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G55 step by step cleann install guide?

lexlex
Level 7
Hi guys,

My boot up speed is slow at 1 min 10 secs. Thinking to do a clean install. Is there a step by step guide i can follow?

I don't have a windows 7 CD, is it possible to still do a clean re install?

What are the asus driver i need to download after clean install?
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Apophis
Level 7
I recently did a reinstall of Windows 7 on my ASUS G55VW-ES71. The first thing you will need to do is back up all of the data you want to keep from the drive as it will be erased during this procedure. I also recommend burning some restore DVDs using the ASUS tool so that you can restore to factory configuration if needed. You should also now download all drivers you will need after Windows 7 installation and save them to an external drive or disc.

Next, you will need to erase the hard disk so that the Windows 7 installer can format the drive. If you do some searching on this forum, you may find people had trouble backing up the stock configuration by booting into backup software. Some people say this is because the drive is formatted using GUID instead of MBR. I'm not sure if this is true, but I had the same problem of not being able to see the disk in backup imaging tools. To fix this, I made a bootable USB flash drive using this tool here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/ . I think I then put Ultimate Boot CD or something like that on the USB flash drive.

Now you need to boot from the flash drive. Insert the flash drive or other bootable media, restart, and press escape at the boot screen to open the boot selection menu. Choose the bootable USB flash drive or disc. I think I used Parted Magic or some other partition tool to basically just erase all partitions on the hard drive so that it is completely unallocated space.

You should now be able to install Windows 7 from a regular Windows 7 installation disc. If you don't have a disc, you can readily download a .iso from the internet and burn it. Or use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to put a bootable Windows 7 installer on a USB drive. You can use the license key on the bottom of your laptop for Windows 7.

Hope this helps.

MaXimus711
Level 10
Use this initial part of this guide to create the windows 7 dvd

then instead of downloading the drivers from the guide, since it is for the G75VW, just grab the drivers from Asus for your specific notebook and install them in the same order as the guide

ASUS G75VW Clean Install Guide

MaXimus711, when I first booted the Windows 7 installer when the PC was stock configuration, it was unable to see any drive before I erased the partitions. Acronis True Image Home was also unable to see any drives. At first, I thought it was a storage controller driver issue, but after deleting the partitions from the drive, Windows 7 installer and Acronis True Image Home could see the empty drive. I was actually tipped off by the review by H. Lam here: http://amzn.com/B007Z9WWDW

I think I did see some weird choices from the boot menu like 'ASUS Boot Manager' or something when my G55VW-ES71 was stock.

EDIT: drives to drive. [G55 has only one internal hard drive bay.]

Apophis wrote:
MaXimus711, when I first booted the Windows 7 installer when the PC was stock configuration, it was unable to see any drive before I erased the partitions. Acronis True Image Home was also unable to see any drives. At first, I thought it was a storage controller driver issue, but after deleting the partitions from the drive, Windows 7 installer and Acronis True Image Home could see the empty drive. I was actually tipped off by the review by H. Lam here: http://amzn.com/B007Z9WWDW

I think I did see some weird choices from the boot menu like 'ASUS Boot Manager' or something when my G55VW-ES71 was stock.

EDIT: drives to drive. [G55 has only one internal hard drive bay.]


Once, I tried to install Windows 7, but it couldn't install anything or even delete or create partitions on Disk 0 which is the SSD. The reason was that SSD was set in GPT mode

What I had to do is, install Windows 7 on the normal HDD...then install EaseUS Parition Wizard Home (Free), then delete the entire GPT disk (Disk 0) then I was able to play with the partiions on the SSD from the Windows 7 installer and create my C: and 😧 Partitions on the SSD just fine

Apophis
Level 7
MaXimus711, my ASUS G55VW-ES71 came with a 500GB hard drive only and it seems that it was also setup with GPT and not MBR. ASUS may be setting up the primary drives of their G55/G75 systems to be GPT.

I was able to delete the GPT after a long struggle. Now when the Windows 7 install starts it goes through the "Loading Files..." gets to the Starting Windows splash screen and locks up. Nothing I do can get past this point. The install DVD works fine on other PCs. Is my G55VW a lemon?

Pitcher1
Level 9
Please uninstall redundant APP, check your CPU, DIMM and BIOS setting, because boot time have other factor affect, recheck again, how does your test boot time?
if you want to install OS, please back up your date first,
your also are able to press F9 to restore OS.

rewben
Level 13
hi schulerta, did your g55 come with stock windows 8? if that's true, you should get into bios and make some changes:

How do I boot to DOS with USB Flash drive or USB CD-ROM?
- Enter the BIOS setup menu by pressing and holding F2 key when powering on.
- Switch to "Boot" and set “Launch CSM” to Enabled.
- Switch to "Security" and set "Secure Boot Control" to Disabled.
- Press F10 to save and exit.
- Press and hold ESC key to lunch boot menu when the notebook restarts.

the fresh install for windows 7 is pretty straight forward in a g55; once you have converted the target disk to MBR, that is. there is not much to be adjust in the bios (unless you have the models with windows 8 preloaded).