Solved I would like to wipe a windows XP computer

October 28, 2011 at 14:36:04
Specs: XP
1) My windows XP computer is going verry slow....what are all/some of my choices for fixing it?

2) I would like to wipe a windows XP computer, and then re-install it (and all software,etc..).

How can I do that?

3) How can I add a computer to a LAN network ( a bunch of computers are connected on a network to each other with ethernet cables)


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September 30, 2013 at 11:13:59
If the system is booting and running OK - albeit slowly as you suggest... but it is actually working... Then set about saving all your personal (and usually important, don't want to lose them) files... FIRST.

Copy them all to external media; and verify the copies can be read/accessed by the system that made them - and ideally at least one other. Then put those disks somewhere safe (suitably labelled etc. of course). Also ensure you have the required Software CDs, and their associated keys, for all the stuff you want to install anew - including the key for your XP disk (presuming you have one - the disk that is...)

Having safeguarded/secured your personal stuff... then set about rebuilding the system - if that is what is really required...

Just noticed this a very olde post... So likely by now the poster has resolved it all; or else gone to the great wherever (somewhere - out there... Scully) and thus this is all...?



#1
October 28, 2011 at 14:40:03
Use a router to create the lan. Then if you wish to have sharing between computers you can create a "Workgroup" a peer to peer network. Don't know what to tell you about the install other than boot off the cd and have at it....you'll probably need to download drivers for it, but it is a great learning experience. To increase speed you may be able to add more ram. I usually like to test the hard drive on older systems to make sure that is not the cause of slowness. Running a program like malwarebytes, is good to rid the puter of things that may slow it down. Cleaning up the start up programs can free memory....that should point you in the right direction hopefully. You can google most everything if you have the key words of what you are trying to do. As is mentioned below use the recovery disks or recovery partition to redo windows if you have em.

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#2
October 28, 2011 at 14:41:59
1) Run the Disk Defragmenter on drive C:

2) Run the manufacturer's factory recovery or re-install from a Microsoft disc.

3) Fit a wireless adapter to the PC and enter the router's wireless key.


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#3
October 29, 2011 at 06:57:20
The fact that you're asking these questions tells me that you're not very experienced. Re-installing Windows is no small task. It's not nearly as simple as popping in a disk & answering a few questions. Wiping the drive & reinstalling the OS should be the absolute last resort.

If your system is slow, there are several possible reasons why:

1. infection - viruses, spware, malware
2. not enough RAM - 512MB or less
3. too much crappy software installed - preloading & running in the background at startup
4. lack of regular maintenance


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#4
October 29, 2011 at 17:27:15
How do I Format Drive C: ?

Does it have to do with DOS ?


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#5
October 30, 2011 at 16:30:20
anyone there?!?!?!?!!!!?!!!!

how can i remove a partion that i made by mistke???

THANK-YOU


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#6
September 4, 2013 at 23:16:38
How do I Format Drive C: ?

You boot from a CD/DVD and do it from there. Normally Windows resides on drive C: and it will not let you format it while Windows is running. Suicide is not permitted.

Does it have to do with DOS ?

It has nothing at all to do with DOS, DOS is an Operating system in its own right ans we are talking about Windows XP. The text based b/w window you get when you run Cmd is not DOS. Its is a command prompt which just by chance happens to have a similar command prompt to DOS.

how can i remove a partition that i made by mistake???

Go to Disk Management and delete it from there.

Stuart


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September 30, 2013 at 11:13:59
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If the system is booting and running OK - albeit slowly as you suggest... but it is actually working... Then set about saving all your personal (and usually important, don't want to lose them) files... FIRST.

Copy them all to external media; and verify the copies can be read/accessed by the system that made them - and ideally at least one other. Then put those disks somewhere safe (suitably labelled etc. of course). Also ensure you have the required Software CDs, and their associated keys, for all the stuff you want to install anew - including the key for your XP disk (presuming you have one - the disk that is...)

Having safeguarded/secured your personal stuff... then set about rebuilding the system - if that is what is really required...

Just noticed this a very olde post... So likely by now the poster has resolved it all; or else gone to the great wherever (somewhere - out there... Scully) and thus this is all...?


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