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How do I reformat?


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#1 aNimosity1

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 10:39 PM

Hello,

I have been directed by a very kind gentleman, DaChew, in the "Am I Infected? What do I do?" board to reformat my computer after a severe malware infection that could not be removed using anti-virus tools I was provided with. I have been told to post here in hopes of someone assisting me in a reformatting of my computer in its entirety.

It is an HP Pavilion 734n, and in it runs Windows XP Home Edition. I do not possess any sort of Installation CD, because this was a used computer bought at a Goodwill store. I do have, however, several bar codes and such stuck to the computer that I cannot decipher on my own, let alone distinguish. I have read that it is possible to reformat a computer without a specific CD, but I am unsure of whether my computer qualifies as one that can do so without any sort of CD.

I know this process is very meticulous, so I feel best if I am assisted through this process.

*I am not concerned with backing up anything on the computer because a) there aren't any files worth keeping and :thumbsup: I do not want to risk reinfecting my computer once again after a reformat.

Thanks in advance,
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#2 gavinseabrook

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 01:55 AM

Usually the only time you can reformat without a CD of the operating system is if there is a recovery partition. When you start your computer, look for any option that says "Press F11 for Recovery" or something to that extent. That is a built in Recovery Partition, but some manufacturer only make it for certain models. If not, your best bet is to check your closest university for a cheap copy of windows XP in the library.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 02:11 AM

I found this at HP's support pages.


Recovering from Windows XP
Use the following steps to recover the computer from the Windows XP desktop:

1.
Backup files from the My Documents folder and from other folders you may have created.
2.
Disconnect all connected devices (such as the Personal Media Drive, USB drives, printer, and fax), remove media from drives, and remove any recently added internal hardware. Do not disconnect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and power cord.
3.
From the Windows XP desktop, click Start , All Programs , and then one of the following options:
NOTE: The following options are for HP computers. Compaq computers will have similar options (for example, Compaq Tools). HP is a little vague on their instructions here, you will have to find choices which are close to the ones shown. Edited by dc3
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HP Tools , and then HP PC System Recovery .
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Hewlett-Packard , hp pavilion pc tools , and hp pc system recovery .
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PC Help & Tools , and then HP PC System Recovery .
A recovery Welcome screen appears.
4.
Click Yes or OK to continue the recovery process.
The computer restarts to the recovery program. If another welcome screen is displayed, click OK to continue.
5.
Select one of the following procedures, depending on which recovery type you want to perform:
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To perform a system recovery, click Next , and then click Yes
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To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced , (select Destructive Recovery ) and then click Next .
CAUTION: A destructive recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP and the original software that came with the computer.
6.
Read and respond to each window and screen that appears.
7.
After the System Recovery is complete, the computer restarts and continues into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the PC finishes the setup.
NOTE: It may take a long time to complete Windows setup. This time varies and may take over several hours. Recovery times are most affected by using recovery discs that were ordered from HP and/or the amount of files that were stored in the user account folders (for example, My Documents and the Desktop).
8.
Before using your computer, update and protect your computer. For more information, refer to Things To Do After Performing a System Recovery in Windows XP .
9. Re-install applications that you added after puchasing the computer, and any files that you have backed up.


http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...;product=296682

Edited by dc3, 20 February 2009 - 02:14 AM.

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#4 aNimosity1

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 07:27 PM

It's very strange. I've looked all over in the All Programs menu and I can't find any matches of what was listed above. Is there any way I can do this via Command Prompt?

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:50 PM

Gah I don't know what to do. =(

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:41 PM

I have a HP 753n so I suspect your machine is similar. On my machine tapping F10 during the boot process will start HP's recovery process. This is assuming of course that your machine has a recovery partition that is intact. Give it a try and see if it works.




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