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Kevin2k

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Hello.

I've recently been testing out one of my old computers (I'm currently using it). But, I forgot that this computer has TONS of viruses and spyware and junk on it. The viruses messed my system up so badly that I cannot even open some simple applications, such as Paint. My first instinct was to reformat my computer. But, when I originally purchased this computer, I was never given the recover CDs.

So my question to you is:
Is there a way to reformat my computer without having my Windows XP CD? :)

I'd be extremely grateful if someone could help me. :tazz:
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Hi Kevin2k! Welcome to G2G!

What is the make and model of your computer? Did XP come installed on it when you purchased it? You may be able to order recovery cd's from your computer's manufacturer.

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Howdy and welcome to G2G:

There is a way but without another operating system disk, you won't be able to install anything back on it!!

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Thanks Fenor. I'm currently running a Compaq 5000. Yes, Windows XP did come installed when I purchased my computer.

But, I was trying to get around purchasing the recovery cd. I was hoping there was some sort of manuel way to do it without purchasing anything.
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When you boot your computer, try hitting F10 or F12 about once a second immediately after you turn it on, and see if it doesn't start the recovery program built-in to your computer. Worth a shot

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Thanks fender. I'll keep checking around other sites and hopefully something could come up.

PS, I'll try your suggestion next time I reboot :tazz:
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