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How to clean up and remove portions of Windows XP

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#1 JeffAST


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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:35 AM

I have reinstalled Windows XP several times over the last few years and I have many pieces of previous versions of Windows XP on my hard drive that takes up about 70% of of hard drive space. How do I clean up and remove a lot of these extra and left over files?

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:45 AM

I am VERY confused. Why would you keep reinstalling XP without first formatting the drive?

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:00 PM


There is no way to tell which files go with which install.
If you delete the wrong one the system wont boot.

Do it right the first time.
Back up your data. Have necessary drivers ready.
Boot off an XP cd & delete the partition then reformat & reload.

Ony caveat I see is a printer.
If your printer is USB make sure it is disconnected from the system when you reinstall.
Once the drivers are loaded, run the cd for the printer & dont plug in the USB cable until prompted.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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