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Preparing to reinstall Windows XP

by stopthat21 / December 12, 2007 12:23 PM PST

What do I need to do to prepare to reinstall Windows XP? I already backed up all of my drivers and the files I want to keep. I also know I will need to reinstall all of my programs. Is there anything else I should do to make sure my reinstall goes smoothly?

I have some spyware I haven't been able to get rid of, lots of programs hogging up my system that I don't need, and some annoying system errors. I've had my computer for two years so I figured it's time for a reinstall. I'm using the recovery disks that came with my computer - XP service pack I.

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Some suggestions
by Jimmy Greystone / December 12, 2007 1:09 PM PST

Some suggestions might be to create a SP2 slipstreamed install disc, and stick a firewall program on there if you're not using a router or XP's firewall.

The SP2 slipstreaming saves some time on installing updates, and the firewall ensures you don't get nailed with spyware while you're waiting to install the post-SP2 updates.

Outside of that, it sounds like you've got everything pretty well covered.

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re: some suggestions
by stopthat21 / December 12, 2007 1:14 PM PST
In reply to: Some suggestions

Can you tell me more about creating a slipstream disk? I've never heard of that. If I activate the Window's firewall right away will I have a problem with spyware? Also, couldn't I just download SP2 now so I can install if from disk instead of downloading it?

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