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Old 01-18-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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how can i take everything off my computer as if i just bought it? there are a lot of programs/files that i do not need and it will be easier if i just take everything off my computer and start fresh.. I will be glad to answer any additional information that may be needed.
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Hello Labarr,

What is the make/model of your pc?

Did the system come with a WinXP recovery CD?

The system may have a recovery partition built in so that you can restore the system to

factory settings. (Usually on of the "F" keys at boot).

Before doing this you should make backups of any data files that you want to keep.

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My System DID NOT come with a WinXP recovery CD
and i am not sure about the make but its a XP. thanks for the quick reply :)
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A great checklist for you to follow.


The Windows® XP Installation Check List.

1. The Windows® XP SP2-CD (naturally)

2. Darik's Boot N Nuke®..A Disc wiping Utility; or alternatively... Killdisk™. (Click the coloured Links).

3. Please read this guide...A Step-by-Step Installation Guide with explanations for each step of the installation.

4. The Motherboard CD that contains all the necessary Drivers etc.

A few tips:
a. Darik's Boot N Nuke will take about 4½ hours to completely wipe the Drive; however, this will vary depending on how big the Drive is. (That estimate is for a 80Gb HDD). Wiping the HDD this way will give you the best chance of a 'clean' uninterrupted installation.

b. When you get to Figure 7 in 'The Guide', you can create more than one partition here by simply telling Windows® how big you want it. Should you do decide to create an extra partition, it will not be active until you do so after the installation is over and done with...we can give you guidance as to how this is done, so partition away if you wish.

c. Once the installation is finished, with all the Motherboard Drivers installed, and Internet connected, I strongly recommend that you install a reputable Anti Virus program first; then, go to the Windows Update Site and download all the updates (including SP3).
AVG™ is has a very good free version available here.

d. DO NOT have any unnecessary items; such as, USB cameras, Printers etc., attached to the machine...install all these after the installation is finished, and fully updated from Microsoft®.

If you are uncertain about anything here, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

Good Luck with this task; when you have finished, please report back with the success or failure of the installation.
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what will happen to like a video card that i installed after i purchased my computer?
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what will happen to like a video card that i installed after i purchased my computer?

After the reinstall or recovery process you will need to load the updated

driver for the graphics card and other devices as Windows will probably

load a generic drive for the devices.

If you don't have a WinXP cd you need to determine if the system has

a recovery partition to restore windows. As running DBAN or Killdisk will

destroy this partition.

Is your pc a (Dell,Acer,HP,Compaq,etc)?

Is this a custom built pc?
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it was a custom built pc. and how do i determine if my system has a recovery partition to restore windows?
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Wow. Now my monitor is changing colors from Normal to a tanish color.. i wasn't sure if u should open a new thread or keep all my questions in 1 thread. MY computeris 6 years old.
is it my Monitor or video card? Nvidia Geforce 5500 series
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Probably too old to have a recovery partition. Without a recovery partition or the

Recovery CD then you really dont have a way to restore the system.

As for the color changing. Check the VGA connection to make sure that it is tight.

I have seen problems where the connection was loose and causing this problem.

Do you have another monitor that you can test the system with to determine if the

problem is with monitor or graphics card.
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no i do not. Is there anyway i can get a Recovery CD from Microsoft?
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You could wipe out you'r computer. If you do so please BACK up files with jump drive/cd and make sure it's saved beacuse you will lose it! Either call you'r compiter provider see if they can tell you with warrnty or go to geek sqaud. (It took them 2-3 days to do mine) If you manullay do it it will take about 3 HRs.
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You need to get an XP CD, and most likely a valid CD key.

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