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Reinstall Windows XP (need quick/simple answer)


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dwarro

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Ok so I know I'm going to get a lot of crap for this post but can anyone point me in the direction (or just post a link) to the best instructions as to how to go about it? I've searched a bunch but it seems like there are thousands of ways to do it online but I'm just looking for a simple and easy way to approach it. I just kind of want a sure fire way that works.

I don't know if this matter either but my computer was infected with a virus and a lot of the programs don't function effectively (Microsoft Office, Itunes, etc..) so this is why I want to go ahead and install it again. I just want to make sure that everything goes smooth (doesn't everyone?) when I go through the installation because I don't want to lose my mind.

So if anyone can just suggest a link or whatever I would appreciate it. Thank you

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Hello dwarro & welcome to GTG

Quote: so I know I'm going to get a lot of crap for this post

No question is considered stupid here , what so ever...

If it is a infection you are concerned about i suggest you start here: http://www.geekstogo...uide-t2852.html

be sure to save all logs and then start a new topic here http://www.geekstogo...emoval-f37.html


If you just want to clear your hard drive or partion the drive or just a clean/fresh windows installation , anything along them lines , i suggest you take a lok at here : http://www.geekstogo...rmat hard drive

best of luck !

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rshaffer61

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Go HERE for step by step instructions on how to partition, format, and install XP fresh
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dwarro

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Thanks everyone I appreciate it! I will try the reinstallation about a week or two from now and let you know if I have any questions.
The reason Im going to reinstall is because my computer "had" a virus that infected the system and now some software and programs don't function correctly. I'm pretty positive the infection is cleaned and removed so I think it would be best to reinstall windows and then start over with a good virus security program.
Thanks again!

Dan
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If your hard drive is more than 2 - 3 years old, its better (not mandatory) to use a new hard drive (if you can). There are two kinds of hard drives: dead ones and dying ones. Its a bummer to do a re-install and then have that drive die on you in the next few days, weeks or year.
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