Posted 01 March 2006 - 11:16 AM
To reformat the drive, you need a startup disk. That's the floppy you make with Windows. You'll also need your Windows key, which is on the front of the manual that came with Windows. Use that floppy to start the computer and choose CD-Rom support, and you'll get the DOS prompt:
. . . and hit enter. That will format the drive. If you follow Acklan's advice and wipe the drive, do that first, before you use the startup disk.
Once formatted, you will need to install Windows. Put the CD in the drive and type:
. . . and hit enter. Now you should have the C:> prompt. Next, type:
. . . and hit enter, and the installation will begin. Follow instructions and type in your key and restart when necessary and Windows will be installed.
Before you go on the internet, you should, at minimum, have an antivirus program installed. You should then get all Windows Updates and install more protection, such as Zone Alarm firewall, Spybot Search and Destroy, Firefox Browser, Ad-Aware Personal, Spyware Blaster, and update your antivirus. I use AVG antivirus, which I keep on a CD along with all the other programs, and highly recommend. Also, once the programs are installed, you should defrag your computer and do so again about once a month.