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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by IgneousPrime, Jan 16, 2003.

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  1. IgneousPrime

    IgneousPrime Thread Starter

    Aug 21, 2002

    This may be a stupid question,but how do I clean out my drive and then reinstall windows and everything? I think they call it reformating the computer. Or reinstalling it. I wanna make it so it was like I first got it. How do I do ir? I have Windows XP HOME.

    Thanks in Advance
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Boot from the CD, and format the system partition when you are asked early in the setup. You'll be starting from scratch, so make sure all the files on the HD are backed up.

    One thing to consider, if you have a brand name system, you may have a "recovery" CD, and not the standard installation CD. In that case, you'll need to follow the directions for your specific system, since each maker has a different scheme.
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