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reinstalling windows vista

My computer keeps freezing and after looking at it my friend said i should just reinstall windows b/c its probably a software issue or has spyware - So i have 2 question-

1- Do I need to wipe out everything first or can i just reinstall windows

2- Whats this partition thing - all i want to do is reinstall winodws - what should i do when i get to the part where it askes me where i want to install windows?

Thanks!

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That depends...

In reply to: reinstalling windows vista

If you have a manufacturer's recovery system (DVDs from HP, Dell, etc), it will likely format itself...just point and click. On the other hand, if it's a standard Vista DVD I would suggest, when reaching the part where it asks you where to install Vista to, deleting the existing partition and then creating a new one, installing Vista there. (Partitions are logical divisions of a hard drive. Even if you only have one partition the size of the entire hard drive you must have one in order to use the space.)

Hope this helps,
John

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os disk

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so i have the "Microsoft windows vista home premium 32-bit OPERATING SYSTEM DISC" so your saying that all i need to do is put it in and reinstall?

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also

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and its from gateway

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That should be the case...

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Though if it gives you the option of deleting/recreating the partition or formatting the drive I would take the opportunity to do so. Just make sure you've copied ALL of your personal files off the hard drive first.

Good luck.
John

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