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Reformatting with Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ian80, Jul 30, 2006.

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  1. ian80

    ian80 Thread Starter

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    Hey guys,

    Used to reformat all of the time. Haven't done it in years since getting a new computer. It's time.

    I have an HP partition that I want to get rid of and just add that space to my C: drive. Is it is easy as going into Administrative Tools -> Computer Managemt and deleting the partition? Or is there more beyond that. I need to make sure before I start doing things that could screw up the computer.

    Also, with reformatting Windows XP, will it save your drivers for you? I think someone told me that once. If not, what is the best method for getting myself organized beforehand so thatI have all of the drivers at hand for everything I'm going to need?

    Thanks!
     
  2. prunejuice

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    First, make an image of your OS installation (GHOST/Acronis) to be safe.
    You should merge/delete/create partitions outside of windows with Partition Magic or other suitable program.
     
  3. ian80

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    Thanks,

    I'll try an outside program for getting rid of my partition.

    How about those drivers...any advice there?
     
  4. Old Rich

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    If you are going to reinstall XP, you can delete any or all partitions early in the installation.

    I like to go to Device Manager and expand the following and write down the details so I can get the drivers after the reinstall:

    Video Adaptor
    Modem
    Network Adaptor
    Sound Devices

    You will want to have the chipset drivers downloaded from the board manufacturer, install chipset rivers first, then install the others in any order.

    To reinstall XP . . 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 any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then 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. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

    If you do not get that message, and you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

    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.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp
    http://www.socrtwo.info/cleanxpinstall.htm
    http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

    You will likely have to reload drivers (Chipset first) and applications, If your XP installation disc does not include SP2, after the installation, you will need to download and install SP-2, while windows is clean. Prior to connecting to the internet be sure you 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. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

    For help entering BIOS: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
     
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  6. Old Rich

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    Backing up your drivers is a good idea, but I have always felt that loading old drivers on a fresh O/S installation is kinda like taking a shower and putting your dirty underwear back on.

    I like to load the most recent drivers when I reinstall
     
  7. kuipo

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    normally windows finds all of my drivers by itself, or in windows update you can find the ones that you can't find, and about the partition, it may contain drivers and stuff, but it's like in my hp, it came with a " driver cd ", mostly full of programs that came with the computer when i bought it, from wich i need none.

    sorry for my english, since i'm a mexican kid haha.
     
  8. ian80

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    Thanks very much, everyone. Especially simpswr for that great walkthrough.

    Okay, so the computer is fresh and new smelling (figuratively), but I have a problem: my settings transfer didn't work. It tells me I used a previous version to backup the info. Is there a way I can get my hands on an earlier version?


    And as an aside: before, I had program icons next to me start button on the taskbar, how do I get those back?
     
  9. Old Rich

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    You should be able to make a diskette from the old system to run on the new system . . look in the options in the FAST wizard.

    For the taskbar issue . . Right click on a empty space on the Taskbar . . choose Toolbars . . Quick Launch
     
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