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Reinstalling windows. How Do You reinstall windows? do you need a disk or something? and if i reinstall windows does it wipe out what i have on my computer? Help much appreciated!

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You have to have cd or usb to reinstall.... if you reinstall windows it wipes data on the drive in which you are installing windows i.e C:....

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I tried to wipe my hard drive so I could reinstall windows earlier today, something I have done half a million times, but today unsuccessful. There is something blocking it. I have tried umpteen million...

Why not use the built in fdisk that comes with your windows installation disc?

When you get to the partitioning part of the install, remove your current partition, create a new one and format it.

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You don't need a recovery cd (or any other cd) to wipe the hard drive. Boot to a command prompt and type "format c:"

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If you have the OS disks try a repair first. Run the OS disk and choose the repair option rather than reformatting. That usually fixes ntldr issues.

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Want to restore my computer back to factory settings and wipe my hard drive clean i am having to many problems wiht my computer i have a averatec 77100 series

Not sure which Windows version you have, ie. 98, XP, Vista...

Have you tried reinstalling or repairing Windows from your Windows installation CD?
Make you have the product key issued with CD otherwise you will not be able to reinstall.

Other options are:
Have you created a previous backup using a 3rd party backup software?
Have you created a startup disk?

You should conider any steps that enable you to reverse what you do.

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If you have the system recovery disk that came with that pc, you should be able to completely reformat the entire drive, which would wipe all of the data and start fresh. Also, you can try following these instruction for lost Windows password:

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