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Can somebody please tell me if this is the right way to reinstall?


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#1 beckyf

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:00 PM

I did a search on this, but am still a little confused, so just wanted to check and make sure that I'm about to do this reinstallation right.

I got hit with the Internet Security 2010 virus, so need to start fresh.

I have a Reinstallation CD for Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2, a Dell Dimension Resource CD that says "Drivers And Utilities", a documentation CD, and a CD that contains Word Perfect. I probably don't need these last two, right?

My understanding is that I should first run the KillDisk program, then run the Reinstallation CD?

My confusion is the KillDisk thing. Is it absolutely necessary that I run that before doing the Reinstallation CD? It seemed like some people were running KillDisk, and some people weren't.

I just don't want to mess up my computer more than it already is.

Thank you for your help.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:55 PM

You don't need to run KillDisk. But you should delete any existing partitions and recreate them during the install.

Good instructions here:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:54 AM

I just printed out the instructions. Thank you for your help, Budapest.




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