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How to reformat a computer?

Step 1A-Backup Your drivers and files
Back up all your important files to something like a CD since formatting will wipe your hard drive.

Step 1B-Backup your Settings and Files
How to Use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP
Step 1C – Booting from the XP CD
If you get a screen asking you to press a key to continue, or “setupis inspecting your computers hardware configuration…” or basically ifyou boot right into the windows setup skip to Step 2
If the CD drive is not set as a boot device (to be accessed BEFOREthe hard drive) you will have to access and modify the BIOS settings.Every BIOS is slightly different but they are generally the same.
To do this:
STEP 1: Turn on the computer.
STEP 2: Press and hold the Delete key (or whichever key your systemuses. Look at either the top or bottom of your screen where it sayspress [key name here] to enter setup the usual keys are DEL,ESC,F8,F1 )as soon as the computer starts, to display the CMOS start-up screen.
STEP 3: Use the arrow keys to highlight BIOS Features Setup, and press Enter.
STEP 4: Press the down arrow to move to the Boot Sequence field.
STEP 5: Press Page Up or Page Down to display the desired boot sequence.
In this step you make sure CD-ROM is first in line (or at least before the hard drive)
STEP 6: Press Esc to exit the screen.
STEP 7: Highlight Save & Exit Setup, then press Enter. The new boot sequence is saved and the computer restarts.
Once the CD drive is set to be polled before the hard drive, insert the XP CD into the drive and power on the system.
If you get a screen asking you to press a key to continue setup orgo right to a blue and grey screen (The beginning of windows setup) allis well and you are ready to begin.
STEP 2- Formatting the Hard Drive
The below screen should be what you are seeing

Press ENTER and go through the prompts it will ask you to agree to the legal terms (press F8 to agree)
Now you are ready to get started you will see the following screen

You will see something such as “Local Drive C:” in place of “unpartitioned space”
Press D to delete you drive; you will then see one of the fieldschange to RAW. As seen below (pay no attention to the unpartitionedspace in the list)

Press C to create a partitioned space. You will then be brought to this screen

Make sure maximum size and Create partition of size match to makefull use of the drive (In the image above they do not, I am splittingthe drive into sections in my case).
Press Enter and you will be brought to the following screen

Specifying the file system to use for formatting the partition. Inmost cases you’ll want to use NTFS. It’s far more secure than FAT32 andsupports permissions, encryption, and compression. The only reason forconsidering FAT32 would be data sharing with W9x/Me/linuxinstallations.
You will get a screen with a yellow progress bar and now you have towait awhile. When the format is done your computer will then resetitself after a few seconds (shown by a red progress bar). After whichyou will get a loading Windows XP logo.
Step 3- Actually installing Windows…
Now you have to wait yet again until you finally have to start inputting information.
You will go by date and time settings, naming your computer and entering your serial key ect.
Step 4- Network settings
Always choose “typical settings” if you are running XP pro you willbe asked to provide a domain or a workgroup. In the cases of home orsmall office use you would probably be part of a workgroup. Make surethe Workgroup/domain name matches one on your network (If one isalready set up). (You can always change this later in the control panelso if you mess up here don’t panic it can be fixed later, look at thebottom of this page for more information on this)
The install is complete…now internet settings
Depending on the version of your install you will be asked at somepoint what kind of internet settings you have in 99.9% of cases youwill be connecting to a Local Area Network (LAN). If you have a router,then your computer DOES NOT connect directly to the internet. (Onceagain if you mess up here you can fix the settings in control panel. donot panic!)
Changing Control panel settings:
To get to control panel: My Computer>Control panel link on the side under “other places”
Go to “network and internet connections” in NON-classic mode (default for win xp)
Then you go to “Setup or change your internet connection”, in whichcase you go to LAN settings and make sure it is set to automaticallydetect your settings. If this doesn’t work it may be a driver problemas some modems require drivers.
In that case run your driver backup utility mentioned earlier and go to the driver backup page of my blog.
To setup a network:
“Setup or change your home or small office network”
To modify either of the two options I mentioned earlier.

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deleted files after format

im not sure wht you want to do if you want to recover your data/files You could try this software it sounds pretty good although I have not used it so I am unable to direct you on how but it reads as though it has a recover data accidently deleted as well as windows password cleaner and a blank the password utility on any user that has a valid account on windows system and many other tools you might find helpful also listed other freeware recovery programs http://majorgeeks.com/Dr._Freeware_System_Utilities_d6416.html Dr.Freeware System Utilities which includes data recovery software, data backup, password reset tools for Windows helps you to maintain your system. Dr.Freeware is freeware, you can download and use it for free.
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Support IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives, memory cards, "
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my CD ROM is not work how can i format or any other way to format

Hi sonamwangchu,

There is a way that you can format your Lenovo 3000 Y410's system easily. And indeed this may help you address the issue of your CD ROM. With Lenovo's laptops there is a One Key Recovery button that you can use in putting back your system to it's factory settings. This will reload your operating system as well *** all the drivers for your laptop.Follow the step by step procedure below:

Reminder: Make sure to create backup copy of all your important files the before starting the process. Doing this will wipe out all your files.

Here's how:

1. Turn off the computer.
2. Press the OKR button on your laptop (It's near your power button and it has an inverted arrow on the top of it), thiw will automatically turn your PC on. Your screen will display Windows Loading Files.
3. Then, you will be directed on a page that says Lenovo One Key Rescue System.
4. Choose One Key Recovery.
5. Afterwards choose Restore from initial backup.
6.Wait until the system is done restoring your system. Finally, once the process is done, reboot the system.

Your system will now be back on it's original settings. You can start using your CD ROM again, this should fix the issue.

Thank you for using Fixya.

Sep 28, 2010 | Lenovo 3000 Y410 Laptop

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compaq presario 900

1. back up

suggest you get yourself a USB hard drive, bigger than the size of all your important files. if you have 20GB of important files, get a external usb drive of atleast 60 or more I don't know if they actually sell that small drives anymore just make sure you have enought room.

2. get the the windows installation cd

with the windows installation cd you can format the hard drive in the setup

3. while in the xp setup

after the format you can install the windows on the computer again right away.

you may need to get drivers for your computer ones the windows is installed again.

you will need to find the correct model from the bottom of your laptop, and the drivers are available on this page


Jan 10, 2009 | Compaq Computers & Internet

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going from Vista to XP

1. Before installing XP, try to find your laptop/pc driver from the internet, download it all to your hard drive.
2. Backup your important files or do a hard drive clone
3. Boot with XP installation CD and wipe all your vista installation with XP.

If you would like to do it rapidly, you can skip step 2 (you're talking about rapid installation not safe installation).

Oct 29, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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