format my computer

Hewlett-packard / Gc670aa-aba a6120n
June 12, 2009 at 18:11:17
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 GHz / 2045 MB
I do not know any thing about how to format my computer, I would like to know the steps for cleaning up my computer. I will save all files that I need on a flash drive and reinstall them after formating it. I was wondering what place can I go to do it for me or can I do it myself?
The reason behind that is that I am using a shared computer, I am using video calls on msn messenger, and I do not want anyone to track my conversations and video calls. This is my main concern, but anyway I want to know how to format my computer.

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June 12, 2009 at 21:00:25
A format will wipe out everything including the operating system and any/all installed programs as well as user accounts and other data. Before considering this on a brand-name system you need to be sure you have the operating system install media plus any driver disks and install disks for any other software. You say it is a shared computer. Does each user have their own account?
If you are that concerned about your privacy regarding your online conversations then I suggest you cease using online messaging services since your history is recorded in the MSN servers and any such conversations cannot be guaranteed secure.

If your concerns relate only to the other people who use the computer then create a separate account for them with limited rights and password protect your account.

There are other tools available that you can use to clean up your internet history etc. google CCLEANER

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June 13, 2009 at 06:53:26
"I do not know any thing about how to format my computer, I would like to know the steps for cleaning up my computer"

Formatting is not cleaning, it basically means erasing. You will lose EVERYTHING on the hard will be completely wiped clean & you will have to start from scratch. You'll have to reinstall Windows, all the device drivers, all the Windows updates, all your additional software such as anti-vrus, firewall, office/word processing programs, games etc. It can take several hours, probably longer since you're a 'newbie'. Is that really what you wanna do?

The fact that you wrote "I do not know any thing about how to format" leads me to believe that you don't know anything about reinstalling Windows & all that goes with it.

If you're doing something you shouldn't be doing, either stop doing it or learn how to cover your tracks. But as Richard59 pointed out, there's always a record kept somewhere...if not on your PC, then it's on the server. No one is ever 100% secure.

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