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Formatting my computer

I would like to format my computer as it is bogged down with all kinds of programs and is running slow. My computer came with Windows XP loaded on to it so I don't have the disc. However, I did make a REcovery disc 1 and 2 for the computer. How do I go about this process? And I would like to load Windows 2007 on as my new operating system not use Windows XP. My computer is an HP Intel(R) Pentium (R) Dual CPU E2140 & 1.60 GHZ

Thanks for your help

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Two problems . . .

1. Recovery disks will contain all the "stuff" you're trying to remove.

2. Installing W7 will require formatting the computer and all data will be lost. XP is not upgradeable to W7.

Are you sure the PC will run W7? If so, you start from scratch. Save any and all documents, pictures, videos, favorites, emails, etc. to some external device. Insert the W7 DVD (yes, DVD, it's a huge install), boot from it and format the drive and install.

If your hard drive is SATA you will need to get the SATA drivers from somewhere and install them.

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Two corrections.

1. The XP recovery disk might contain some extra software, but of course not all those programs that the OP installed himself and that are now bogging down the PC. He'll has to reinstall them himself.

2. All Windows versions from Vista and later (and even XP Media Center edition SP2 that I bought in 2007) come with SATA drivers. It's only older versions of XP that don't have them on the setup CD.


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Sorry, I just realised that I said I had Windows XP - I don't, I have Vista - does that change anything. Also, I need to be careful about reformatting as I am not a techie - is there something I can follow to make sure I do all the steps correctly. Tx

PS I also understood that it's better to buy a new version of the Windows rather than upgrade - is that a myth?

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Re: mistake

1. The recovery disk will do everything. Just boot from it and answer the questions.

2. From Vista you can upgrade to Windows 7 without formatting. If you first do the recovery from #1 that's a quite good option.


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