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i have had my pc nearly 2 years with the programmes ive installed and uninstalled its got to have left files behind... what i want to no if i can reinstall wndows xp so it cleans all the rubbish thats on the pc and can i use the serial key that came with the pc to activate it
 
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andypp said:
i have had my pc nearly 2 years with the programmes ive installed and uninstalled its got to have left files behind... what i want to no if i can reinstall wndows xp so it cleans all the rubbish thats on the pc and can i use the serial key that came with the pc to activate it
Reinstalling XP would clean only your root drive ( the drive where you had previously installed XP if you install it over the older version ). The data on your other drives would be left intact.

And yes you should be able to use the serial key that came with the PC to do a clean install !

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so the drivers would still be on the pc and i wouldnt have to reinstall them and would this clean all the rubibsih of the hard drive and make it like it was when i bought it
 
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You will need the drivers !
make sure you download and burn all the relevant drivers onto a cd before you proceed !

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Installing "clean" Windows means formatting the drive which deletes all data including drivers, programs, music, data, etc. Back up what you want to keep.
 
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andypp said:
i have had my pc nearly 2 years with the programmes ive installed and uninstalled its got to have left files behind... what i want to no if i can reinstall wndows xp so it cleans all the rubbish thats on the pc and can i use the serial key that came with the pc to activate it
Actually, if you do not FORMAT the disk first, you'll just double the amount of rubbish.

Whether or not the 'serial key' you have works or not is up to you. I certainly don't comprehend this statement and if you are for sure stuck, ask Microsoft.
 
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