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Reformat. How Does Computer Remember Settings & Infections ?


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#1 melba

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:48 AM

I used the reformat guide to clear a hard drive & reinstall windows XP , which is great.
How does the computer remember the drivers, internet settings, etc, after reformat.
Is there any way for the computer to remember any type of infection as well
& if so, how do we get around that.

many thanks.
very new to computers.

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:05 AM

Hello melba and welcome,

When a computer is reformatted everything on the hard drive is removed and nothing will remain,
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:58 PM

I know, it worked great.

How does the computer remember the previous drivers, internet settings, etc, after reformat ?

Is there any way for the computer to remember any type of infection as well
& if so, what do you do about that ?

Edited by melba, 10 July 2008 - 09:02 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:05 PM

Once the drive has been reformatted the previous drivers, internet settings, etc, will have been erased.

You will have to re download all of the system drivers again and create the internet settings again.
Regards,

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:47 PM

Hi Melba,

Would you please let us know what kind of computer you have, if it is a brand name like a Dell or a HP, what is the make and model. If it is a custom build, what is the make and model of the motherboard.

Did any other discs come with you computer other that the operating system installation disc?

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 08:54 AM

Hello dc3

Properties says HP, AMD athlon XP 1600
The only readable label on the mother board is one "VIA" (taiwan) & 2 that resemble UPC labels.
It's a used PC, I purchased from a place that refurbishes them.
Default operating systems shows one, XP home ed.
All that is on the PC is one C disk, a CDrom & a floppy.
I have only a XP installation disk.

After the reformatting, all of the drivers & internet settings are still there.
How does the computer remember those & can infections survive with it ?

many thanks dc3
very new to computers.

Edited by melba, 12 July 2008 - 09:02 AM.


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Posted 12 July 2008 - 09:27 AM

If you did a reformat of the partition that contains the operating system you would wiped it out, and any other information that was on it.

Does the computer have a name on the front like Dell, Compaq, Gateway, Sony,...?

Please down load SIW, and see what System Information show for a manufacturer, and what it show under Motherboard see what shows in the Model.

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 11:00 PM

quote : Properties says HP, AMD athlon XP 1600
HP. hewlett packard is the brand name on the computer case & startup screen.

Thank you, SIW is a handy tool.
When preparing reformat there is one other partition listed other then C
& very small in size. I'll check on that one.

The following is the info from SIW.
: Motherboard
manfacturer : ASUSTek Computer INC.
model : A7V-VE
version : REV 1.xx
CPU : AMD Athlon XP 1600

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 11:21 PM

Your computer is a HP Pavilion 521n. The second partition is the recovery partition.

You can read the instructions for using the recovery partition here

Edited by dc3, 13 July 2008 - 11:32 PM.

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