Reformating PC

  TURBO4NI 11:37 25 Sep 2007

I am wishing to reformat my PC. Have placed all my documents, favourites etc on my removable hardrive and will remove it before reformatting.

I need instructions for the reformat and where I will locate product keys for my Windows XP Pro OS aswell as my antivirus and firewall to enable me to reinstall these.


  Jak_1 12:04 25 Sep 2007

Just put the systems/rescue disk in the dvd/cd reader power down and then re-boot and follow the instructions. The produt key for win xp should be on the windows system disk/manufacturers rescue disk. What av and firewall are you using?

  Pamy 13:16 25 Sep 2007

do you have an XP pro operating system disk?

Or was XP pre-installed?

  TURBO4NI 13:44 25 Sep 2007

It was installed afterwards and I don't have the disk or key. I originally had XP Home and have the system disk for it with the product key. I'm running Zonealarm suite.

  DieSse 13:51 25 Sep 2007

If you don't have the disk or key for XPPro - then you can't re-install it.

Go to whoever sold you the XPPro upgrade and ask for the disk and key.

  TURBO4NI 18:20 25 Sep 2007

Could someone post instructions and I will just run XP Home..

  skidzy 18:27 25 Sep 2007
  norman47 18:28 25 Sep 2007

You can find your current windows key by running click here

To format and run XP home:-

Enter the bios and set the first boot device to cdrom.

Restart the computer with the XP home disk in.

Follow the prompts and after use the F8 key to accept the licence conditions. Pick the option to format the drive.

Then just continue as propmpted.

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