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I want to do a clean install of Vista Home Premium

I have a Dell M1330 running Vista Home Premium pre installed. I want to do a clean install of it with the recovery discs I received with the laptop. I have never done anything like this. I am quite nervous about messing up because my laptop is my life! I do have partitions. My C drive is full. I don't even know how to specifiy which drive to download onto. Should I attempt this or is it too complex for a relative newbie? After that I want to dual boot Ubuntu. I am too ambitious??? Thanks, Marsha Lair

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  • bharani1008 May 17, 2009

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Can you tell me how to download to my D drive instead of my C drive because that drive is filling up. I send files to my D drive via an app called GoToToys. Any other methods.
    Marsha

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Just insert the disk,Reboot computer and follow the directions and it will walk you through the whole setup.You should back up any info you don't want to loose though.

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    Is D: your recover partition on the c drive,a second hard drive,or the cd/dvd drive?

    If it is a partition on c the it is the recovery drive,unless you created it yourself.

    You can create a new partition on the c drive and give it any letter you choose that is not already in use,Then when you load ubuntu,you will have the option to save to the drive of choice and you would just save it to the new partition drive(the drive letter you created) and let it install there.

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Well first thing. Did you backup all your files ? Emails, documents, music etc ?? If so then you can run the recovery disc and select the C: drive. This will install the OS and all the software that was shipped with your laptop when you first purchased it. However, all software that you download or installed will not be available and you will need to download and install that software again...Hope this helps...

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