Reinstalling XP...need some help

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  1. Johnny Chimpo

    Johnny Chimpo New Member

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    first off, i asked OT and basically all i got was rude answers, so i hope C&G will help.

    ok. i need to reinstall xp. i wanna start off with absoultely nothing on my computer. there are viruses and spyware on my computer that i cannot get off. and i dont have anything else on my computer(200GB) that i need. so i wanna basically format it and start fresh.

    here's the thing.

    the only copy of xp i have is one that came with a Dell that my family has.
    i built my pc and i wanna have xp on it. i understand that i would have to register it. can i call them up and tell them i had to reinstall xp and have them give me a registration number? will that work?

    i've already installed it on here(after i had 98SE) and its running damn slow(i think so at least) for a 3Ghz P4.

    ok so what im trying to ask, is how can i know for a fact that everything has been deleted off the HDD and only Xp is on there after i reinstall.

    do i just pop in the xp disk and install?

    sorry im not so good with computers, i hope you guys can help.

    thanks guys.
     
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    How did you install Windows XP on your home built PC the first time?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    no, it is not legal to install the copy of XP that came with your Dell on this pc. Go purchase a legit copy of XP. It goes for around $90.
     
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    i hope you're not being sarcastic, but i just popped in the cd. there was 98 se on there first though.
     
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    If you can boot from the XP CD, then you should be able to reformat the drive as part of the installation.
     
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    ir says something about partitioning, but not about formatting.
     
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    mindtrix FrozynFyre sponsored me

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    if you want to do a FRESH install, reboot, change boot detect to cdrom, boot from cdrom, and reinstall xp. this will format and partition your hdd meaning EVERYTHING IS ERASED.
     
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    You normally format a partition after it's created to make it usable.
     
  9. 01000101

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    edit bios- boot from cd
    put in windows cd
    reboot
    let the cd load
    tell it you want to install windows
    clear/delete existing partition(s)
    create new partition(s)
    pick the one you want to install windows on
    tell the cd that
    go
    follow the directions


    make sure you have all the drivers you need, btw. modem, nic, graphics, etc.


    and no, using the cd that came with the dell is technically not "legal," but do you really give a fuck?
     

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