#1
One of my friends told me that if i reformat my computer, it deletes everything off it that there ever was, so i can start out new with a faster, clean computer.

so being a computer n00b, i dont know if this is true or not, cause i haven't heard of it before. so uh..is it?

if so, how do i do it, and how long will it take?

thanks.
-Nick
#4
it will take around an hour, or at least it did on my old windows 98, ive never had to install XP (assuming thats what you have). Dont reformat your computer if you dont have the Windows Operating System Instalation Cd, and the Serial Number because without it, your lookin at having to buy a new Operating System.
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#5
if i'd have to reinstall windows, does that mean i'd have to go out and buy the software? or..how would i do that?

edit: ^^ posted before i read the post above mine.
-Nick
#6
it does help. I do it about once every 2 years.

But I have an external hdd. and I'm well equiped to quickly back up all info I need and just wipe my hdd and start fresh.
#8
If you dont already have the Cd, then yes you will need to buy it.
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#10
Okay, i've looked for the Window's CD but i can't find it. Im guessing because my computer came with XP installed already, seeing as my computer is relatively new, except packed full of useless junk. My next question is, since windows came installed on my computer, did it come with the disc as well? or did they just assume i wouldn't need it?
-Nick
#11
Quote by Unscathed
Okay, i've looked for the Window's CD but i can't find it. Im guessing because my computer came with XP installed already, seeing as my computer is relatively new, except packed full of useless junk. My next question is, since windows came installed on my computer, did it come with the disc as well? or did they just assume i wouldn't need it?

It probably did, you probably just didn't think it was useful and misplaced it/threw it away. Double check again, it is probably there.
#12
yeah, most prebuilt comptuers come with everything in it and a lot of times they put the installation cds and everything in some discreet corner somewhere and msot peopel end up throwing it.
#13
kay. well, if i cant find it is there any way i can put it on a disc or something, to resinstall after i format? Or would that like, defeat the whole purpose of formatting?
-Nick
#14
Quote by Unscathed
kay. well, if i cant find it is there any way i can put it on a disc or something, to resinstall after i format? Or would that like, defeat the whole purpose of formatting?

See if your friend has a disk and use that one.
#15
If you have the Windows XP reinstall or install disc, then you can do it. Just put in the disc and follow the instructions. I'm pretty sure you can format the hard drives during the reinstall.


Important note: make sure to backup all your drivers onto a flash drive or CD before you do anything.

There are a lot of helpful step by step guides on the internet, search for them. Make sure to promptly install antivirus and spyware, etc on your fresh comp or it'll get eaten up alive.
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#16
ive done it multiblke times its realy easy but if you have shit you want to keep like music porn programs you have like burn them on a cd or put them a some sort of storage device

dude its totaly worth it your computer is so fast at first until you load it back up with programs and stuff

it takes around 3 hours to do
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#17
Why don't you just manually delete all the useless junk? that will make it run a bit better.

I'm looking at reformatting my laptop because it's spread across 2 hard drives and when living with my mum i went away for the weekend leaving my bedroom door unlocked (rookie error) with unpassworded laptop inside.... came back to find my little sister had snooped on it and deleted one of the hard drives somehow..... it still runs, but like a lada car instead of like a new laptop. Anyone think the computers in-built e-restore would fix this?
#19
just delete all th useless file u have, or save them to a memory stick
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#20
It does make it a lot faster, but only until it gets full of junk again.

If you have backups should take an hour to reinstall Windows and get back to where you were.

I recommend installing Windows in it's own partition.
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#21
formatting? If you're going to format, you need a copy of the operating system you want to install.

Hardware is the main thing that'd keep your computer running fast though: more RAM, better motherboard, faster and more powerful CPU, good video card are what makes the most differences.

To maintain the speed, you want to keep your computer files organized and have internet protection software. Don't use IE and other programs that are prone to adware/spyware/trojan attacks. Fragment your harddrives every once in a while.
#22
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formatting? If you're going to format, you need a copy of the operating system you want to install.

Hardware is the main thing that'd keep your computer running fast though: more RAM, better motherboard, faster and more powerful CPU, good video card are what makes the most differences.

To maintain the speed, you want to keep your computer files organized and have internet protection software. Don't use IE and other programs that are prone to adware/spyware/trojan attacks. Defragment your harddrives every once in a while.


Fixed Manually go through and delete all the shite that's accumulated on your PC, making sure you uninstall programs rather than just deleting them. I run Ad-Aware every few weeks to get rid of Spyware and Registry Mechanic to fix up my registry. Making sure your temp. and temp. internet files get deleted regularly can also help, I once found mine was taking up a gig.
If this still doesn't help, add a bit more RAM to your computer. 512 is the absolute minimum I'd think about using for XP, 1gb is a good size to go with.
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#23
u should just go delete programs and stuff you dont need...instead of completely formatting...
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