how do I reformat my hardrive and reinstall windows?

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by fredde, Jun 26, 2004.

  1. fredde

    fredde New Member

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    Hi!

    I have a computer that is about 6 years old now and I'm using Windows 98. My problem is that the computer is really slow and I would like to update my system, so a friend told me that one thing that is possible to do is to reformat my hardrive and then buy a copy of Windows XP and install that. So I can get a good firewall and anti-virus programs...

    If I reformat my hardrive, is it possible to install windows XP right afterwards?

    Thanks,

    /Fred
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2004
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    Yep... in fact you can format you HDD as part of your WinXP installation. Make sure you backup any files you want first.
     
  3. geranimo://

    geranimo:// New Member

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    yeah, but if ur computer is 6 years old, i dunno if xp will run smoothly, u might need extra memory etc...
     
  4. akagore

    akagore New Member

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    i agree with geranimo.......if it's that old i'd go with ME....my pc is 5 yrs. old(athlon XP 500..ax59 pro motherboard...no frills video card) XP may be a curse instead of a blessing. I run ME at home and XP at work...ME works fine for me for what I do at home. Good Luck!!
     
  5. Underground_Evo

    Underground_Evo New Member

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    well, there are a few things that you need to make sure that you have in order to run XP, could you please list your PC's specs?
     
  6. fredde

    fredde New Member

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    Okay, is it Windows ME I should take a look on then?

    My computer is a Pentium 2 processor and 128 MB RAM.

    I'm not a 'computer person', if you know what I mean, so I would really need some help with this...

    Thanks

    /Fred
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2004
  7. blacktop89

    blacktop89 New Member

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    haha, i'm not sure how much you know about computers, but if you know how to get into your BIOS, you can set the computer to boot from the cd-drive. once you do this you can put the win ME disc in and it will direct you in the steps to re-format the drive and install the OS. i've never installed win ME before, but that should work!
     
  8. Alin.s

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    if u got windows me disk insert it and it will say format hit yes same for conferm it will do the rest sorry bout my spelling but i am typin fast and make typos when i type fast
     
  9. Praetor

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    Whoa! WindowsME was argueably the worst OS release by Microsoft. Even for an older system WindowsXP -- properly tuned and tweaked will run smoothly. I'd stay away from Windows2000 -- that OS takes a lot more juice to run effectively but a well tweaked XP system can work really well (hell I've redone a few computers spec'd at P2-400 w/32MB to use XP and after some intensive tweaking, they work respectably well considering their age).

    :)
     
  10. 72montecarlo

    72montecarlo New Member

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    i agree with praetor above. i have installed xp pro on a pentium 2 300mhz system that has 128mb of ram and a 3gb hard drive and it ran fine. it booted up quick and had no problems. i also suggest not using windows me.
     
  11. Praetor

    Praetor Administrator Staff Member

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    If you absolutely have to, go with Windows2000 instead.... it may be slower but its much much more stable than WindowsMe :)
     
  12. fredde

    fredde New Member

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    okay, thanks alot for all the answers, I think I'll get WinXP.
    /Fred
     
  13. Alin.s

    Alin.s New Member

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    windows me sucks the juice out of your machine if not tweaked properly
     
  14. Praetor

    Praetor Administrator Staff Member

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    And even when tweaked it still is highly inefficient.
     
  15. Smallplayer_French_LOL

    Smallplayer_French_LOL New Member

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    i think you can install Win 2k !

    it is less glutton ( i don t know if say that is correct lol )
     
  16. Praetor

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    You are correct in saying that however, for W2K to work efficiently, it needs a more powerful hardware platform and for a 6 year old computer, that would be pushing it. WXP -- tweaked up -- would be a better choice for older platforms.
     
  17. Smallplayer_French_LOL

    Smallplayer_French_LOL New Member

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    oki doki thanks

    as i'm french, i dont know if certains expressions are corrects ! lol
     
  18. Smallplayer_French_LOL

    Smallplayer_French_LOL New Member

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    he will not return to the Win 98 ? lol thats really older OS
     
  19. Praetor

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    Windows98 is a better OS than WindowsME (especially Windows98SE).... WindowsME was really that bad heehee
     
  20. roy

    roy New Member

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    Xp pro uses 96mb of ram just for it to run. This means that your swop file is going to see a lot of use.

    What exactly are you going to be useing your comp for? The reason I ask this, is because running an older system you may be better off with windows 98.
     

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