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How to reformat a computer?

anyone know how? I've got one problem. I can't find the xp disk. Help!!
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LOL, and just the 1 thing you need.
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LOL, and just the 1 thing you need.
If i find it what do i do?
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Ok, found it. Now what?
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1. Insert XP disc into drive.
2. Boot up with XP disc.
3. Follow onscreen instructions.
4. Done!
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1. Insert XP disc into drive.
2. Boot up with XP disc.
3. Follow onscreen instructions.
4. Done!
very well
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ok, i started doing that and now my wireless card doen't work.
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You don't need a wireless card to format your drive. Do you really want to delete everything on the drive?
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You don't need a wireless card to format your drive. Do you really want to delete everything on the drive?
yes. i don't want anything of mine left
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If you want to start from scratch do this:

1. put xp disk in there
2. delete your partition
3. set up xp and let setup create your new partition using NTFS
4. wait patiently
5. you're done

Now about those drivers...... Good luck finding them online unless you have the disks they came with

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If you want to start from scratch do this:

1. put xp disk in there
2. delete your partition
3. set up xp and let setup create your new partition using NTFS
4. wait patiently
5. you're done

Now about those drivers...... Good luck finding them online unless you have the disks they came with
yeah don't know shit about that
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yeah don't know shit about that
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If it's a boxed pc, you can go to the manufacturers website, lookup that model and download the drivers from there. Put them on a disc then install them back on the puter.

If not, I hope you know whet all hardware is in it so you can get them individually.





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Rut ro raggy.

If it's a boxed pc, you can go to the manufacturers website, lookup that model and download the drivers from there. Put them on a disc then install them back on the puter.

If not, I hope you know whet all hardware is in it so you can get them individually.
If it's his only computer and the network interface doesn't work, how does he go to the Web?

OP: This is one of those "If you gotta ask, have somebody else do it." A default install of XP (or any Windoze) is so far from what you end up when it's done right, you can't even see it from here.

If it's XP SP2 (Home or Pro), you have +/- 100 post-install patches & updates to apply - some of which you DON'T want. How do you know what to leave out?

Not to mention not-ready-for-prime-time SP3 that Microsnot is pushing like crack to an addict. Plus there are many registry tweaks, user interface changes, a far better (FREE) disk defragger and other tools and utilities that make using your computer a more pleasant experience, and increase reliability and stability.

It ain't rocket science, but if you just want to _use_ a computer, not learn all this shit, it might as well be.

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If it's his only computer and the network interface doesn't work, how does he go to the Web?

OP: This is one of those "If you gotta ask, have somebody else do it." A default install of XP (or any Windoze) is so far from what you end up when it's done right, you can't even see it from here.

If it's XP SP2 (Home or Pro), you have +/- 100 post-install patches & updates to apply - some of which you DON'T want. How do you know what to leave out?

Not to mention not-ready-for-prime-time SP3 that Microsnot is pushing like crack to an addict. Plus there are many registry tweaks, user interface changes, a far better (FREE) disk defragger and other tools and utilities that make using your computer a more pleasant experience, and increase reliability and stability.

It ain't rocket science, but if you just want to _use_ a computer, not learn all this shit, it might as well be.
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do you have the recovery CD that came with it? It will put it back to stock configuration. You can't really fuck it up any more. It's not like there's anything on there that you need. Just reformat it, unless you've already done it. Then just download the drivers and you're good to go.

It's easy. Depending on how old the computer is it might take a while but it's not hard.

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Bring me your disc, PC, and 20 bucks, pick up the PC tomorrow.
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Bring me your disc, PC, and 20 bucks, pick up the PC tomorrow.
I was gonna say the same thing but I was gonna say bring a 12 pack of 2XX or bud light lime. But he's in North Ft Worth and I'm in Irving. Wonder if it's worth the drive for him.

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Take Skidmark or Memo's offer. Either one is doing you a favor.

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Bring me your disc, PC, and 20 bucks, pick up the PC tomorrow.
The only disk that i have is xp. that doesn't sound like a bad idea. I'll even bring some beer!
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If it's XP SP2 (Home or Pro), you have +/- 100 post-install patches & updates to apply - some of which you DON'T want. How do you know what to leave out?

Not to mention not-ready-for-prime-time SP3 that Microsnot is pushing like crack to an addict. Plus there are many registry tweaks, user interface changes, a far better (FREE) disk defragger and other tools and utilities that make using your computer a more pleasant experience, and increase reliability and stability.

you dont need any of this.
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The only disk that i have is xp. that doesn't sound like a bad idea. I'll even bring some beer!

it sounds like you formated your computer and just need to install your drivers now.

use whatever computer your using that has internet, look up your wireless card, download drivers, put them on a usb drive and install on computer.

there are probably other drivers you will need too. a 12 pack of beer is a good deal, take that offer.
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I'm in Lewisville, I'd do it for a 12 pack too. But you're probably closer to Skidmark

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