Reseting Your Computer

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Is there any way to reset your entire computer to factory spec, and deleting everything, without getting an expert, or paying any money?

posted by  chris_knows

It would be funny if you put a computer cpu in your car and it started driving by itself......... :laughing:

posted by  GreekWarrior

What does that have to do with anything??? Does anybody have any helpful advice...It would be pretty funny if that happened though.. :orglaugh:

posted by  chris_knows

Sorry man I'm an idiot :mrgreen: and it's 11:30 in australia so I'm not really awake...... :sleep:

posted by  GreekWarrior

I believe there's a CD ROM type thingy that does that for you....the same thing that wipes the systems memory when it gets a Virus, I think! :thumbs:

Then, I dont know much about Computers, so I could be completelly wrong, I'm just going from past experiences....

Why do you need to eipe the whole thing anyways....is there somrthing you're not telling us? lol jk.

posted by  Cliffy

Okay, it can be done, and it's quite simple(most of the time lol).

(I could be A+ certed, but I never took the tests, 400$ a test, two tests, was a little rich for my blood 3 years ago).


Firstly, and most importantly, what OS do you have/plan on using after this is done?


Riddle me that, and I'll answer the question.

posted by  dodgerforlife

It's a friends computer, and is running really slow, so he wants to reset it. He told me last time he did it, someone came, and did use a CD rom, which only cleaned his C:/, but he also has an E:/ that he wants to clean. The computer is a Windows XP, and he wants to keep it that way.

posted by  chris_knows

does he have a copy of windows xp?

posted by  dodgerforlife

Yeah, he has the CD to install Windows XP...

posted by  chris_knows

R-E-F-O-R-M-A-T

you can do it through My Computer, if not u can do type it into MS-DOS

posted by  Stem

How do I do it from "my computer"? and windows xp doesn't support DOS...unless you mean the emulator?

posted by  chris_knows

okay, ignore that reformat lol.

If he has a copy of windows XP then life will be easy.


1) Boot from CD

2) Chose to install windows

3) Delete partitions

4) Create new partitions

5) Format partition

6) Install windows

7) Run windows updates

8) Install antivirus

9) Update antivirus

10) Don't visit shady porn sites anymore.

posted by  dodgerforlife

XP has DOS, it's called "Command Prompt".

You could also try a system restore....

posted by  TurboLag

System restore usually messes up all the programs and stuff that you installed after you got the computer, so it would be just as easy to use the XP cd, make sure you have a key for it, and install it.

Also, make sure you know wether you want to run NTFS or Fat32. I would assume NTFS is your running XP but I would probably stick with whatever it was at. Is his other partition really "e"? I thought it would be something like D before it would be E.

"I am also not A+ Certified, but could be, considering I passed the Hardware portion already and haven't had time for the other. My test was only $60 a piece though, but I went through a Vocational school at my High School."

posted by  Nickboxer7

Its caaaalllllled....
Re-formatting!!!

posted by  FordFromHell351

yeah, system restore usually causes more problems then its worth...

NTFS is the way to go :thumbs: more effective space usage for XP.

All depends on how he has his drives partitioned/cabled is the order they come in. Hell, my storage drive is C: (master), windows is D: (8 gig of a 30 gig) and extra storage is E: (22 of 30). CDRW is F, DVDR is G.

Side note, the ideal setup would be the way I have mine - separate partitions for windows/programs and storage. Because then if Windows ganks out on you, you can just remove that partition, recreate it, and all youve lost is windows and programs, not hard sought music/movies/'other' things. But from the sounds of it, he should just redo the whole drive....

Nick, you're a lucky man, to get it for that cheap - our school never had anything like that :(

posted by  dodgerforlife

I know, I also get like 30 college credit from my Junior and Senior year towards Computer Support. That's awesome. Plus, It's free. We get college credit b/c our Vocational school actually has better classes and equipment then the local colleges. I'm sorry you don't have anything like that, it really helps. You can probably buy vouches online though for pretty cheap, and if there is a VUE certified testing center around, you can take the test there. You would probably just have to call some local colleges or something to find out.

I also understand that his drive can be E but I though it usually went kind of in order so I figured it would be D, but it don't matter.

Also, NTFS is faster and better, and your partitioning is smart. My computer for college is going to be in RAID. If you span the info among like 4 HD's, theoretically it will be 4 times faster for Hard Drives b/c it reads and writes to 4 different ones at the same time. I've seen it work with two, and I've seen it work with Software RAID. It's tight. Do you know very much about SLI though, I don't know whether it's worth it or not, but I do play a lot of games.

posted by  Nickboxer7

Sorry man, I just saw you lived in Canada. Is that why It's so much for A+? Man, I feel bad for you. My school also offers us Network+, Cisco CCNA+, Security+, and all kinds of tests for less than half price. I wish you could get those, if you even like those things. I've already taken the CCNA 1 class out of 4 my last Junior year. Let me know what you do.

P.S. I'm not bragging b/c you probably know more than me anyway.

posted by  Nickboxer7

It might have had something to do with it being 4 years ago, I'm sure it's cheaper now...

eh, i touched in on Cisco CCNA and CCNE, but never persued it.

As for SLI - I haven't dealt with it much, but it seems to be a good thing for graphics, considering it allows multiple PCI-E cards to operate as one(thereby doubling your graphics capabilities), and considering most graphics cards are coming out as PCI-E, probably a pretty sound investment if you're building a new rig.


And you probably know just as much as me :orglaugh:

posted by  dodgerforlife

I'm just looking for the easiest method, and dodger's seems pretty easy...So all we do is put in the Windows XP cd, go to install windows, and delete partitions?

posted by  chris_knows

yep, but don't forget to recreate the partitions(i think it actually won't let you proceed it you don't do that). whole thing(if he has a decent computer) should be less then 45 minutes. :thumbs:

posted by  dodgerforlife

What exactly are partitions? His computers from Europe, so would it be considered decent?

posted by  chris_knows

dodgers way is the best and the only sure way to get everything off the computer... (short of rubbing a magnet all over the tower) you dont need multiple partitions but it is nice if you know what you are doing. I have multiple partitons and multiple OSs. Use the boot CD and follow the on screen prompts. As far as Comand Prompt on XP... yea there is such a thing but the way XP is set up as far as i know you can not reformat from Command prompt, as i have tried before.

Note: Dodgers way will take about 45 minutes and MAKE SURE YOU IMMEDEDIATLY get anti virus software and run Windows update before you do anything else. If you dont you will be more fuc*ed than before.

posted by  theunbelivaBULL

Partitions are like dividing your hard drive up into segments. These segments can then act like their own drives. It's like having a big box, but then putting a divider in it to make 2 smaller boxes. Then, eventhough it's only 1 hard drive, the computer treats it like 2 (or more) separate ones.

How big's the hard drive? That would help you decide how big to make each partition.

posted by  windsonian

Also, don't forget that EVERYTHING will be gone on the computer that you don't back up to an external place. I'm just making sure you know that.

What do you mean his computer is from Europe?

posted by  Nickboxer7

Hey Dodger, what's CSR? I looked at your profile and saw that you were a Cingular Wireless CSR. Is that a service rep or sales rep?

posted by  Nickboxer7

CSR = Customer Service Representative - basically I spend all day listening to Americans bitch about how high their cell phone bill is. Or telling them how to turn the phone on.


As for everything else pertaining to this topic, everyone else already said what I would lol

posted by  dodgerforlife

The hard drive is 40 gigs, divided between C:/ and E:/, it's not D:/ because that's his CD drive.
I'm in Bulgaria right now, and he got his computer from here...that's what I mean by his computer is from Europe.
How would I get the antivirus software, download it, or from a CD? Should his internet be unplugged before the antivirus software is installed?

posted by  chris_knows

Windows XP is programed to crash every month, didn't you know that?

posted by  GreekWarrior

Is it true that Apples never crash? Because I read it in an ad...but I might have misunderstood it.
My computer used to freeze whenever I would restart it. :banghead:

posted by  chris_knows

Do a 10 gig partition for windows and programs, and the other 30 as storage.


As for antivirus, either way works, but probably better to go from cd.

Try to leave the net out of the picture until the last possible moment, when you go to update the antivirus and get the windows updates.


Mac's do crash, plus I hate their GUI and their mouse/keyboard setup.


Greek - I've had my computer run for over 7 weeks straight without resetting - it reset when the power went out, otherwise it would have been a lot longer :(

posted by  dodgerforlife

We put the CD in, but when we go to Install Windows XP...Nothing happens, why?

posted by  chris_knows

Make sure you are booting to the cd and not just running it in windows.

Go into the BIOS or Options when booting up, change the boot sequence to have it boot to the cd before the hd, then you may have to hit a button while the computer is booting up to boot to cd.

posted by  Nickboxer7

bang on one.

posted by  dodgerforlife

What does that mean? The number one key?



Did you ever get it reformatted? Also, if you are looking for a free antivirus software for after the re-install check out AVG Free by Grisoft.

posted by  Nickboxer7

im probally late as hell and its already been reformatted but i dont feel like reading through 3 pages at 1 am soo....
if you have the stock XP disc put it in the top disc drive and reboot. follow directions. should take about 2 hours so dont think somethings wrong. install all ur software. wall-ahh brandie new. By the way what kind of comp is it, spec wise i might be able to help speed it up a little.

(no flames on the grammer please im very tired :sleep: )

posted by  thekid

lol, no i mean you got it dead right.


AVG is teh shit.

posted by  dodgerforlife

We're doing it today, we finally found out how everything works... :hi:

posted by  chris_knows

That's kind of what I though, but I'm not up on all the slang nowadays, even though I am like 17, which is weird...

posted by  Nickboxer7

ahhahaha thats not new slang...far from it! (maybe thats the problem)

posted by  dodgerforlife

It worked!! :drool: :smoke:
Turns out he wanted to reset it because his GTA San Andreas didn't work. :orglaugh:

posted by  chris_knows

my friend just bought that game for computer, he said its pretty awesome, but gta for the coputer always causes problems

posted by  Stem

pimp shit, glad it worked - and hope he enjoys the game too


(please forgive me, im doped out on toradol right now...)

posted by  dodgerforlife

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