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Old 12-22-2007, 11:25 AM   #1
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i seem to have 2 folders on my puter called windows one is about 4gb the other is about 1.5gb are they both necessary, if not how do i know which one to delete.
also when i bought the puter( from currys) xp was pre installed so i didnt getany disks etc with it, however i would like to format the hd, is there any way i can move the windows software onto another drive and then move it back after formatting, as you may realise i know nowt about puters
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also when i bought the puter( from currys) xp was pre installed so i didnt getany disks etc with it, however i would like to format the hd, is there any way i can move the windows software onto another drive and then move it back after formatting, as you may realise i know nowt about puters
no. That won't work.
However, you can find out your cd-key with this nice little program.
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

Then when you have the key all you need to do is find a win xp cd (borrow from a friend, download, doesn't matter how you get it) and just use your own key when installing.
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Everest will also tell u ur key... for any program actually
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thanks for the advise guys, is there any way to ensure that any xp prog i download hasnt got a virus or anything attached that would damage me puter, also what is the procedure to reinstall assuming i have a good copy of xp
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thanks for the advise guys, is there any way to ensure that any xp prog i download hasnt got a virus or anything attached that would damage me puter, also what is the procedure to reinstall assuming i have a good copy of xp
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You will need to download all your drivers for your computer from the manufacturers website, the most important that sometimes are not installed right off the bat are audio, display, network, modem, and occasionally chipset drivers. But download all the drivers you can, as each reinstallation is unique and has its own characteristics.

As far as reinstalling, you want to format the HD, and I always recommend repartitioning and then formatting. To do this, ensure that you are set to boot to CD, then restart and when the message comes up "Press Any Key to Boot from CD", then press any key. Then it will load drivers for the setup program and after a couple of minutes, you will be at the Welcome page. Go to the page for the directory, and press the appropriate keys to remove partitions, create a partition for the entire drive, and then format using the NTFS file system. Then after that, it will start copying files, once that is done, it will reboot into a more user-friendly GUI (graphical user interface) where the mouse will work and you click the settings you want. Upon this menu will be where the CD Key comes in. I assume you downloaded one of the pieces of software previously mentioned to get your key. Enter that into the boxes. This should come up right after entering the registered name and organization (if applicable). It will finish installing the settings and after about 20ish minutes, it will reboot again. From there, you will set up usernames to use your computer. After this, you will be on your desktop. From there start installing drivers and your favorite programs.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

EDIT: As far as the CD, you might want to put the CD into your computer and go into My Computer, right-click the CD drive, then click Scan for Viruses. That will scan the CD. Most likely it will give you a comforting "Clean" report. Don't worry, a virus can't be run if no files are running from the CD.
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thanks for the advise guys, is there any way to ensure that any xp prog i download hasnt got a virus or anything attached that would damage me puter
well, you can never be 100% sure. But most of the time you will be fine as long as you don't do anything stupid. (that means no clicking free porn over here links ) Also it's highly recommended to have an anti-virus program installed.

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also what is the procedure to reinstall assuming i have a good copy of xp
go to bios
make cd/dvd drive the first boot device
put win xp cd in the drive
reboot
follow instructions

If you want to completely clean your harddrive you have to delete the partitions. You can delete them during the setup. Deleting the partition removes ALL files on it, so make sure you back up any important stuff.
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another question if you can answer please, i have 2 hd's on the computer and one is really full only 70mb of space left on a 40 gb hd so i need to make space pretty quick, can i move all the files from that hd to another hd i have one thats 80gb so would give me lots of space right away, will the operating system just follow them to wherever i move them (if you know what i mean)
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You can't move the OS files while you're in XP. The easiest thing to do would be to move some of your random documents and files to the other hard drive, and run both hard drives at the same time.
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