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The Low Down On Re-installing Windows...

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#1 Raydanator


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Posted 06 September 2007 - 06:35 PM

Hi, I was wondering if someone knows of a tutorial, or could tell me the basic steps to re-install Windows Xp on a Dell laptop. I have alot of stuff on there I don't need, and it may even have some viruses, so I want to just start with a fresh plate. I have the installation cd, but am wondering about the procedure. Any advice would be appreciated,


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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:08 PM

Your answer depends on what type of disk you have. Is it a Dell Restoration disk, or an XP installation disk?

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:36 PM

Most Dells ship with a restore disk that behaves exactly like a an XP OEM disk, along with some driver CDs.

This is an excellent guide here. http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
In most cases you can skip to the "Steps to Clean Install XP", though you can read it from the beginning for more background and setup info.
You shouldn't need any boot floppies, though.
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