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I recently overwrit a version of windows. It did not save settings and files for programs that are integral with windows. When I want to use Yahoo or other programs that require integration from windows I get warning messages. I want to just start from scratch. (all programs and apps are on the hard drive and accessable from explorer) is there a function that allows me to format and remove all info except windows? Otherwise I have to reinstall/repair all programs?
 
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Just reinstall the applications on top of what you already have. Don't delete any settings from applications that you already have. The reinstallation will detect that there are settings and not mess with them (unless you install in a different directory.)
 

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There are several programs I don't want, is there a way to just delete everything and start from scratch?
 
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Dalton7821 said:
is there a way to just delete everything and start from scratch?
Sure is . . 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.

If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

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.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

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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The problem is I have a GeForce 4 Graphics card so installing/reinstalling windows is difficult. The onboard graphics have to be disabled via safe mode boot and restarted and reinstalled. Is there a way to format (I would even settle for a non-clean delete) everything but windows?
 
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The GeForce 4 Graphics card should not get in the way of a format . . it won't look very pretty until you load the graphics, but should work in VGA thru the reinstall.

Or take the card out for the install . . put it back in afterwards
 
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