I'm a Noob and want to format and install - Help!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by albacorebob, May 31, 2004.

  1. albacorebob

    albacorebob OSNN One Post Wonder

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    :confused: I've searched and read many of the threads but still want to pose my issue.

    I have a Compaq running XP Home with the factory install. Over the 3 1/2 years I've used it - I've played with shareware, freeware, added/removed, cleaned up/defragged yada yada yada....

    I have a 1.33 AMD XP with 512 DDR SDRAM and 2 40 gb hard dives. My graphics card is an Nvidia GeForce2 MX. My machine is not running and booting like it used to and I'm considering formatting the C:\ and doing an install from the Compaq recovery disks, hoping to leave a lot of the bloat out.

    I use the 2nd hard drive for storage of docs, pics and music; as well as to hold the "My Documents" folders for my family's accounts. I will have to copy the IE favs and move them to the 2nd drive as well. E-mail is also stored on drive #2.

    I plan on just using the recovery disks included from Compaq to install the system. Should I look into partitioning the C:\ to help make this easier in the future?

    Any pitfalls to look out for? I've never wiped out a system before and worry about getting back set up.

    Any hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :confused:
     
  2. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    what is a ''noob''?
     
  3. tdinc

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    without have to post a lengthy help goto black vipers help page
    it shoul help you with all your questions and needs...

    black viper
     
  4. tdinc

    tdinc █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User

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    A person online who is new and/or unfamiliar with the environment :rolleyes:
     
  5. Glaanieboy

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    He already knows, why bother explaining :rolleyes:
     
  6. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    If I already knew I would not have asked what is.
     
  7. Glaanieboy

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    You sir, are a noob :lol:

    never mind. I need sleep -_-
     
  8. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    Newby I aint. Knob yes I agree with yah :)
     
  9. Glaanieboy

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    *sleeps*
     
  10. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    Albacore, with my experience of factory recovery CD's, there isn't a way to leave the bloat out of the install. Also, you don't have to worry about formatting because they usually do everything for you, except for switching the CD's of course. not 100% sure, but that's the way my Sony recovery CD's worked, as well as my Compaq Laptop's recovery cd's.
     
  11. Lee

    Lee OSNN Proxy

    When i got this retail computer it had a recovery disk, it also was installe don a partition, *h (drive) so all you did was boot from disk and it would bring up powerquest
    drive image, it would ask you to type in YES if you wanted it to return to factory settings.

    I didn't like this so I did fdisk to get rid and reinstalled everything from xp install disk. I asked for a full version also just incase I needed to reinstall xp.

    Did you ask the supplier for a full version too?
     
  12. albacorebob

    albacorebob OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I'll ask them. That's better than loading all the extra junk I don't use.

    Thanks.