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Hi, we have a computer that is running Windows XP that is so completely infested with malware, the only real option is just to format the HDD.

I have a couple questions first.

How do I go about formating a drive on XP? I've only done it on 98.

Secondly, re-installing Windows. The computer was bought from Compaq, so I don't have the original XP discs and everything as it came already installed. I do however, have a legal OEM version of XP that I bought when I built my computer. Could I just use that? Or is it only allowed on one PC? Do I have to buy a new XP OS?

Thanks.
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Hi there,

If malware issues are whats making you decide to format, see if the folks at the malware forum can help you. Reformatting should only be a last resort.

If, however, you are set on formatting, Compaq and other companies that don't include the Windows Disc often allow you to make recovery disks, do you have those?

If you don't you should be perfectly fine to use your OEM copy on this computer, you legally own the copy of Windows.

For a reformatting tutorial, search google, there are hundreds of them on the web. Here is one:
http://www.resnet.un...reformatxp.html

- Matt
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If you don't you should be perfectly fine to use your OEM copy on this computer, you legally own the copy of Windows.



Howdy..

Just to clarify Matt's statement here.. Microsoft's EULA only allows the same XP cd and key code to be activated on ONE system at a time..

If you are already using this OEM version on the system you built then NO, you can put it on another system but it will cease to work after 30 days as you will not be able to activate it...

Murray
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Right, thanks for clarifying, I thought he bought it for use on that computer :tazz:
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