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My windows xp HD is full and can't restore computer

by csfworks / December 4, 2012 6:30 AM PST

I have an HP Mini netbook computer running windos xp. It was a mistake to begin with since it does not have a CD ROM Drive.
It has been running awful slowly lately and I came to found out the Hard drive is completely full (140/ 140 GBs). I tried to run system restore but it needs 200 mb to operate and this is not available. I have already transfered all of my photo files and everything important on to an external HD. I'd like to completely reboot the system back to the factory settings but can't seem to figure out how. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Check your user guide
by wpgwpg / December 4, 2012 6:42 AM PST

You should have a user guide on your hard drive that tells you how to do this. If you've deleted it, you can go to the HP web site and download a copy. If you want a DVD/CD drive, you can buy external ones for around $30 at most places that sell computers.

Good luck.

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Tried This To Clean Out Some Junk Files
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 4, 2012 9:53 AM PST

Follow the instructions below:

First, start by running a "Disk Cleanup" to remove all but the last system restore points like this:

Click on Start-All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-Disk Cleanup.. Let the Disk Cleanup box finish calculating and scanning for various files, then click on the "More Options" tab. Once there, click on the "Clean up" button in the "System Restore" section, select the "Yes/OK" button when it asks "Are you sure?", then let it do its thing and finally click on the OK button to finish and close the window.

Once done, follow the instructions in the link below clean up more junk files:

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

After cleaning up this stuff, you should have enough saved space to perform system restore, etc.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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