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Old 04-28-2010, 06:19 PM   #1
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Alrighty...~! Sooo, I have so far made 3 threads about my condition, and I think I'm nearing the end of my computer troubles by deciding to format my computer. tetonbob has so graciously suggested for me to follow the instructions from this page:

https://www.techhandbook.com/windows/...ng-Window.html

I just have a few questions first, before starting.

On the second paragraph, it says to back up all important files. What would those be? I don't have much stuff downloaded so I wouldn't mind if they go poof-poof.

Entering the product key...In the example shown, it shows that it needs 25 characters. I found a booklet that might have it, but it does not have 25 characters...I think what I am suppose to find is the Certificate of Authenticity, (COA) a sticker which should hold it. The booklet says that the "label has been removed by your PC manufacturer and should be attached to your PC". Yea, I don't see a sticker anywhere. Does it mean my PC screen or driver? What if I lost it?

I have an internet connection right now. So does that mean I have to reconnect that as well or something? I bet I do...I just wanna know if there might be any complications since if I have a problem with the formatting, I might not be able to reach you guys.

Thanks for all the support so far, TSF~
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Alrighty...~! Sooo, I have so far made 3 threads about my condition, and I think I'm nearing the end of my computer troubles by deciding to format my computer. tetonbob has so graciously suggested for me to follow the instructions from this page:

https://www.techhandbook.com/windows/...ng-Window.html

I just have a few questions first, before starting.

On the second paragraph, it says to back up all important files. What would those be? I don't have much stuff downloaded so I wouldn't mind if they go poof-poof.

Entering the product key...In the example shown, it shows that it needs 25 characters. I found a booklet that might have it, but it does not have 25 characters...I think what I am suppose to find is the Certificate of Authenticity, (COA) a sticker which should hold it. The booklet says that the "label has been removed by your PC manufacturer and should be attached to your PC". Yea, I don't see a sticker anywhere. Does it mean my PC screen or driver? What if I lost it?

I have an internet connection right now. So does that mean I have to reconnect that as well or something? I bet I do...I just wanna know if there might be any complications since if I have a problem with the formatting, I might not be able to reach you guys.

Thanks for all the support so far, TSF~
Hi DeviantCross..

The things to backup would be any personal files, emails, music, documents, program settings....anything that you want to retain basically. Formatting the partition will wipe all contents.

The COA sticking should be somewhere on the external part of your computer. Have a look around all the sides...it's sometimes hidden away at the back where the connections are.

Yes, you will need to setup your internet connection again after reinstalling Windows. It all depends on how you currently connect but at the very least, you will need drivers for your network card.

I hope that helps.
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The COA sticking should be somewhere on the external part of your computer. Have a look around all the sides...it's sometimes hidden away at the back where the connections are.
Nickster_uk is spot on except that if you're using a laptop the COA MAY be under the battery. I've only seen this on a couple of occasions, but it does happen.
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