How to Reformat Your Hard Drive and Install/Reinstall Windows XP
Posted by Branin on August 11th, 2010
Learn What You Need to Know to Reformat Your PC!
So, you like the feeling of having a fresh and clean Windows installation? Perhaps you have downloaded a nasty virus that you can't remove no matter what you try? Well, that's no problem - Today we'll be learning the few simple steps to have your Windows PC back up and running in no time, that's right, simple!
Step 1: Ensure that you have the proper disk in order to complete the installation, this disk may have come with your computer when purchased or purchased separately, It would also be wise to backup any files that you wish (such as drivers, music or documents) to keep and store them somewhere other than your hardrive, formatting the hardrive will remove everything.
Step 2: Insert your Windows disk and restart your PC, A screen will come up saying "Press any key to boot from disk". If all is right you can start on Step 3, if your computer starts up as normal you will need to fix the boot settings to boot to your cd/dvd drive which can be done in the BIOS.
Step 3: After about 10 seconds the setup utility will be loaded, press the Enter key to start setting up windows. Read the license agreement and hit F8 if you agree. If the setup program detects an existing installation of Windows and asks if you want to repair it, hit Esc to skip the repair. The setup program will then ask you where to install Windows. Highlight the existing "C: Partition1" partition and hit D to delete it. Hit L to confirm. Next, hit Enter to install Windows on the "Unpartitioned Space". Format the space as NTFS - You will get an option to choose full or quick format. My experience is that quick format is for disk that have previously formatted. Usually you will get a popup message "This disk can not be quick formatted" or something along that line. Then continue the installation. Please note: During the installation process, your computer will reboot. You will then see a message to press any key to boot from cd. Do not press any key a second time, otherwise the installation will start from scatch again. Complete the next several screens on the setup process and make sure you do not leave the administrator password blank. After following these steps, setup should be complete.
Step 4. That wasn't so hard now was it? After you have finished the installation process there are still a few things you may want to do such as install Antivirus, Anti spyware, or any other resources that you commonly use such as Flash or Java, Also, you may keep in mind that after doing the format process it may be wise to run a Disk Defragment to help your PC better organize the new files.
Well that's it for this short tutorial, hopefully I have lifted a bit of confusion on the subject, thanks for reading.
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