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How do I wipe my laptop clean???

by kippsgirl / January 4, 2009 7:21 AM PST

Last year I had a virus on my desktop, and a friend wiped it clean and reloaded all (including operating system, etc.). The computer ran SO MUCH faster and better.

I am interested in doing the same thing to my laptop which is an HP Pavillion ze4900 with Windows XP Pro operating system. It is running at snail speed, and we hardly have any files on it. We have tried defraging and that does not help very much at all.

Can someone tell me the steps that I need to take to wipe clean and then reload? Anyone know if this info is printed somewhere (for the somewhat literate computer user)?

Thanks so much!

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The laptop either came with recovery media or
by Steven Haninger / January 4, 2009 7:57 AM PST

had the ability to create it if it has a CD burner. That's what you need. You said it was last done by a friend. That person would have needed the same media to rebuild your laptop properly and legally. Without such, you might contact HP to see if recovery disks are still available for purchase. If not, you would have to buy a copy of XP and hunt down all the drivers for the laptop hardware. Can you locate the recovery disks?

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Wiping computer clean and reloading
by kippsgirl / January 5, 2009 5:42 AM PST

Thanks for you help! These are the disks I have:
Application and Driver Recovery DVD
Operating System CD - Windows XP Home SP2

What else do I need?
Thank again,

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In addition ...
by kippsgirl / January 5, 2009 5:46 AM PST

just for clarity, the computer that my friend worked on was my desktop ... this is a laptop, which has never had this done to it.

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Looks like you have all you need except for maybe these
by Steven Haninger / January 5, 2009 5:49 AM PST
instructions which I've linked to. The index has you look at page 6-29, I believe. You're on your own. Good luck.
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I went to your link, but not sure where to go from there.
by kippsgirl / January 5, 2009 6:31 AM PST

I checked out a few PDFs on that page, but nothing that I could see that would direct me to this process. Help?

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It's in the reference guide
by Steven Haninger / January 5, 2009 7:37 AM PST

6-29 means chapter 6 and page 29. I can't link directly to the page because it's in the PDF file and not written in HTML.

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So that is reinstalling the OS, but what about wiping the
by kippsgirl / January 6, 2009 6:41 AM PST

computer clean? I guess I am less sophisticated about how to do all this than you thought! Wink I need those step by steps first, then how to reload. Do you have that info?

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It will delete ...
by Kees Bakker / January 6, 2009 6:43 AM PST

all current contents of your disk. That can be called wiping.


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As Kees says and I will add
by Steven Haninger / January 6, 2009 9:25 AM PST

that it sounds as if your real goal is a clean installation and not just to have an empty drive. You are looking to restore system performance which has degraded over time. The recovery process will accomplish both. It will remove everything. This means the original installation and all that you have accumulated over time. It will bring the PC back to the factory configuration. Once in this condition, you will have plenty more to do as all of the windows updates that were available after that recovery disk was created will also be gone. You will need to go through the update process for the operating system and quite possibly some of the drivers. MS will provide the OS updates and the PCs manufacturer should have any driver updates. There are possibly some other ways to boost performance. One way might be to increase the amount of RAM. Another is definitely to reduce the number processes that automatically load at startup. That's another story for another day. Good luck to you. This is how you learn...not by being walked through step by step but by getting pointed in the right direction and then banging your head against the problem until you figure it out yourself. You won't die...most don't anyway. Happy

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by -AJC- / January 6, 2009 9:02 PM PST

There is a program called Darik's Boot and Nuke. What it does is it removes every part of data from your hard drive. You burn a disk for it after you download it and then boot up your laptop with the disk inside. A screen should pop up saying "Press andy letter to boot from disk" you press a key and I blue window will come up. Read the screen and then type "/nuke" or "nuke" in the box, if that does not work hit the "ENTER" button on your keyboard and follow the instructions on the screen. This might not work if you have not enabled the "boot from CD/DVD Drive" in the BIOS. If you can't burn CD's or do anything just slide back in the Windows XP pro disk that came with you computer and install windows again. To get DBAN go here-
To get info on how re-install Windows go here-

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