1.) Reformatting erases all data, though it may still be recoverable using special software.
2.) Windows XP w/ SP2 is the latest version available on CD. There's no need to purchase anything, just download the latest updates after installation. The time varies based on your internet connection, but here it takes about an hour.
3.) ZoneAlarm is an excellent free firewall and a better alternative than the Windows firewall.
Hope this helps,
My computer is nearly 4 yrs old and has gotten very slow and I've been advised to reformat. I have all my original discs and product keys etc and I've backed up everything onto disc with backup utility but what I'd like to know is
1). does reformatting completely clean the hard drive or will it still contain some crud on it?
2).I'm using xp 2002 home edition with the updated sp2 pack, so would it be better to buy a more up to date edition or can I just update the 2002 version again?...does this take a lot of time?
At the moment I'm using norton 2006 internet security suite which needs to have its subscription renewed soon but after reading great reviews about Avast I'm going to make the switch. Unlike Norton Avast doesn't have a firewall so do I need to download a separate firewall or is the windows firewall good enough. If not can anyone advise a good one to get.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.