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JP Maude
Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2002 - 3:28 pm:   

I have two drives, C: and D: and over the past two years I have uploaded, downloaded, deleted, saved, filed, and copied to my hearts content while figuring out how to engage myself into this wonderful world of computers. When I first bought my used computer, all I had on it was office 2000 and windows 98. No icons, no files, nada.
How can I start over again like that??? I don't want to destroy my computer, just take all the junk out and start fresh... I have searched the net but have yet to come up with any advice on how I can do this myself without paying an arm and leg for some expert to mess my system up for me...

All replies would be grateful.
Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2002 - 8:49 pm:   

do you want to save your data? if so, back it up to a disk. floppy, hard drive, etc. if you don't have a windows disk, then you need to go get one, and find all the drivers for the computer. i myself do something like this with norton ghost. i'd back up the current install to an image, and then re-install from scratch. then when it asks for certain files, if i don't have them handy, i might be able to copy them from the previous image, and install them for the cards. however, that may not always work. so it's best that you note all your hardware and motherboard drivers, and see if you can obtain them from the net, or somewhere else. as far as any data, with ghost, i can extract at will, whatever i need from the image. that program has saved my butt a lot.
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 3:51 am:   

If you have your original software and drivers are available sounds like it would be best to do a clean install. After backing up any data you wish to save as Win suggests.

Clean install tutorial here

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