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Old 03-22-2008, 04:49 AM   #1
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How Can I Wipe My Computer Clean Without....reinstalling windows xp....my computer is running slow an i tried everything an this is the last option....

Its A LapTop Dell.....

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MurkCity, your question doesn't make sense. You can't wipe the hard drive without removing the Operating System.

If you mean cleaning the data, then you have to Add/Remove the applications from Control Panel, and delete files from Documents and Settings, My Documents, Temp Directories etc etc.

Unless you have a recovery CD that came with the Dell. You could probably, reinstall the original OS clean - but this again contradicts your original question.

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okay i understand now...so in order to start my system fresh like new i have to first wipe the hard drive...then re install windows
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That's one way.

The other is if Dell provided a recovery method for you. Either by a Recovery Media CD or Recovery Partition. This way, in the event of system failure, you can use this recovery method to reset the Dell back to it's original factory settings.
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yeah, pretty much.

you can use a program called eraser to wipe your unused disk space, or any files you want to wipe.

maybe you can start a new profile or do a repair install and see if it runs smoother. usually does.
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okay im lost when you say wipe my unused disk space why would i wipe free space?...
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anything you delete via the recycle bin becomes unused disk space. things deleted from the recycle bin are not really gone at all. they can still be recovered. so by erasing unused disk space you are ensuring what you have deleted is truly deleted for good.

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