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Delete everything on HDD except Windows XP

May 20, 2010 at 09:22:08
Specs: Windows XP

c:\windows operating system. therefore i need to create a list of what i want to keep i.e. boot.ini c:\windows etc and then delete everything else. i have seen examples using forFile, but i can be sure that extension will be on the machine. does anyone have any ideas how i can create the exclude list and then do the delete?

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#1
May 20, 2010 at 09:31:25

Not too sure what you are trying to achieve, but you would be far
better just doing a clean reinstallation because working from the
top down, which you're trying to do, still leaves a lot of rubbish
and is a very time consuming process.

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#2
May 20, 2010 at 22:00:21

I agree, if you are trying to achieve a system that is 'clean' of everything except the operating system, if would be best to pop in the XP install disk, format, and reinstall completely clean.

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#3
May 21, 2010 at 08:02:53

yep you're probably right, thanks

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#4
May 21, 2010 at 09:40:14

Sure they are right because deleting files will also leave a stack of registry entries kicking around too.


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