Solved how to format gizmo computer running on windows xp

April 15, 2014 at 16:51:27
Specs: windows xp , 1.70GHz, 512 mb of ram
hi i have a gizmo computer running on windows xp2002 i know it has to be updated but how to up date and start it as new kinda ? it was my dads old company main computer so i wanna clear out all there items

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April 15, 2014 at 17:27:38
download it and create a bootable dvd. boot from it,let it format the drive and install the OS

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April 15, 2014 at 21:11:53
what is the os I'm confused sorry I'm trying to learn this

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April 15, 2014 at 23:02:31
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Depends on what you mean by 'updated' and 'start it as new kinda'

If you mean you want to reset it as it was originally then you need the OS (operating system such as XP) installation disk or restore disks that came with it or a restore partition on the hard drive.

If you mean you want to get all the old company junk off it then go to 'add or remove programs' in control panel and remove what you don't want.

If you mean you want to upgrade it to a newer OS you need to check the hardware requirements for what you want to install and see if your PC can handle the upgrade. (You'd at least need more ram.) And you'd need the installation disk for the new OS.

If you mean you want to install updates for XP you need to go to the windows update site and have it scan your system so it can tell you what's available.

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April 17, 2014 at 10:09:59
Hi Dave, am not sure what a Gizmo computer is,

Updating WXP can be a nightmare, depending on its current level.

The starting point is for Manny to advise which service pack is installed.

Early SP.s now have to be downloaded and applied manually, I think WXP Professional 2002 came with SP1, but there is (possibly) a SP1A, then SP2 and SP3 to be applied. I seem to recall if you have SP1, go to SP2. If you do not have SP1, start at SP1A.

When SP3 is installed, as there are then around 200 updates, do not set updating to run automatically as it will fail by running forever.

I think there should have been a SP4 incorporating these.

I have recently been through this exercise, and realised the quality of the MS OS maintenance leaves much to be desired,

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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April 17, 2014 at 21:54:14
Yeah it was kind of a vague question. I'm not sure what a gizmo computer is either. On my xp computers I have sp2 and sp3, IE7 and then IE8 and one comulative security update. Beyond that I haven't bothered with anything else.

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