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Reinstall Windows?

by Maggie6243 / February 10, 2007 12:57 AM PST

Is it safe, or practical to reinstall windows? I had to help my sister do hers the other day, and it's running much better. It was really messed up! I got to thinking,maybe I would do mine so it would be like new. It's about 14 mos old and I'm not having a problem or anything, but I'm bad about installing and uninstalling stuff. I just figured it would clean up the hard drive just like new. I don't really know why I'm so antsy to do this. I would like some advice as to wether I should go for it, or leave well enough alone??....Maggie

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If it ain't broke. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 10, 2007 1:23 AM PST
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A scratch install can be easy or disastrous. If you use the original restoral CDs it's pretty easy, just follow the prompts. If you use a scratch (full format and reinstall from a stand alone XP CD) it can be not so easy leaning toward failure. Reasons:

Restoral CDs contain all the drivers for the PC. Sound, modems, graphics, etc.

Full format contains none of these and you will have to find all the drivers. Without them your sound and video will not work.

Either method will destroy everything on the PC including favorites/bookmarks, emails, messages, accounts, pictures, music, documents, etc. on and on.

Again, if it aint' broke. . .

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Remember that if you reinstall
by Ray Harinec / February 10, 2007 3:25 AM PST
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your CD will put you back a year at leastm with critical updates. Then you'll have to download all of them again.

Wayne is correct, If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Their are many posts in these forums on how to clean up a computer without starting over.

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Just one more question.
by Maggie6243 / February 10, 2007 9:23 AM PST

Thanks alot guys for your advice. I think I'll leave well enough alone. If I ever need to, then I'll do it. Now, just one more question. By reinstalling windows, did it remove any viruses and spyware from my sisters computer? It seems to be running good so far. I'm thinking she had something really mean on it and hoping this took care of it. Maybe now she'll be more likely to run the anti spyware and anti virus programs I had her install....Maggie

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Yep, The Format and Reinstall Cleaned The Viruses And......
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 10, 2007 9:35 AM PST

...spyware IF they were there in the first place. It also takes the registry and such back to its original state.. She's starting with a clean computer again.

Hope this helps.


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by Maggie6243 / February 10, 2007 9:47 AM PST

That answered my question. You guys have taught me a lot. I think I'll get her to come to this forum. I think it could really help her. Thanks for all the help all of you have given me. I don't say it enough, but I really appriciate all of you. You do a really great service to all of us.....Maggie

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