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    Question reforamt win xp home?

    Hi, I want to reform win xp. It's only one hardrive and its only on one partition. I dont have any important data to backup. Could anybody give me a detailed guide to simply reofrmatting win xp. thanks again,John.

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    Are you sure you haven't got any important stuff to save? Thats what I thought recently, reformatted the hard drive, re-installed Windows then realised I'd forgotten about my email address book - wiped out. Doh!

    I guess your intention is to reformat the drive and re-install Windows?
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    Yup sure is

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    What i do so i keep most of my important files and games e.t.c. is use this program
    http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
    It is called PE Builder and what it does is use your Windows XP CD (SP1 or higher) and strips some files from it to make a Bootable operating system, which you can burn from within the program.

    I then boot with this disc and delete the following folders
    Windows
    Document and settings
    And any folders that are in the program files folder that have anything to do with windows i.e. internet explorer, movie maker, outlook express, windows media player e.t.c.

    Also obviously any other folders you dont want anymore.

    Then i boot with the Windows XP cd or boot disk and install onto the HD again, a new copy of windows.

    The existing files on your hard drive that have not been deleted should still be there.

    Hope this helps you.
    Well i know it's not a format but it's a much better way of keeping important files while deleting any bloated OS you have.
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    It's just that i have what i think i a trojan horse so i want to reformat to be safe

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnr892
    It's just that i have what i think i a trojan horse so i want to reformat to be safe

    If you know the name of the trojan then put it in google .com, you will find a relevent removal tool, sure save you a lot of hassle

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    I've found a guide to reformat your hardrive on XP, you just need to know what filing system you are using.

    Instructions for NTFS
    http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/rein...t-NTFS-XP.html
    Instructions for FAT32
    http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/rein...-FAT32-XP.html
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