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How do I wipe out my notebook so I can start from scratch?

by kgdray / April 28, 2006 2:34 PM PDT

I want to clean out my laptop and restore it to its original factory settings. I have all the programs and all my files and data backed up so thats not really an issue. I really just wanna clear my notebook of all the spyware and possible viruses that my antivirus/anti-spyware doesnt seem to be recognizing and just reinstall everything. (i do have all the recent updates) The system restore doesnt cut it, i dont think i have a restore point that goes that far back. I'd really just like to restore the laptop to how it was when I first bought it. I do have all the original disks (reboot disks?) Can someone please tell me how to do this? my notebook is a compaq presario 1500 w/ pentium4 running windows xp and everything is generally, in good working order.

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Reinstalling Windows is easy.
by dshefley / April 28, 2006 3:22 PM PDT

All you should have to do is reboot with the Windows disk in. However, sometimes it isn't that easy. My sister's Gateway desktop was real ********, and I can't get that thing to connect to the net no matter what. It made me put in a red disk before the Windows disk, then a yellow... No green for go!

Bah. When I had my computers that I built, they just came with one Windows disk. Well, I had to buy it separate. So much easier than the disks that companies give you. Hell this Compaq didn't even come with a disk, the Windows installer is just on another partition.

So.. I don't know. Wait for someone who's better with pre-built stuff to reply. At least this gave you something to read while you wait! <3

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since its a compaq,
by m.nandini / April 30, 2006 12:16 PM PDT

it should have come with a "Restore Plus!" cd or something to that effect, which will clean out your entire computer and return it to factory settings with nothing on it but the OS. i have an older compaq desktop, and when it began to start goin slow I just popped in the system of "Restore Plus!" cd's, and it got rid of everything.

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