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Reformat/Reinstall XP Home


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#1 rialta

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:45 AM

Hello,

I have Windows XP Home Edition on a Gateway desktop version 2002. It had service pack 3.

My computer was so badly messed up from viruses, trojans, rootkits, that it just couldn't be straightened out.

I reformatted. Instead of keeping to the original one drive, I partitioned it to two drives.

I did the reformat/reinstall. It wasn't until it finished that I realized I had some questions I should have asked before I did this.

I did the partition, thinking only the operating system should go on a smaller drive C. I put 15 gigs on C and 60 on D. When I go to My Computer and put the cursor over C drive it shows the info such as size and used space. When I put the cursor on D drive, the little box doesn't come up. I click on properties and it shows it's totally free space but doesn't say how much.

Does this mean D hasn't been reformatted?
Where do I install applications/programs such as the antivirus, firewall, Word, etc? On C with the operating system or D? If C, should I start over and make it bigger?
My set of disks from Gateway includes a drivers disk - I was never prompted for that.
There is no security icon in Control Panel.

The reinstall went smoothly and the computer is running nicely. I'm just at a dead end as to how to proceed. (I am using a different computer to post here.)

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 12:35 PM

What does Gateway...state is the recommended way to use their disks to do a reinstall?

That's the procedure that you must follow, if you are using their recovery/restore disks...rather than a Microsoft XP CD.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:28 PM

Duh on me! I checked the Gateway instructions - I was supposed to insert the driver disk after the XP disk finished and the desktop appeared. I am doing that now.

I'm still wondering where to install the other programs such as the antivirus etc.

Thank you!

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:12 PM

Easily done, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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