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Your important data-documents, photos, music, videos, movies- anything you want to keep (including browser bookmarks!) should be copied to external hard drive, thumb drive, and/or CD. All of those media should then be disconnected from the machine before beginning.

Curiously, many find that the cheapest generic CD-Rs work best. Always check the 'burned' data before moving forward to make sure everything is OK. (Open or Explore the CD for confirmation)

Clean Install XP?

Several guides to the process out there:
http://www.theelderg..._windows_xp.htm
http://www.michaelst...nxpinstall.html
http://www.winsupers...xp_sg_clean.asp
Take a little time to read up before you start.

Since it is one of those things that must be seen all the way through, it is important to think about the end at the beginning.

•Is all my data saved?

•Do I have good copies of all my drivers?
http://www.majorgeek...ad.php?det=3982
http://www.softpedia...le-Driver.shtml
You computer manufacturer will also have all the drivers for your computer available on the website somewhere unless you have customized your hardware.

•Do I have 'setup' (install) files of my firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware burned to CD so I can install them before connecting to the net the first time? (and also your favorite alternative browser?-did you save your 'bookmarks' to a CD as well?)

•Is my XP CD a service pack 2 version? if you have SP2 installed, a SP1 or earlier CD may refuse to work on the grounds that the installed version is mre advanced. If this is the case for you, the best answer is to create a "slipstreamed" XPCD.

For this we use 'Autostreamer.' Looks difficult, turns out to be straightforward.
http://www.softpedia...ostreamer.shtml
http://www.simplygui...ostreamer.shtml (I did this myself)
To burn the .iso file to bootable disc you will need an advanced tool like Nero. I used a free one: http://www.majorgeek...wnload4055.html

•Do I have my XP license key code? Belarc will display it for you, along with codes for all your software: http://www.belarc.co...e_download.html

•Is my computer set to boot from the CD?
This is a BIOS change. For access, watch the very first screen that displays when starting the computer. A short message will briefly display at the top: "Press (*) for setup. (*) is whatever key your computer uses. Mine is F2. Your mouse won't work there. On screen instructions will explain how to navigate with the keyboard. Change the Boot Order so that the CDROM drive is at the top. No other changes should be made without good reason and understanding, OK?

Best practice for the procedure is to completely disconnect the machine from everything during the process.

Folks often miss the chance to 'delete' the original partition before format. Make sure that you take that step as well. Delete at least the 'system partition,' fully format NTFS, and install. Follow the on-screen prompts, enter the code when asked, and activate right away.

It may be necessary to phone Microsoft for activation. This is not uncommon. Just be yourself, explain that you had really bad malware and had to re-format on the exact same machine. They will give you a 30 digit one-time code to enter into your computer, and Done.

Then you will nedd to go to Windows Update and get all the patches since SP2 (about 60) It will be much better to do it manually than relying on "Automatic Updates." I actually suggest that you turn "Automatic Update" off in the System entry of Control Panel before connecting to the net to avoid doubling. You are going to want to allow the full resources of your system to be dedicated to this update process, so make it a single project. Read a book or something...

Do let me know how things work out for you. If you'd like assistance with configuring your system after the fresh install just click my name and send me a personal message. I continue to be at your service to the best of my ability. Anytime.
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hm unfortunately:
http://www.softpedia...ostreamer.shtml
http://www.simplygui...ostreamer.shtml
give me error 404
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OK. Me too. These 2 just worked in the 'preview.' If they don't survive the 'translation', just google "Autostreamer." The tutorial is the fourth entry fom the top.

http://www.softpedia...ostreamer.shtml
http://www.simplygui...ostreamer.shtml
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lol sorry I totally wasted a little bit of your time I realized a little while ago the graphic on the top of my CD says "Includes Service Pack 2"
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Great!
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Before I finally start the reformat
Are there any specific drivers I need to get beforehand?
I'm just going to download and get my SFX and GFX ones up to date when everything else is back up to par after the reformat
Will i need to pre-download drivers for like my mobo or anything?
last final check
I've got everything on CD-R's
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Actually, most of the drivers should be native. If you've collected your drivers and burned them to CD with one of those driver utilities, you should be good to go. If after install anything shows a yellow '!' in Device Manager, install the driver from the CD for it.

Good luck. Just take it step by step. Turns out to be kinda anti-climatic.
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All sounds good..copying one more CD-R and then initiating it.

How long does an actual reformat take before Im at the desktop?(on average)
Its been so long since I've done one..

Edited by Oniketsoku, 04 December 2007 - 01:02 AM.

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30-45min depending on processor speed and RAM
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Hey guys.

Everything is going quite well, except one little nuisance.
Every time I start up my computer, I get an annoying error saying MOM.EXE has failed to initialize.
I ran my registry cleaner but that didn't fix it.
It has something to do with the GFX Card driver I installed
(link to it is in the first post in this topic, on my old topic - I believe it's Version..7.1.1 or something. [Radeon X1050])

I also bought a new router and 10~20 minutes after use my signal(mine[this computer] is wireless) dropped from Very Good signal strength & 54.0 Mbps down to 24 Mbps and Very Low~Low signal strength. Any idea why?
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Yeah my internet is REALLY crappy.
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As a first step try rebooting everything:

•Power down all 3 units- cable/DSL modem, router, and computer.
• Physically disconnect the cables
•Power up one at a time, waiting until the previous unit has "settled down" before attaching the cable and moving to the next.
1. Cable/DSL modem
2. Router
3. Computer

Verbose: Once everything is powered down and the cables are disconnected, plug in the cable/DSL modem and wait for all the lights to get steady. Attach the cable from the powered modem to the router. Then plug in the router and wait for all its lights to steady. Attach the cable from the router to the computer. Power up the computer.

Often does the trick .

Got the right driver for that card?
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Tried a power cycle and yeah driver 3.30.15 I think (Wmp54g v.1)
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Results of power cycle?
Driver is/is not correct?
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No effect and yes the most recent driver I got from the Linksys Website
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