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Want to totally reset my computer!


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Opaxity

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Hello, iam in desparete need of a detailed list of steps that can guide me to resetting, or reformating, or somehow restarting my whole computer. Just having the default WXP to start all over. I have series of problems such as infected IE, popops of aurora, and some programs that dont want to work, plus the obvious, small space left. And i basically would really apreciate if someone could help me. I have an eMachines laptop, that i bought the September 2004. I have Windows Home. I DO NOT have the Windows cd.



Anyone? :tazz:
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Welcome to GTG Opaxity! :tazz:

Sure you don't want us to try and help you fix it first? We usually consider formatting a last resort.
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I agree that format should be a last resort. Try working though the malware guide at
http://www.geekstogo..._Log-t2852.html

If that does not fix it, post a hijack this log at the malware forum

http://www.geekstogo...o_Here-f37.html

You said you do not have windows xp install disk. I hope you have a recall/recovery disk from emachines. Don't even consider format unless you have a recovery cd that has the xp os on it.
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Thank you guys alot for your responses.


Yeah, i just heard that from my TechEd teacher, that i need the recovery cd, and i dont, im oging to have to call eMachines to give, or sell me one.


I really do want to format, i have aurora, and followed the steps given by a very helpful "geek" here. (he is not a geek, but hes a helper, and i think you guys call it that) I followed his steps, and on where he said to run some files, two didnt run, the rest i followd, and to this day, or minute, they keep poping up. And i also want to get rid of everything. No mercy. Well except Windows XP.


Thanks alot!

(anyone know where i can get a recovery cd?)
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K

Once you get a recovery cd, follow these steps

First you need a boot disk

assuming that you have a floppy drive, get a boot disk appropriate to your OS. For example, if your running me, google search for a ME boot disk. Get it and install it on a floppy.

Remember, if your format, you erase everything of your HD, so be sure to back up any programs you might have. You will need to install them over afterwards

Next, boot your system up to your boot disk. If your comp doesn't boot to the floppy, you'll have to set it up in the bios. You should be able to get into the bios by booting up the machine and pressing del. or F1.

After you get into the bios, search out the boot sequence tab, and press enter. You should then be able to set which components will boot. Then escape out of the bios and reboot. Please note that you must have the hard drive as one of your boot sequence options. If you don't, it will not pick up the HD and you'll get a error message saying it cannot find the OS.Be sure to save your changes before you exit out of the bios. Now your on to the next step.

Boot the comp with your boot disk. It will ask you about loading cd drives. Load the generic CD-rom drivers and press enter. Wait a little bit and your be prompted to a DOS screen. From here you'll be able to format and partion your HD.

Now you want to make up a partion. You'll be able to set partitions through a program called Fdisk, located on your boot disk. The command for this is A:/fdisk.exe. After running the program, you'll be at a menu screen. You need to go to option 4 which is delete a current partition. Select that and delete your partition. When you delete a partition, you delete all the contents on that drive

Now you need to make a new partition for your HD. Press esc. and go back to the menu screen. Select option 3 which should be create a new partition. When it prompts you about the size of the partition, make sure you use all of the available HD space. It defaults to using all HD space when you go to create the partition, so you should be able to just press enter. It will verify the HD and create the partition. Now press esc. and select option 1, which should be view all active partition. Make sure you see the partition available.

Now you must make the partition active. To do this, go back to the menu command and select the option saying set a active partition. I forget what option it is. You must set a active partition in order to see the HD and format it.

After you set the partition active, press escape, close out and restart. Reboot to your floppy and go back to the dos prompt. Now you should be able to access your hard drive which should be C:/. Go back to your A: directory. Now do Format C:. It will prompt you saying that it will erase all the contents of the drive...press enter and continue. After it's done formating, give the HD a lable and press enter. Now it's time to install your os.

If your running a system recovery disk, you can probilly restart with the cd rom in and it will automatically start installing the OS. If not, you can run it by going to the cd drive (D: or E:) and typing the setup command. If you don't know it, you can find it out by typing dir D:. If you do dir D: /p, it will page break so you can see all the the cd's info. If it's not a recovery disk, it's normally setup.exe. It might also be autorun.exe, run.exe so just search the directory. You should be able to take it from here. Let it run through its cycle of scandisk and stuff. Your pretty much home free.

A lot of people ask about formating their HD and reinstalling their OS. I think I'll start a topic saying about these steps for all users. If there is anything else you need, just let me know or revert back to this in depth instruction guide. Good luck.

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Technogeek8,

Here are a couple of posts for win98 that you can use as a model for an xp guide.

excellent reference for win98 installation

printable format and partition notes post #5

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Yeah

My comps fine, It was Opaxity that was having the problems. Anyway, I looked at theem and will keep them in mind for later. Though, I've done a tear down and rebuilt on so many systems, so many times, I could probilly do it in my sleep. Thanks anyway though

David
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Hi:) i got a problem with my computer...!

and if one of you culd help me i will be very happy.........

if one of you culd tell me how i reset my computer that all of my stuff are deleted and uninstalled...

If one here play css and love it just mutch as me:D
then i need youre help...
i cant go inn to steam and i cant play one of my games..!
and if I install steam again, it will not work.
So i wondered if some one culd write me back and say how i restart my computer.....
ps: I am not god at english and I am only 14 years so i need help...
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This link has some helpful info on resetting your computer, or doing a clean install: http://howtocleaninstall.com/

Edited by admin, 11 January 2010 - 11:04 AM.

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hey guys, Im using hp mini (xp), but it always hangs up on the logo, so I press f10 for bios to reboot and it's now working, but I have a question. Will my computer be having damage if I do this over and over again?
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ive got the same problem as u &would th same help as u! cn ne1 help plez,coz iv noticed that th d8 on urs goes bk 2 96 or 97 or sumthing,i hpe i dnt have 2 w8 for that many yrs 4 sum1 2 help me with mine.
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Direct to: kyrah

Please start your own topic
Although your issue may seem similar there can be other factors that may need to be resolved.
By bumping on someone's topic it makes it confusing for the tech to understand who they are helping. This can in turn cause the wrong support to be given and can cause instability or worse to happen to your system. Also please I understand English may not be your first language but please refrain from using chat talk cause some of us just don't understand what is being said.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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This link has some helpful info on resetting your computer, or doing a clean install: http://howtocleaninstall.com/


I don't think this is a working link. Just wanted to let you know. I'm not being unappreciative or disrespectful.
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