reset computer back to factory settings

December 18, 2011 at 09:09:09
Specs: Windows XP
i want to reset my computer back to factory settings cause it is too slow and i can,t download any thing cause it says not enough memory

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#1
December 18, 2011 at 11:46:15
You don't need to download anything.

If your computer came with a recovery disk, you must use that. Insert it and restart your PC. It should automatically send you to the recovery menu to reboot to factory settings.
There's also a way depending on your model etc.. To reboot back to factory from your hard drive. Some computers on XP have a system restore option which will reboot to factory without the CD.

But you haven't given any details on what PC you have, the make or model etc...
So I have no idea on what the keyboard shortcut will be.
On Dell PC's it's CTRL + F11. But will differ on different computers.


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#2
December 18, 2011 at 12:28:23
"i can,t download any thing cause it says not enough memory"

Are you sure that's what it said? Could it be that your hard drive is almost full? Hard drive storage space & memory are 2 completely different things. Before going to the extreme of wiping your drive & starting over, try dumping some of the uselss crap, uninstall unneeded programs, & transfer your important files (pics, videos, music, word docs, etc) to CD/DVDs or an external hard drive.

Start by installing CCleaner-Slim. Start the program, make sure "hotfix uninstallers" is checked, then click Analyze. How much will it remove? My guess is a LOT. It's safe to remove everything it finds - just click Run Cleaner.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

You should also click Tools > Startup then look at which programs are preloading in the background when Windows starts. There are very few that are absolutely necessary & you should be able to identify every single one of them. I've already cleaned up my Startup list (currently using my laptop) but to give you an example, all I have left are entries for the audio, graphics, touchpad, & anti-virus.

Running MSCONFIG is another waay to clean up the startup list:

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msc...


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