I'm having trouble reinstalling one of my computers to its original factory settings...
I have two computers that used to be networked on a wireless network. My gaming computer (IBUYPOWER 3.2 GHz Pentium, WinXP SP2)) is wired to my Netgear Wireless router and my other computer (Compaq Presario 1.7 GHz, WinXP SP1) uses a Netgear wireless card. Both computers can still access the internet through my router and DSL line but I lost the ability to transfer files between the two computers a few months ago
Recently, the 3.2 GHz computer downloaded a number of adware and/or spyware programs that are really bogging down my system. I've tried Adaware and Spybot, among others and nothing seems to be working...Additionally, the 1.7 GHz computer has picked up a virus which I have been unable to get rid of.
I've decided to restore both computers to their original settings and set up my network from clean systems. I've spent the last 2 days backing up my files on DVDs and CDs. I have the Compaq recovery CD and have used it before but I have no clue how to reformat my IBUYPOWER system. It didn't come with a recovery CD...it came with a CD labeled "i series Recovery CD-ROM" which appears to be a Win XP install CD. I've looked at other posts and it looks like if I re-install WinXP, all of my other files and setting will be untouched. I really want to get rid of everything on the drive and restart from scratch.
All of this leads me to a few questions:
Will re-installing (or repairing) WinXp reformat the drive or restore it to factory settings like I want?
My computer also came with CDs for the motherboard. Will those be needed?
What else could I do to restore the computer to its factory settings?
Any help would be appreciated!
Edited by SithSpawn, 23 July 2005 - 11:28 PM.