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Reinstalling XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Erik, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Erik

    Erik Flightless Bird

    How do I wipe the hard drive clean and restore the system (Windows XP) to
    its bought-condition?

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Erik" <reply-to-group@email.net> said this in news item
    news:uWtNBwckKHA.2188@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > How do I wipe the hard drive clean and restore the system (Windows XP) to
    > its bought-condition?
    >
    > Thank you for your help.
    >


    Here is what you do:
    1. Reboot the machine and press the appropriate key to get into the BIOS
    setup.
    2. Make your CD drive the primary boot device.
    3. Boot the machine from your WinXP CD.
    4. Allow the disk to be formatted.
    5. Install WinXP.
     
  3. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Erik wrote:
    > How do I wipe the hard drive clean and restore the system (Windows
    > XP) to its bought-condition?
    >
    > Thank you for your help.


    Once we know what the make and model of your PC is, we can offer
    guidance. The reason: Different PC maunfacturers provide users with
    different methods.

    In the event you have a full-featured Windows XP installation CD, the
    method outlined here should help you:

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Otherwise, presumably you have either a PC-specific recovery/restoration
    CD or a hidden recovery partition on your hard drive.
     
  4. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Erik wrote:
    > How do I wipe the hard drive clean and restore the system (Windows XP)
    > to its bought-condition?
    >
    > Thank you for your help.
    >



    Simply follow the recovery instructions in the manual that came
    with the computer, or are displayed on the manufacturer's support web site.


    --

    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:
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    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375

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    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    HOW TO do a clean install of WinXP: See
    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html#steps and/or Method 1 in
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978307

    After the clean install, you'll have the equivalent of a "new computer" so
    take care of everything on the following page before otherwise connecting
    the machine to the internet or a network and before using a USB key that
    isn't brand-new or hasn't been freshly formatted:

    4 steps to help protect your new computer before you go online
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/pypc.aspx

    Other helpful references include:

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP Gold (no Service Packs) fully patched
    (after a clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsupdate/msg/3f5afa8ed33e121c

    HOW TO get a computer running WinXP SP1(a) or SP2 fully patched (after a
    clean install)
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a066ae41add7dd2b

    Tip: After getting the computer fully-patched, download/install KB971029
    manually: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971029

    NB: Any Norton or McAfee free-trial that came preinstalled on the computer
    when you bought it will be reinstalled (but invalid) when Windows is
    reinstalled. You MUST uninstall the free-trial and download/run the
    appropriate removal tool before installing any updates, Windows Service
    Packs or IE upgrades and before installing your new anti-virus application
    (which will require WinXP SP3 to be installed).

    Norton Removal Tool
    ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/removal_tools/Norton_Removal_Tool.exe

    McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool
    http://download.mcafee.com/products/licensed/cust_support_patches/MCPR.exe


    Erik wrote:
    > How do I wipe the hard drive clean and restore the system (Windows XP) to
    > its bought-condition?
    >
    > Thank you for your help.
     

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