory installation.

    12- After active directory installation and click on Close.

    Promote Domain Controller

    13- In Server Manager click warning message and then click on Promote this server to a website controller.

    14- Select the deployment operation (Add a DC to an existing domain). then click the select button and browse to xpertstec.local, verify that credentials are Administrator and then click on next.

    15- If you get this message Verification of replica failed so, please cancel the setup and then follow the below steps.

    Update you’ll verify if the system uses the FRS using follow below steps

    SYSVOL migration from FRS to DFSR Click Here

    16- Return again open Server Manager click warning message and then click on Promote this server to a DC.

    17- Deployment Configuration option So, Select Add a domain controller to an existing DC, and then click the select button and browse to xpertstec.local, verify that credentials are Administrator and then click on next.

    18- Verify that the name System (DNS) server and Global Catalog (GC) are selected and sort the directory services restore mode DSRM Password and then click on next.

    19- Ignore the DNS options warning and then click on next.

    20- Specify Additional replication Options interface, besides the Replicate from Select Server2008.xpertstec.local and then click on next.

    21- Specify the situation of the AD DS database, log files, and SYSVOL folders and then click on next.

    22- Active directory 2019 preparation options and then click Next.

    23- Review the choices interface so, verify all the knowledge and then click on next.

    24- On the prerequisites check to verify that each one prerequisites checks passed successfully and then click on Install.

    25- Now please awaits jiffy for the method to finish and then click on Close.

    26- After restarting windows Server 2019 operating system and then log in as Domain Administrator.

    27- Then log in to your DC, open active directory users and computers, expand your domain.local (xpertstec.local) and then choose DC and here you’ll find the extra DC.

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    We all know that previous versions of Windows come up with a default Administrator account that is not visible to all users. Only they can see who have enabled it. The Administrator password is something that has access to Windows core settings. So, you must have access to the Admin account if you are looking to make any change within the Windows settings.

    You can easily show Administrator password using CMD, which opens a Command Prompt in front of you. By entering multiple commands you can see it on your screen. In this article, we will be discussing how to view admin password using cmd in Windows 10/8/7 and how to see the Admin password using CMD in case you are unable to get it through.

    Part 1. Is It Possible to Show Administrator Password using CMD in Windows 10/8/7?

    Before proceeding, you must have knowledge about is it possible to show Administrator password using CMD or not. Well, the answer would be an absolute no if you want to show an Admin account with username as well as password. Windows are not allowed to show the default Administrator account password.

    If it is some kind of necessity, the better and effective way is resetting your default Windows Admin account password. After that, you can use that password to access Windows system files.

    Part 2. Steps to Show Administrator Password using CMD in Windows

    As mentioned above, it is impossible to display the Windows Administrator account password on CMD. It can only be displayed after cracking the password to a new one. Besides displaying the password, it can show you huge information about the Administrator account and all other accounts installed on Windows.

    Type the CMD in the Windows search bar and run as Administrator.

    You can run the following command to show the Administrator account using CMD and press the Enter key.

    A list of all the accounts will appear in front of you in less than a second.

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    Part 3. Failed to Show Admin Password using CMD? Use Windows Password Recovery to Reset Windows Password

    Windows Password Recovery is an utter solution to reset the Windows Administrator account password in case if you are failed to show administrator password using CMD. Windows can’t reveal the password, so the only solution is to use a third party software to reset the Windows password. Windows Password Recovery can efficiently reset, remove, recover the Windows passwords within minutes. Either you are looking to reset local account password or Administrator account password, the software can effectively do the job.


    • Retrieve Windows local Administrator as well as other user passwords.
    • Restore domain Admin account password and other Admin user passwords.
    • Create a new Admin account right away.
    • Incredibly easy to use.
    • Remove or reset Windows 7/8/10 passwords in three simple steps.
    • Reset Microsoft account passwords of supported Windows-like 8/8.1/10.

    How it works

    Download and launch the Windows password reset tool on your Windows operating system and hit the “USB device” option if you want to proceed with the bootable USB else, you can press the DVD/CD option to continue with it.

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    Insert the device whatever you choose to continue with and choose it from the dropdown menu. Hit the “Begin burning” once you have selected the right device.

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    It will start creating a bootable device. Press “OK” once you see the “Burning Successfully” prompt.

    Restart the operating system and press the boot key multiple times to enter into the Windows boot menu.

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    Finally, choose the Windows OS that you are using, select a user account that is supposed to be reset, and click on the “Reset Password” option.

    Hit the “Reboot” button when you see a “Successfully reset the password” prompt.

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    You can definitely use the above-discussed guide if you are looking for how to get admin password with CMD in Windows 7/8/10 and if you are unable to get the password using CMD, you can use the Windows Password Recovery to reset your Windows 7/8/10 password. If you have any other suggestions, you can share them with us through the comment section.

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    As a resource for tinkering with your old PC’s back-end functionality, Command Prompt can be a useful tool for troubleshooting and problem-solving. Here’s how to boot your computer directly to the Command Prompt in Windows XP, 7, and 8.

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    Booting to Command Prompt: Windows XP/7

    Booting to Command Prompt in Windows XP and 7 is easy; start your computer, and at the initial boot screen, press and hold the ‘F8 key’.

    Note that you must press it before Windows starts loading—If you see the start-up logo, you’ve missed it. We find that the best way is to repeatedly press the F8 key as soon as you turn on the machine.

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    Doing so will open the ‘Advanced Options’ menu. From here, select ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt.’

    Windows will open a ‘Command Prompt’ window and begin loading all the necessary drivers. Once the process finishes, you’ll be all set to begin using the command terminal.

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    Booting to Command Prompt: Windows 8/8.1

    The procedure for booting to Command Prompt in Windows 8 is slightly more complex than in previous iterations of Microsoft operating systems, but not by much.

    First, find the reboot button; in Windows 8, go into the lower-right corner of the screen, move up and click on the Settings icon, and then click Power, or in Windows 8.1, click the Windows logo and then the power button.

    Next, click ‘Restart’ while holding down the ‘shift key.’ This will take you to the Advanced Startup Options screen.

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    Click ‘Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings.’

    You will then see a screen with a Restart button. Click the ‘Restart button,’ and your computer will reboot, presenting you with the Advanced options screen. Finally, press ‘F6,’ and your PC will boot to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

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    Common FAQs for Booting to Command Prompt (Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1)

    How do I get to the boot menu in the command prompt?

    Getting the boot menu in the Command Prompt is a trick question. You CAN access the boot menu (a.k.a Advanced Boot Options) from Command Prompt, but you can also do it with a simple reboot and the ‘F8’ key. If you’d like to get the boot menu from the terminal, follow the instructions below.

    For Windows 7, click the ‘Start’ button and type ‘command’ in the search box, and then click on ‘Restart.’ While the system reboots, repeatedly press the ‘F8’ button until the boot menu displays on your screen. Select ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt‘ and then press ‘Enter.’ The Command Prompt screen displays and awaits your commands.

    For Windows 8 and 8.1, press ‘ctrl+x’ or click the start menu icon, then select ‘Windows Powershell (Admin)’ to launch the terminal. Next, type or paste “shutdown.exe /r /o” in Powershell without quotes. The command terminal also accepts the same action. Accept the signout window, and your PC will restart and launch the Advanced Options Menu.

    How do I boot to the command prompt on Dell?

    To boot the Command Prompt on a Dell PC or laptop, repeatedly press the ‘F12’ key after turning on your PC and seeing the Dell splash screen. This procedure displays boot choices, including CD/DVD, USB, HDD, LAN, and SSD. If you don’t have boot repair media, repeatedly press the ‘F8’ key, and you may get the ‘Advanced Options’ menu. Next, choose to boot to Command Prompt from the Advanced Options screen.

    How do I run System Restore from the command prompt?

    For Windows 7, repeatedly press the ‘F8’ button after powering on your PC. Choose ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt’ from the Boot Menu Options. Next, type “cd restore” and then “rstrui.exe” without quotes. This process will launch the System Restore application.

    For Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, press the ‘F11’ key at boot to access the ‘System Recovery’ menu, which brings up the Advanced Options screen. Select ‘System Restore’ to launch the process.

    What is the boot command for Windows XP?

    To boot XP FROM the Command Prompt, type “Type “shutdown -r” without quotes. To boot XP TO the command Prompt, repeatedly press ‘F8’ to load the ‘Advanced Settings’ menu. Select ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt’ in the boot menu that displays on your screen or choose another boot option from the list, depending on what you need.

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    Your Windows password is the password you use to log into your computer. It can help to keep your computer more secure by changing your Windows password regularly and by using a strong password.

    When you create a password or passphrase, you should make it strong, which means it’s difficult to guess or crack. It’s a good idea to use strong passwords on all user accounts on your computer. How to change Windows password is becoming the much concerned problem among most computer users. Now let’s take a look at on the following contents about tips to change Windows 10/8/7 Admin/Domain password.

    Windows 7 Password Change via Control Panel

    Changing your password in Windows 7 is pretty easy. Follow the steps below to reset your Windows 7 password:

    1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.
    2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.
    3. Click on the User Accounts link.
    4. In the Make changes to your user account area of the User Accounts window, click the Change your password link.
    5. In the first text box, enter your current password.
    6. In the next two text boxes, enter the password you would like to start using.
    Entering the password twice helps to make sure that you typed your new password correctly.
    7. In the final text box, you’re asked to Type a password hint.

    This step is optional but I highly recommend that you use it. If you try logging in to Windows 7 but enter the wrong password, this hint will display, hopefully jogging your memory.

    8. Click on the Change password button to confirm your changes.
    9. You can now close the User Accounts window.
    10. Now that your Windows 7 password has been changed, you must use your new password to log on to Windows 7 from this point forward.

    Windows 8 Change Domain/Admin Password via PC Setting

    You can update your password regularly to keep it more secure.

    1. If your PC isn’t connected to a domain, follow these steps:

    1). Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
    2). Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Sign-in options.
    3). Tap or click Change your password and proceed with the instructions.

    2. If your PC is connected to a domain, your system administrator might manage how frequently you must change your password. To do so, choose one of the following:

    1). If you’re using a keyboard, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, tap or click Change a password, and follow the instructions.
    2). If you’re using a tablet, press and hold the Windows button, press the power button, and then tap or click Change a password and proceed with the instructions.

    Windows 10 Change Password via Setting App

    In Windows 10, you can change password with another new password, a PIN or even a picture password.

    And you can also change Windows 10 password of your local account in Setting app, in CTRL+ALT+DEL secure screen, in Control Panel, in Local Users and Groups and in Command Prompt. Or you can turn to change Windows 10 password of your Microsoft account in Settings app and at Microsoft.

    Now we take to change Windows 10 password of local account in Setting app as example.

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.
    2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and click/tap on the Change button under Password.
    3. Type in your current password, and click/tap on Next.
    4. Type in a new password and password hint, and click/tap on Next.
    5. Click/tap on Finish.
    6. You can now close Settings if you like.

    How to Reset Lost/Forgotten Windows 10/8/7 Administrator/Domain Password

    Windows Password Key will fully satisfy your needs to change Windows Admin/Domain password on all computers. The Windows password recovery process will be finished with no data loss or file damage at a fast speed. This software supports to get back lost administrator passwords, domain password, user login passwords, Microsoft account password and etc.

    Now take a look at the tutorial of how to perform Windows password recovery on Windows 10/8/7 computer step by step.

    Step1. Download the program in any accessible PC (Not password protected PC). Then run the program and select Windows Password Key Enterprise to launch automatically.

    Step2. Select “USB flash drive” and specify the USB flash drive burning drive from the pull-down list as well as insert a blank USB flash drive. Click Burn button. Then click Yes to go on burning. Then Windows Password Key extracts the ISO image and copies the necessary files on a USB flash drive.

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    Step3. Insert newly created USB flash drive into your protected computer and reboot it. Then press F2 to set the BIOS to boot from USB. Next, choose the Windows installation to be processed.

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    Step4. Select the user account you want to remove and click Reset Windows Password and click to move on the next step.

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    Step5. Now, your protected password is removed. And click Next and reboot your computer. Then you can log in your computer with the newly created password.

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    After that, you will successfully recover Windows 10/8.1/8/7 login password. All the illustration above is how to reset Windows Admin/Domain password. Any other questions or suggestions, you are welcome to leave the comment in the relative section, we’ll give best solutions as soon as possible.