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Reformatting Hard Drive in XP


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#1 MarketMachine

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 11:15 AM

Hi. I've come to the conclusion that the best course of action regarding this particular machine is a reformat of the hard drive and a reinstallation of the operating system. The machine is a Compaq Presario about 5 years old, running windows XP home. It has a partition containing the recovery information and I previously burned a set of recovery discs.

I found a tutorial from HP Here

It seems to cover the salient points and appears to be pretty straightforward. But I've learned nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

So my questions are : Is there anything else I should know about the process, and how do I go about saving my internet settings, particularly email with Outlook Express as the client?

Thanks for any and all help.

Edited by MarketMachine, 28 May 2010 - 11:18 AM.


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Posted 28 May 2010 - 12:05 PM

Hello and Welcome to Bleepingcomputer!


Here is a link to Microsoft's web site, this page should help you with saving your settings and migrating them into your new install of Windows XP Home edition.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...xp/migrate.mspx

Also make sure you upgrade to XP Service pack 3 before July 13 2010, because Microsoft support and updates will end for service packs 1 and 2 sometime around this date.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 02:57 PM

also ... How to back up and to restore Outlook Express data

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670




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