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Reformatting Destkop pc

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Black Echo, Apr 11, 2008.

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  1. Black Echo

    Black Echo Thread Starter

    Apr 11, 2008
    Hello all,
    Not sure if this is the right forum to ask this question. I have a wireless router, but it is connected to my cable modem with a wire, but wireless for a laptop. I was just wondering if reformatting my desktop pc will cause internet connection problems on both the desktop and the laptop? The router is the Belkin Wireless G+ MIMO. I'm not tech savvy, so the router was set up by the Geek Squad. Any help or suggestions are appreciated.
  2. emoric


    Jul 28, 2006
    If you've just reformatted I would make sure that all your correct drivers and installed and up to date. Also, make sure your firewall is allowing access to the internet. A lot of times I even forget to configure that and it leaves me with a big :confused: face.

    I hope this makes some sense. As far as the router, just make sure it is broadcasting and you don't have something like mac filtering enabled. Well, at this point.


  3. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    Assuming the reinstall goes well, and all drivers are installed, the only problems would be the wireless connection. You'll need to re-enter the security key. This varies depending on the kind of wireless security you're using. You should be able to copy or print these settings before you re-format.
    If you're using a wireless utility, it will need to be installed as well.
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