deleting data but not operating system

  Newuser3477 16:33 21 Sep 2006

I want to hand over my relatively new PC to a child for internet browsing and word homework.
I want to delete all the data files and programmes (if necesassary) but not the windows XP operating system.
Is this possible
is there a programme on a cover disc which will do this

  DrScott 16:38 21 Sep 2006

is reformat the harddrive, and then reinstall windows - I'm afraid to delete all other data would be very tricky, mainly because of the stuff that would be left in the registry. It will also take forever!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:20 21 Sep 2006

Or if you have a restore disc, use it to restore the PC to its factory settings. All data will be lost as it wipes the partition and reloads windows and drivers.

  Pineman100 18:53 21 Sep 2006

If you're handing over the PC to a child, I wonder whether you need to worry about deleting any more securely than normal. Is the child a PC whizz who will have an interest in trying to restore your deletions?

If not, then surely all you have to do is delete your data files/folders and uninstall your software. After doing this, it's probably a good idea also to defrag your hard drive.

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