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#1 Baldo

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:05 AM

I have an old Dell Inspiron 9100; currently have Win XP Professional (sp2) / Pentium 4 (dual core) / 512MB RAM. Its a 2nd laptop of mine that i was thinking of using to experiment on, maybe even use as a file server, so i can start getting my hands dirty with setting up a home network.

I did have a few viruses on it that i never got around to cleaning; i had shut her down & packed it away for about 2 years. I just took it out again & have some extra time to finally do something with it. There is nothing personal on it, so rather than trying to clean it up, I want to blow out the OS & start from scratch for my own practice & experience.

I guess im looking to start some dialouge around the best aproach for this &/or sugggestions? I was planning on re-loading Win XP Professional using the original CD. Any thought's / ideas / commments on the best way to blow out the OS & then start my reinstall?

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:13 AM

Boot to the XP CD, delete the existing partition, create a new one, format, install. After installation to the following:

1) Install all drivers beginning with the chipset driver
2) Install an anti virus utility and update the definitions
3) Upgrade to SP3
4) Download and install all Windows Updates (but NOT hardware / driver updates - NEVER get them from Windows Update)

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:34 AM

To add to Allan's suggestions, if your computer is still infected you might consider wiping the hdd with a program like Darik's Boot and Nuke which will completely overwrite the hdd eliminating all traces of any infection.

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#4 Baldo

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 12:12 PM

Thank you both for the info - much appreciated!




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