Clean install of XP

  quill 16:50 15 Nov 2004

I've need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the operating system - XP on a machine.
Any pitfalls I need to be aware of?

  ventanas 16:54 15 Nov 2004

click here

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Should cover just about everything.

  ventanas 16:56 15 Nov 2004

What these sites won't tell you is to make sure you have the Windows updates that block Blaster and Sasser so you can safely go on line to activate.

  PA28 17:12 15 Nov 2004

Make sure that you have (validated) backups of your data, plus your program disks and updates, together with any necessary drivers. I normally print a screen dump of various pages and the desktop to remind me what was there. However hard I try, I always miss something, but as soon as you press the format button it's gone - really gone! Then you remember what it was......

  david.h 17:20 15 Nov 2004

after the install use the sp2 cd to install sp2 and also install antivirus and firewall before going online

  quill 17:54 15 Nov 2004

thanks for your helpful comments and advice. Next question: do I need to reformat the hard drive (fdisk) or is this automatically part of the xp installation?

  mosfet 18:35 15 Nov 2004

Do it all from XP cd.

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