N754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 725 times:
I want to reformat my computer, wipe all the hard drives and completely start again as if it were a brand new, just purchased computer,
but I have no idea how to do this!
I am running on Windows XP Home Edition.
JoeKuboj From Serbia, joined Feb 2004, 164 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 714 times:
1. Backup all you want (on second partition/drive, CD, DVD, or something else)
2. Insert your WinXP CD into your CD drive
3. Restart your computer (and set CDROM for 1st boot device in BIOS)
4. Follow instructions (select format/erase/reinstall or something like that)
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8772 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 697 times:
This only works in case you have a floppy drive:
BACK UP EVERYTHING YOU NEED!!!
1. Look up in the "Help and Support" section how to create a boot disk.
2. Leave the disk in your floppy drive, or put it in.
3. Restart your PC. In case it's set to boot from floppy disks, wait till it's done booting.
4. When you see "c: backslash >" on your screen, type in "format c:" and hit enter.
5. Proceed as your PC tells you.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
Sovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2648 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 679 times:
I just reformatted a friend's computer about half an hour ago. Basically, first remember to back up everything. Then do what JoeKuboj said. If it doesn't boot from the CD...you would have to either change your BIOS or use a bootable CD. Tell us how it is going.