howto reformat xp without starting cd

Acer / 8100
January 2, 2011 at 05:32:38
Specs: Windows XP
I have an acer8100, that is badly in need of reformat (slow, can't watch movies, lots and lots of junk, useless programs, takes ages to load and frequently freezes, no space) i just feel the need to reformat. There is an issue with the drivers, and on the acer site, the forum told me to reformat.

I don't know much about computers and dont have the starting xp cd.
what do i do?
i have already taken everything i want off there.
pleas use english when explaining XD
:)
thanks,


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#1
January 2, 2011 at 05:36:39
You can create a Bootable cd. It works like a normal win xp cd.
tutorial link : http://www.howtohaven.com/system/cr...

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#2
January 2, 2011 at 05:52:41
You should be able to perform a factory restore from a hidden partition on your hard drive. That assumes you have the hidden partition.

Did your computer come from Acer with WinXP pre-installed? If the answer is yes then follow the instruction in the link below to learn how to perform a factory restore and also to make a set of disk that can be used to restore your computer when the hard drive fails.

http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/d...


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#3
January 2, 2011 at 07:01:18
how do i tell if i have a hidden partition?
i bought it at an auction.

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#4
January 2, 2011 at 07:32:54
Just follow the instructions in the link I provided. If you don't have a hidden partition then the process won't work.

Most of the time there is no reason to format and reinstall. You should just fix what you have.

Download and run Ccleaner Slim from the link below as a start. Then go through your program list in Control Panel> add/remove programs and remove programs you don't use.

Then go to Disk Management and analyze your partitions to see if they need to be defragged. If so, run defrag.


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#5
January 2, 2011 at 08:33:56
c://windows is 399gigabytes, the storage of thecomputer is 95gig.
thats a problem isnt it...i ran ccleaner and im working on deleting unused programs. is there anything else i can run?

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#6
January 2, 2011 at 09:05:40
List what the capacity and the used space is for each of your storage partitions (drive letters).

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#7
January 3, 2011 at 09:09:19
C: - local disk and main stroage - fat 32- free space 8.47gb total 93.1
D- disk drive
G - external hard drive

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#8
January 3, 2011 at 09:34:12
You numbers in #7 & #5 don't add up. Are you counting the external in #5?

Did you change out your hard drive at some point, or install Windows from a full CD? It is unusual for your C partition to be formatted FAT32.


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#9
January 3, 2011 at 09:44:20
The contents of C:\Windows isn't anything like 399 Gigabytes. It will vary with what you have on there but it is likely to be more like 10 Gigabytes.

We all live on a ball.


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#10
January 4, 2011 at 02:41:51
i'm not sure why it's fat 32.
i bought the computer second hand am unsure of it's exact history.
I don't believe they have 'changed' the hard drive, but am unsure.
i am also unsure if they have installed it from a full cd

g - external hard drive
h - sd slot

c:\windows IS 399gigabytes, i will printscreen if you want, but it has
399 gigabytes, 428 583 603 243 bytes
13874 files
1712 folders.

i scanned with avg 2011 and it came up with nothing major


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#11
January 4, 2011 at 04:47:03
Evidently someone has labeled the C partition Windows.

Do you have copies of all your personal files?

Do you care about the personal files?

The specs on that Laptop show it came equipped with a 100GB hard drive. If the hard drive was changed out there may not be any hidden partition. It did come with WinXP sp2.


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#12
January 4, 2011 at 08:40:35
i am in the processes of removing personal files onto the external hard drives.
i do care about them :)

what did the last bit mean
""If the hard drive was changed out there may not be any hidden partition. It did come with WinXP sp2. ""

i am still deleting junk programs, and have got about 9+gb free space.


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#13
January 4, 2011 at 08:49:32
mooshpro please post the results of a chkdsk c: so we have accurate figures to work with.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
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#14
January 4, 2011 at 10:20:54
If you format and have no copy of Windows to re-install you will need to buy a copy.

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#15
January 4, 2011 at 10:47:54
I accept that if you are going to reformat it doesn't matter much but I would like to check my understanding of the current FAT32 situation.

The C drive (for some weird reason) has been given the partition name "windows". This has everything in it and is 399 GB total.

The normal Windows folder is presumably a sub-folder of this (usually about 10GB).

So the exact path to what is normally called the Windows folder is presumably:
C:\Windows (where C happens to have the confusing "partition name" of Windows).

The free space on the C drive is 95gig.

Is that lot right?

EDIT:
While posting this I see you have now been asked to post the results of chkdsk c: (which should clarify the situation).


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#16
January 4, 2011 at 10:51:18
The hard drive appears to be a 500GB. The laptop shipped with a 100GB installed.

Download and run Ccleaner Slim and Malwarebytes. They are linked below.

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

http://www.malwarebytes.org/



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#17
January 8, 2011 at 02:04:26
how to i show what the chkdsk showed?
everytime i press ctrl c it closes, printscreen?

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#18
January 9, 2011 at 06:08:23
bump...?

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