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Cleaning my computer out


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Is there any way to wipe out everthing on my computer and start completly over?
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Depends on what you mean.
A format and fresh installation will take the system back to nothing more then your OS on it.
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Yes, I want to wipe everything off and start all over. My system has became cluttered with nothing of importance. How would I go about getting ride of all the junk, programs, and all other useless parts in my software?
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The easiest is to format which will delete everything from your hard drive.
Then you would have to install your OS again.
Do you have you original installation disk(s)?
What make and model of system are we discussing?
Laptop or Desktop
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Laptop, and no I do not have the disks. My computer is a HP anp running XP. I do have a XP install disk with the upgrade disk also but when I put in the upgrade disk it says my XP edition is newer.
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What model Hp laptop as they have made several hundred models.
This will help me determine if there is a recovery partition on your hard drive already.
If not there should be recovery cd's
If neither of the these exist then I can get the the information for you to purchase a set of recovery disks.
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It,s a HP pavilion 5600 running XP Home Edition.
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Ok strange ...
Was this a new system when you bought it?
I ask because everything I'm finding on it says this
re-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium (with Media Center capabilities)

You have XP on yours.
Did you install XP on it?
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I vought the computer used andit had XP on it.
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Do you have Genuine Microsoft XP installation disk?
If not then start the laptop and at the HP splash screen start tapping the F11 or F12 key.
One should get you into the recovery partition.
If no recovery partition then try going into the BIOS by tapping F1 or F2 at the first black screen.
There should be a option in the bios to enter the recovery partition.
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