In addition, which computer brand and model number are you using?
Basically, when passing on a computer which contains your personal data, it's probably a good idea to at least, format the drive and reinstall everything from scratch.. (Business computers or computers with highly sensitive information should take other precautions to fully wipe the drive before reinstalling.)
Reformatting the drive and reinstalling all software plus drivers can be an easy task if the discs supplied with your computer are Recovery Discs which offer the operating system plus all drivers and software.. If such are available, place the first disc in the DVD/CD drive, then restart the computer and follow the prompts to boot from the CD and then install all software.
If you only have an XP disc and no other software or driver discs, you'll need to get copies of those drivers so the hardware on the computer will function correctly.
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Hi, I'm giving my old computer away to my sister, should I do a clean install or just go to system tools and do a system restore.
I've never done a clean install before, by using the windows xp disc that came with the computer.