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#1 jonni67

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 01:29 PM

Hi Guys, :flowers: I would like to find out some information about my machine please. I am a bit of a novice, and the answer I would like to know is: How can I delete all the programs and data on my hard drive, and just leave Windows xp sp2 installed? Many thanks in anticipation, jonni67 :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 02:15 PM

You could start by using the Add\remove Programs feature in your Control Panel. If I may ask, why do you want to do this?

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:00 PM

It's not a good idea to delete everything you see in Add/Remove Programs. You need to keep a firewall, anti-virus, windows security updates, anti-spyware programs. Remove these and it's an open invitation to infections and problems.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:03 PM

Windows updates will not be shown until the check box at the top labled show updates is checked. but I agree it would be stupid to uninstall all of the programs.
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:12 PM

Why not give us a list of what is installed, and one of us can tell you what is safe to uninstall.

Or just try this: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 07:39 PM

Hi agen Guys, thanks for all your answers on my question. Well I was hoping to put the hard disk into another computer and start agen. Does this mean that it will have to be formatted and Windows reinstalled - which i am trying to avoid - bco of the work involved? many thanks for any further answers, Regards, jonni67. :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:20 PM

you can try to pull the hard drive and place it in the other PC. It works some times, most times it doesnt (then you have to reinstall windows).

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:22 PM

Just to be on the safe side, back up anything you don't want to lose-pictures, text files, music, etc BEFORE you remove the drive from your current computer. If it doesn't work and you have to do an install of Windows, you'll lose everything. If you use an email client (Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, etc) back up any messages you don't want to lose, and the address book. These will be lost during an install. The only thing you can do is switch the drive to your other computer and hope it works.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:22 PM

The problem with putting the hdd into another computer is that the hdd has recognized the chip set and drivers from the old motherboard and when you try to install the hdd to a new motherboard with a different chip set it can cause it to be confused to the point that in most cases you will need to reinstall the OS.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 11:14 PM

You should not have to do a full install, if you move the hard drive a repair install will work, and you dont normally lose any data.


Here is a great link on how to do the repair install:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:51 AM

Move Current Hard Drive to a New Windows XP System
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 08:06 AM

Hi Folks :flowers: many thanks for all your replies, I guess I will have to go with the Windows repair install option. Your answers are much appreciated. Best regards, jonni67. :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 02:07 PM

If you simply want to move your hard drive to another system and "start again" then you may as well do a regular install. The advantage over a repair reinstall is that you will be gauranteed that no Registry errors will be carried over from your old install. A "repair install" has the unique effect of preserving the Registry, errors and all, and keeping all the installed programs. It appears that this is definitely *not* what you want - you want a clean system.

Be sure to reinstall crucial anti-malware programs. Here's a basic list of good (and free!) apps:

AVG antivirus OR Avast! antivirus (either is a great choice and have advantages over McAfee & Norton/Symantec)
ZoneAlarm firewall - do *not* rely on the built-in XP firewall
SpywareGuard
SpywareBlaster
Startup Inspector - a startup program identifier; allows you to disable any startup program
Startup Monitor - forces a new program to require your approval for automatic startup




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