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Solved: Quick! Reformatting my computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wicked.ludicrous, Mar 22, 2009.

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  1. wicked.ludicrous

    wicked.ludicrous Thread Starter

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    I am making this thread so that if there's anybody who knows of good manuals or tutorials, they can suggest them. I am actualyl being helped my Cookiegal and flavallee but I just want any suggestions. So please don't delete or move this thread! Thanks
    Well, is it more like I reformat all of my drives or just my C drive?
    I'm quite confused on that. Also, what does it mean to partition??? I saw another old thread about partitioning and it quite confused me. What do I do with partitions? And should I follow what this person did in this thread: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/803662-c-drive-partitioning.html

    This is probably important as well: if I have to partition my CD, is there a way to do it with no explorer.exe? That process won't start up properly and that's why I want to reformat..

    Also, can anyone tell me if I should be aware of anything while reformatting? For example, should I insert the XP install CD after I delete everything and before I restart the computer? I read some manuals but they were all completely different. I liked this one: http://www.ehow.com/how_6026_format-hard-drive.html
    but I'm kind of scared to follow it because of the comments.

    In all, if anyone can find a specific manual at techguy or on the internet, that would be swell
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Do all computers come with a XP cd? I thought mine did but can't find it.
    I looked in the installation guide for my HP computer, and it never refers to a XP installation cd...... what's it supposed to look like?
     
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    You bought your HP computer with XP already installed, right?

    Then, you probably only have a recovery CD.
     
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    awww
    i just got a windows xp media center home cd pack from my friend. will it work when reformatting???? and what's the installation cd look like? i couldn't find a cd or anything...
    But should i rather put my pc to factory settings or should i just reformat my drive??? or the question is more like, which option is less complicated?
    And do I have to partition my hard drive? If I have to, I won't be able to do it because my computer is too slow. Will I be okay if I don't partition?

    thanks
     
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    Can I run a burnt CD with the reinstallation files? My friend burned the files onto a blank disk (hopefully done correctly) and I will probably run it if it's okay to do so.
    Also, will the PC know that it's an installation CD so that it'll boot up differently and a prompt will come up asking me to boot from CD)?
     
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