Posted 05 November 2007 - 09:15 PM
dc3: I'm reinstalling for several reasons, which include that my system has REALLY slowed down over the past 6 months and I've done everything I can to optimize, remove unnecessary files, etc., etc. I am also experiencing a number of "glitches" throughout the system that I cannot explain (I can compile a list, but I would have to take some time to describe them). I use S&DSpybot, Norton AntiVirus and Personal Firewall, Windows Defender, and I frequently empty my cache, temp files, and history/cookies. I reinstalled the system once before (a couple of years ago) and it really improved my system's performance. It just seems that it has slowly degraded again since then. (BTW: I bought the computer in 2002 with WinXP installed. I don't think it's unheard of to reinstall the system to return it to a pristine operating state.) Could you explain how to wipe the drive rather than reformat it? Thanks for your help!