Posted 28 April 2010 - 07:30 AM
System manufacturer and model?
I can tell you flatly...the only way to remove everything other than the O/S...is to delete the existing partitions and do a clean install of XP. Whether that install is done by using a MS Genuine XP CD or by using OEM-supplied recovery/restore disks...only matters as far as content installed by the effort.
The XP Recovery Console is a tool that is used to repair, not reinstall. It can only repair some problems, not all...and it has no impact on malware or hardware difficulties.
<<I was told that formatting my computer is a no-no because it would delete the OS and that I should try the recovery mode.>>
Who told you this...and what are the circumstances that led to such a statement?
<<Thing is I don't have the CD...>>
Well, you need to try to acquire such if you want to do what you have stated as your goal.