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#1 gailp666


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Posted 31 July 2011 - 05:05 PM

Hi there everyone, My old tower is running so sloooow. I have nothing on there to save really so i thought i could wipe the whole pc and then put xp back on. Ive never done this before so i would appreciate any help or advice.
Do i have to do certain things before wiping it? ie check for virus etc...
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 10:19 PM

There's really no reason to "wipe" a drive, unless you're planning on selling, or giving the computer away.
All you need to do is pop in your XP disc, reformat, and reinstall XP.
Just make sure you have all of your personal data saved, before reformatting, or it will be lost.
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 10:44 PM

You're going to need motherboard drivers, sound and graphics drivers too. Those will need to be loaded after you install XP. You can download those from the manufacturers' websites. It'll be easier if you download them and burn them to CD beforehand.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 12:15 PM

Here is a quick synopsis of How to Reinstall Windows XP.



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Posted 04 August 2011 - 12:45 PM

Boot to the XP CD and choose the option to format before installing. After you install, do all of the following in order:

1) Install all appropriate drivers starting with the chipset driver
2) Install a good anti virus app and keep it resident and updated
3) Go to Windows Update and download and install all appropriate software updates. DO NOT use Windows Update to install any drivers - drivers should only be obtained from the website of the hardware provider or computer manufacturer.
4) I recommend you then create an image with disc imaging software so you never have to go through this process again. The image should be created to either a second HD or to optical discs.

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