I want to reformat my hard drive, I’ve not done it before. I want to do it to get loadsa junk off my computer and start over with a clean slate (to coin a phrase). Is it quite an easy thing to do? And if so, could you give me, or point me in the direction of some good step by step instructions?
The only thing that worries me is that when I bought my computer I never got a copy of Windows XP with it, I only got a system restore cd. Does this mean that I cannot reformat my hard drive without going out and buying another copy of windows?
First you need to enter the BIOS. This normally means pressing a key, or combination of keys, immediately after switch-on. A message to this effect usually flashes up on the screen when you switch on, such as "To enter setup press Del". Other common BIOS codes are listed at click here.
When the BIOS screen appears you will see a set of menu options. Look for one labelled Boot or Startup and select the item Boot Order, or First Boot; this will be set to HD0, HD1 or the serial number of your hard disc drive.
Change the setting to read CD, CD-Rom or the serial number of your CD/DVD-Rom drive, Save the Change and Exit the BIOS. Open the CD-Rom drive, insert your XP disk and restart your computer.