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is it possible to reformat my WinXP without a CD?


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#1 Blue Moom

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:43 PM

Well, my system has been the victim of various trojan (backdoors), rootkits, adware, and malware and basically what I think I would like to do is to reformat my entire system in order to wipe all this out and just start over. This is my personal computer and I probably could just try and disinfect it but I've already done that once and it wasn't a week later when it all came back. The only problem is I don't remember this computer coming with any CDs for reformating/reinstalling. My tower is an Emachines AMD Athlon 64 processor 3500+.
Any advise on what I should do? I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 02:23 PM

While it is possible to reformat without a Windows CD, just what were you planning on doing after reformatting? Without the Windows CD you can't reinstall Windows! If you are planning on going to Linux (good for You!) then let us know.

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 02:33 PM

What's the model number?

From what I see...it should be Txxxx, http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/emachines...7-31826810.html

IIRC...users are supposed to make recovery/restore disks when they get the system home...or Geek Squad personnel tried to get customers to pay for making such before buyers left the premises with purchase..

https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=emachines

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You could try Windows 7 RC1...it's freely available, nothing to lose.

Edited by hamluis, 02 July 2009 - 02:35 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 02:48 PM

if you have working usb prots and a floppy port then you can actually install windows from a USB drive, if your computer doesn't support booting from a USB drive then you can use a boot loader placed on a floppy.

http://www.vandomburg.net/installing-windows-xp-from-usb/
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 03:14 PM

I just did an eMachine. It had a recovery partition
Can't remember if it was listed in the program menu or pressing F8
It went smoothly
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 04:43 PM

The model # is T6524

I've never rebuilt a computer before. It's just that I'm tired of Microsoft and I'm ready to try something different and safer.
Someone mentioned Linux; I've heard of it before but don't know much else about it. Also, I do have windowsXP on disk but it didn't come with this computer. Anyone got any sound advise on how to go about tackling this problem by myself? Again, I just want to get everything off here and build a very reliable and fast computer. Perhaps I am going a little extreme with this but if its something I could do then I might as well try.
Best Regards.

Thanks for the feedback everybody!

Edited by Blue Moom, 02 July 2009 - 04:44 PM.


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Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:54 PM

Computer Terms Online Dictionary - http://www.build-your-own-cheap-computer.c...uter-terms.html

How To Build Your Own Affordable, Quality, Fast Computer!! - http://www.mysuperpc.com/processor.shtml

Just Google "build computer", tons of sites.

As long as you have a valid license for the XP installed on your system...and the disk you have reflects the same version...you can use any Microsoft XP install CD, along with your valid license...to do a clean install of XP.

Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a clean installation of Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302686

XP Clean Install, Stevens - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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I have wonder why you claimed not to have a CD...

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Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:25 PM

hey, thanks for the help. Maybe there was a CD that came with this computer but if there is one then I will have to dig around for it. My computer before this one was also an emachine and it came with 3 disks that I know I still have somewhere but for whatever reason I just don't remember this one having a CD. that's why I "claim" not to have one.

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:57 AM

as i said you can install WinXP from USB, you can do the same with linux, you first need to decide on a particular distro, what were the specs of your machine(diff distro's need diff spec machine)

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