So,My computers Messed up!-Can some1 PLEASE help me with a Step-BY-Step To Formating?

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  1. Links2

    Links2 New Member

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    ok, so after 1.5 years of running Fine.......i think its time to Start Over!


    How do I Do this?

    Now i have a DVD burner so,
    ill Back-up All the things i need to....



    So, What im asking is..... From a Working Windows XP-Pro, Where do i start in just Wipeing the Whole HD Clean?

    (I have NEVER done this before so a Step-by-step guide would be great!)







    ----Thanks in advance! :x:
     
  2. yoloo

    yoloo hi

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    restart your computer, and go to bios. make the machine boot from cd drive. put the windows cd into the cd drive. reboot. then follow the instructions for reformatting and reinstalling. there's gonna be a reformat and reformat (quick) option...i really duno what the difference is, but i'd choose just regular reformat and reinstall.

    you should make sure you back up everything before you do this. all your important files.
     
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    Thank you!


    ---BUT....... cant i just put the CD in and do all that Without Booting from CD first?
     
  4. yoloo

    yoloo hi

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    i think u would want a clean install of it...when u boot off the cd, your old windows does not load. you dont want it to load. just boot off the cd and u'll make sure to wipe out everything that is old.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I believe the XP installer has a builtin partitioning program, so you should be able to reformat during the installation proccess.
     
  6. Yep

    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    While you're at it partition your hard drive into a 10GB partition and then the remaining space into another partition. A 40 gig hard drive would be 10GB and 30GB partitions.

    Then get a good imaging program like Acronis True Image 7.0 and run a daily backup onto the larger partition of your WINNT partition.

    That could save you in the event of a Windows crash.
     
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    THANKS for the help guys!

    I DID IT! fresh install = Supa fast computer!
     

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