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Reformatting Windows Xp


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Raymundo

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Hello,
I had lots of problems on my laptop and ive decided to just reformat and start all over again because of virus, spyware problems :) so please guide me on reformating.

Thanks :)
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Alright, you'll need a few things.

- Your OS CD.
- An Idea on how to set-up your OS.
- Your Drivers for the computer
- Your common sense :)

But before I write anything I need to know which OS you're going to install.
Also, do you want 2 partitions or just 1?

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Ok I have my Windows XP disk with the serial and everything so I can re-install it into my system
I have my drivers but what does OS mean?
What do you mean with "partitions"?
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OS = Operating System
Theres a difference between a Hard Drive and a Partition.
A Hard Drive can hold partitions.
A partition is the C: or D: you can see in windows.

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What do think will be best as long as I get to remove all the malware I have.
I want to reformat completely.
Im goin to reinstall my original OS windows Xp.
The only porpose of this is to remove my malware, viruses etc.
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Sorry to interrupt.

Raymundo, you say you havea windows XP disk. Is this disk a recovery CD? If it is then if you use it it will take your computer back to the way it was when you first bought the laptop. Just insert the Cd and reboot the computer. Read the directions carefully that come up on the screen.

If it is a regular XP retail or OEM type cd that you bought at a retail store, then you will have to do it differently.

Heres a article on how to do this.

http://lifehacker.co...atch-157578.php

Know what Kind of CD you have and go from there.

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PLease Help! I did Exactly everything that guide told me and when it says rebooting 5.4.3.2.1 it also says once computer restarts setup will continue and once it does restart setup goes back where to it was where it says "Welcome to setup" and I dont know what to do!
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Did you remove the XP disk from the tray?
It should continue the setup if you remove the disk.

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Hello, Olirk


Yes, I did that and some ethernet message shows up and it wont start without the cd and once i put the cd back in im back with "Welcome to setup"

This is the message it shows once I take out the CD
Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 082)
Copyright © 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(x)/8130/810X PCi Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61 : Media Test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF : Exiting PXE ROM

Edited by Raymundo, 12 June 2008 - 10:42 AM.

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I think you are not waiting long enough. Sometimes windows will take 5 to 10 minutes to determine some of the hardware that it does not recoginize. It will finally give up and move on and that is when you get the yellow question marks in device manager.

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Oh thanks SRX660 I got it to work and it doesnt show that any more!
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