Windows XP removal help

  nate54216 09:05 11 Oct 2006

My windows home xp on one of my PC's is in a complete mess as alot of the components have been removed so Im looking to completely remove XP and start again. do you think this is a good idea.

The only problem is I dont know how to remove as XP is not in the add/remove programmes, please can someone advise on what is best to do.

Many thanks

  Graham. 09:07 11 Oct 2006

Do you have XP repair or installation CDs?

  ArrGee 09:18 11 Oct 2006

If you are certain that you wish to completely remove and re-install XP (having made sure you have a back-up of your files and drivers) then I would recommend a format using this:
click here
It takes a while for a full format, but it has worked perfectly for me on around 30 different machines.

  nate54216 09:37 11 Oct 2006

Hi Graham,

No I dont have any repair or installation CDS

  nate54216 09:38 11 Oct 2006

Hi ArrGee

Many thanks for your help, I'll give it a go and let you know how it goes.

  Graham. 09:43 11 Oct 2006

Then you will have a PC without an operating system, in other words, it won't work.

  terryf 09:53 11 Oct 2006

What do you propose to do with the expensive doorstop after you have removed the microsoft operating system, instal linux?

  ArrGee 10:09 11 Oct 2006

Yes, you must have the installation discs before formatting, as Graham pointed out prior to my post.

  nate54216 10:15 11 Oct 2006


I will have a brand new windows XP to install, will this be possible once the PC is formatted or do I need to do somwthing else first

  ArrGee 10:17 11 Oct 2006

No, just format and install. That's all you need (assuming again that you have your files and drivers back-up).

  terryf 10:18 11 Oct 2006

If you have the installation disk for the 'brand new winddows' it will ask you whether you want to format the drive before installation click here

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