Is there any way to reset your entire computer to factory spec, and deleting everything, without getting an expert, or paying any money?
It would be funny if you put a computer cpu in your car and it started driving by itself......... :laughing:
What does that have to do with anything??? Does anybody have any helpful advice...It would be pretty funny if that happened though.. :orglaugh:
Sorry man I'm an idiot :mrgreen: and it's 11:30 in australia so I'm not really awake...... :sleep:
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.
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.
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.
does he have a copy of windows xp?
Yeah, he has the CD to install Windows XP...
you can do it through My Computer, if not u can do type it into MS-DOS
How do I do it from "my computer"? and windows xp doesn't support DOS...unless you mean the emulator?
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.
XP has DOS, it's called "Command Prompt".
You could also try a system restore....
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."
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 :(
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.
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.
It might have had something to do with it being 4 years ago, I'm sure it's
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:
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?
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:
What exactly are partitions? His computers from Europe, so would it be considered decent?
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.
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
How big's the hard drive? That would help you decide how big to make each partition.
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?
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?
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
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?
Windows XP is programed to crash every month, didn't you know that?
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:
Do a 10 gig partition for windows and programs, and the other 30 as
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 :(
We put the CD in, but when we go to Install Windows XP...Nothing happens, why?
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.
bang on one.
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.
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: )
lol, no i mean you got it dead right.
AVG is teh shit.
We're doing it today, we finally found out how everything works... :hi:
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...
ahhahaha thats not new slang...far from it! (maybe thats the problem)
It worked!! :drool: :smoke:
Turns out he wanted to reset it because his GTA San Andreas didn't work. :orglaugh:
my friend just bought that game for computer, he said its pretty awesome, but gta for the coputer always causes problems
pimp shit, glad it worked - and hope he enjoys the game too
(please forgive me, im doped out on toradol right now...)