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totally restarting everything

hi, i got alot of virus' and spyware about a month ago so wot i thought i would do is reinstall windows. so i just reinstalled it likea noob by going on my computer and double click on the disc i had in my cd drive.

i reinstalled it n somehow made it on a pertition in my hard drive.

now its says i need to activate my windows but i already have the other pertition using it with alot of virus' on. so im wondering...

how do i totally reformat my PC and reinstall windows? i have the windows instal disc thts about it my pc info is...
Dell - Dimension 3100
Pentium 4 2.80Ghz
504MB ram

i already have everthing backed up
oh ye... and if i need to download any drivers can i do that after formating and reinstalled xp? or will i not b able to use my USB/Ethernet modem cos i might not have the drivers to support a modem after reformatting?

sorry if i have written this all confusing but im getting desperate now >.<

thanks for any help u can give me Grin



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Have *all* of Dell CDs as they will contain your XP OS and drivers plus the bundled s/w if so brought. As for drivers, get all that before reformat, if no disks. If you don't have all the disks, then contact Dell for replacement. They maybe free or small cost to do so. Once you got all that done, then reformat your main HD. I like to use the pgm. KILLDISK from the same website name. This will clean entirely your whole HD, so be sure you save any "data"(just data) you care to before formatting. I mention killdisk to totally wipe out everything, then load the XP disk and start the reload process. Dell, has the instructions to reformat or relaod your OS, find your model# and get the details. The killdisk pgm. is an extra step, but you won't have the mess you've gotten as you explained. And YES, you may need to contact MS to re-activate your OS if need be after all is said and done.

As for back-ups, you may have also backed up the virus too, so if the problems come back, you basically reloaded them too. Thus, only data should be saved, not whole sections of pgms. etc.. It's better to reload a pgm. fresh then place the saved data back into the directory, rather than a while directory with pgms.. If this doesn't make sense it will should you proceed anyways. Wink

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