• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

total fresh install

Ekwa

New Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2010
Messages
26 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
#1
My system got so slow,and in games i got the weirdest stutters/super low fps out of nowhere so i decided to do a total fresh install of everything.

But i wanted to sweep eevrything out of my system,every posisble registry entry/every single driver/and even bios (if posisble) so it would be like installing as if i just put the pc togetehr. Now, i always formatted the pc through the windows vista dvd (click the disk-->options-->format) but i doubt everything is de-installed with that right? So if that's not the case,how can i make sure everything is removed from the system and i can really,in the literal sense, do a total clean install of everything?

cheers
 

Fourstaff

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
9,379 (3.16/day)
Likes
2,101
Location
Home
System Name Asus K50-X5DAB \\ Orange!
Processor Athlon QL-65 2.2Ghz \\ 3570K
Motherboard Laptop \\ ASRock z77 Extreme4
Cooling Laptop \\ H100i
Memory 1x1GB + 1X2GB \\ 2x4Gb 1600Mhz CL9 Corsair XMS3
Video Card(s) Mobility Radeon HD4570 512mb \\ Zotac 660Ti OC 2Gb
Storage 250Gb \\ Samsung 840 250Gb + Toshiba DT01ACA300 3Tb
Display(s) 15.6" 1366x768 \\ LG 22EA53VQ
Case Laptop Chassis \\ NZXT Phantom 410 Black/Orange
Power Supply Power Brick \\ Corsair CXM500w
#2
Try Solaris Utility DVD, I personally never used it before but you might find something inside. Its owner is Solaris17, pm him.
 

sneekypeet

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Apr 12, 2006
Messages
24,713 (5.75/day)
Likes
9,469
System Name His
Processor Intel i7 5930K
Motherboard Asus Maximus V Extreme
Cooling Thermalright True Spirit 140 BW Rev.A
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum ROG
Video Card(s) nVidia GTX 1080 SLI with EVGA Hybrid coolers.
Storage Samsung 960 Pro / Crucial MX300 750GB / Seagate 1TB Spinner
Display(s) Sony 43" 4K 60hz
Case SilverStone Temjin TJ11
Audio Device(s) Realtek on board > Sony Receiver > Cerwin Vega's
Power Supply Thermaltake TPSG 1050W
Mouse Always Changing
Keyboard Always Changing
Software Windows 10 Pro 64
#3
Solaris' disc will have a low level format tool in it.

you can also go to the manufacturer of the drives site and get their specific tool.
 
Joined
Jul 20, 2009
Messages
284 (0.09/day)
Likes
79
Location
Wales, Uk
Processor AMD PHENOM 9950BE x4 (140W)
Motherboard ASUS CROSSHAIR II (BIOS 2003)
Cooling ZALMAN 9700L
Memory 4GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR 1066 (2x2GB)
Video Card(s) XFX 9600GT XXX (740/1000)
Storage WD250x2 RAID0/Maxtor 500GB STORAGE
Display(s) SAMSUNG 23"/ACER 20"
Case COOLMASTER 690 CUSTOM
Audio Device(s) SUPREME FX II
Power Supply OCZ 700W
Software WINDOWS 7 64
#4
Dban, Drivewipe or Killdisk will do what your asking for, but there's really no need unless you want to destroy sensitive data. And never ever delete or remove any Bios or you will find yourself with out a working computer.
 
Joined
Jun 2, 2007
Messages
5,105 (1.31/day)
Likes
1,249
Location
Kansas
Processor Core i5 3570K
Motherboard AsRock z77 Pro4
Cooling Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
Memory 2x4GB GSkill Sniper
Video Card(s) MSI GTX970 Gaming
Storage 240GB OCZ ARC 100, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Display(s) LG 23" 1920x1080
Case Antec P100
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Antec Edge 750W
Software Windows 8.1 Pro 64
#5
Reinstalling the OS formats the drive. No reason for much more unless you have photos of who shot JFK on your system. :laugh:
 

Frick

Fishfaced Nincompoop
Joined
Feb 27, 2006
Messages
14,908 (3.43/day)
Likes
5,425
System Name A dancer in your disco of fire
Processor i3 4130 3.4Ghz
Motherboard MSI B85M-E45
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Memory 4 x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1400Mhz
Video Card(s) Asus GTX 760 DCU2OC 2GB
Storage Crucial BX100 120GB | WD Blue 1TB x 2
Display(s) BenQ GL2450HT
Case AeroCool DS Cube White
Power Supply Cooler Master G550M
Mouse Intellimouse Explorer 3.0
Keyboard Dell SK-3205
Software Windows 10 Pro
#6
Pop in the disk and format during installation. As Don said, you don't need anything else if you're keeping the disk.
 

Ekwa

New Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2010
Messages
26 (0.01/day)
Likes
0
#7
So what you guys are saying is that every possible registry entry/mobo driver and every posisble other driver is automatically deleted upon formatting the disk via the windows vista dvd?
 

trickson

OH, I have such a headache
Joined
Dec 5, 2004
Messages
6,486 (1.35/day)
Likes
927
Location
Planet Earth.
Processor Q9650
Motherboard Gigabyte.
Cooling air.
Memory 4gb kingston
Video Card(s) hd 5870
Software win7 64 bit
#8
So what you guys are saying is that every possible registry entry/mobo driver and every posisble other driver is automatically deleted upon formatting the disk via the windows vista dvd?
YES .
Once you start a clean install that is just what it does it wipes all the crap clean , meaning every thing on the HDD is gone .
 
Joined
Dec 27, 2007
Messages
8,506 (2.31/day)
Likes
2,072
Location
Kansas City
System Name The Dove Box Rev 2.0
Processor I7 5930k
Motherboard Asus X99
Cooling Custom water loop
Memory 4 x 4GB 3000 MHz DDR4
Video Card(s) 2x MSI 780 Ti's in SLI
Storage 500GB Samsung 850 PCIe SSD, 2x1TB WD Blacks, 1.2TB NAS
Display(s) 27" Asus 144Hz
Case Enermax Fulmo GT
Audio Device(s) ON BOARD FTW
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
Keyboard Logitech G510
Software Win 10 64x
#9
I use GParted(Parted Magic), a lite Linux OS that will let you format, partition, and lite apps/system analysis.


And I couldn't help it:

 

trickson

OH, I have such a headache
Joined
Dec 5, 2004
Messages
6,486 (1.35/day)
Likes
927
Location
Planet Earth.
Processor Q9650
Motherboard Gigabyte.
Cooling air.
Memory 4gb kingston
Video Card(s) hd 5870
Software win7 64 bit
#10
I use GParted(Parted Magic), a lite Linux OS that will let you format, partition, and lite apps/system analysis.
Why ? I mean the fact that window7 and old OS''s do the job just fine ? What need is there in all the Linux And partition stuff ? I never got why any one would really need to partition a HDD off into massive sectors . I just pop in the OS CD and Roll how come you have to make re-installing an OS like trying to build a rocket ship to go to the moon ? It is not all that hard .
 
Joined
Dec 27, 2007
Messages
8,506 (2.31/day)
Likes
2,072
Location
Kansas City
System Name The Dove Box Rev 2.0
Processor I7 5930k
Motherboard Asus X99
Cooling Custom water loop
Memory 4 x 4GB 3000 MHz DDR4
Video Card(s) 2x MSI 780 Ti's in SLI
Storage 500GB Samsung 850 PCIe SSD, 2x1TB WD Blacks, 1.2TB NAS
Display(s) 27" Asus 144Hz
Case Enermax Fulmo GT
Audio Device(s) ON BOARD FTW
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
Keyboard Logitech G510
Software Win 10 64x
#11
Why ? I mean the fact that window7 and old OS''s do the job just fine ? What need is there in all the Linux And partition stuff ? I never got why any one would really need to partition a HDD off into massive sectors . I just pop in the OS CD and Roll how come you have to make re-installing an OS like trying to build a rocket ship to go to the moon ? It is not all that hard .
It's not hard, well maybe for those that may not understand they have other options. :nutkick:

It's just the way I roll...
 

cadaveca

My name is Dave
Staff member
Joined
Apr 10, 2006
Messages
16,577 (3.85/day)
Likes
10,943
Location
Parkland County, Alberta
#13
So what you guys are saying is that every possible registry entry/mobo driver and every posisble other driver is automatically deleted upon formatting the disk via the windows vista dvd?
NO!!!

Of ocurse, this depends on what you mean by deleted.

I can do a "full format" using those tools, and still restore 95% of all files, using free software. More, with paid software.


You must either destroy the drive, or do a full low-level format, and preferably 2, using different data patterns.


Others have already said this though, but just in case it wasn't perfectly clear, here you go.


:toast:
 

Frick

Fishfaced Nincompoop
Joined
Feb 27, 2006
Messages
14,908 (3.43/day)
Likes
5,425
System Name A dancer in your disco of fire
Processor i3 4130 3.4Ghz
Motherboard MSI B85M-E45
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Memory 4 x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1400Mhz
Video Card(s) Asus GTX 760 DCU2OC 2GB
Storage Crucial BX100 120GB | WD Blue 1TB x 2
Display(s) BenQ GL2450HT
Case AeroCool DS Cube White
Power Supply Cooler Master G550M
Mouse Intellimouse Explorer 3.0
Keyboard Dell SK-3205
Software Windows 10 Pro
#14
NO!!!

Of ocurse, this depends on what you mean by deleted.

I can do a "full format" using those tools, and still restore 95% of all files, using free software. More, with paid software.


You must either destroy the drive, or do a full low-level format, and preferably 2, using different data patterns.


Others have already said this though, but just in case it wasn't perfectly clear, here you go.


:toast:
Now you're just making things confusing. This is true of course, but not something you need unless you're selling the disk or trashing.
 

starams5

New Member
Joined
May 28, 2010
Messages
81 (0.03/day)
Likes
24
Location
California, USA
System Name Twelve Hundred Reasons
Processor Intel i7 930@4.2GHz
Motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium
Cooling Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Memory 6GB HyperX 3x2GB 1604MHz
Video Card(s) 2x EVGA GTX260s in SLI
Storage 2x Intel SSDs + RAID0 Storage
Display(s) 32" Wide Multi thru HDMI
Case Antec Twelve Hundred
Audio Device(s) ASUS Xonar D2X
Power Supply Antec TPQ-1000W
Software Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Benchmark Scores http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1177358
#15
If the drive has been in heavy use for a while there's nothing wrong with a little maintenance. Run a low level format on the drive including boot sectors.

If all you want is a fresh install of Windows, just format the partition and re-install. Whatever was on the drive before will be gone, reg entries, corrupt files, drivers, etc. 3rd party partitioning software (preferably Paragon or Acronis) does a better job than Windows imo.

On another note for those interested, Paragon has made their Alignment Tool free for download as part of a promotion, x86 and x64. Just fill in the data at the link below and they'll send you an email with registration and download links.

Paragon Alignment Tool v2.0 Special Edition (good until the end of June)
http://www.paragon-software.com/landing-pages/WhitePapers/paragon_alignment_tool.html