how do i reboot my computer please!

December 17, 2005 at 10:56:11
Specs: win xp, .

my computer is in dire need of a reboot and i just need to wipe everything and start again coz its getting too slow. problem is, i have lost the original installation CD that came with the comp... how can i reinstall windows if i reboot the computer? would all the original settings be contained on the hard drive anyway?

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December 17, 2005 at 11:10:59

Slowness of the computer could be caused by Spyware.
Do you check for, and remove, Spyware ??
Spyware info.from Microsoft
Virus and Spyware scans work better in Windows Safe-Mode.
Reboot is not the correct word to wipe everything. It is Format. To format and reinstall XP would require the installation CD.

There may be help from others if you give the
Make and Model of your computer.

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December 17, 2005 at 12:24:08

If your computer is a Compaq or HP you might be able to contact the company and have them send you the recovery disks.

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December 17, 2005 at 12:39:19

And no, if you reinstall with recovery CD's everything will be erased from the hard drive.

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December 17, 2005 at 21:11:15

dude, if you NEED to reformat everything on the computer will be lost. If you use a windows CD (available a you will need to download drivers seperatly and that can be a hasle. I would suggest contacting the company and asking for a CD, if your warranty hasnt expired. However you may not need to reformat. have you ever run defragment? or disk check? or maybe even disk clean up?

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December 18, 2005 at 14:25:38

Reformatting would be a last resort for me.

Before doing that, I would try the following in no particular order. I would run all of them (except the defraggers) because each one will find things that the others do not find.

If you do not have an antivirus program installed, download the free version of AVG and install it.

I would run SpyBot, Adaware, and Microsoft AntiSpyware (All are freeware).

Also, run EasyCleaner by ToniArts (freeware registry cleaner and other utilities) and run the registry cleaner. It is safe to follow his recommendations once it is run.

Get a copy of RegSeeker (freeware registry cleaner) and run it but ONLY delete the items in GREEN fonts. Deleting others can lead to problems. It is an aggressive but very good program.

Also, go to Windows Explorer and then right click on the C: drive (other drives or partitions too). Select "Properties" and then click on the "Disk Cleanup" button. Do this for all drives or partitions one at a time.

After this, either run the built in Windows defragmenter or download a copy of something like the free trial of PerfectDisk (It will run as a fully operating version for 15 or 30 days. Can't remember which)

Try the computer after this and see if it helps.

These things will take a while by the time you download any programs that you don't have and running them all but you will probably like any that you have not already tried.

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