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#1 Charley30

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 09:09 AM

I have windows XP home. Vostro 400, and Inspiron 1600. Periodically I have to clean reinstall XP. I use system restore as much as possible. My question is in the old days when I worked at a major company, I remember IS doing a clean install on everyone's computer. It was old operating system, probably Windows 98. They went to start-run- and then put in a command like msconfig. Not that just using as an example. The command totally wiped the system. Then they just put in the CD and reinstalled. I remember they said this was the best way to insure there is not virus etc. left behind. Maybe with XP this is not necessary. I have been trying to research but have not been able to find. Is this still a good method to reinstall and if yes what is the command.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 09:38 AM

There those that will argue as to whether it is better to wipe the drive with a utility which will completely overwrite the entire contents of the hdd. Reformatting the hdd is the most common practice currently, this can be done with the installation CD. There are command lines for many functions in W2k and XP, but DOS commands are a thing of the past in most regards to the OS.

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 09:43 AM

Hello, you will need the CD and this is a good guide to read.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 02:01 PM

It sound like they were formatting the hard drive before installing Win98 - the XP disk can do the same thing for you.
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 11:11 AM

Thanks for the responses. The last time I just put the reinstall cd in and followed instructions which were very easy. When I read the article which was excellent, it did make it sound a lot more complicated. But I will try and follow the next time I have to do a reinstall. The one thing I still do not understand is all of the articles etc. state it should be a last resort. I realize system restore is easy but do get bad virus which corrupts system restore also.




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