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AustinMan11

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I am trying to figure ou why when I use the CD for Windows Home XP an when it first starts up it ask you if you would like to do a clean reinstall of Home XP. But after completeing the install of home XP I notice that some of the files that I had in the first Xp are still there. My question is why this is happening?? I thought when you did a clean reinstall of a operating system everything was erased when U use the CD disk of Home XP why doesn't this happen??
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I would guess because it is saved on the hard drive. Off topic sort of but: When I upgrade my Firefox, or when it acts up, I reinstall it and all of the bookmarks, themes, extensions, etc are still there because it is saved on the hard drive. I assume that you do not want these files, so have you erased them, then done a clean install?
 
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To perform a true clean install, you have to delete the partitions and format the drive prior to installing . . the installation wizard can lead you astray sometimes.

To do that . . enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press 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.

This is a site that walks you thru a simulated XP installation:
http://www.echoproject.net/en/software/catalog.html

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.

http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm
 
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