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How to reformat Windows XP?


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#1 Fruit

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

Hi,

 

I was advised to reformat and reinstall my computer after a trojan backdoor infection.

 

I don't have much experience with reformatting, so I'm not sure how to do this. I have 2 CDs from purchasing the product. One is for System Recovery and the other for Application Recovery. I was not sure if "recovery" is the same thing as reformat..

 

Thank you.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:31 PM

First, make sure you have backed up your important data. Then boot from the System Recovery disk using the boot key. The disk should format.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:41 PM

The boot key?

 

I was also advised to back up my data with a CD/DVD. Not really sure how to use it because I've only used usb to do so in the past.

 

Sorry, I'm inexperienced and I appreciate all the help.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:08 PM

Yeah, most computers have a boot key, Mines F12. It's visible if your computer displays a "splash" screen hiding all the boot info and you have disabled it in the BIOS. Mine's F12 I believe and the info for it is displayed at the bottom of the screen along with the key for entering the BIOS, etc. It may be in your manual or the manufacturer's website.

You can also go into the BIOS and change the boot order if needed so that your CD-ROM is the first boot device.

 

You can back up to a USB and you should be doing so daily.

 

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:56 PM

Ah I see, thank you!






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