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Guidance Sought on Doing a Fresh Install of Windows XP

I have a two year old computer that has been operating erraticaly - a program take 4 minutes to load, computer crashes when inserting a CD, a program won't load because of a runtime error. While I've been able to remedy these issues (with the exception of 4 minute load time for a particular program), I believe that the time has come to do a clean install of my Windows XP Home operating system. I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the information available on the net. What's the best guide for doing the clean install?

Please note that one of the issues that I had was a few bad sectors on my C drive. These were fixed with Scan Disk. Would it be advisable to replace my C Drive with a new one? And if I do, what would be the best way to install the new drive and operating system in my computer? My computer specs are provided below.

Thanks for the guidance!

Processor
Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Speed : 3.00GHz
L2 On-board Cache : 512kB ECC Synchronous ATC

Mainboard
Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI USB FireWire/1394
MP Support : 1 CPU(s)
System BIOS : American Megatrends Inc. 1016.001
Mainboard : ASUSTeK Computer Inc. P4C800-E
Chipset : ASUSTeK Computer Inc Unknown (257Cool
Front Side Bus Speed : 4x 200MHz (800MHz data rate)
Total Memory : 1023MB

Video System
Monitor/Panel : NEC MultiSync 70
Monitor/Panel : NEC MultiSync 70
Adapter : RADEON 9600 SERIES
Adapter : RADEON 9600 SERIES - Secondary

Physical Storage Devices
Removable Drive : Floppy disk drive
Hard Disk : Maxtor 6Y120L0 (114.5GB)
Hard Disk : ST3200822A (186.3GB)
Hard Disk : ST3300831AS (279.5GB)
Hard Disk : Promise 1+0 Stripe/RAID0 SCSI Disk Device (233.8GB)
CD-ROM/DVD : TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182D (CD 48X Rd, 48X Wr) (DVD 6X Rd, 6X Wr)

Logical Storage Devices
1.44MB 3.5" (ASmile : N/A
Hard Disk (CSmile : 114.5GB (40.8GB, 36% Free) (NTFS)
Disk4_vol1 (DSmile : 233.8GB (95.9GB, 41% Free) (NTFS)
Disk2_vol1 (ESmile : 186.3GB (134.1GB, 72% Free) (NTFS)
CD-ROM/DVD (FSmile : N/A
New volume (GSmile : 279.5GB (212.5GB, 76% Free) (NTFS)

Peripherals
Serial/Parallel Port(s) : 3 COM / 1 LPT
USB Controller/Hub : Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D2
USB Controller/Hub : Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D4
USB Controller/Hub : Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24D7
USB Controller/Hub : Intel(R) 82801EB USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 24DD
USB Controller/Hub : Intel(R) 82801EB USB Universal Host Controller - 24DE
USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
USB Controller/Hub : USB Composite Device
FireWire/1394 Controller/Hub : VIA OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
Keyboard : Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse : Microsoft PS/2 Port Mouse (IntelliPoint)
Human Interface : HID-compliant device
Human Interface : USB Human Interface Device

MultiMedia Device(s)
Device : SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

Communication Device(s)
Device : Intel(R) 536EP V.92 Modem

Operating System(s)
Windows System : Microsoft Windows XP Home Version 5.01.2600 Service Pack 2

Network Adapter(s)
Network Drivers Enabled : Yes
Adapter : Intel(R) PRO/1000 CT Network Connection

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Guidance - Google search

In reply to: Guidance Sought on Doing a Fresh Install of Windows XP

There are a lot of sites to assist in a clean install here's one. In addition, no I don't think you need a new disc. A clean install should help. Some additional notes: 1) Run your "anti" stuff before you reformat; 2) Save all important stuff to CD or Flash drive, including music; 3) Disconnect cable model, printer, scanner, etc.; Use Belarc Advisor and print out same so that you know what you had before and will be able to install same;4) Don't forget your windows license key; 5)After reformat, remember to install necessary drivers - sound,video,etc.; 6) Install SP2 before you connect to Internet; 7) Install your 'anti' stuff before you connect to the Internet, including firewall; Cool Install your cable model; 9) Go to Windows updates and get your updates, there will be a lot, close to 70, use 'custom' if you don't want to install IE7; 10) After 'anti' stuff is in place you can now reinstall your "My Documents" stuff and anything else you saved and then proceed with the rest of the stuff you want to install. This process may take from 5-7 hours, just so you know.
Good luck,
Eddie

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Fresh Install of XP - Guidance needed

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Eddie,

Thanks for the advice. I have many programs to reinstall and the Belarc advisor will be very useful in that regard. I'm leaning heavily to installing a new hard drive. Don't quite trust the old one and since a replacement will be relatively inexpensive, I believe it's the way to go. And a new one should also be a bit faster than the 2 year old drive.

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Be sure you have all your. . .

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ducks in a row. A new HD will require new activation.

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Guidance Sought on Doing a Fresh Install of Windows XP

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Yes, I have the orginal disk and serial numbers.

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