I need to completely reformat my old computer. Its an HP Pavilion that's about 7yrs old. It was given to me by a family member, who has had 3 different computers since she got this one, and has mixed all the CDs together, so doesn't know what is what. So I do not have original CDs (I don't think back then they gave you CDs for XP anyhow)
It has an extra hard drive a friend put in - that apparently was never installed correctly, as when you turn it on you get a message about it not being installed properly. But it works.
From reading stuff online, it seems to do a real reformat, you must boot from the CD that came with the computer (Windows XP). Now, as I said above, I don't have this. But what I do have is a Dell *Operating System* CD that came with my new Dell, which also runs Windows XP.
Will I be able to reformat using only this CD? Will everything be okay with it? I'm think I read that you may need a CD with drivers on it...again, don't have it. Is that going to be a major issue? Will the hard drive that my friend installed be okay?
Last but not least, is there anything else I should be aware of? Should I not even attempt this?
Edited by Kat91119, 22 July 2009 - 02:04 PM.