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Best way to reformat PC?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by UrgentProject, Dec 19, 2011.

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  1. UrgentProject

    UrgentProject Thread Starter

    Dec 19, 2011
    Hi, I'm a computer newbie. For the past month, my PC has been infected with a virus, cleaned with anti-malware programs, and re-infected again repeatedly. After browsing around for solutions, it seems like I have some "backdoor trojan". So, I've decided I want to reformat and wipe everything clean, making my PC 100% virus free. However, I have a lot of concerns about it. I'm worried that the virus will survive any reformatting as I've heard there are some boot sector viruses. I also don't know the "correct" method of thorough reformatting. I've heard about using disk cleaning utilities, zero filling, boot and nuking, low-level formatting, and manufacturer formatting and I'm not sure the way to go. Also, I lost my OS disk. Can anyone please help me? Thanks so much.

    My computer specs are:
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2
  2. sonexpc


    Mar 31, 2011
    if you lost your OS disk how you do install after your format...
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    You need an original bootable XP CD to format the hard drive and do a clean reinstall of XP.

    You do not need any third-party programs or utilities because the XP CD does all the work.


    If the XP CD does not contain SP3, you need to download and save and burn off the full 316 MB SP3 upgrade to a CD-R.

    Once you get XP SP1 or XP SP2 installed, you can then use the CD-R to upgrade it to SP3.


    You also need to obtain and burn off to a CD-R the XP drivers for the devices in that computer.

    The reinstall of XP likely will not install drivers for some or all of the devices, so you need to have them available to install afterwards.

  4. johnebadbak


    Feb 28, 2002
    no xp install disc download ubuntu os system and install.
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