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Do I delete the partitions when I install new windows?

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I’m trying to clean install a new copy of windows on my laptop. So what are drive partitions and do you delete them when installing new windows?

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Yes you delete them so that everything gets wiped.

Make sure you've saved any data you want to keep on another drive/computer.

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Just now, Stoofy said:

I’m trying to clean install a new copy of windows on my laptop. So what are drive partitions and do you delete them when installing new windows?

Do you want to start fresh with all of your files? It's recommended to delete everything, if you've backed up your files.

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Depends on what the other partitions are. If you dual boot another OS, then no don't delete other partitons... I'm assuming seeing as you even asked this though,. that you are ONLY running windows, in which case yes as above.

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14 minutes ago, Enderman said:

Yes you delete them so that everything gets wiped.

Make sure you've saved any data you want to keep on another drive/computer.

Thanks

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16 minutes ago, Stoofy said:

I’m trying to clean install a new copy of windows on my laptop. So what are drive partitions and do you delete them when installing new windows?

Partitions are ways to divide the space on the storage drive. They appear effectively as separate storage drives as far as software is concerned. So you can have a division for the OS, one for games, and another for your personal data.

 

If you're installing Windows on a brand new storage drive, it won't have partitions, but the installer can make them. If you're using a used drive, you want to use the one that Windows is already on if you're re-installing Windows. The Windows installer will delete the contents of the partition and install on there.

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12 minutes ago, paddy-stone said:

Depends on what the other partitions are. If you dual boot another OS, then no don't delete other partitons... I'm assuming seeing as you even asked this though,. that you are ONLY running windows, in which case yes as above.

Thank for the info

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