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Correct way to do a clean install???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by vookster82, Aug 28, 2004.

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  1. vookster82

    vookster82 Thread Starter

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    Ok, my new dell has been sabatoshed by my nephew and l want to do a clean install....i created a ghost image of the computers' birth on a DVD....but i dont got my external burner or my ghost stuff b/c i lent it out to a buddy that went to another state for 2 weeks. (what timing) So i need to do a clean install b/c my comp is all out of wack now....and no i dont want to troubleshoot it...just nuke the OS and pave over it. Ok, so does anyone got any good links for installing XP Pro and the steps that should follow after it? Basically from what i remember is to go over existing OS, delete the partiton, create a new one, and format it....do the OS install....after the OS install, install the hardware drivers....probably the chipset driver first, then the video, then audio, and whatever else.....then do the windows updates right? something like that.....any info, links or person know how is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!!!!
     
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    Prior to installing, enter BIOS ( Setup ) and make sure the CD/ROM the first boot device. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB.

    Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Strike any key to boot from cd" . . do that and you will be able to delete partitions and recreate the ones you want and proceed to formating and installing XP

    That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up.

    You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here
    http://support.dell.com/support/top...install/en/index?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn

    This is a good guide for reinstalling on a Dell: http://www.djdenham.com/Install Procedures.htm

    You will have to reload drivers and applications, After the installation, you will need to download and install the MicroSoft Critical Updates. Alternately, this would be a good time to install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet you should enable the XP firewall.

    If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. This is a good guide to using the FAST wizard

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp

    Have fun . . wrs
     
  4. vookster82

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    ok...now i remember, BTW dell doesn;t have any info for my dimension 8400 yet as far as documentation goes....ill give it a try during the week ....thanks all
     
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