Question Installing W10 on a partition, then wiping clean the remaining partition in order to fix corrupted system

roderickdav

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About 2 weeks ago my PC Windows 7, was infected by malware and it has corrupted my system files. I'm fairly sure the virus has been removed but some of my programs (Steinberg Cubase, MS Office) are not working and my system restore points have disappeared (there are now only 2, from years ago). I've tried everything I can think of and have had some help from a PC repair tech - who also couldn't fix it. I'm thinking that the only way to recover my PC is to install windows 10 on a disk partition, transfer important word docs, music etc to an external disk and then wipe clean the remaining partition of the HDD.
It's a 2T HDD with 1T free. I've never done anything like this before. Is this a viable plan?
 

USAFRet

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Maybe.
Prefereable to install it on a whole other drive.

But...."important word docs, music etc "
This is specifically what preemptive backups are for.
Bad things happen all the time. Physical drive death, malware, ransomware, whatever.

A known good backup from before this happened, you'd already be up and running.
 

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