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I want to do a repair of Windows XP PRO w/SP2 & 3

I have a 'custom buid' computer. It has two hard drives. My last attempt landed it in a computer shop as it got SOOOOOOOOO screwed up!! First it wnet to D:. iIt went from the first screen and jumped the screen where I can choose the drive. it ended up on D;. From there, i tried to remove it, and it said 'i don't think so". i tried it again, and it went to C;. Then i could take it off D:. That was after I figured out that I did not have the drivers for the motherboard, sound card(on the motherboard), or the video cards. When I got it out of the shop, i made copies of the drivers for all 3. my problem, I think, that is I have a program called 'Registry Mechanic". it is a good program, IF I KNEW WHAT I WAS LOOKING AT!! Everything ist finds is checked as 'delete". so I would just click 'repair' , and that was that. Now i think that I deleted stuff that should have been. This machine takes aboout 5 minutes to load now, whereas before, it took only about a minute. Stuff is acting wierd, Most times I can't print stuff off the 'net' cuz I get error messages and it closes, etc. i could have a virus that my program didn't catch, too. i just know it is MESSED up. how do I do it right?? Should I click 'Remove Drive D?? I have two flash drives that I disconnect that way, so will it work with my "D" drive?? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You really probably need to do a "system restore" or a "reformat" on your computer. If you choose to do either it will definitely erase all data on the computer. However when windows is reinstalled it will run much better and with less errors. This also gets rid of any viruses, registry mistakes, etc. Sometimes the only option when a computer gets too bogged down is to restore!

Some computers have system restore built in. Compaqs the computer prompts for the F10 key to be pressed at startup. Dells are Shift + F9 at startup. To see if yours has one look when it first starts up for the option. Also often you can order restore disks from the computers manufacturer, (since yours is custom you probably just need to reformat). Follow the instructions to easily restore your computer back to factory defaults.

A Reformat is a little more complicated. You must have a valid liscensed copy of windows to start with. Insert the disk into the computer and restart. Enter the BIOS (Usually F2 or Delete) and set the computer to boot to your CD Drive. Once this is done hit save and exit (usually F10). Follow the instructions to reformat the drive and reinstall windows.

Hope this helps!

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