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woody1977

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I have read that I should reformat my harddrive at least once a year?? My pc is slowing up at times and some programs start up slowly and my internet connection, is intermident to say the least, just lately anyway. I have posted a hijack this log, and am free from spyware etc... Thanks again guys. My win xp is built into the system on a packardbell, so how do I go about a repair of xp on this type of system, I have read the pinned post above, but it doesn't relate to how I think I would have to do it, or would I be best to reformat the whole thing, there isn't much on my pc, so wouldn't take long to back it up, it would be the days of endless downloading of all the crap i have on there lol.

any help is greatly appreciatted.

thanks woody.
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reformatting once a year is not as necessary as it once was...maybe if you are a very heavy user who installs and removes a lot of programs, but even then, it's not like windows 9x

As for how, what are your resources? Windows CD?
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I don't know where you read that but I would take it with a grain of salt. With win98 you need to defragment your dirve several times a year, but XP does defragmentation as an ongoing process, part of the System Idle process, so you very rarly need to do it with XP. As for formatting, you only do that when you want to make a clean installation and don't mind losing your files and prgrams so it's a last resort for fixing problems.
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wo that was fast, thanks, the win xp is pre-installed on the pc, so i would have to repair/re-install through xp?? I do install and delete quite a bit, when messing about trying in vain to do stuff, but I just love trying. lol

thanks woody
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again...the process differs from pc to pc---each oem has their own system for repair/recovery
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