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For some reason i have only 21 percent harddrive space availabe on my 4.0 GB compaq presario. many programs were installed and unistalled wrongly and i need to know if i can format the drive to reinstall windows xp on a fresh disk. i tried to but it says i need an administraters password or something like that. can someone please help me fix my harddrive problems. thank you
Before you do anything, I strongly advise that you backup your files on to another media, because if you re-format your hard drive, all files are erased and you will need to re-install them all.
Before getting drastic, what about using the system restore in XP and choose a date before you had problems, also under sytem tools, you have the disk cleanup and defragment utilities. If you have the original XP disk there is a repair function.
All/ some of the above should help improve the situation, and don't forget to clear out the temporary internet files, as they can clog things up very quickly. this is essential when you only have 4Gb disk which is not a lot these days.
Finally if add/remove programmes has not completely removed some programme traces, you can use "find" to locate then delete the other bits. Good luck
Posted on Jan 14, 2008
Yes, you can reinstakk a fresh copy of your winxp be sure you the OS(Microsoft XP)Xp and all the drivers that you need.For the password problem, restart your computer,and then start pressing F2.once you're in your BIOS(a blue window that has some white textes).try to change the boot sequence.make your cd/dvd rom first on the list and then save and exit and then it will restart the computer.once you'll see a warning,"press a key to boot to cd" immediately press a key(enter or something).then you will go to the window set-up.(for a detailed installation guide just go to this site:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/winxp/install.mspx).BE SURE TO BACK UP all of your important files before reinstalling your OS,okey.for OS reinstallation-it will take 30-45 minutes to finish.with regard to your HD, it would be best if you'll buy a new one.A hard drive that has a bigger capacity.40GB or 80 G or more.the problem wit 4GB, is when the free space of your HD will be less than 2GB.you'll experience a slow performance in your computer.it is advisable to have more than 2gb of free space on your c drive
Posted on Jan 14, 2008
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