Solved return to factory settings

October 14, 2013 at 09:20:15
Specs: windows 7
To enable a clean xp install I would like to partition & format Hard Drive on my desktop m/c Suggestions please

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October 14, 2013 at 12:31:18
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"Suggestions please"

Please post your system specs, we have no idea what you're working with.

Does your system have at least 1GB RAM but less than 4GB? Do you have an IDE or SATA hard drive? If it's a SATA drive, do you have the SATA drivers & a floppy drive to load them? If not, there are a couple of workarounds, but there's no point getting into it until we know what you have. Also, do you have all the device drivers you'll need?

If you have a store-bought computer & you didn't wipe out the Recovery Partition, there's most likely a key (or keys) that can be pressed at startup to do a factory restore. You'll lose all your files & programs in the process though & you'll be stuck with all the OEM bundled crapware again.

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October 17, 2013 at 14:43:30
Thanks for suggestions Sorry for the delay The pc is made by Iqon {now defunct} 6 years old, 80 gb non Sata hdd 250Mb RamThe recovery partition was wiped ages ago, I have partitioned with FDISK to get the largestt size, I have formatted to NTFS and reloaded win xp but it is still slow and unreliable There is also a second hard drive 20gb used purely for storage

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October 19, 2013 at 09:52:55
"it is still slow and unreliable"

Of course, you don't have nearly enough RAM to run XP. 1GB should be considered the minimum for reasonably good performance, 2 or 3GB would be even better. And you don't need FDISK to prepare the drive, partitioning & formatting can be done when booting off the XP CD as part of the installation process.

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